Saudi Arabian reporters are also looking forward to the match against South Korea.
The Saudi national soccer team, led by head coach Roberto Mancini, will play against South Korea in the round of 16 of the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup Qatar 2023 at 7 p.m. on the 30th (local time) at Education Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
The mood of Korea and Saudi Arabia is opposite. Korea showed unsatisfactory performance in the group qualifying round, recording one win and two draws. Contrary to expectations, Korea got off to a shaky start by staying at No. 2 in the group.
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia is showing off stable performance as Mancini’s style, which was appointed last year, has established itself. Saudi Arabia advanced to the round of 16 with two wins and one draw in Group F. It had plenty of confidence to secure advancement to the round of 16 and then operate a rotation in its third match against Thailand.
Mancini showed cautious attitude in the official press conference before the match. “Korea allowed six goals in the group league, but Korea is a very strong team. There are some players who play in Europe and are very high quality. We will fight against them as a team,” Mancini said.
Saudi fans are expected to cheer unilaterally on the day of the match. Saudi Arabia is geographically close to Qatar and many Saudi fans will visit the stadium. Korean coach Jürgen Klinsmann also cautioned that many Saudi fans could be disadvantageous to Korea due to the large number of Saudi fans. Saudi fans hope to advance to the quarterfinals beyond Korea. 마카오토토
The Saudi Arabian team conducted its final training session at the Aspire Training Center in Alayyan, Qatar, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday to prepare for the match against the Korean team. The team prepared for a showdown in a bright atmosphere.
Expectations for the match were high not only in Saudi Arabia but also in Saudi Arabia. Saudi reporters visited the training site to express their excitement. When asked about the reporter’s nationality, one reporter said, “This is our chance to beat Korea.” Saudi Arabia’s media, following its local fans, seem to desperately want to win the match against Korea.