Coach Byun Hyung-hwan of the national team, who ended the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a complete defeat, said he was responsible for the result.
After the final Group E match against Burkina Faso on the 18th, head coach Byun said through the Korea Football Association, “All three games were not enough to show what we prepared,” adding, “The result of this national team can be said to be a failure.”
At the same time, he said, “It’s never a failure of our players. It’s my failure as a coach, and I’m responsible for the results,” he added. 안전놀이터
The U-17 national team, led by head coach Byun, lost to the U.S. (1-3), France (0-1) and Burkina Faso (1-2), unfortunately turning away from the group stage.
It is the first time in 16 years that Korea has been eliminated from the group stage since the 2007 tournament, and the first time that it has completed the tournament without winning any points in the group stage.
Byun Kyung-hwan tried to play aggressive football against world powerhouses and achieve a record beyond the quarterfinals, the highest ever, but failed to achieve his will due to defensive instability.
Asked by local reporters whether the results are more important than the growth of the players, coach Byun said, “I never think so. “If I had only thought about the results, I would have chosen ‘defense and counterattack’ instead of trying to play offensive football in a way that makes it a short pass,” he said.
“Of course, if we played good football and followed the results, it would have had a more positive effect on the growth of the players,” he said. “I believe our players will grow into better players enough.”
He said, “I learned and felt a lot as a leader through this competition. “I will try to be a better leader and a leader who contributes more to the development of Korean soccer in the future,” he added.