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S. Korea to be in attacking mode vs. Venezuela in football friendly: coach

All Headlines 18:54 September 04, 2014

BUCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 4 (Yonhap) -- On the eve of South Korea's football friendly against Venezuela at home, Shin Tae-yong, coach of the host team, vowed on Thursday to play an aggressive game.

At a pre-match press conference at Bucheon Stadium in Bucheon, west of Seoul, Shin said he will place five attacking players up against the Venezuelan defense.

South Korea will be without a head coach for the match, which will kick off at 8 p.m. Friday at Bucheon Stadium. The team hasn't found a replacement for Hong Myung-bo, who resigned in July after South Korea's winless exit from the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Shin, a former head coach in the top domestic competition K League Classic, is one of three coaches on the bench. Shin will be the de facto bench boss by seniority.

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"After the poor showing at the World Cup, we need to do something to win back our fans," Shin said. "To do so, we will use a formation designed to maximize our offensive production."

Shin said he will put three forwards up front and two midfielders on the secondary line of offense. The coach said the two secondary attackers will be charged with getting in behind the Venezuelan defense to create chances.

South Korea is ranked 57th, while Venezuela is ranked 29th. Shin admitted he knows little of the opposition, but said he believes South Korea can pull off a victory if the players stick to their game plan.

Lee Chung-yong of Bolton Wanderers, the national team captain, will be a key part of Shin's scheme. The crafty midfielder mostly played on the right wing under the previous head coach Hong, but will move toward the middle in Shin's formation.

Lee said he has played as the central midfielder in the past and sometimes assumes a similar responsibility on his English club.

"I don't play there often but it's not that unfamiliar to me," Lee said. "Coach Shin is pushing us to attack, and my personal goal is to take care of business on the offensive end."

Lee echoed his coach's sentiment that the team should bring the joy of victory back to the disgruntled fan base.

"I know there are a lot of fans disappointed with the World Cup, and my job is to give them something to cheer about, using my experience from Brazil," Lee said. "I think we've built solid chemistry over the past three days of training."

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