Shin Tae-yong ‘unhappy’ with refereeing
“There are many complaints, but I applaud the players”
Shin Tae-yong’s Indonesia will be looking for one last hope.
Tae-yong Shin’s Indonesia will take on Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan in the third round of Group D at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 2023 Qatar Asian Cup at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Indonesia conceded back-to-back goals to Ayase Ueda in the sixth and seventh minutes of the first half. They then conceded an own goal by Justin Hubner in the 43rd minute and lost 1-3 despite a Sandy Walsh goal in stoppage time. Japan advances to the round of 16 in second place behind group leader Iraq.
Despite the two-point defeat, Shin Tae-yong’s Indonesia made Japan work for it. After the final whistle, the players went to the stands to greet the crowd. Many Indonesian fans in the stadium showed their faith by encouraging the team.
At the post-match press conference, Shin said, “First of all, congratulations to Japan. I have to admit that they are a good team. I accept the result, but I have a lot of complaints about the referee, and I applaud our players for doing their best,” he said.
Indonesia will have to wait for the result of the match on Friday to find out if they will advance to the round of 16. When asked if he expects to make it to the round of 16, he said, “That’s not something I can talk about. I think it’s the will of the heavens,” he said.
“First of all, I think we should take a day off tomorrow and see the result of the match. The day after the match is a day of recovery training and rest, so I think we should take a day off tomorrow and see the result and make a judgment.”
When asked how he would watch the other teams’ games the next day, he said, “I want everyone to be comfortable. I want the players to feel comfortable watching the other team’s game and not be stressed out.”
When asked to name his “favorite game” of the tournament, he pointed to the second round match against Vietnam. “The game we won is my favorite. We won against Vietnam, so that’s my favorite.”
Against Japan, Indonesia struggled mightily on offense. They struggled to get any shots off in the first half. “Japan has a lot of good players up front,” said Shin Tae-yong. They have good offensive and defensive balance, and they have good counter attacks and pressing from the front, so it was not easy for our players to get free. Our offensive line didn’t stand out. In a word, we are still young and inexperienced, so the process of creating when we get the ball still needs time. The fact that we couldn’t create because the Japanese offensive line pressed well from the front is something we need to work on.”
For Shin, the Asian Cup was all about experience. “It was a good experience for me as a coach, and it was a good experience and opportunity to lead a team with a weak FIFA ranking to a major Asian tournament and show the kind of play we want our players to do,” he said.
“Even though our Indonesian soccer team is almost the weakest in the FIFA rankings, you can see a lot of improvement in the way we play and the opponents we face. I see hope for Indonesian football by taking our young players out and playing against the best teams. I believe it will help our players a lot,” he said, pleased with Indonesia’s progress.