Enrique praises Lee Kang-in for doing well at Asian Cup

Paris Saint-Germain coach Luis Enrique has opened up about Lee Kang-in.

At a press conference on Sunday (July 17), a day ahead of the match against Nantes, a reporter asked, “Now that he’s back, what’s his status?” “He missed the last game with a small stomach ulcer, but he’s available now. He is 100%.”

“He played in the Asian Cup without any issues and played at a high level,” he said, adding, “He can play (in the next game).”

Lee was a key player for Klinsmann’s side at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar.

Lee started every game the team played at the tournament and played the full time in all but one of the matches against Australia, where he was substituted with one minute left in extra time.

He scored two goals in the first group game against Bahrain and had one goal and one assist in the third group game against Malaysia. Lee’s three goals are tied with Son Heung-min for the most by a South Korean international.

According to soccer statistician Footmob, Lee also led the team in chances created and chances converted with seven and seven respectively. The tournament ended in the quarterfinals, so he played one game less than the finalists, Qatar and Jordan.

For his performance, Lee was included in the tournament’s Best 11, which the organizers announced on their official social media accounts on Dec. 12.

Lee was named as a right midfielder in a 3-4-3 formation. He was the only South Korean player to make the Best 11.

Lee returned to the Paris Saint-Germain squad immediately after the Asian Cup, but Enrique decided to give him a break. “After the long journey of the tournament, he has been given time off by the coach,” Enrique said, “He is eager to get back to training and playing, but he will be on vacation until next week.”

Lee was expected to return to action in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg of the 2023-24 season against Real Sociedad on Dec. 15, but was left out of the squad, which Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0.

Lee Kang-in is currently in the midst of a “hagiography” controversy. The Sun first reported that Lee did not follow captain Son Heung-min’s instructions the day before the quarterfinal match against Jordan, and the argument escalated into a physical altercation that resulted in Son’s finger injury, which the Korea Football Association confirmed.

The so-called “Ping Pong Gate” scandal rocked the Korean soccer world. Before Jürgen Klinsmann was sacked, he was reportedly quoted by the KFA’s power strengthening committee as saying, “We didn’t perform well because of Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in. Chung Mong-kyu, the president of the Korean Football Association (KFA), and Lee apologized on social networking sites (SNS), but the outrage is not going away.

Amid reports from one media outlet that Lee had punched Son Heung-min in the face, lawyer Kim Garam of Seo On Law Firm said, “Lee Kang-in deeply regrets and reflects on his wrongdoing. He has been thinking that it is right for him to apologize rather than talk about the specifics of the dispute because he was at the center of the dispute.” “We would like to correct any untrue statements. The article states that Lee Kang-in punched Son Heung-min in the face when Son grabbed Lee Kang-in by the nape of the neck, which is not true. There were high-level players present when Lee Kang-in played table tennis, and table tennis was something he had always played before that day.”

The case, which has rocked South Korea, was also of interest to British reporters. When asked about Son Heung-min at a press conference on Sunday, Tottenham manager Enze Postecoglou defended him, saying that it was “an internal matter between the Korean national team”.

“I don’t know all the details of the argument and I don’t want to know. “I don’t know all the details of the argument and I don’t want to know, because it’s an internal 메이저토토사이트 matter in South Korea,” he said, but continued, “But what I do know is that Son Heung-min is showing leadership.

“That’s leadership. Leadership is not about being popular and trying to make everyone happy. It’s about doing what’s best for the group when you see something you don’t think is right. I saw that in Heung-min Son.”

He continued, “People have a misconception about Heung-min. “People misunderstand Son Heung-min because he’s a very positive person who smiles every time you see him and everyone loves him. But he wants to win. He doesn’t like to see his standards drop. That’s what he does here too. If something isn’t right, he says it, and sometimes it’s unpopular. Sometimes it puts him in the line of fire with the team or the club. But as a leader, if you think it’s the right thing to do, you have to push for it,” he said.

Unlike in England, the Paris Saint-Germain press conference did not ask for details of Lee’s work with the Korean national team. Instead, the questions centered on Kylian Mbappe. Just a day earlier, it was reported that Mbappe had decided to leave Paris Saint-Germain. According to reports, Mbappe, whose contract with the club expires at the end of the season, informed president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the club that he would not renew his contract and would leave the club.

When asked about it, Enrique said, “I have no information to give,” adding, “I will avoid talking about this topic until the parties involved talk about it. Mbappe hasn’t said anything publicly and neither has the club.”

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