Two months until the start of the World Cup… Will Bento ignore Lee Kang-in until the end?

Plan A already hardened… No starting point

Experts “I don’t understand why you neglected to use the ‘Express Joker'”

The opinion of “Public opinion rather grabs Lee Kang-in’s ankle”

Not Lee Kang-in’s bright expression

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Do-hoon = After the evaluation match between Korea and Cameroon held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 27th, Lee Kang-in and his teammates goes around the ground to greet fans. 2022.9.27 [email protected]

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Hong-seok Ahn = With less than two months left before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, ‘Golden Boy’ Lee Kang-in (Mallorca) has emerged as a ‘hot potato’ Korean football.

Kang-in Lee was named on the national football team’s call-up list which was announced before the A game in September. This was the first time in a year and six months since the evaluation match against Japan (0-3 loss) in March last year.

However, coach Paulo Bento did not give Lee Kang-in a chance to play even for a minute in two evaluation matches (Costa Rica and Cameroon) in September.

Kang-in Lee showed his skills by accumulating attacking points (one goal and three assists) in four consecutive games in Spain’s La Liga, which is considered one of the three biggest leagues in the world this season, so he staying on the bench made the fans swerve. their heads.

Coach Bento is known to have tried different methods of using Kang-in Lee during training during this call. Kangin Lee is said to have picked up several attack points in a closed practice match.

However, Bento finally turned his back on him. After the game against Cameroon and against Costa Rica, Kang-in Lee, who had been sitting on the bench for ‘180 minutes’, showed a disappointed expression on his face.

Fans with high expectations for Lee Kang-in’s ‘genius’ criticize Bento, saying, ‘If you’re not going to use it, why did you call it?’

Some ignorant fans also left malicious comments on players’ SNS in posts that overlapped with Lee Kang-in.

Coach Bento directs the defense
Coach Bento directs the defense

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Joo-seong = Coach Paulo Bento instructs Kim Min-jae on his defensive strategy during the evaluation match between Korea and Cameroon held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul on afternoon the 27th. 2022.9.27 [email protected]

◇ Plan A for Llyn Bentu has already hardened… narrow space

The central axis of Bentu’s attack is Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos), who is considered the ‘leader of the midfield’.

“Big” Woo-Young Jung (Al Sadd) or Jun-Ho Son (Taishan Shandong) act as the first line of defense in the defensive line, and in front of him, In-Beom Hwang delivers accurate passes to’ the forwards at a fast tempo, a sketch of Bento football.

Kang-in Lee’s role, classified as an attacking midfielder, overlaps with that of In-beom Hwang. The time until the World Cup finals is too tight to complete the tactic of using Kang-in Lee as the starting pitcher instead of In-beom Hwang.

The coexistence of the two is difficult.

Coach Bento gives ‘little’ Woo-Young Jung (Freiburg) or Jae-Sung Lee (Mainz) with a lot of activity next to In-Beom Hwang to balance the ball in the second line.

Kang-in Lee is not active enough to take on this role. It is also not a way to properly use the talent of Lee Kang-in, whose creative path has been his strength from the beginning.

From the Bento point of view, it can be difficult. If Lee Kang-in had shown his current performance in his team even from the second half of last season, the ‘picture’ might have changed.

Park Moon-seong, a football commentator, said, “Bento didn’t even give a player who had proven his skills in La Liga a chance to prove his skills in the national team.

Hwang In-beom shot
Hwang In-beom shot

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Shin Hyeon-woo = Hwang Egin In-beom during the evaluation match between Korea and Cameroon held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 27th. 2022.9.27 [email protected]

Even if there was no way to use Lee Kang-in in basic tactics, he was able to find a way to use him as a new agent at the last minute.

Kang-in Lee has an amazing ability to change the flow of the game instantly with one pass on a pursuit that the opponent is not expecting. Furthermore, this ability has been proven in ‘La Liga’.

In general, experts evaluate that Kang-in Lee is full of talent as the ‘excellent joker’ of the Korean national team.

Commentator Han Jun-hee said, “It is the coach’s authority to appoint players and choose tactics, but it is a shame that Kang-in Lee, who can make an unpredictable attack at a critical moment, was given no chance. Lee Kang -in is clearly a different type of player to the current national team players,” he said.

Commentator Kim Dae-gil also said, “If Lee Kang-in was in a situation where he couldn’t play for his team like last season, he could understand Bento’s choice, but not now.” , and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) should have checked at least once in practice,” he noted.

Train Bento with thumbs up
Train Bento with thumbs up

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Joo-seong Kim = Coach Paulo Bento of the national soccer team shows thumbs up to the players after the 1-0 win over Cameroon Korea vs. Cameroon at the World Cup Stadium Seoul in Mapo-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 27th. 2022.9.27 [email protected]

◇ Footballers “Public opinion rather grabs Lee Kang-in’s ankle”

There is also an analysis that the public opinion that Lee Kang-in should be used even now has rather caught Lee Kang-in’s ankle. This is a story that comes from among the football players of the national team.

The main goal of all national team players is to compete. He pays close attention to whether he will start as a starter or how many minutes he will play if he is a substitute.

However, not all players are given equal opportunities, and dissatisfaction is bound to arise. Otherwise, it can lead to a decline in teamwork.

The job of the coach of the national team is to grasp the desires and complaints of the approximately 20 players who are the best in football in a country, and to manage every situation so that there is no ‘incontinence’ in the system.

Is Kang-in Lee likely to participate in the World Cup?
Is Kang-in Lee likely to participate in the World Cup?

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Do-hoon = Lee Kang-in greets fans after the evaluation match between South Korea and the Cameroon national team held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 27th.
Kang-in Lee did not appear in the evaluation matches against Costa Rica and Cameroon. 2022.9.27 [email protected]

If the players are given a signal that the manager’s choice is influenced by ‘outside opinion’, the coach’s control of the team will be greatly reduced, which can lead to ‘system collapse’.

For a foreign coach who has to lead a team in a country where the language is not spoken, this issue is inevitably more sensitive.

It may be difficult for fans to understand, but from coach Bento’s point of view, it may be a natural choice not to use Lee Kang-in regardless of the tactics or style of football.

A soccer player who has been playing for the national team for a long time said, “If you put Lee Kang-in in the atmosphere yesterday (against Cameroon), you can give the impression to other players that the manager gets influenced by the public. I made the choice to strengthen the unity within the team. I gave the team a sign saying, ‘I have 100% control over this team’.”

He said, “You have to understand what Son Heung-min said after the game in the same context.”

Son Heung-min ‘Captain’ Bentuho met with reporters in the mix zone after the match and said, “Lee Kang-in is a very good player and he is doing well in the league, but I don’t think ( the national team) should be a team just for Kang-in.” I believe there must be a reason for making that decision.

Kang-in Lee, who kept the bench, Mab Heung-min, encouraging
Kang-in Lee, who kept the bench, Mab Heung-min, encouraging

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Joo-seong Kim = An evaluation match between Korea and the Cameroon national football team held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 27th. His son Heung-min hugs Lee Kang-in, who stood on the bench after the match. 2022.9.27 [email protected]

◇ Can Lee Kang-in be selected for the final bid in the Qatar World Cup?

What remains to be seen is whether Bento will include Lee Kang-in in the final bid for the Qatar World Cup.

It is not easy to bring an outfield player who has not been properly used in the real world to the World Cup finals.

Although the number of applications in the finals has increased from 23 to 26, this is why many experts are predicting that there will be no place for Lee Kang-in.

Commissioner Park Moon-seong said, “The situation reminds me of the controversial ‘Yoon Jeong-hwan’ during the 2002 World Cup.

Before the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, there was controversy among football fans that Guus Hiddink had not appointed Yoon Jung-hwan (the current manager of Jeff United) as the starting team of the national team at the time.

At the time, Yoon Jung-hwan was considered the best attacking midfielder, but Hiddink chose Kim Nam-il (former manager of Seongnam FC) with a good defense. The result was a great success.

The start of the World Cup is still two months away. Kangin Lee’s trip to Qatar has not been completely cancelled.

If you don’t give up and consistently show good performances in your team, it is not impossible to receive the final Bento selection.

Kim Dae-gil said, “Lee Kang-in must have been hurt a lot in these two games, but he can develop further by using that as a driving force.”

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