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Indonesia head to World Cup knock-out stage under coach Shin Tae-yong's era

Indonesia head to World Cup knock-out stage under coach Shin Tae-yong's era

Coach Shin Tae-yong was assigned to lead Indonesia U17 and U19 team at the same time, however preparing for the 2021 FIFA World Cup U20 is his top task.

Answering to the Korean press before going to Indonesia to start leading the national team, coach Shin Tae-yong said he would have a busy schedule after accepting the job of the national team, U23, U19 and U17 Indonesia.

"The Indonesian team seems to be having a hard time at the World Cup Qualifiers, having lost all five matches. So I won't be too concerned about the details. I want to focus on the AFC U19 championship and gain good results", coach Shin told JoongAng Daily Korea.

"2021 FIFA World Cup U20 will be held in Indonesia. They also have great expectations for me. In fact, looking at the current situation, it is not easy for Indonesia U20 to pass the group stage. However, I will have to change that thought. We have plenty of time to prepare and will train overseas from January. I also need to prepare the players by putting them on the national team. The goal of Indonesia U20 is to overcome the group stage", said the 50-year-old strategist.

Talking about the plan in 2020, coach Shin said he did not place much emphasis on achievement. However, this experienced coach wants to try his best with his young players.

"I am not under much pressure on the performance at the AFF Suzuki Cup. However, I have a special interest in the tournament, where there is coach Park Hang Seo. I want Indonesia to play well regardless of the result. I want to challenge myself and the players, to see how far we can go in the AFF Cup", Mr.Shin said.

Coach Shin Tae-yong was appointed to replace Simon McMenemy, who was responsible for the poor performance of "Garuda" in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. The Korean strategist will work in the land of thousands of islands for 4 years.