After all, the core of the “attack soccer” declared by manager Jurgen Klinsmann (59, Germany) was Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham). Finding a way to utilize Son Heung-min was a common concern of previous command towers, but coach Klinsman found the answer with a so-called ‘free roll’ that does not cover location.
Son Heung-min played full-time in the evaluation match against Colombia held at Munsu Soccer Stadium in Ulsan on the 24th and made a big success by scoring multiple goals. At the beginning of the second half, the defense collapsed and it ended in a 2-2 draw, but Son Heung-min was voted the best player of the match without any dispute.
Director Klinsman is a world-class striker, and he did not hide his affection for Son Heung-min. In that respect, it was a game where attention was focused on how to utilize Son Heung-min. Coach Klinsman, who is also a Tottenham senior, expected that he would “watch almost every Tottenham game and be a ‘big fan’ of Son Heung-min.” 안전놀이터
The method of using Son Heung-min that coach Klinsman first brought out was ‘free roll’. Former coach Paulo Bento (Portugal) used Son Heung-min as a left wing forward, just like in his team. Coach Klinsman is also said to have placed him on the left during closed tactical training. However, in the match against Colombia, Son Heung-min stood in the middle of the second line in the 4-2-3-1 formation. Jung Woo-young (Freiburg) and Lee Jae-seong (Mainz 05) lined up on both sides.
Only the position in the formation was in the middle, but Son Heung-min led the attack in all directions. There were times when he played in front of one-top Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk Hyundai), and he moved widely, even crossing the left and right sides. Instead of leaning on the left side as before, he created opportunities by penetrating all over the opponent’s camp.