‘European’ Park Ji-soo virtually a ‘constant’…defense full of new faces, struggling to find ‘combinations’

Klinsmann’s biggest concern is the defense.

Jürgen Klinsmann’s men’s national soccer team is in the midst of a two-match June A series against Peru and El Salvador. The team has yet to earn its first win under Klinsmann. However, Kim Min-jae (Napoli) and Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan Hyundai), two of the key players in the defense, are not with the team due to training camp and injury, respectively.

The combination of Kim Min-jae and Kim Young-kwon was a big part of the national team, so there are some concerns. Park Ji-soo (Portimonense) is the only real ‘constant’ in the squad. Park has been a constant in the national team under previous coach Paulo Bento. However, Park went down with an injury in an exhibition match against Iceland a day before the final roster was announced for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

With his feet firmly planted on the ground, Park knocked on the door of Portugal and took on a new challenge. He made 14 appearances after the move, helping the team stay in the top flight. His 14 caps are also the most of any defender on this list.

In addition, left-back Kwon Kyung-won (Gamba Osaka) was ruled out with an ankle ligament injury. Klinsmann called up Jung Seung-hyun (Ulsan) and Park Kyu-hyun (Dynamo Dresden), who were originally headed to the U-24 national team. This is Park’s first call-up to the senior national team. Although classified as a midfielder, Won Doo-jae (Gimcheon Commerce) can also play central defense. He has been playing central defense for his club Gimcheon this season.메이저사이트

As for Jung Seung-hyun, he’s been playing impeccable defense for Ulsan this season. He’s even earned the title of captain. Seung-hyun Jung has 11 A matches under his belt, but he had the misfortune of making a mistake that led to a goal against Paraguay in June last year. Kim Joo-seong, a 2000-born defender who has been excelling at FC Seoul, has only one A match under his belt. Furthermore, Park Kyu-hyun has been playing mostly as a flanker for his club, so he has a lot of adjusting to do.

In any case, the defense will have to play with a completely new combination. The most experienced of them is Park Ji-soo, who will have to do a good job of holding the center while also leading his partners. With Klinsmann preaching ‘attacking football’, the role of the defense is crucial. It will be interesting to see what new defensive combinations he will introduce.

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