nzfooty wrote:Korea might not be playing well at the moment but there is lack of depth in Asia, which means it's hard to see them not qualifying.
Last time we had Australia, Japan, S Korea and N Korea at the finals. N Korea already look out. Iran are looking like they are a good bet for the automatic qualification spot (vacated by N Korea). So who could then take S Korea's place? China? No, they are again in self-destruct mode. Saudi Arabia? They are currently 7 points behind Australia, and 2 points behind Thailand in their group and not looking particularly threatening.
That would leave the likes of Iraq, Uzbekistan and Qatar but given the format of the qualifiers, Korea should be able to recover from a slip-up here and there.
Of course, that makes sense, and partly my negativity is just from being a bit pissed off with how I think Korea have stagnated over the last couple of years and how I think they've made a poor choice of coach.
I agree, they SHOULD, even performing as at the moment, be comfortably good enough for 2nd place in their group in the next round, assuming they don't end up with 2 out of Japan/Australia/Iran in the same group. Lee Chung-Yong returning will also surely help their cause a bit.