Captain Ki pleased to get robust on South Korea

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A veteran of main tournaments and now staff captain, Ki Sung-yueng is having fun with his obligations with South Korea on the World Cup.

Information 17 Jun 2018, 22:47 IST





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South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng

Ki Sung-yueng says he has no drawback getting robust together with his South Korea team-mates if it helps them to profit from their World Cup marketing campaign.

Shin Tae-yong’s aspect tackle Sweden in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday of their opening match of a tough-looking Group F that additionally comprises Mexico and Germany.

Ki solely turned 29 in January however is without doubt one of the most skilled heads within the staff, having competed at two earlier World Cup finals, two Olympic tournaments and two Asian Cups, ending as a runner-up in 2015.

The midfielder admits it’s a completely different feeling to move into soccer’s grandest competitors as staff captain however he’s decided to verify each one of many South Korea gamers reveals they need to be in Russia.

“We have been making ready for the World Cup for 4 years and labored very laborious, not solely those that made the squad however those that did not,” he mentioned. “As a captain, I really feel a robust sense of duty and I need to do effectively.

“I need the gamers to arrange in a snug method, so I attempt to assist them in any method. Generally, there was rigidity inside the staff, and generally the ambiance obtained too gentle, so I attempted to stability the 2. I actually need the gamers to make the most of this chance. It is going to be a extremely necessary expertise of their lifetime.”

Ki, who was solely 21 at his first World Cup in South Africa in 2010, added: “In comparison with 2010, I’ve obtained slightly bit older. I used to be the youngest then.

“That is my third World Cup and the World Cup in fact is a really tense state of affairs, there’s quite a lot of stress.

“Stress-wise for me, I believe it is loads much less, however now I am captain and I really feel a stronger sense of duty. I believe that is the largest distinction.”

It has been estimated there might be as few as 1,500 South Korean followers contained in the 45,000-seater Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Monday, however former Swansea Metropolis man Ki is simply hoping for a packed crowd – no matter their allegiance.

“I believe it is good to have lots of people within the crowd. Whether or not they’re Swedish or Korean actually would not matter,” he mentioned. “The gamers have quite a lot of expertise in that side. It could be nice if we now have a full stadium, if the gamers can really feel the World Cup ambiance.

“Korea have extra expertise than Sweden. I do not know what number of Swedish gamers have performed within the World Cup however we now have fairly a couple of gamers who’ve had that have. All that is left is for us to indicate you on the pitch.”

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