Indonesia national soccer team head coach Shin Tae-yong said the team’s match against 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar champions Argentina should not be “just an entertainment”. He said the team will have to take what they can get out of the game despite being heavily outnumbered.
Shin’s Indonesia will take on ‘world champions’ Argentina in an A-match friendly scheduled to kick off at 9:30 p.m. KST at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. Indonesia’s predicament against the world champions has been characterized as a difficult one because of their objective power disadvantage. It’s also possible that Indonesian fans will be more sensitive to the play of Argentina, a team with a host of world-class stars that they may not see in person.
“I want to focus on the game,” Shin said in his pre-match press conference for the Argentina match on Nov. 18, according to Indonesian media outlet Detik. “All the Argentine players have good qualities. It’s not just one player (Lionel Messi) that can make them world champions. It’s wrong to think that this is just for fun. We have to remember that Argentina are world champions.”
“This game against Argentina will be a big boost for our team ahead of the 2023 AFC Qatar Asian Cup. I think it will help us a lot. The players can learn a lot from the Argentina game. They will see how strong our team is, what we look like, and what direction we need to go in the future,” he said, emphasizing that it is a chance for Indonesia to realize where they are at. 메이저사이트
Shin Tae-yong’s protege Asnawi Mangkualam, who plays for the former Dragons, is also likely to play against Argentina.