South Korea coach fears Ghana's ferocious counter-attacks ahead of tonight's friendly
South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo has admitted that he fears Ghana massive counter-attack capabilities when the two sides clash in a pre-World Cup friendly in Miami on Monday night.
The two World Cup bound countries have been training in the Miami heat for the past one week before they travel for the tournament to be played in Brazil from this week.
But the coach of the Asian country is aware of the counter-attacking threat posed by Ghana but has admitted that that will help his side in gauging the threat of Russia, their opponents in the opening match of the World Cup.
In 15 matches under Hong since last summer, South Korea has netted just 15 goals, four of them coming against minnows Haiti.
South Korea has let in 18 goals in their net in 15 games, and the defenders will have their hands full against Ghana.
Striker Asamoah Gyan leads the African side with 39 international goals while the AC Milan midfielders — Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari — will also be dangerous for the Black Stars.
At a pre-match press conference held Sunday, Hong said he wants his players to tighten things up on both ends against Ghana.
“We need to make sure we don’t concede Ghana opportunities to mount counter-attacks,” the South Korean coach said.
“Russia (South Korea’s first World Cup opponent) is strong at counterattacks, and I will keep a close watch on how we can handle such situations in tomorrow’s match.”
Hong likely won’t depart too much from his starting line-up deployed against Tunisia, except for center-back Hong Jeong-ho, who bruised his foot in the second half of that match.
Hong has since recovered and has taken part in full drills since Thursday, but the coach could keep the defender on the bench as a precaution.