Valverde revealed the reason for Lee Kang-in’s ‘murder tackle’… “I’m angry”
Korean soccer fans threw a question mark toward Federico Valverde (Real Madrid). It is about what he did to the Korean national team Lee Kang-in (Mallorca).
Mallorca won 1-0 against Real Madrid in the 20th round of the Spanish Primera Liga in the 2022-23 season at Estadi de Son Mosi 스포츠토토in Mallorca, Spain on the 5th.
In this match, Valverde once again acted incomprehensibly and radically against Lee Kang-in.
In the 18th minute of the second half when the score was trailing 0-1, Valverde attempted a rough back tackle on Lee Kang-in of Mallorca. It wasn’t even that dangerous. Still, the back tackle went out. The fallen Lee Kang-in lay on the ground for quite some time with a painful expression on his face. Valverde was immediately booked and substituted out.
Valverde produced a similar scene in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. South Korea and Uruguay met in the first leg of the group stage, and the result was a 0-0 draw.
Valverde directly revealed the reason for such an action. Real Madrid will play against Al Ahly (Egypt) in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinals on the 9th. At the official press conference ahead of the match, Valverde explained the reason for the radical action.
“I get angry when things don’t go well on the pitch for any reason. Against Atlético Madrid, I left the pitch feeling sad. It was the same against Mallorca. I like playing full-time and winning. I’m a very competitive player. “You have to win. Not getting the results you want makes me angry.”
Both matches against Lee Kang-in were difficult for Valverde. Both teams were considered to be one step down, but Korea held the upper hand in terms of content and drew, while Mallorca won. The anger of not winning against the weak team led to such actions.
He also threw a message of reflection. “This is something I need to improve on,” said Valverde. It can be strong,” he added.