07 January 2010

Chollima start 2010 in style

From fifa.com :

With head coach Kim absent for the friendly event in Qatar, his assistant Jo Tong-Sop was in temporary charge. “Given the teams we’ve been drawn against, we face a difficult task at South Africa 2010, though I hope that this win will boost our confidence,” Jo told FIFA.com.

“Our group will be very tough as it includes some of the highest-ranked teams in the world. They have some fantastic individual players, not to mention their teamwork and tactical ability, all of which will make life very hard for us in South Africa.

That said, we’ve got as much chance (of progressing) as any other team, all we can do is ensure we perform to the standard required. Every match will be important and we’ll take each one very seriously and try to recreate the form we showed in qualifying,” continued the former youth coach when quizzed on the Koreans’ chances of reaching the knockout phase.

“We’ll fight to the end to qualify for the second round, despite the enormity of the task. As usual we’ll rely on our own characteristic style built around fighting spirit and teamwork in order to achieve our aim.”

“Our first match against Brazil will be very tough," continued Jo. "We’ve only ever played in the World Cup once before and we are facing a team that has won it five times. As everybody knows, Brazil are the number one team in the world. Their players are incredibly skilful and we’ll have to combat that with teamwork and a resolute defence.”

And when questioned about their forthcoming preparations for South Africa 2010, Jo had this to say: “We’ll be working on all aspects of our game over the coming months and will play a number of friendlies. We’ve a match this month against Turkey and hope to take on several other teams to give our players valuable experience before the World Cup starts.


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