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It's a surprise. 'Klinsmann Ho' pulls out a surprise three-bagger.

The South Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, will play Saudi Arabia in the round of 16 of the Qatar Asian Cup at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, at 1:00 a.m. KST on Nov. 31.

There is no tomorrow. South Korea went for the kill, pulling out the three-back card for the first time since the inauguration of the 'Cleansman Lake'. They utilize a 3-4-3 tactic. Centering Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) and Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) lead the attack. At the back are Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), Hwang In-beom (Tsubena Zbezda), Lee Jae-sung (Mainz), and Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan). In defense, Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), and Jeong Seung-hyun (Ulsan). Cho Hyun-woo (Ulsan) will be in goal.

South Korea handed Klinsmann the reins in February last year. Klinsmann has primarily utilized a back four, including 4-2-3-1, 4-1-1, and 4-4-2. On this day, he utilized a three-back for the first time.

He also moved Son Heung-min up front. Klinsmann used a 4-2-3-1 throughout the tournament. Cho Kyu-sung (Meatwillan) led the attack up top. However, 토토사이트 Cho was silent throughout the three games. He missed crucial chances and was criticized by fans. There was one 'nail' in the coffin. In the first group game against Bahrain, Son Heung-min was moved to the front line after Cho Kyu-sung was dropped to the bench. After being tied down for most of the game, Son Heung-min took flight when he was moved.

Meanwhile, South Korea has the objective advantage. South Korea is ranked 23rd by FIFA as of December 2023. Saudi Arabia is ranked 56th. The two teams have met 18 times before, with five wins, eight draws, and five losses. South Korea last faced Saudi Arabia in September last year in England. South Korea won 1-0 with a goal from Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwillan).

Mancini's team boasts a well-organized defensive system that spans the back three and the back four. It's an upgrade from Saudi soccer, which relies heavily on individual skill. In fact, the Saudis have only conceded one goal on penalties in their three games in the tournament. It's a salty defense.