Son’s ar­rival won’t spark new ap­proach, says Bento

Gulf Times Sport - - FOOTBALL -

The ar­rival of Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur for­ward Son He­ung-min for South Ko­rea’s Asian Cup cam­paign will not change their ap­proach to a tour­na­ment in which they have reached the last 16 knock­out round, coach Paulo Bento has said.

The Kore­ans laboured to a 1-0 win over debu­tants Kyr­gyzs­tan on Fri­day, hav­ing beaten the Philip­pines by the same score­line in their open­ing match at the con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onship, as they failed to turn their dom­i­na­tion into goals.

But with 26-year-old Son due to join up with the squad on Mon­day af­ter Spurs’ Premier League game against Manch­ester United at Wem­b­ley to­day, the for­mer Por­tu­gal coach ex­pects his team’s over­all game to im­prove.

“We are not go­ing to change our way of play­ing when we have Son He­ung-min with us,” said Bento.

“What I think we are go­ing to do is im­prove our col­lec­tive game, try to at­tack bet­ter than we have played un­til now and, of course, a player with the qual­ity that Son has and, in the mo­ment (form) that he has at this mo­ment, can help the team.

“But we need to wait un­til the game against China or the knock­out phase.”

Son is due to ar­rive in the United Arab Emi­rates to­mor­row but, with the Kore­ans due to face China on Wed­nes­day, Bento is yet to de­cide whether the winger will fea­ture in a game that will de­cide who takes first place in the group.

“Son is go­ing to ar­rive on Jan­uary 14, so af­ter he ar­rives we will see what we are go­ing to do in the game against China,” said Bento re­fer­ring to their fi­nal Group C match on Wed­nes­day with both team set­ting the pace on six points.

“We will talk and then we are go­ing to take the best de­ci­sions for the team.

“So we need to wait for the game that he is prob­a­bly go­ing to play on Sun­day (for Tot­ten­ham) and then check ev­ery­thing he has made in the last months, be­cause he has played a lot of games dur­ing the last months.”

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