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Football News: The strength of foreign players in the Chinese Super League has declined, and the AFC Champions League lacks competitiveness, with a big gap in rhythm and intensity.

Football News: The Chinese Super League’s foreign players are declining and the AFC Champions League lacks competitiveness, with a huge gap in pace and intensity. SportsTalk reported on December 25 that in the 2023/24 AFC Champions League, among the four teams representing the Chinese Super League, only Shandong Taishan advanced to the knockout rounds. "Football News" analyzed that the Jinyuan era has passed

SportsTalk December 25 News In the 2023/24 AFC Champions League, among the four teams representing the Chinese Super League, only Shandong Taishan advanced to the knockout rounds. “Football News” analyzed that after the Jinyuan era passed, the strength of the Chinese Super League’s foreign players gradually declined, and the Chinese Super League teams lacked competitiveness in the AFC Champions League.

In the 2023/24 AFC Champions League, the Chinese Super League’s quota is 2+2. Taishan and Sanzhen won the group stage quota, Haigang and Zhejiang qualified for the play-offs. In the play-offs, Zhejiang defeated Thailand and Hong Kong 1-0 and secured a place in the group stage. Regrettably, Harbor lost 2-3 against Pathum United at home and gave up its place in the group stage. What is speechless is that Pathum United lost all 6 games in the group stage and failed to win any of them.

In the subsequent group stage, Taishan performed well, scoring 12 points with 4 wins and 1 loss in the first 5 rounds, ranking first in the group. During the period, they played a double against Incheon United and faced Yokohama F. Marinos in the last round. Taishan was very tired, and with the absence of Fellaini and Moises, they suffered a 0-3 away defeat, but still qualified second in the group and advanced to the top 16. Sanzhen lost Stanciu before the start of the AFC Champions League, and the returning Malcon was also injured. Under this situation, they only scored 5 points with 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses. They were at the bottom of the group and missed the qualification. Zhejiang’s hope of qualifying continued until the final round. In the end, they ranked third in the group with 2 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses and 7 points, and also missed the chance to qualify.

“Football News” analyzed that the performance of the top three in the Chinese Super League in the group stage has four aspects worthy of reflection. First, at the overall level, there is a huge gap between the current rhythm and intensity of the Chinese Super League and the AFC Champions League. The second is the technical and tactical level. The Chinese Super League is generally simple and crude. When playing against the Japanese team, the defense was completely at a loss when faced with efficient penetration attacks and was full of loopholes. The third is the level of foreign aid. Due to the decline in the level of foreign aid, the competitiveness of Chinese Super League teams has declined very obviously. Fourth, in terms of penalty standards, the Chinese Super League teams also show a certain degree of incompatibility.

What is certain is that the Chinese Super League’s status in the Asian competition is gradually declining. In East Asia, it is already obviously inferior to Japan and South Korea., in the third position competing with Thailand. However, there is no need for Chinese Super League teams to belittle themselves. As long as they maintain stability, make good signings, and more importantly maintain a positive attitude, while gradually improving their adaptability to rhythm and intensity, they will still have a certain degree of competitiveness in foreign games. On a stable basis, the level of foreign aid determines the height of the AFC Champions League. This season, Harbor lost to Pathum United, in a sense, because their foreign players failed to play their due role.

In terms of mentality, the punishment of Wei Shihao in the three towns and the punishment of many people in Zhejiang are actually related to the mentality. If they had not encountered these, the three towns would have been punished. The record of Zhen and Zhejiang may be better. In addition, a particularly important point is the adaptation to the rhythm of the game, the intensity of the game and the scale of penalties. This requires the entire Chinese Super League to improve and strictly crack down on behaviors and phenomena such as besieging referees and delaying time.

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