Son Heung-min “Not abuse, but preferential treatment… When I’m having a hard time, I look for Ji-sung.”


Heung-min Son, the captain of the national soccer team, has confessed his honest feelings, saying that he is receiving preferential treatment over the abuse controversy. Also, ‘Eternal Captain’ Park Ji-sung’s advice is said to be a great help.

Correspondent Ha Seong-ryong.

Son Heung-min, who injured his ankle in the last game, encouraged the players on the other side of the field after only training indoors.

[(김)건희 좀 잘 챙겨줘요~]

[손흥민/축구대표팀 주장 : 살짝 부딪힌 데가 있어가지고 심한 건 아니고요.]

From the fantastic 50m sprint to the rare header shot, I felt more sorry than sorry when I hit the ground with two bad luck in the goalpost even after shooting a whopping 7 shots.

[손흥민/축구대표팀 주장 : 여태까지 축구하면서 한 경기에서 그렇게 많은 찬스가 있었던 것도 처음이고, 그 찬스를 다 놓친 것도 처음이었던 것 같아요. 선수들한테 제일 많이 미안했던 것 같아요.]

Regarding the constant ‘controversy over abuse’, he said this.

[손흥민/축구대표팀 주장 : 그게 뭐 혹사인가요? 저는 너무 좋은데…. 일단은 대표팀 와서 경기할 수 있다는 건 특혜라고 생각하거든요.]

He says that the burden of being a captain is greater than the physical burden, and Park Ji-sung’s advice is a big help.

[손흥민/축구대표팀 주장 : (박)지성이형하고 얘기를 많이 하는 것 같아요. 속마음을 조금이나마 털어놓을 수 있어서 기댈 수 있다는 곳이 있다는 게 너무 감사하고….]

Son Heung-min said that the Bentuho is getting stronger and promised to present joy with a hotter game.

[손흥민/축구대표팀 주장 : 진짜 최고의 모습으로 마무리하고 싶기 때문에 진짜 결승전처럼 준비하는 과정이고, 선수들도 그런 마음을 가지고 있는 것 같습니다.]

(Video coverage: Kim Won-bae, Video editing: Kim Byeong-jik)

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