[Saudi Arabia match interview] Son Heung-min “It was a disappointing 1-0 match! There were many chances.”
Son Heung-min (Tottenham) was disappointed with the result of a 1-0 win.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, won 1-0 in the A match against Saudi Arabia held at St. James Park in Newcastle, England, on the afternoon of the 12th (local time).
I met Son Heung-min after the game. Son Heung-min said, “It’s very disappointing that we won 1-0, which was a disappointing result.” He added, “If you look at the game as a whole, we had a lot of control. We had a lot of chances. It would have been an easier game if we had scored a goal.” .
◇Q&A with Son Heung-min
-The Saudi match ended in victory.
▶First of all, I am very disappointed that the result of the game was such that it was disappointing to win 1-0. Personally, I think the first win is very important and it was a difficult first win, but I think it was a good opponent. I think Saudi Arabia also prepared a lot and played a good game, but looking at the game as a whole, we took the lead a lot. Also, at the end of the second half, Saudi Arabia was playing aggressively even though we were winning. Looking at the game as a whole, we had a lot of chances, and if we had converted those chances into goals, I think we could have had an easier game. I think that part is a bit disappointing. Anyway, the most important thing right now was the first win, so I hope that through this game, we can go on a more positive journey in the future.
-Do you think you achieved the victory and result against Saudi Arabia?
▶I don’t think things like content will change overnight. As the coach has clearly said, we are continuing to move forward and there are certainly other important games in October. I hope we can continue the good atmosphere thanks to the results of today’s game. In terms of game content, I definitely think we can do better, so I hope we can develop these areas further.
-After the international match in October, the 2026 North and Central America World Cup qualifiers will be held in November, and the Qatar Asian Cup will be held in January next year. What should we do with the nature of the remaining games going forward?
▶Actually,메이저놀이터 there is really not much time left. A lot will happen over the next two or three months, so we need to quickly understand the kind of soccer that the coach wants and pursues. I think the most important things are those that really need to be put into practice. I think we will have more time than we think, but since we don’t have that much time, we will try to get the soccer we want as quickly as possible in October so that we can get some good results in October as well and prepare for the World Cup qualifiers, second qualifiers, and Asian Cup. I hope you can prepare smoothly and without any problems during the process.
-Isn’t it difficult to serve as captain of the national team and Tottenham simultaneously?
▶I don’t know if I’m performing well. In fact, I am being asked to perform very different roles in that position, and I am trying to perform them very well. As I said before, there are really good colleagues and good players next to me on the national team and on my team. I think it makes me a little more comfortable in my role as captain. Clearly, my role as captain of the national team has definitely helped me at Tottenham as well. In some ways, I have only been the captain at Tottenham for a short period of time, but I think that experience as a captain really helps the national team. So, although there really isn’t much left to do with these things, I want to give good advice to the players in these areas and also give them a lot of good advice in the future to help the team develop further.
– Quite a few of our players came to Europe this summer. I think it will be a source of nourishment for the national team to increase its competitiveness.
▶ To put it bluntly, I cannot guarantee that the national team will necessarily improve just because we go to Europe. In some ways, I think it’s very important how much the players work in that position and how much they pursue their dreams. In fact, we have seen many players who only made it to Europe but failed and returned, and realistically, we have seen many of them ourselves. So, the players who went to Europe obviously have dreams and have great courage, so they are definitely thinking about the national team. Since they must have incredibly big dreams for the national team, we really hope that the players behind the scenes will develop a lot, learn a lot from the team, and grow into players who can be of great help to the national team. I’ve been living in Europe for a really long time, but I think the most important thing is not to get hurt. If the young players, as well as the players currently in Europe, do not get hurt and I really try to learn everything I do every day, I think that those learnings will definitely be of great help to the future of national soccer in Korea.