Korea’s No. 1 target, block ‘Jordan’s only European group’ Altamari
Altamari, who plays in Montpellier, France in the Asian Cup semi-final against Jordan at 00:00 on the 7th, is a threat to Korea due to his quick feet and good penetration ability.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany), must stop Moussa Altamari (Montpellier) in order to defeat Jordan and advance to the finals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.
Klinsmann will play the Asian Cup semifinal against Jordan at 00:00 (Korean time) on the 7th at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar.
Korea met Jordan in the second game of the group stage on the 20th of last month and ended in a 2-2 draw. In order to win the return match, you must block Altamari well.
Jordan is an underdog, ranking 87th, unlike Korea, which is 23rd in the FIFA rankings. Unlike Korea, where players mainly play in the top five European leagues, most of them play in their own league. In terms of objective power, Korea has the upper hand.
However, the abilities of each player are not bad. In particular, there are many quick-witted resources that can exploit Korea’s weaknesses, where the entire defensive line, including the flanks, is shaking. Among them, the player we need to be most wary of is Altamari.
Altamari showed good condition with 3 goals and 3 assists in 16 games in the 2023-2024 French professional soccer Ligue 1, and is also playing a key role in the national team.
In the Korean game, he was unable to record a direct attack point, but he harassed the Korean defense with his explosive movements.
However, unlike the last two games, Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), who completely blocked Altamari, will be absent in this semi-final.
Kim Min-jae received a yellow card in the quarterfinals against Australia following the match against Bahrain (3-1 win) on the 15th of last month, and cannot play in the semifinals due to accumulated warnings.
Kim Young-kwon, Jeong Seung-hyeon (Ulsan HD), and Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk Hyundai) are expected to fill Kim Min-jae’s vacancy, but the inability to use world-class Kim Min-jae is bad news for Korea.
He is not without an element of anticipation. It was reported that Altamari’s condition was not perfect.
After the game against Tajikistan, foreign media reported that Altamari was injured. In fact, Altamari prepared for the Korean War through individual training instead of team training.
Jordan coach Hussein Amota also said in an official press conference before the game on the 5th, “To protect the players, Al-Tamari trained differently. Tomorrow will be ready. “He is an important player,” he said. “Effort is needed not only from Altamari but from all players.”
Meanwhile, not only Altamari but also frontline striker Yazan Alnaimat (Al Ahly) must be careful.
Not only did he score in the game against Korea, but he is showing off his consistent performance with 2 goals and 2 assists in this tournament.
It has become important to build a solid defense to advance to the finals for the first time in nine years since the 2015 Australia Games, where Korea lost to Australia and finished as runners-up. 고스톱