Lee Sang-min, Korea Republic captain, has called on the side to make their dream of becoming the winner of the AFC U23 Championship title come true in 2020 since they face Saudi Arabia on Sunday in the final.
Having qualified for the Olympics of this year thanks to their 2-0 victory over Australia in their semi-finals, they head into the encounter expecting to register one sixth successive victory.
In spite of the prospect of facing one Saudi side that has been impressive enough as well, Lee is adamant that they are not about to allow the opportunity to get crowned champions go away from them.
“All of the players in our team wish to win the tournament,” the imposing central defender declared – he is playing domestically for Ulsan Hyundai FC.
“You know, we came here for claiming the title. The players understand precisely what needs to get done. We have been sacrificing much leading up to the tournament. We will gear up for the final game as we have been doing – as one team.
“Prior to this tournament, I asked the players to become more proactive, more focused, and more composed.
“It has not changed, and prior to the game with Saudi Arabia, I will tell our team that we need to give 100 percent for achieving our target.”
With not much room for error in this title showdown, Lee believes concentration will prove crucial as the team looks to enhance on their 2016 finish as, after getting two goals to the good, the group eventually lost 3 vs. 2 in the final.
“We need to communicate with each other to deal with the threat the rival will pose. If we remain focused, I feel confident that we will be able to win,” he said.
“We come here to win.”