NIZHNY NOVGOROD Russia (Xinhua) --
South Korea are going to fight for a victory in their World Cup
Group F opening match against a post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden, coach Shin Tae-yong
said during a pre-match press conference on Sunday.
Given the following
opponents to be Germany and Mexico in Group F, South Korea consider the first
game against Sweden a better opportunity for points, so do the Swedes
The South Koreans are looking for three points instead of one.
"I think both teams see tomorrow’s match a must-win," Shin said.
He added that South Korea will get well prepared as they did in the past, and
they don’t feel pressure or nervous.
Shin believed that South Korean fans will give his team their support for a
In Brazil 2014, the South Korean team finished last in their World Cup group
without a win and returned home met with angry fans pelting them with toffee
candy as an insult at Incheon International Airport.
Referring to an alleged spying incident by Swedish team staff, Shin said that
his players switched shirts during training, and "the westerners don’t recognise
Swedish coach Janne Andersson apologised for the misunderstanding regarding
the spying incident. He also insisted that Sweden has moved on from Ibrahimovic
and will get ready for the match against South Korea.
The showdown between South Korea and Sweden is scheduled on Monday, at Nizhny
Sweden coach Janne Andersson plays down
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Sweden coach Janne Andersson on Sunday played down stories that a member of his
coaching staff had spied on the preparations of the South Korea national team
ahead of the World Cup group F between the two on Monday.
In quotes to the Swedish media, Lars Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish
technical staff appeared to confirm he had used a house with a view of the South
Korean training ground in Austria in order to watch Monday’s rivals at work
before they travelled to Russia, saying "it took a long car journey up the
mountains to reach the house, but it was a perfect spot to observe the Korean
When asked about the spying controversy during Sunday’s pre-game press
conference, Andersson refused to answer questions over whether Jacobsson had
spied on South Korea using a telescope and a video camera.
All he would confirm was that there had been a mix-up over a coach ejected
from a closed-door session held by the Koreans.
"He heard about a practice session...
"He didn’t understand it was a closed session and he was asked to leave, so
he watched from more of a distance as a result," explained Andersson.
The Swedish coach insisted that "it’s very important," that Sweden showed
"respect for opponents, always and in every way...
"If it has been seen in another way, we apologise."
He said that in general his side preferred to learn information about rivals
by watching them play.
"You’re turning something small into something much bigger.
"You’re making a mountain out of a molehill," he concluded.