Guus Hiddink arrived in Korea on Sunday to have knee surgery. Upon arriving at Incheon International Airport, he also made some remarks about Korea's prospects at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
He said it would be important not to lose the first group match against Russia for any hope of advancing, and that Korea should go into the game determined to win it. A tie should be considered the worst acceptable result, he said.
Having managed the Russian national team from 2006 to 2010, Hiddink is no stranger to Russian football. At club level, he also coached Anzhi Makhachkala from 2012 to 2013.
He said Russia would not prove an easy foe as it has so many seasoned players with UEFA Champions League experience, and that Korea must close down the players' space and stop them from creating goal-scoring chances to get a good result.
Hiddink plans to meet national team manager Hong Myung-bo during his trip. He said he won't need to give Hong any special tips because the coach has already done his homework and is familiar with the Russian team.
Hiddink, who is suffering from arthritis, will undergo an operation on his right knee by Song Joon-seop, an orthopedic surgeon for the Korean national team, in Seoul on Tuesday.
He will also receive a form of liposuction treatment on his abdomen that does not require any subcutaneous incisions, as well as undergo further surgery to remove wrinkles on his forehead on Friday.
The celebrated Dutch coach, who is regarded as a hero in Korea after leading the team to the semifinals of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, will wrap up his weeklong trip on Jan. 13. His girlfriend Elizabeth Pinas will also undergo various anti-aging skincare treatments in Seoul.