Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
BBC Sport World Cup 2002

 You are in: Matches Wallchart: South Korea v Italy  
Front Page
Statistics
Team Pages
Features
Other News
Sports Talk
TV/Radio Coverage
Photo Galleries
Venues Guide
Matches Wallchart
World Cup Greats
History
Quiz

BBC Sport

BBC News

BBC Weather

Sunday, 16 June, 2002, 10:00 GMT 11:00 UK
Vieri wary of 'tough' Korea
Italian strikers Alessandro del Piero and Vincenzo Montella will have their work cut out against South Korea
Del Piero and Montella share a joke in training
Second round
Daejeon | Tue 18 June | 1230 BST
BBC One/Radio Five Live

Italian striker Christian Vieri has said that South Korea are perhaps the toughest team Italy culd face in the second phase of the World Cup.

Vieri has been impressed by the co-hosts' performances as they progressed to the top of their group.

"They're very fast, they run all the match, and make a lot of chances for goals," Vieri said.

"We have to go into the game relaxed, we have to be concentrated 100%. It's going to be a tough game," the Inter Milan striker said.

Alessandro Nesta has a bruised foot
Nesta is an injury doubt for the second game running

Vieri said that the Italians were still tired after a long league season, which was not resolved until the final game, when three teams were still in the running for the Serie A title.

"Our league is a real league. All the games on Sundays are battles.

"We're all in general a little tired. The other teams are definitely a bit fresher than us."

This is not a problem for the South Koreans, who have impressed onlookers with their tireless running in their games so far.

US coach Bruce Arena, whose team faced the Koreans in the first round, said: "A country like Korea basically has trained their national team for three or four months, and they could win a track meet right now they are so fit.

"Other countries don't have that opportunity."

Italy have more worries than simply the fitness of the South Koreans - key central defender Alessandro Nesta is an injury doubt for the game.

Nesta missed training on Sunday and is doubtful for the game because of a badly bruised foot.

The Manchester United target was in a similar position before Italy's previous game against Mexico, but he came through to play.


E-mail this story to a friend
 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
Italy striker Christian Vieri
"Italy always go to the World Cup to win"
INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
TOP STORIES FROM
SOUTH KOREA V ITALY
 TEAMS
 SOUTH KOREA
Full coverage:
News and
features
Lineker's verdict
Statistics pages
World Cup so far
Have Your Say
 SQUAD PROFILES
 TEAMS
 ITALY
Full coverage:
News and
features
Lineker's verdict
Statistics pages
World Cup so far
Have Your Say
 SQUAD PROFILE



© BBC ^ Back to top

Front Page | Statistics | Team Pages | Features | Other News | Sports Talk | TV/Radio Coverage | Photo Galleries | Venues Guide | Matches Wallchart | World Cup Greats | History | Quiz

BBC Sport >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
BBC World Service >> | BBC Radio Five Live >>
© MMII | News Sources | Privacy