Shin Tae-yong, coach of the Indonesian national football team, evaluated the group draw for the 2023 AFC Qatar Asian Cup as a ‘group of death’.
The AFC held the 2023 AFC Qatar Asian Cup final draw ceremony at the Qatar Opera Hall in Doha at 8:00 pm (Korean time) on the 11th. Indonesia, led by Shin, was placed in Group D of the tournament along with Japan, Iraq and Vietnam.
Coach Shin said in an exclusive interview with <Best Eleven> after the group draw that he faced a tougher match than expected. Director Shin said, “The strongest teams from Port 1 (Japan) and Port 2 (Iraq) entered our group. In a way, I think we were caught in the ‘group of death’. I met a more difficult group than I thought.” .
Indonesia is the lowest FIFA ranked team among the teams participating in this Asian Cup. From this point of view, when asked if advancing to the ‘group 3 in the round of 16’ was not the goal, he cheerfully counterattacked, saying, “Why do you think it is 3 in the group, the round of 16?”안전놀이터
Coach Shin said, “I’m thinking of putting everything in the first game (January 15, 2024 against Iraq). If I win the first game, I think I can have a chance to advance to the round of 16. I will set up a roadmap and prepare for the next game.” said.
From the point of view of the new coach, this Asian Cup is a very important tournament. As the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup challenge, which was prepared with all its might, was canceled for non-game reasons, the atmosphere was quite depressed. Coach Shin returned to Indonesia on the same evening after the draw.