Klinsmann fumbled despite bringing in a full complement of international talent. The failure to provide a blueprint for the national team only amplified doubts about the new coach’s leadership.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s men’s national soccer team played a goalless draw against Wales in an early morning exhibition match at Cardiff City Stadium in Wales, England, on Aug. 8.
It was a slugfest. The Welsh had 11 total shots, four on goal and two on target, while South Korea had four total shots and only one on target. There were no clear-cut chances to score. Despite having 61% of the possession, they were unable to build up and turned the ball over a lot.
Wales is ranked 35th by FIFA, lower than South Korea (28th). The Welsh were forced to field a 1.5-man squad for this game as they were in danger of being knocked out of the group stage of the 2024 European Championships, but the win was a confidence booster ahead of their Euro group game against Latvia. “We kept a clean sheet against one of the best strikers in the world,” said Wales head coach Rob Page after the game, referring to Son Heung-min (Tottenham). There were a lot of positives.”
Klinsmann is winless since his appointment in March, with three draws and two losses. After a 2-2 draw with Colombia and a 1-2 loss to Uruguay in March, he lost 0-1 to Peru and drew 1-1 with El Salvador in June. No foreign manager in history has ever failed to win his first four games in charge. Klinsmann was the first to suffer that ignominy.
It was a goalless draw despite mobilizing a number of overseas players who have been scoring goals recently. Captain Son Heung-min exploded for a hat-trick against Burnley in the English Premier League (EPL), and Hong Hyun-seok (Hent), who played in the flanking midfield, was silent after scoring multiple goals in a 2-1 win at home in the Belgian Jupiler League.
Above all, there is no clear attacking direction. On this day, Klinsmann opted for a 4-4-2 formation with Cho Kyu-sung up front and Son Heung-min as a dropped striker to play the “center free-roll.” Lee Jae-sung (Mainz) and Hong Hyun-seok (Hent) were deployed on the left and right wings to provide support, but it didn’t work. No new tactical attempts were made to utilize the Son Heung-min free-roll card. There wasn’t a lot of positional rotation between the strikers, and there were no attempts to increase the number of players on the flanks, 온라인바카라 or to move a center back up to a defensive midfield position if the buildup wasn’t there. In the early stages of the game, they were busy playing the ball out from the back, and after the midway point, they relied on a monotonous attack through long balls from left back Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) and penetration from Son Heung-min. It can only be seen as a lack of tactics and discipline.