It can be said that the Korean Football Association arranged Sun Xingtus first battle on January 16, showing enough attention to the National Football Association. The two matches with South Korea in the World Preliminary Championship are the best two matches of the National Football Association. After Lippi took over the national football team, the first battle was a 1-0 victory over South Korea. The result of Lippis coaching country against South Korea was 1-1 and unbeaten. The Korean phobia that has plagued the National Football Association for many years seems to have been solved under the guidance of Lippi.
At present, Sun Xingtu is worth three times as much as the whole national football team. His return is certainly not good news for the national football team. But in fact, the National Football Association need not be too afraid of Sun Xing-soo and his Korean team, because the grouping and the schedule are very beneficial to the National Football Association. The National Football Association only needs to get 6 points and enough net wins on the first two opponents to make sure that the group will appear.
In fact, whether from the World Preliminary Games or this years Asian Games, South Korea has been slow to heat up the problem, even if the two previous matches South Korea won the same two games, but in the absence of Sun Xingtu, it is not likely to get more net wins than the National Football Team. And in the last battle about the top names between China and South Korea, Sun Xingtu rushed back and had no time to participate in the teams training. It was difficult to ensure that he could play his full strength. So there was still a chance for the National Football Team to draw or defeat its opponents. Although Korea is the strongest team in this group, as long as the National Football Team has the confidence and determination to win and do well in itself, it also has the strength to compete for the first place in the group.
Source: Editor-in-Charge of Oda Liao Football: Li Siming_BJS2696