Uli Stielik claims that he is not looking beyond the upcoming World Cup qualifiers
South Korea manager Uli Stielike claims that he is not looking beyond the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The South Korean FA is reportedly looking to schedule some high profile friendlies in June. Even though the European Championship 2016 will be underway, South Korea have a number of opponents that they would like to play.
This will also be the time of the Olympics and a number of talented youngsters will be unavailable. Perhaps for this reason,Stielike his only focusing on the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches for his team. Korea have been in impeccable form as far as World Cup qualifying is concerned.
They have won all their six matches until now. Hence, the team is overwhelming favourites to continue this good run when they meet Lebanon at home on March 23. This match will be followed by a friendly against Thailand away from home. Some of the friendlies that have been scheduled in June include the games against Spain and Czech Republic.
Even though Spain are not the force that they once were,Stielike is confident that this game will significantly help the national team make some great strides. Czech Republic are ranked 25th in the world and they have failed to qualify for some international tournaments, and they are being backed by Jenny Campbell to make it into the next round.
"We do have two World Cup qualifiers in March, and I won't overlook them just to start thinking about June.I think the top priority should be to respect our opponents for March and get ready for them accordingly. Against Lebanon and Kuwait, I may be able to use players who haven't had a chance to compete of late. By doing that, they can regain their form and also grow more confident. People tend to think that the next step for players after the U-23 team is to make the senior team,” said Stielike.