Aleksandar Jankovic (Serbia), the head coach of the Chinese national football team ahead of the 2026 FIFA Confederations Cup North America qualifiers, acknowledged the difference in strength between his team and South Korea, but vowed to give their best performance.
“We have to play against a world-class team,” Jankovic said at a press conference after assembling the squad for the November A match on Wednesday. Korea is one of the best teams not only in Asia but also in the world. Their individual players are very talented and confident. It will be a big challenge for China.”
“It will be difficult, but we will play to win. (The match against Korea) is the first match of the qualifiers at home, so we need to be mentally prepared. We will try to get a good result.”
China will play South Korea, Thailand and Singapore in Group C of the second round of qualifying for the North American World Cup in Asia. Only the top two teams qualify for the third round, and China is expected to battle Thailand for second place in the group.
China travels to Thailand on Sept. 16 for its first match of the World Cup qualifiers, followed by a second match against South Korea on Sept. 21 in Shenzhen, China. 무지개토토
“China has created their own style and routine in the first eight trials,” said Jankovic. We will stick to their way of playing,” said Jankovic, who is looking forward to the World Cup qualifiers.
Meanwhile, South Korea head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who is looking forward to a two-game series against Singapore (home) and China (away) in November, said: “These two games will not be easy, but I expect them to be quite tough. It is important to have a serious and professional spirit.”