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Saturday, 29 June, 2002, 19:51 GMT 20:51 UK
Attack best form of defence
South Korea's Lee Eul-Yong scores with a free kick against Turkey in World Cup play-off
Attack, attack, attack is the South Korean approach

The third-place play-off was a great game and a wonderful way to end South Korea's World Cup.

The Korean team looked tired but if you are not tired at this point of the tournament then there is something wrong.

But I really don't think there was any deal of importance attached to this game.

There were bigger things at stake, such as people watching football and realising this is the way it should be played.

Teams with a want and a need to go forward and a love of attacking.

It was just great to see.

I remember having the same feelings about the 1970 World Cup and the pure joy of football with the way the Brazilians played.

South Korea's coach Guus Hiddink
Hiddink's tactical approach has been refreshing

And there was a lot of joy in the football in this game.

The Koreans have been exceptional - stunning in fact.

The fans have been amazing and it is astonishing how the whole nation has got behind their team.

But this was a thoroughly deserved third place for Turkey.

This was only their second time in the World Cup and it is many years since they were last here.

It is astonishing that they have got this far but they have players from Italy and players in the top level in England and they are very experienced at the top level.

But the thing I have loved about the Turks is the fact that they are very creative from all areas in the field.

That has been the most heartening thing about this World Cup.

The teams that are positive and forward looking - like the Koreans, Turkey and Brazil - have done incredibly well.

Turkey's Emre Belozoglu escapes the tackle of South Korea's Chong Gug-Song
Inter Milan's Emre is one of Turkey's overseas players

These teams have not over emphasised the defensive side of their game but have gone on the attack.

You always hope that this is a nod towards the future and that's the direction the game is going to go.

I think in European football and in some areas of British football it has got a little bit staid and predictable.

But we regularly saw Guus Hiddink play in this tournament with three at the back, three in midfield and four up front.

You would be called na´ve or stupid if you did that in the English Premiership but maybe we have got to learn that it is time to attack, time to score goals and trust your defenders to be good enough.

It would certainly be a positive step for the game.


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