The South Korea international was very sorry after his team was defeated in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals at the hands of Qatar.
Qatar defeated South Korea 1-0 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals.
And for Korean international Lee Chung-Yong, his team is sorry for not living up to the expectations set before the tournament.
“I am really sorry for the result,” Chung-Yong told the AFC’s official website.
“I expected a lot from this tournament and thought we would be in a higher position than we now are.”
“I feel responsible for it. As a veteran player, I feel very responsible for not leading the team well, but I hope that the Korean football team will be stronger through these matches,” he added.
“Our coach struggled to manage the team because there were several players injured,” he continued.
“But we still believed that we could have got a better result than this since we have many good players.”
“I’m sorry about the result of today’s game. We prepared a lot, but I think it just wasn’t enough,” Lee concluded.
South Korea was one of three teams that won all their matches in the competition up to the Quarterfinals.
The Asian Tigers defeated Philippines 1-0, Kyrgyzstan 1-0 and China 2-0 to take the lead of Group C.
Then in the Round of 16, the team barely won against Bahrain, after battling all the way to over time.
The South Koreans were defeated by 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar in the Quarterfinals.