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Jae-Sung Lee: ” You can’t even describe how good they are”

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The second division side surprised the European champions to knock them out of the DFB-Pokal and their striker was taken back at the quality of the Bayern players.

 

Jae-Sung Lee was left shocked after his side beat the reigning Bundesliga and European champions on Wednesday night and when it came to Bayern defender Niklas Sule, Lee said it was like playing against a brick wall.

 

The second tier side took the German champions to extra time after a 2-2 draw in normal time. They eventually went on to win the tie in a penalty shootout 8-7. Jae-Sung Lee was in attack for Holstein Kiel and was faced with Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule.

 

Lee, who is a South Korean international, was left in awe of the European champs. Speaking to Goal Lee said:

“You can’t even describe how good they are. They are definitely wonderful players,” 

“It’s a great chance to play against players like them. This game made me think about more and more what I need to make up for and which things I am short of.

“I was like, am I playing against a wall?! Sule is physically very, very good. In the league, it was not that hard to compete with the opposing defenders, but with Niklas it was definitely another thing.”

Holstein Kiel win similar to Germany result for Lee

The match, which looked all but over until a stoppage-time equalizer from Hauke Wahl that sent the tie into extra time and Lee admitted that he still does not know how his side pulled off the upset and described it similar to South Korea’s win over Germany at the 2018 World Cup.

 

“I couldn’t sleep even a second. I don’t know what happened! I feel like dreaming right now and I just remembered the game against Germany, where we won,” he said.

“It’s a similar feeling. But I think this Pokal match touches me more because the match was just yesterday.

 

“When the score was 2-1, I was like: ‘Ok, We did a good job, though’. At the very moment, Hauke ran from back side to forward very quickly and evened the score! I could even not imagine it like that situation. It’s not over until it’s over.”

 

Lee then added: “I already knew we’re doing an excellent job [when the DFB Pokal second round draw was made]. We have good passing play and have had a good season as well.

“So I wondered what it would be like when we meet a team like Bayern, who won the treble last season. I was wondering if we can play our game as usual.

 

“For sure, it was a very difficult game, but I’m very proud of my team in terms of that we showed our own game to Bayern, we didn’t give up that easily. I’m so proud of it.

 

It result ends Bayern Munich’s hopes of another historic treble with now the Bundesliga and Champions League left for Hansi Flick’s side. Up next is SC Freiburg as Bayern look to push on after a disastrous result.

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.