At noon on the 20th, the temperature soared to 35 degrees in Jinhua, a city near Hangzhou, China. Hwang Sun-hong, who is leading the Korean national soccer team to the Hangzhou Asian Games, showed up with only half of the squad at the Jinhua Sports Academy .The main players who had led the team to a record-breaking 9-0 victory over Kuwait in their Group E opener the day before were at home. Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon), and Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan), who scored three, two, and one goals, respectively, as well as captains Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk) and Jung Ho-yeon (Gwangju), who anchored the midfield, avoided the summer heat in southern China. While they focused on recovering in cooler climes, the 10 players who started the match against Kuwait from the bench had thick beads of sweat dripping from their foreheads less than five minutes after taking the field .Among them were Hong Hyun-seok (Ghent) and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), who had been called up to the A team by coach Jürgen Klinsmann .They were called up by Klinsmann and played in two A matches in September, and while they are certainly capable of playing in the main squad, they did not play for long in Kuwait to manage their physical condition. After stretching, they worked hard on various warm-up drills, including spurring short distances, to improve their physical condition. They and the other 10 players in the “training group” are likely to play a bigger role in the second game against Thailand. With the tightly scheduled matches in this tournament, it will be important for the players to rotate and replenish each other’s stamina .There is only one day of rest between now and the Thailand game, which is scheduled for the afternoon of the 21st.In fact, in the press conference after the Kuwait game, Hwang left himself some room to rotate the squad. “We have to play immediately after a day’s rest, so I will discuss it closely with the (national team) technical department. We are considering various situations,” he said, adding, “We will make some adjustments according to the group stage schedule. Choi Jun (Busan), who met with the media before training, said, “All 22 of our players (including Lee Kang-in) are good players. Even if any player is missing, we can show them all on the field, so you can look forward to it,” he said .”I think Park Jin-seop and Lee Han-beom did a very good job in the first leg to keep a clean sheet,” said central defender Lee Jae-ik (Seoul Eland), adding, “The players who go out first and the players behind them are all important. Whoever goes out is good,” he said. He added, “If I get to play 토토 tomorrow, I’ll try to show a good performance.”

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