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Bento: Taeguk Warriors' focus on Sri Lanka 


Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Paulo Bento-Korea Republic

Paju: Paulo Bento is not looking beyond Sri Lanka as the head coach plots to seal a 10th consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance for Korea Republic.


The Taeguk Warriors host Sri Lanka in Hwaseong on Thursday in their second Asian Qualifiers tie for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

That will be followed by a historic trip to Pyongyang for their Group H match against DPR Korea next Tuesday but Bento said his squad are not looking beyond Sri Lanka.

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"My players and I will play Sri Lanka first and then we'll face DPR Korea. So we're focusing only on Sri Lanka. We'll prepare for DPR Korea after," said Bento.

Korea Republic opened their campaign with a 2-0 win over Turkmenistan in September and will be firm favourites for another three points against Sri Lanka.

The South Asians suffered defeats to Turkmenistan (2-0) and DPR Korea (1-0) on home soil in September and will be heading into the Korea Republic tie on the back of a 6-0 defeat to Malaysia in an international friendly last Saturday.

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Bento, however, said it is his team’s form which will determine whether Sri Lanka - who at 202 are ranked 165 places below Korea Republic - will be defeated.

"The important thing for us is to stay within the framework of our philosophy," said the Portuguese.

"When the opponents tighten things up defensively, we have to keep things simple and efficient. We have to be accurate with our passes and shots, and finish our chances in front of the net."

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