Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hiddink's Warning: You Can't Hustle Us

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hiddink's Warning: You Can't Hustle Us

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GUUS HIDDINK has warned Spain to expect an uncompromising match in tomorrow's World Cup quarterfinal in Gwangju, claiming no team can out-hustle South Korea.

Korea gave a demonstration of their fighting qualities on Tuesday when they came back from a goal down to beat Italy with a goldengoal winner from Ahn Jung Hwan.

Hiddink feels this work ethic is one of the main qualities of his history-making side, who are bidding to become the first Asian team to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

"We maybe lack a little bit of experience still and the Spanish team has built up a lot of experience over a long time," said South Korea's coach.

"Their players play in the tough leagues in Europe but out-hustle us on work rate? There's no team that can do that.

"That on its own is no guarantee of a win and there are many other aspects of the game. But in work rate, there are few other teams who can match us."

Lee Young Pyo agreed with Hiddink and praised the Dutchman's immense contribution to the team.

"Our results in the World Cup have been a combination of a lot of things," said the Anyang midfielder.

"Things like the strategy and tactics of the coach and the coach knows how to get the best out of us.

"There is also the effort from the players, the support from the government and the Korean FA and not forgetting the marvellous support from the fans.

"So what we have achieved is down to the whole Korean people and not just the team.

"Our confidence has increased with each win and we are ready to play even harder against Spain."

Korea's chances of recording yet another historic win against Spain could rise if Raul is not fit to play and the Real Madrid striker appears to be losing his battle to be fit.

He trained today for the first time since injuring his groin in the second-round win over the Republic of Ireland on Sunday but he did not join in with his team-mates. …

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