South Korea’s coach says he made his players wear different numbered shirts in recent friendlies to confuse opponents who he says cannot tell them apart.
Only Tottenham forward Son Heung-min and captain Ki Sung-yueng wore their usual shirts against Bolivia and Senegal earlier this month, claimed Shin Tae-yong.
Meanwhile, Sweden’s manager has apologised after claims one of his scouts spied on a closed South Korea training session.
The sides meet on Monday.
“We switched them around because we didn’t want to show our opponents everything and to try and confuse them,” said Tae-yong.
“They might know a few of our players but it is very difficult for Westerners to distinguish between Asians and that’s why we did that.
“All coaches probably feel their opponents are always spying on them.
“I think it’s perfectly natural that we all try to get as much information on each other as we can.”
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