‘Three-straight challenge’ Lee Jae-ik, “If you can’t overcome the burden of only seeing gold medals, you won’t be on the list”

Lee Jae-ik (Seoul E-Land), who is in charge of Hwang Seon-Hong-Ho’s defense, showed his determination.
The 27 Korean national under-24 (U-24) Asian Games teams were convened at the Paju National Team Training Center (NFC) on the 15th. The national team, which is made up of all K-League players, will keep pace for three days until the 17th.

The Hangzhou Asian Games, in which Hwang Sun-Hong will participate, will open in September. It was originally scheduled to be held last year, but was delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 situation in China. The age limit for soccer participation has also been changed from U-23 to U-24.

Lee Jae-ik, who met with reporters before training, expressed his feelings, saying, “As it is a short call-up period, we will do our best to unite what we want to do and what the coach wants to do.”

Regarding the short call-up period, he explained, “The players are also aware of this, so the time of 2 nights and 3 days is extremely important to us.”

That’s why it’s important to quickly absorb what director Hwang Seon-hong wants. Lee Jae-ik said, “During this call-up period, he puts a lot of emphasis on defensive tactics and mental aspects.”

In the Asian Games age group, there are players who achieved the legend of runner-up in the FIFA U-20 World Cup four years ago. Lee Jae-ik was one of them. He said, “Of course, there is a sense of intimacy among the players who participated in the U-20 World Cup, but they are not the only ones.”

The current U-20 national team left for Argentina to inherit the glory of their seniors. Lee Jae-ik, who said, “My teammate Hwang In-taek is also in the U-20 national team,” quoted what Lee Kang-in (Mallorca) said in the past and sent cheers to his juniors. He said, “At that time (Lee) Kangin planted that mindset before going to the World Cup, saying, ‘We will really win the championship.

Although he was not present at this call, there is a possibility that foreign factions such as Lee Kang-in will join forces. Lee Jae-ik said, “Of course, I think we can create better synergy if players from overseas come,” but “now we are trying to do everything we can in the convocation.”

There is another motivation for the Asian Games, which is military service benefits. Lee Jae-ik said, “Of course, there are personal motivations,” but “I think this is a competition where I can show myself again on the Asian stage.”

Through this tournament, Korea will challenge to win three consecutive Asian Games. Earlier, starting with the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, he won a gold medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. It is an environment that is difficult to welcome unless it is a gold medal. 안전놀이터

Lee Jae-ik said, “Of course, considering that there is only a gold medal, you may feel a burden,” but emphasized, “If I cannot overcome that burden, I do not think I will be included in the Asian Games list.”

Goalkeepers: Dongmin Koh (Gyeongnam FC), Seongjun Min (Incheon United FC), Kwangyeon Lee (Gangwon FC)

Defenders: Kim Ryun-seong (Gimcheon Sangmu), Byun Jun-su (Daejeon Hana Citizen), Lee Sang-min (Seongnam FC), Lee Jae-ik (Seoul E-Land), Lee Tae-seok (FC Seoul), Jo Seong-kwon (Gimpo FC), Cho Wi-je, Choi Jun (Lee Sang-san I-Park) , Cho Hyeon-taek (Ulsan Hyundai), Hwang Jae-won (Daegu FC)

MF: Koh Young-Jun (Pohang Steelers), Ko Jae-Hyun (Daegu FC), Kwon Hyuk-Gyu (Busan I-Park), Kim Bong-Soo (Jeju United), Song Min-Gyu, Lee Soo-Bin (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Ahn Jae-Jun (Bucheon FC), Yang Hyun-Jun (Gangwon FC), Um Ji-Sung , Jeong Ho-yeon (Gwangju FC), Eom Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai)

Forwards: Park Jae-yong (FC Anyang), Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon Sangmu), Cheon Seong-hun (Incheon United)

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