Ki Sung-yueng is one of the biggest names in this current South Korea side and after the defeat to Sweden, he has not hidden the size of the task ahead.
As the former Celtic and Swansea City midfielder spoke about how they will have to upset the odds to qualify from the group with Mexico and Germany still to play.
As the player who has been used in various positions admitted: "To be fair, every team in our group is better than us, so every game is going to be tough".
Despite this, it does not mean that Ki is not excited about the task ahead as he explained, "I watched Mexico's game against Germany and, as I expected, they looked a really good team, really good organisation and their individual performances were great. It is going to be an even tougher game.
Sweden had bigger players and used their physical size but I expect Mexico to play more with the ball. They are faster so it will be a different kind of game".
The player who announced his exit from Swansea City after their relegation last month then went on to talk about the South Korean defence as he said, "We have to focus on our defensive side first so that we don't concede and then maybe we can get something on the counter-attack or from set pieces. Our organisation was not that bad in the game. We had chances as well, so it was disappointing (to lose). We could have won, it could have been a draw but Sweden won in the end and I suppose that was a fair result,"
Despite Ki's defiant words, there is no hiding it is looking close to an impossible task for South Korea to now progress out of Group E.