“I’m watching as many players as I can. We’ve seen a lot of players.” That’s what national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann says.
Klinsmann, who has come under fire for working from home, dismissed the criticism in a video press conference with Korean reporters last week. “I think it’s an exaggeration to say that I don’t live in Korea,” he said. “It’s not that I don’t come to Korea at all. I think it’s a little bit too much. The way we communicate and observe athletes is different from 20-30 years ago. I can meet them in person, but I’m still in constant contact and observing them,” he said, adding that there is nothing wrong with the way he does his job.
“We’ll be announcing the September A roster soon, and it will be interesting to see how it changes,” he said, hinting that there will be changes to the roster for the September European campaign.
Klinsmann has been criticized for overlooking the K League since his arrival. He has been away from home for just over two months in a period of about six months. While it’s true that the national team is heavily weighted toward international players, a portion of the roster needs to be filled with homegrown talent. Klinsmann has been criticized for overlooking this point.
In fact, Klinsmann’s ‘picks’ in the last two calls-ups have not been very successful. In March, he used almost the same roster from the Qatar World Cup, and in June, he selected Ahn Hyun-beom (Jeonbuk Hyundai), but the three-back specialist looked lost in the national team’s back four. Park Kyu-hyun (Dresden), who played in the German third division, also failed to adapt to the flow and tempo of the game. Both surprise picks were ambiguous. It was pointed out that the players’ characteristics were not utilized rather than their individual problems. Klinsmann’s neglect of the K League scene was criticized in earnest.
Now, six months have passed. If Klinsmann confidently said, “I’ve observed quite a few players and I’m watching them,” he now needs his own “crown prince”. After four trials, Klinsmann’s credentials have already been called into question. It’s true that he hasn’t had much time to show his colors, but it’s also true that he hasn’t shown much hope and promise in practice. Selecting players is a fundamental part of a manager’s job and the starting point for building a team, so the September roster is crucial. 카지노
South Korea will face Wales in Cardiff, Wales, on Sept. 8 and Saudi Arabia in Newcastle, England, on Sept. 13. Both games are in Europe, so Klinsmann is likely to use a lot of European players. From his time as head coach of the U.S. national team, Klinsmann has shown a penchant for favoring international players over homegrown talent. His past behavior also reinforces the image that he doesn’t watch the K League on the field.
With Europeans dominating the roster, it will be interesting to see which players Klinsmann chooses from the K League. If he’s been following the league as closely as he says he has, he might have some surprises for his team. It will be interesting to see what the outcome of his close calls with advisor Chaduri and coach Michael Kim will be.