After all, the core of the “attack soccer” declared by manager Jurgen Klinsmann (59, Germany) was Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham). Finding a way to utilize Son Heung-min was a common concern of previous command towers, but coach Klinsman found the answer with a so-called ‘free roll’ that does not cover location.
Son Heung-min played full-time in the evaluation match against Colombia held at Munsu Soccer Stadium in Ulsan on the 24th and made a big success by scoring multiple goals. At the beginning of the second half, the defense collapsed and it ended in a 2-2 draw, but Son Heung-min was voted the best player of the match without any dispute.
Director Klinsman is a world-class striker, and he did not hide his affection for Son Heung-min. In that respect, it was a game where attention was focused on how to utilize Son Heung-min. Coach Klinsman, who is also a Tottenham senior, expected that he would “watch almost every Tottenham game and be a ‘big fan’ of Son Heung-min.”
The method of using Son Heung-min that coach Klinsman first brought out was ‘free roll’. Former coach Paulo Bento (Portugal) used Son Heung-min as a left wing forward, just like in his team. Coach Klinsman is also said to have placed him on the left during closed tactical training. However, in the match against Colombia, Son Heung-min stood in the middle of the second line in the 4-2-3-1 formation. Jung Woo-young (Freiburg) and Lee Jae-seong (Mainz 05) lined up on both sides.
Only the position in the formation was in the middle, but Son Heung-min led the attack in all directions. There were times when he played in front of one-top Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), and he moved widely, even crossing the left and right flanks. He created opportunities by digging all over the opponent’s camp, rather than leaning toward the left flank as before.
It was Klinsman’s intention to maximize Son Heung-min’s abilities. If he is on the side, the opportunity to penetrate the space, which is Son Heung-min’s strength, is reduced, and there are not many opportunities to show off his unique shooting. He also had limited opportunities for sharp passes that pierced the offensive line, another strength. Coach Klinsmann released tactical restrictions so Son Heung-min could move freely and brought out his abilities to the fullest.
Son Heung-min replied with ‘multi-goal’. In the 10th minute of the first half, he scored Klinsmann Ho’s first goal. After blocking the opponent’s pass, he shook the net by kicking with his left foot from the right side of the arc towards the empty goal. The opposing goalkeeper did not miss the gap when he emptied the goal to handle the ball, and scored the opening goal with an accurate and sharp kick. The position where Son Heung-min scored the first goal was on the right side, not the left side, where Son Heung-min usually played. 바카라사이트
In the extra time of the first half, he shook the net again with a sharp right-footed free kick and made manager Klinsman smile. Son Heung-min completed multiple goals in the first half with his left and right feet and showed off a series of ‘click celebrations’ to the fans who filled the stadium.
It wasn’t just the bone surface. In the counterattack situation in the second half, he chilled the opponent with a left-footed shot following an exquisite ball touch from the front of the arc. At the end of the second half, Oh Hyun-kyu (Celtic) showed off a pass play in front of the goal and created an opportunity for an additional goal. They were threatening scenes created with free movement.
The draw faded, but the match against Colombia was a game where you could get a glimpse of the attacking football coach Klinsman pursued, and at the center of it was Son Heung-min, who freely roamed the front. Manager Klinsman expressed his intention to use Son Heung-min as the core of attacking football in the future by giving him a free role. After the match against Colombia, he said, “It always feels good when Son Heung-min scores a goal. He is a resource that can play both in the center and on the flanks, and we intend to continue giving free rolls in the future.”
Son Heung-min scored the 36th and 37th goals in A-match against Colombia, rising to third place with the most individual goals in A-match by a Korean player, and also set the record for the most goals (5 goals) from free kicks. He also added a new record by becoming the first ever to score goals in three consecutive matches against a team from a continent other than Asia. Son Heung-min will go on a goal hunt for two consecutive matches of his A match through the game against Uruguay at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 28th.