South Korea coach Yoon Deok-Yeo believes that Chelsea forward Ji So-Yun and her international teammates need big games on a more consistent basis to help them flourish.
The Taegeuk Ladies lost 4-0 to tournament hosts France in the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 on Friday evening, a game in which they failed to register a single shot on target.
West Ham United midfielder Cho So-hyun battled in the middle of the park while fellow FA Women’s Super League star Ji was isolated for large spells of the match and made little impact.
Speaking in the post-match press conference, South Korean coach Yoon said that his side need more big game experience for players such as Ji to provide a greater attacking threat.
“For us having a match against a tough team like France is a rare thing” said Yoon.
“To help us improve our performance levels, we need more matches against strong teams.”
After a night which saw the South Koreans earn themselves little credit, their coach admitted that his side must improve significantly in their final two group matches if they are to qualify for the last-16.
Yoon added “For us, the first match result is not that good.
“In the next two matches we must do our best, it is important for Team Korea.
“I have to change the mood in the team for the next match and improve the atmosphere in the squad.
“We have to face reality, we have to improve.”
West Ham United midfielder Cho captained the South Korean side at the Parc des Princes and was arguably her side’s best player while Ji joined her in completing the full 90 minutes of the tournament opener. Both players are likely to start in South Korea’s next match against Nigeria on Wednesday.