Ki: I want to lead Korea to the title

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Korea Republic v Iraq: Semi Final - 2015 Asian Cup - Sydney

South Korean captain Ki Sung-yueng on Monday spoke of his desire to lead his nation to Asian glory after they became the first team to reach the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final, defeating Iraq 2-0 in Sydney tonight.

Ki, who was named captain before the tournament, has been a stand out for in midfield and will look to become the first man to lead to the title since 1960.

“I think everyone in this team wants to become a champion,” the Swansea City midfielder said.

“For myself as a captain I want to lead my team to hold the trophy.”

“We never won in 55 years, which is really a shame because we’ve always said we are the best team in but we never won it in 55 years, so this is a great opportunity to become a champion.”

Tonight’s win over Iraq saw South Korea extend their winning streak to six matches, each coming without conceding a goal.

“I am very proud of myself and my team mates, especially all the defenders,” the 26-year-old told Football Channel Asia.

“They really work hard and they really concentrate every single ball, so that’s why we didn’t concede any goals.

“Defensively we are very organised and we scored the first goal early in the first half, so the game went a little bit easier than we expected.

“It’s not easy to not concede goals in five games in this tournament but we want to keep the clean sheet in the final.”

Once again South Korea will go in to the final with the advantage of an extra days rest and Ki believes it will be an advantage come Saturday night.

“It’s going to be a small advantage for us, but the final will be tougher than this semi final,” he said.

South Korea will learn their opponent tomorrow night when hosts Australia take on UAE in the second semi final in Newcastle.