South Korea take on the Philippines

On Monday South Korea kick off their Asian Cup campaign against the Phillippines. The country has not been champions of Asia since 1960 and Bento will be looking to put that right. The team come into the tournament on the back of some great performance and have a good chance this year of getting that trophy. 

South Korea is ready to go  

South Korea is ready to go in the Asian Cup and come into the tournament unbeaten under coach Paulo Bento. The coach although will be confident played down their chances saying "I can understand that we can have positive expectations for the Asian Cup because we performed well in the last six matches," he then added "I'm confident that we'll play well, but I also know we're not the only team chasing the title. Other teams will be ready, too. I don't think we're the top favourites."

Despite saying this the Portuguese record speaks for itself as he's won three of his seven-match with draws coming in the other four. This is an impressive run which has seen his side also keep four clean sheets, while on top of this they beat a top South American side in Uruguay 2-1 back in October. 

They will face tougher tests during the tournament than the Philippines but Monday's game gives them an early chance to show what they can do. The Philippines have done extremely well to reach the Asian Cup but are without their number one player, goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. The keeper chose to stay in Wales and help his club side Cardiff City stay in the Premier League. 

Son arriving late

South Korea will have to do without their starman however for the first two games. As captain Son Heung-min will arrive late due to an agreement with his club Tottenham Hotspur. This is a blow for the side but one I think they will be more than capable of handling. 

Overall I think January could be an exciting month for fans of South Korea and I feel they will get through Group C on maximum points. 

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