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Germany - Korea Post Game Quotes


Rudi Voeller, German Coach
On his analysis of today's match ...

"I think we played very well early on and right from the start. We were very compact on defence. We changed the defence around a bit and played with the line of four, and throughout the game we were able to create goal-scoring opportunities. I think we were the deserved winners of this match."

On Germany's World Cup dream ...
"A few weeks ago, when we played against high-calibre opponents in the groups stage, Cameroon and Ireland to be precise, nobody really expected us to even go to the Round of 16. But once you've reached the semi-finals, there's no denying that you dream about the Final, and I think we've played really, really well. We were very organized, and we deserve to be there (in the Final)."

On German midfielder Michael Ballack ...
"He did score the winning goal, not only in this game, but in the previous game (against the United States) as well. We have to meet him with the highest respect. It's a great pity he will have to miss the Final, not only because he scored the goal, but because he is one of the best players ... it's more or less his duty. Even though he knew with another yellow card he would miss the Final, he still committed that tactical foul which was utterly necessary. So he placed himself at the service not only of the team but the whole of Germany. The entire country will understand him and applaud him."

 

Guus Hiddink, Korean coach
On whether he is disappointed with today's result ...
"We are disappointed about not being there (in the Final). The German team was a little more experienced on more occasions. We tried in the second half to close them down, but in the first half, I think we had a bit too much respect for the German team. But I think we can be proud of the boys, what they did not just tonight, because in the second half we could close them down. But especially with the long run of the tournament, I'm very proud of the way the players performed."

On whether the players were too tired ...
"I don't want to look for many excuses. We didn't have power in the first half. And we were marking too far away from our opponents. And we were too respectful. And that's also experience. In the second half, it went better. We had some threats, we didn't have big chances, (but) neither did the Germans. But you have to be realistic and say they are a little more experienced, and in the end it will pay."

On the team's response after Germany's goal ...
"This team's always reacting. We were controlling at that moment of the game, but we had lots of possession of the ball in midfield which was not good, and we killed ourselves in that moment. But I was confident the team could react and they did react. But they couldn't make the last and ultimate good pass. We threatened a lot, but we couldn't play to create one single or two chances."

On the upcoming third-place play-off ...
"There's disappointment tonight. But we'll recover and for us, I hope to bring the players again to an acceptable level to go for third place. Of course we have to swallow this disappointment but I think in a few days we must recover to go, for the home public, for the third place."

 

Christoph Metzelder, German defender
On Korea's crowd support ...
"I have a deep respect for the people and the country. Korea has had a sensational performance up till now and we had to work hard to beat Korea."

On whether having four players instead of three at defense was an important change ... 
"Today, that was our strength. We have done well with three defenders but it's different for every game. We showed that we can be flexible regarding our game strategy and we showed everything we're capable of. I have to say that we played good football today."

 

Park Ji Sung, Korean midfielder:
On the game ...

"We had some difficulties with the balls in the air because Germany had some physical advantages. We thought we could win the game if we played just like we did in the previous games."

On his feelings about advancing as far as the semi-finals...
"We have seen the potential of the Korean team. If we keep trying, based on this experience, we can be the top in the world."

On his expectation in the next World Cup in Germany ...
"I am not sure how far we could go in the next World Cup. But I believe we could make another great achievement if we do not stop here."

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