‘Next-generation center back’ Kim Joo-sung on Klinsmann…”He gives me a lot of freedom”

Kim Joo-sung (23, FC Seoul) says Jürgen Klinsmann (59) is a coach who gives his players a lot of freedom.

FC Seoul defeated Suwon Samseong 1-0 in the 19th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday for its second straight ‘Super Match’ victory.

The victory was Seoul’s first in four matches and moved them into second place with 32 points (9 wins, 5 draws, 5 losses). Suwon, on the other hand, was once again denied its first home win of the season, falling into a six-match winless streak in the league (D1, L5). They remain at the bottom of the standings with nine points (2 wins, 3 draws, 14 losses).

A theatrical goal from Willian in the dying minutes of the game proved to be the difference. In the 42nd minute, Osmar delivered a pinpoint long pass down the left side of the pitch, where Willian outpaced Jung Seung-won and cut into the box. He calmly folded once to beat Go Myung-seok before firing a powerful right-footed shot into the corner of the net.

Kim Ju-sung started at center back on the day and played the full game. He did well to keep the Suwon attackers, including Ahn Byung-joon and Acosti, at bay to help his team secure a clean sheet.

Speaking to us in the Mix Zone after the match, Kim Joo-sung said, “I went to the national team and played in a match with only two days of team training. I kept preparing for what to do when I got back to Seoul,” he said. “I think we were able to win because of the dedication of Eui-Jo-hyung to the team in what might have been his last game. The process is important, but it was great to get the result,” he said after the victory.

Hwang will be leaving Seoul after this match. His loan deal with the club expires on the 30th of this month, although there is a chance he could return. “I’m still talking to Nottingham,” he said. “I don’t know what the future holds, but my contract with Seoul is until June 30. I’ll have to think about it after that.”

Kim Joo-sung was also sad to say goodbye to Hwang Ui-jo. He said, “I jokingly asked Ui-jo’s brother if he was leaving or not, but I didn’t say much because it could be sensitive. I know he’s a good player, so when the media talked about him leaving the team, I was very sad. I wish I could stay with the team for another year, but there are so many good players left. We have to prepare for the next game together.”

Kim also recently traveled with the national team. He was called up by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann for the June A match. Although he didn’t get to play, it was a valuable experience for him to work with the senior international players.

What was it like for Klinsmann himself? “Training with them, I realized that they are very good players. It was difficult in terms of physicality, kicking the ball, and a faster tempo than the K League. In the one-on-one training with the overseas players, I learned a lot because I was pushed aside a lot even though I was a defender. I definitely felt what I needed to improve.”

“Coach Klinsmann gives a lot of freedom to the players,” he said, adding, “It’s hard to talk about tactics because I didn’t get to play, but if the players are united on the field and coordinate their play, I think we can achieve better results.”

Advisors such as Chaduri and Son Heung-min also helped the players adjust to the national team. Kim Joo-sung said, “Advisor Cha Doo-ri gave me a lot of advice on the sidelines to help me play with confidence. He was also at FC Seoul and was the Osango youth coach, so he knows a lot about me.” “I also met Son Heung-min for the first time this time. He intentionally talked to me a lot and helped me adapt well.” 메이저사이트

When asked about his teammates in the national team, Kim Joo-sung said, “Park Ji-soo was my successor when I was in charge. I also took care of my brother (Cho) Hyun-woo, who was traveling with Park Ji-soo.”

Kim also made no secret of his intention to compete in the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games. “I don’t have any pressure from the military. This is good, but the Asian Games is a big stage, so I’m not greedy,” he said. Kim completed his military service early, enlisting in the Gimcheon Merchant Marine in 2021.

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