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Bento pleased with Korea Republic's identity


Friday, December 20, 2019
Paulo Bento - Korea Republic head coach - AFP

Busan: Korea Republic head coach Paulo Bento was beaming with pride after his charges clinched their fifth EAFF E-1 Football Championship on Wednesday, claiming that they did so “in our style”.


The regional trophy marks Bento’s first after taking the job in August 2018, and the 50-year-old coach was quick to acknowledge and praise the players and staff for their superb efforts.

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“I would like to say congratulations and thanks to the players and coaching staff,” said Bento, who was formerly in charge of Portugal. “I also want to thank everyone for their continued support of our team. 

“It was a good game and both teams played fiercely. We won thanks to our players reading the game flow every moment and understanding what to do. 

“I think it’s a fair victory. Although they did not have enough time to recover after the second game, they played well at the expense of each other. I want to say congratulations to the players once again.”

It was a first-half effort from Hwang In-beom, whose left-footed strike beat Kosuke Nakamura in the box, that separated the two teams as Korea Republic claimed the 1-0 victory. 

On top of the Taeguk Warriors’ ability to break down their East Asian rivals’ strategy, Bento reinforced the importance of playing to their “style”, which he has continuously drilled into the team since his tenure began.

[E-1 챔피언십] 남자대표팀, 일본전 1-0 승리...대회 3연패
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— 대한축구협회(KFA) (@theKFA) December 19, 2019

“We’ve figured out how Japan is going to build up from the goalkeeper, and how we’re going to put pressure on it. We also prepared our counter-attack using quick wingers. These strategies, combined with the players’ work, helped us win.

“Most of all, it’s important to have a good game while maintaining our style. We can win, win or lose, but it’s important to be sure of what we are creating and what our style is. We share trust and confidence with the players. I think we have made our own identity in the past year. I will continue to lead the team into the future.”

Bento will be hoping that his side maintain their form before resuming their Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 campaign next March.

Photos: Korea Football Association (KFA), AFP

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