Yamodou Toure of Guinea celebrates goal with teammates during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Guinea and Egypt at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 01 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Thursday May 18, 2017. 16:30
Guinea’s speed is a worry for South Korea ahead of the teams’ 2017 U-20 World Cup match on Saturday, according to the hosts’ coach Shin Tae-Yong.
The teams will meet in the second Group A clash in Jeonju, following the tournament’s opener between Argentina and England earlier in the day.
The pressure is on Korea as hosts of the tournament, but Shin insists that they have prepared well for the World Cup.
"We have very good teamwork and the players' fitness looks to be good," Shin said at a press conference earlier in the week, as quoted by the Korea Herald.
"I don't feel much pressure about the tournament. I believe we can get good results."
He added, "We were able to call up the player 10 days ahead of our original schedule, thanks to universities and football clubs.
"It gave the players time to improve their stamina and helped me to organize the team step by step.
"We had three tune-up matches, but no players have picked up injuries.
"If we played the friendlies without having enough preparation time, we probably would have had some injured players."
Korea beat Saudi Arabia 3-1 and Uruguay 2-0 in warm-up games last week before drawing 2-2 with Senegal.
"We tried not to show all our tactics in the friendlies because our opponents at the World Cup will find out our plans," Shin said of the friendlies.
"However, we do need to fix some problems before entering the World Cup."
He added, "It's difficult to find video of Guinea's friendly matches.
"But I think they're similar to Senegal, so we must be aware of the quickness of their strikers.”