After winning the K League International Youth Cup Incheon 2023, Anderlecht head coach René Peter 안전카지노사이트 hailed the quality of the competition.
Anderlecht defeated Tokyo Verdi 1-0 in the final of the K League International Youth Cup Incheon 2023 at the Incheon Football Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 to win the title. Adrien Tillano scored the winning goal in the 30th minute with a header from an Aboubakar Conte cross.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Peter said: “It was a very pleasant experience, I’ve played a lot of youth cups abroad. I also played in a youth tournament in China, and it was fun to play against different teams. I think the organizers did a great job of organizing the tournament. I’m grateful for that.”
“This is the first Youth Cup I’ve participated in, and of course I’ve played in China, but I wasn’t expecting such a strong field of teams. I was surprised by the strength of the Asian teams, including Korea, Japan, and Thailand. We won, but it wasn’t easy.”
Anderlecht were in a group with Valencia, Pohang Steelers, Jeonbuk Hyundai, Chonburi FC, and Incheon United. When asked what it was like to play against Asian teams from South Korea, Japan, and Thailand, Peter says, “I could see the potential of the Asian teams. “Some of the teams were at a really high level,” he says, “they had the speed, strength, and skill to play on the world stage. “European youth has a good reputation, but I think there is a lot of potential in Asia for young players. In soccer, there are key players who make the difference, and there were some standouts. I think the Korean teams will be interesting to watch in the future.”
Finally, when asked if he would participate if invited next time, Peter said, “Of course. There were some players who couldn’t participate this year because they were called up to the national team. It’s a great experience, so if you invite me again, I’ll bring them all. Of course, it’s a tough trip, taking about 24 hours to get to Korea. There’s also the time difference, and to be honest, it’s tiring. But the organizers did a great job and the quality was high. Of course, it’s up to the club to decide, but if you invite us next time, we’d love to come,” he said.