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Son arrival won’t change Korea’s approach

By AAP Newswire

Coach Paulo Bento says the arrival of Son Heung-min for South Korea's Asian Cup campaign won't change their approach to the tournament

The Koreans are alreqdy through to the last 16 after labouring to a 1-0 win over debutants Kyrgyzstan on Friday, having beaten the Philippines by the same scoreline in their opening match.

But with 26-year-old Totthenham star due to join up with the squad on Monday after Sunday's' Premier League game against Manchester United at Wembley, the former Portugal coach expects his team's overall game to improve.

"We are not going to change our way of playing when we have Son Heung-min with us," said Bento.

"What I think we are going to do is improve our collective game, try to attack better than we have played until now and, of course, a player with the quality that Son has and, in the moment (form) that he has at this moment, can help the team.

"But we need to wait until the game against China or the knockout phase."

Son is due to arrive in the United Arab Emirates on Monday but, with the Koreans due to face China on Wednesday, Bento is yet to decide whether the winger will feature in a game that will decide who takes first place in the group.