Sport 2018 World Cup Tactical Preview: South Korea

23:40  13 june  2018
23:40  13 june  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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Korea have never been able to replicate their brilliance from the 2002 tournament where they reached the semi-finals, and this team has a very uncertain look to it. Manager Shin Tae-yong replaced the experienced German Uli Stielike, and his reign has seen Korea struggle to settle on a system. It does look as if they are going to play 4-4-2 at the World Cup, but he has an obsession with playing a 3-4-1-2 that becomes a 5-4-1 in the defensive phase, so we could see that system in Russia.

The Systems:

We will begin with the 4-4-2, as this seems the more likely choice for Tae-yong. Heung-min Son plays up front in this system, partnered by Red Bull Salzburg’s promising prospect Hwang Hee-chan.

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The midfield is anchored by departing Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, and he plays with the tall box-to-box midfielder Jung Woo-young. The left wing spot is Lee Jae-sung’s until he stops performing well, and the right wing spot will either be filled by former Barcelona youth player Lee Seung-woo or Koo Ja-Cheol of Augsburg. Koo isn’t really in favour with this team though, and it is unlikely he gets regular game time, which will surprise a lot of people.

The back four is experienced if unspectacular, with both full-backs being able to play as wide midfielders aswell, meaning Korea do have an attacking threat there if they need one.

Ki is the key man for Korea, as although he has struggled in the Premier League due to a lack of mobility, he is a very good passer, and he is really the only man in the Korea team who helps make quick transitions. In this 4-4-2, Korea aim to get the ball in behind quickly and feed off drilled crosses into the box. Son is a man who likes to drift wide, and Salzburg’s Hee-chan will play as more of a box striker, than a channel-running striker.

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One of the reasons Shin Tae-yong likes the 3-4-1-2 is that it gives you constant high width, and this philosophy definitely seeps into the way Korea play the 4-4-2. The full-backs push very high up the pitch, and they have great energy and stamina. Korea also have a lot of options there, so rotation could be key if their full-backs are to maintain energy throughout the group stages.

Korea are fast and look to unsettle teams, and the 4-4-2 works better for them because they have more flexibility when they want to press. 3-5-2 is more of a formation where you stay in shape and build up slowly; these are not Korea’s strengths.

If they do play the 3-4-1-2, it will look roughly like the image below:

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Son will again be the more fluid forward, with Hee-chan holding his position centrally. Lee Jae-sung plays as a central player that drifts wide, and the system also sees Augsburg’s Koo Ja-Cheol operate as a playmaker alongside Ki and Jung Woo-young. It is likely that in the case they play 3-4-1-2, the two players dropped will be Lee Seung-woo, at the expense of another central defender. Korea’s philosophy is the same in this formation – they work hard and look to hit teams on the break. 3-5-2, though, is really a formation meant for slow build up rather than direct counter-attacking, so Korea struggle to create in this formation. Their best XI in this formation was destroyed by Bosnia and Herzegovina in a recent friendly, which saw the manager demote the system to a Plan B.

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System Strengths:

South Korea do have a lot of technical ability, and unlike a lot of the other counter-attacking sides, they should use the ball relatively well. Son, Ki and Lee Seung-woo are all very capable ball-players who will help South Korea create in transition.

System Weaknesses:

South Korea really struggle for consistent goals, and Heung-min Son simply hasn’t played at a top level for them. He often drifts out of games, but this is largely because of the nature of Korea’s system. They don’t control possession well, and his touches are limited as a result of this.

Korea also lack energy in midfield, with Ki being notably a slow player. This could haunt them against teams such as Sweden and Mexico, who are intense and hard to play through.

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Germany v Sweden: Match Preview .
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