Related

Article

Verbeek tells Lee to shut up

17 July 2007 10:54

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."

Sponsored links

Info

Competition
Asian Cup
Date
15 July 2007
Kick-off
14:35
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
Salman Isa 43'  
1 - 1
2 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

Wednesday 1 April

20:20
19:01
17:51
17:29
17:28
17:22
17:17
17:04
16:46
16:41
16:18
15:35
15:25
14:23
14:18
14:13
14:01
13:20
13:19
12:39
12:38
12:38
12:14
11:12
10:49
10:33
10:04
09:45
09:45
09:40
09:16
08:20
08:00
06:32
05:20
05:12
05:10
04:18
04:06
04:05
03:25
02:02
01:16
00:24
00:09
00:08

Tuesday 31 March

23:56
23:50
23:42
23:41
23:23
23:17
22:53
22:40
22:39
22:27
22:23
21:28
21:00
20:46
20:04
19:42
19:12
19:09
19:04
19:00
18:39
18:00
17:40
17:37
17:23
17:08
16:56
16:52
16:42
16:32
16:25
16:10
16:07
15:46
14:59
14:39
12:55
12:01
11:39
11:18
10:20
09:53
09:09
08:30
07:46
07:11
03:38
03:35
01:39
00:58
00:32
00:13

Monday 30 March

23:11
23:02
22:43
22:25
21:13
21:00
20:52
20:33
20:12
19:58
19:44
19:05
18:44
18:37
18:09
18:02
17:35
17:27
17:00
16:49
16:38
16:24
16:07
16:01
15:54
15:23
14:46
14:03
13:16
12:42
11:51
11:29
10:54
10:26
10:24
09:32
09:29
08:16
07:31
07:07
04:49
04:35
03:52
02:49

Facebook