Lee: Korea must make semis

South Korea's AFC Asian Cup campaign will be a complete failure if they don't make it as far as the semi-finals according to Former Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven star Lee Young-pyo.

Young-pyo believes the squad squandered their chance to perform at the FIFA 2014 World Cup and now there is even greater pressure on them to do well at the Asian Cup.

Young-pyo said: "We have to get to the semi-final. (South) Korea are one of the best teams in Asia. We have enough ability to reach the semi-finals. After the semi-finals nobody knows what is going to happen.

"If we don't get to the semi-finals then we would have definitely failed. It would be very disappointing."

The fullback, who earned an impressive 127 caps for his country, added: "I think the players are under a bit of pressure because the World Cup wasn't good. They know they need to perform well at this tournament.

"This is one of the widest-open Asian Cups ever. It is going to be very difficult to predict. The level between the likes of Japan, South Korea and Australia is very tight.

"So if we can just get to the semi-finals, after that nobody knows what is going to happen."