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This tournament is expected to be huge: Ji So-Yun

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The Chelsea Women’s midfielder hopes South Korea can advance farther in the tournament, after being kicked out at the Round of 16 in 2015.

In 2015, South Korea was kicked out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Round of 16, after being defeated 3-0 by France.

And tonight the Koreans have a chance for redemption, as they take on the French side in the inaugural match of the 2019 competition.

“This is the second World Cup for me, this summer’s tournament is expected to be huge, so I am really excited to be a part of it,” said Chelsea Women’s Ji So-Yun to the club’s official website.

“It’s a big honor, I’m always so proud to represent my country.”

“I feel like I have grown into a better player than I was four years ago and myself and the team are much more experienced this time around,” she added.

“We need to play well to ensure that we make South Korea proud and so that we inspire the future to want to play football.”

“Our group is tough, really tough because we have got France, Norway, and Nigeria in it,” she continued.

“We need four points to go through to the last 16, so of course that is our first aim, to make sure we get out of the group.”

“Last time we progressed to the knockout stages, so I think we have valuable experience there – we need to make sure that we beat Nigeria or Norway,” she commented.

“I’m looking forward to playing Maria [Thorisdottir] and Maren [Mjelde] of course. We know each other well, I know that they will play tough against me and give me a hard time but I will play smart.”