“Confidence and flexibility will lead Korean women’s football to a higher place.”
Colin Bell, coach of the women’s national soccer team (62, England), gave a short and bold New Year’s greeting. Last year, coach Paulo Bento of the men’s national soccer team (54, Portugal) expressed his aspirations to continue the impression made at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. At the press conference, which was conducted in a mixture of Korean, he showed an extraordinary will to speak in fluent Korean about the keywords he emphasized, such as ‘confidence’ and ‘high intensity’.
At the New Year’s press conference held at the Seoul Sinmunro Soccer Center on the 26th, coach Bell said, “I think we will have a good match at the Arnold Clark Cup in February and the 2023 Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup in June.”
Ahead of the Arnold Clark Cup, there are many concerns as veterans such as Cho So-hyun (35, Tottenham Women), Lee Young-joo (31, Madrid CFF), and Lee Min-ah (32, Incheon Hyundai Steel) fall off the horse due to injury. Bell himself said that’s not good news at a time when stabilizing the squad is important. However, he positively predicted, saying, “It is good news that there are many players who can play various roles, such as Hyo-joo Chu (23, Suwon FC Women), Hye-ri Kim (33), and Seul-gi Jang (29, Incheon Hyundai Steel).
In the Arnold Clark Cup, which will be held in England from the 17th of next month (Korean time), ‘Belho’ will face England, Belgium and Italy. Coach Bell said, “Europe is still in the season and the physical is excellent, so it is a big challenge for us. In particular, England has been undefeated in 26 matches since the manager change last year,” he explained. “This is an opportunity to test physical-oriented games and recovery techniques between games in preparation for Colombia, Morocco, and Germany, which we will meet in the World Cup finals.” . 메이저사이트
Coach Bell, who has held the baton for more than three years since October 2019, has a special affection for the team. At the time of his appointment, he said the players lacked confidence, but it continued to grow. The idea is to help our players go higher through high-intensity training and opponent analysis.
Regarding preparations for the World Cup, Coach Bell said, “It is easy to collect information in modern soccer. We are collecting information through various methods such as local acquaintances, and we have already finished preparing to analyze the matches that our opponents will play in February and April.” “All three teams have strengths in motivation and organizational power. Colombia’s raw football, Morocco’s technique and teamwork, and Germany’s physical and airborne maintenance are impressive.”
There are many mountains to overcome. Korea is an underdog that has never crossed the wall in the group stage except for the 2015 World Cup in Canada. However, coach Bell emphasized that if you build a team with confidence and flexibility, it is worth playing with any team.
Regarding the tactics he was planning and the points he emphasized to the players, he said, “You have to be more active and active. However, we also need flexibility to change tactics depending on the situation,” he said. “Our goal is to win the first game against Colombia. Even if it is an obvious story, I believe that if we do our best in every game, we will be able to achieve good results.”