”STAYING CALM” IS HWANG’S TOP PRIORITY AHEAD OF FIRTS ASIAN GAMES EVENT
A day before the first match of the Hangzhou Asian Games, the most emphasised mantra of Hwang Sun-hong’s team is ‘composure’ .The Asian Games football team, led by coach Hwang Sun-hong, stepped onto Chinese soil on 16 November, having endured several layers of external pressure Firstly, having won two consecutive Asian Games, there is pressure to make it three in a row. The team’s success also depends on the military exemption of Lee Kang-in (PSG), who is still travelling with his club. Not only Lee, but also Hong Hyun-seok (Gent), Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), and other players who play for European clubs, so there are high expectations from football fans in terms of strength. With seven games to go to win the title, Hwang’s side will kick off their campaign against Kuwait in their Group E opener at the Jinhua Stadium in Zhejiang Province, China, on the afternoon of the 19th.Prior to the team’s training session at Aiqing High School in Jinhua on the afternoon of the 18th, Huang emphasised the importance of composure. When asked about his thoughts ahead of the first match, Huang said, “I believe that if we can keep our composure and be patient, rather than feeling pressure, we will surely win. “At the end of his interview with the media, Hwang mentioned composure again. “When you take one step out of seven, and that one step is the final one, you have to give it your all,” he said, adding, “It’s important to be calm in a rush. That’s what I emphasise the most (to the players).”The players’ faces were bright as they arrived at the training ground .After stretching and warming up, the players warmed up by repeating the task of increasing their speed at the sound of a whistle. Afterwards, they started to work on their fitness with ball spinning drills. Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) will not play in the early stages of the group stage as he will not join the team until the afternoon of the 21st.Without Lee, Hwang Sun-Hong’s attack will be led by Hong Hyun-Seok and Jung Woo-Young, both of whom were all smiles as they joked around with their teammates in training .In particular, during a passing drill, Jung Woo-young failed to handle a pass properly and the ball went into the distance, causing the players who were warming up in pairs to burst out laughing and pick on Jung Woo-young at the same time. Jung Woo-young, who had a blank expression on his face, laughed and rejoined 안전놀이터 the group of players to continue training.