- Thomas Gerstner done story as Korea DPR’s initial unfamiliar coach
- Led a reigning U-20 Women’s World Cup champions to France 2018
- Gerstner says a team’s aim is to “retain tellurian title”
For any coach, handling a universe champion organisation would be a challenge. This is indeed a box for German Thomas Gerstner, whose side are zero other than two-time and reigning FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup champions Korea DPR.
Somewhat surprisingly, a 51-year-old former Arminia Bielefeld trainer was allocated conduct manager of Korea DPR U-20 side in May, creation him a initial unfamiliar manager in a team’s prestigious history. Having spent a past six months with his new side, during that he took them by Asian subordinate to subsequent year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, Gerstner took time out to speak with FIFA.com about his practice during a helm.
“It is never an easy charge to be a manager of a world’s strongest team,” pronounced Gerstner, whose initial exam came in October’s 2017 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship, that also served as subordinate for France 2018.
“When we entered a Asian debate in Nanjing [China], a idea was not usually engagement a place during a World Cup, though also winning a tournament. That is a Korea DPR team. They wish zero though to be champions.”
Progress done on Asian theatre
Gerstner’s side had a well-spoken subordinate debate during Nanjing 2017 when they requisitioned thoroughfare to France, as good as in a contest final, with 4 victories. All a some-more considerable was a demeanour in that Korea DPR cruised through.
They won a organisation with 3 fatiguing wins, before a 5-0 subjection of Australia sent them surpassing to a universe stage. However, a 1-0 detriment to Japan in a final saw their ambitions of a second continental pretension evaporate.
Despite a defeat, Gerstner looked to a certain swell a organisation has done underneath his tenure. “When we took over a team, a players’ earthy conditions were not ideal,” he said. “And in terms of tactics, they played too many high and prolonged balls.
“But 5 months later, we warranted a lot of regard by a performances in Nanjing. The players now play most faster and always go brazen when possible.”
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For Gerstner, it is a team’s displays rather than a outcome opposite Japan that give him certainty for a future. “Korea DPR also met Japan in final year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup final, that they won [on penalties]. But Japan were a improved side and constructed distant some-more chances notwithstanding a loss.
“It valid a opposite story in Nanjing. Japan were a winners though my organisation had some-more shots. You could see how most a organisation has developed.”
Forming a gifted core of Gerstner’s side are several players from Korea DPR’s title-winning patrol during final year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Topping a list is Sung Hyang Sim, who bagged both a contest top-scorer and Most Valuable Player awards in a Asian campaign.
“Hyang Sim is a really good actor with glorious techniques,” Gerstner pronounced of a team’s aggressive star, who warranted a Silver Ball endowment as Korea DPR’s U-17 side prevailed during Jordan 2016.
“She is really quick and has a instincts of a genuine predator. She knows how to put the ball in a net and never gives up. She could be among a possibilities for a tip goalscorer in a World Cup if she maintains her inclusive form.”
“Meanwhile, of course, a whole organisation did a shining pursuit during qualifying. Each actor contributed to a team’s successful qualification. Next year a team’s arch tasks are not winning particular awards though maintaining a tellurian title.”