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S. Korean football captain vows to show tireless work ethic vs. Serbia

2017/11/13 18:28

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ULSAN, Nov. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korean football captain Ki Sung-yueng said Monday that the players are ready to show their tireless work ethic when they face Serbia.

South Korea will host Serbia at Munsu Football Stadium on Tuesday. This will be South Korea's last match at home in 2017. Both South Korea and Serbia have already secured spots at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Taeguk Warriors are coming off a 2-1 win over Colombia last Friday. It ended South Korea's six-game winless streak.

Ki, who played the full match against Colombia, said the players are determined to collect a victory like they did last week.

"Just like we did against Colombia, we'll move more than the opponents and will sacrifice for the team," he said. "We'll show South Korean football's strength to fans."

   The Swansea City anchorman was South Korea's orchestrator in the midfield with his pinpoint passes. Ki, who has 96 caps, said he feels tired, but that doesn't mean he will not do his best against Serbia.

"I'm little tired, but I just think it's not right to not do your best when you're with the national team," he said. "I've previously played matches after three-day rest, so there's not going to be a big problem."

   Ki said the players should not be too sensitive about friendly match results since the ultimate goal is to do well at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"We've earned a turnaround opportunity with the last friendly, but if we are satisfied with that result and don't prepare for the next one, it's obvious how we'll perform at the World Cup," he said. "We don't need to be hyped up with the result of one match. We need to play a good game consistently."

   The 29-year-old, who also played on teams like Celtic and Sunderland, will not play at the East Asian Cup in Japan next month. South Korean head coach Shin Tae-yong already decided to form the squad for the four-nation tournament with domestic-based players.

It means Europe-based players such as Ki and Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min will be able to return to the national team in March. Ki, however, said he isn't worried about the absence.

"When you're a national team member, you already know about national team tactics and are capable of adapting to any tactics," he said. "Until March, we need to do our best with our clubs and stay healthy without getting injured."

  

South Korea's national football team captain Ki Sung-yueng (R) speaks at a press conference at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan on Nov. 13, 2017. (Yonhap) South Korea's national football team captain Ki Sung-yueng (R) speaks at a press conference at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan on Nov. 13, 2017. (Yonhap)

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