JAKARTA (AFP) - South Korea's Dutch coach Pim Verbeek hit back at rebel Lee Dong-guk on Tuesday after the Middlesbrough striker slammed his bosses tactics in the 2-1 defeat to Bahrain.
Verbeek's team sit bottom of group D and have to beat Indonesia in their final group match on Wednesday to stand any chance of making the quarter-finals.
They have only one point after blowing leads in their first two matches to end with a draw against Saudi Arabia and a shock defeat to tiny Bahrain.
After that game, Lee said he felt his coach got his tactics wrong by playing a lone targetman with wingers on either flank, saying that the team will never score enough goals without playing a second striker.
But Verbeek has told Lee to concentrate on his own job.
"As far as I am concerned we play with three attackers," said the 51-year-old.
"Lee hasn't played for a long time and for more than one year he hasn't played a full 90 minutes.
"He should focus on his own performance first before thinking about the tactics.
"The way we play we played some very nice games. We beat Iraq 3-0, we beat Uzbekistan and we created many chances against Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. So I am not worried about the system at all."
Lee only came on as a substitute against the Saudis but started the match against Bahrain as Verbeek made six changes to the team.
Yet despite the changes, Lee moaned: "The Bahrain players already knew our tactics and attacking patterns. Our attack was focused only one way, using the wingers.
"Coach ordered me to just stay in the box, so I didn't have the chance to touch the ball in midfield.
"If we need two more goals against Indonesia then we have to reconsider our attack plan.
"Really big teams can keep a one-goal lead, but we couldn't. Maybe the inexperience of our young players was a problem too."
Verbeek, though, is confident his team will rise to the challenge and get the result they need against Indonesia on Wednesday to put them in a position to qualify -- as long as the other match does not end in a draw, which would eliminate the Koreans.
"I think it will be a great game. Every coach and player is looking for challenges and this game will be a big challenge," he said.
"Firstly because we are playing against the home team, there will be 90,000 fans in the stadium and we have to win by a minimum of two goals.
"If that's not a challenge then there are no more challenges in the world."
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