Bento's Korea wary of Socceroos threat


Australia's midfielders such as Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy are a worry for Korea Republic coach Paulo Bento as the teams prepare for their friendly international in Brisbane.

The experienced Portuguese coach is urging his team to control possession at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday to starve Australia's main players of the ball.

Bento has guided the Taeguk Warriors to two wins and two draws in his four matches since taking over in August.

All four of those games have been played in South Korea and Bento is interested to see how his charges respond to playing away from the comforts of home.

"We expect tomorrow a difficult game, a tough game, with a good team that play in this moment a little bit different than before," Bento said on Friday.

"They like to control the game through possession with very good players. They have a good couple of midfielders and some fast players on the corridors.

"We have the idea to control the game and dominate the game through ball possession."

Korea have arrived in Australia without Premier League stars Son Heung-min and Ki Sung-yueng but still have several players in their side with experience at European clubs.

One of those, midfielder Koo Ja-cheol, returns to the Queensland capital, where he played in the Korea Republic's 1-0 group stage win over Brisbane in the 2015 Asian Cup.

Koo was injured during that match, however, limping off just after half-time and missing the remainder of the tournament, including the final, which Australia won 2-1.

The 29-year-old said returning to Australia for a crucial match before January's Asian Cup in the UAE was a big challenge for the team.

"It's 90 minutes tomorrow where we should at least from the beginning show we're prepared," Koo said.

"We will have some chances definitely. We just have to be calm."

Source AAP