South Korea manager Tae-Yong Shin gave an impassioned speech ahead of his side’s famous World Cup victory over Germany, in which he questioned the opposition’s attitude and desire, claiming: “Germany are no longer hungry!”
The Asian side scored two injury-time goals to dump Germany out of the World Cup group stage for the first time in more than 80 years.
Ja-Cheol Koo, who plays his club football for Bundesliga side Augsburg, revealed the Korea coach believed ‘arrogant’ Germany could be beaten using an aggressive approach.
“He told us in the pre-match meeting that the German players are arrogant, that they have won everything and do not want to achieve anything anymore,” recalled Koo.
“The coach had already observed this in the first two group games: The Germans do not like being hit hard, and he said to us: If we’re even more aggressive we can get something.”
Koo, himself, expected more from Die Mannschaft and added: “I actually felt that Germany was not hungry on the pitch, they did not run that much, they were not that aggressive, they actually have more qualities.”
Despite Korea’s victory, they too headed home with the Germans after losing their opening games against Sweden and Mexico.