Exclusive: Park Ji Sung - No Such Thing As A Friendly With Japan, South Korea Must Win

Captain Park expects a competitive showdown in Saitama...

South Korea captain Park Ji-sung wants nothing less than a win from what should be a competitive meeting against Japan in Saitama on Monday.

The 2010 World Cup warm-up is the last for both teams before they depart for European training camps.

The friendly has been criticized in some sections of the Japanese and Korean press reflecting worries that the nature of the rivalry between the two familiar foes will ensure a full-blooded affair.

Park, who played in Japan with Kyoto Sanga prior to heading to PSV Eindhoven in 2002, admitted that this was no normal preparation match.

“Yeah – it’s not so friendly as we have to win,” the Manchester United man admitted to Goal.com though he feels it is a test worth taking.

"It will be a good game because always against Japan we have pressure from outside. That means that we can feel some of the same pressure that we will have in South Africa.

"It is good for the young players who don’t have much experience of pressure at the World Cup. It will be good preparation for them.”

Korea have defeated Japan 33 times, losing only on twelve occasions.

Japan take on the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon in South Africa while Korea face Argentina, Greece and Nigeria.