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Diego Godin says Uruguay needs to be well-prepared against S. Korea

All Headlines 19:14 October 11, 2018

SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- Uruguay football captain Diego Godin said Thursday his side needs to be well-prepared to play South Korea in an upcoming friendly match.

Godin, who is also captain of Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, is one of the 22 players from Uruguay who will face South Korea at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul on Friday. His team will next face Japan on Tuesday.

Uruguay are widely considered the favorites to win the match. Oscar Tabarez's side is ranked fifth in the latest rankings, while South Korea sit at No. 55. Uruguay also have yet to suffer a loss against South Korea, collecting six wins and one draw in their previous meetings.

But Godin, who is one of the players who faced South Korea at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and at the 2014 friendly in Goyang, north of Seoul, said Uruguay should not let their guards down.

"South Korea are strong and they've appeared at the World Cup nine consecutive times," Godin said at a press conference at Seoul World Cup Stadium. "Since they also had a sensation at this year's World Cup, we need to be well-prepared."

Uruguay national football team captain Diego Godin speaks at a press conference at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul on Oct. 11, 2018, one day ahead of his team's friendly match against South Korea.

The 32-year-old center back, who has 123 caps, emphasized the importance of teamwork for the match against South Korea.

"Tomorrow's match is not going to be easy," he said. "In order to reduce mistakes, we need to focus on improving our teamwork."

Godin said he is aware of South Korea's attacking ace Son Heung-min, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.

"Son is the most famous player (in South Korea) and since he's doing well at Tottenham, it's not going to be easy," he said. "We'll focus on defense and will counter attack when we get our chances."

Godin said his teammates are adjusting to jet lag after traveling a long way, and are trying to recover as quickly as possible. Uruguay players arrived in Seoul on Tuesday and have been training since.

"We have been doing our best in every match," he said. "We need to make ourselves fit for tomorrow to play a good game."


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