“I’m just laughing, but I was like, ‘You guys can do this without me.'”
South Korean national football team captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham) has praised his teammates for their 4-0 win over South Korea in his absence.
South Korea beat Tunisia 4-0 in a friendly match at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul, on Wednesday.
Son Heung-min watched from the bench due to a sore leg muscle and congratulated Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who scored the lone goal, with a hug when he came on as a substitute.
“(The absence) was something we talked about with the coach,” Son said in a post-match interview, adding, “I’m proud of the players for doing well without me.”
“There are always situations like this (when someone can’t play), but the players handled it well,” he said, adding, “I think we gained confidence with a good performance and a lot of goals today, and I hope we can continue to play like this.”
“It’s every player’s dream to score their first goal for the national team,” he said, adding, “I wanted to hug not only (Lee) but all the players for their hard work.”
The English Premier League’s September Player of the Month also praised the players, saying, “I feel good that the preparation they have done during the training sessions for this call-up has come out well on the pitch,” and “I’m laughing, but they have done so well that I think they can do without me.”
When asked about his chances of playing against Vietnam in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do on the 17th, Son Heung-min said, “I always want to play every game,” adding, “I don’t have any other desires, but I have a lot of desire to play.”
“I will prepare well as it is a game in Korea,” he said, adding, “If I get the chance, I want to show a good performance on the pitch.” 안전놀이터