Stielike thinks they can beat Costa Rica
South Korea might have been 48 positions below Costa Rica in the FIFA World rankings, but, Uli Stielike, the man who has recently taken charge of the team, believes that the Asian giants have every chance of emerging victorious in the friendly game against the Central Americans.
That game is going to be played next week in the capital city of Seoul.
Stielike’s tenure as the South Korea boss has already started on a winning note. In his first game in charge a couple of nights back against Paraguay, his team won by a margin of 2 goals.
Stielike surprised people with the starting XI that he picked for that game. He did not use the big names either at the back end or upfront and rather showed faith in unknown faces and those unknown faces actually ended up delivering.
Stielike however denied that the same starting XI would turn up in Tuesdays’ game as well. According to him, he likes to keep the team information secret.
In the press conference earlier today, when asked about the starting XI, the 59-year old German said, “I don’t reveal the team information in the press. I know which players I have to go with. I hope whoever gets the opportunity at whichever position does well for the team and we succeed in having our second consecutive win.”
When asked what he thinks of his team’s performance in that Paraguay game, Stielike said, “I thought in that game, we started lacking a bit of gas in the last 15-20 minutes. We gave them the possession easily. I would not like to see that happening this game.”
Stielike has managed international sides like Switzerland and Ivory Coast before, but, this is the first time that he is managing an Asian international side.