Paulo Bento introduced that he’s status down as trainer of South Korea following their 4-1 World Cup closing 16 defeat via Brazil on Monday however mentioned the verdict were made months in the past and used to be now not impacted via anything else that came about in Qatar.
“From now on we just have to think about the future and it will not be with the national team of the Republic of Korea,” he mentioned on the post-match press convention.
“I’ve just announced it to the players and president, it was a decision set in stone in September and I thanked them for everything they’ve done. I’m proud to have been their manager for more than four years. Now I ‘m going to rest and see what happens next.”
Bento mentioned he used to be immensely happy to have labored with a Korean facet who reached the knockout degree for handiest the 3rd time and specifically happy with how they did it.
“Brazil deserved to win and of course I’m sad for the result but it has been extraordinary what has happened with Korean football over the last four years,” mentioned the previous Portugal midfielder whose closing world look as a participant got here in a defeat via Korea on the 2002 World Cup.
“We were very bold in how we approached the game today – even though we were low on energy (from the team’s short turnaround) we were loyal to our style to the end and I was very proud of that.”
Bento used to be proper to be pleased with a group who created extra excellent possibilities towards Brazil in 90 mins than the World Cup favorites confronted of their earlier 3 video games mixed.
They can have sneaked into the closing 16 on objectives scored however Korea confirmed admirable tenacity and spirit to stay chasing, attempting and developing regardless of being at the finish of a whirlwind Brazilian efficiency that introduced 4 superbly-created objectives within the first 40 mins.
Bento’s facet had just one stinging shot via Hwang Hee-chan, brilliantly stored via Alisson, to turn for his or her restricted attacking efforts within the first part as Brazil ran rise up.
The favorites took their foot off the pedal in the second one part however that’s not an idea their competitors are conversant in. As they have got in each sport in Qatar they labored relentlessly, chasing each Brazilian attacker then pouring our bodies ahead themselves regardless of the obvious hopelessness in their purpose.
They have been rewarded when Paik Seung-ho smashed in a impressive comfort objective from 25 yards and left the pitch with their heads held top.
“What we did during the group stage was very good,” Bento mentioned. “We could and should have beaten Ghana (in a game they lost 3-2) but I make no apologies for repeating myself about how satisfied and proud I am.”