‘Staying calm’ is Hwang’s biggest challenge ahead of first match
One day before the first match of the Hangzhou Asian Games, the most emphasized mantra for the Hwangs was “keep calm.
The Asian Games soccer team, led by Hwang Sun-hong, stepped onto Chinese soil on Nov. 16 while enduring multiple layers of external pressure.
First of all, having won two consecutive Asian Games, there is pressure on the team to make it three in a row.
In addition, the team’s victory hinges on the military exemption of Lee Kang-in (PSG), who is still traveling with his club.
Not only Lee, but also Hong Hyun-seok (Gent), Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), and other players who play for European clubs, so there are high expectations from soccer fans in terms of strength.
Hwang Sun-hong, who needs to win seven games to win the title, will kick off the tournament with a Group E match against Kuwait at Jinhua Stadium in Zhejiang province, China, on Sept. 19 afternoon.
Prior to the team’s training session at Aiqing High School in Jinhua on the afternoon of the 18th, Huang emphasized the importance of composure.
When asked about his thoughts ahead of the first match, Huang said, “I believe that if we can keep our composure and be patient, rather than feeling pressure, we will surely win.”
At the end of his interview with the media, Hwang mentioned composure again.
“Now you’re taking one step out of seven, and if that one step is the final one, you have to give it everything,” he said, adding, “It’s important to be calm under pressure. That’s what I emphasize the most (to the players).”
The players’ faces were bright as they arrived at the training center.
After stretching and warming up, the players warmed up by repeating the task of increasing their speed at the sound of a whistle.
Afterward, they began to work on their fitness with ball spinning drills.
Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) will not join the team until the afternoon of the 21st, so he will not play in the early stages of the group stage.
Without Lee, Hwang Sun-Hong’s offense will be led by Hong Hyun-Seok and Jung Woo-Young, both of whom were all smiles as they joked around with their teammates in training.
In particular, during a ball-turning drill, when Jung Woo-young failed to handle a pass properly and the ball went into the distance, the players who were warming up in pairs burst into laughter and picked on Jung Woo-young.
In response, Jung Woo-young laughed and rejoined the group of players to continue training. 슬롯사이트