SportsTalk January 13th: At 22:30 Beijing time tonight, the national football team will face Tajikistan in the first round of the Asian Cup group stage. Before the game, Tajikistan’s main defensive midfielder Zhurabeyev retired due to injury. “Football News” analyzed that the loss of generals on the defensive end will have a great impact on Tajikistan’s tactics and morale.
Under the leadership of Shegot, Tajikistan has remained unbeaten with 4 wins and 1 draw in 5 games since September last year. In the round of 36, they drew 1-1 at home with Jordan and beat Pakistan 6-1 away from home. However, the 27-year-old main midfielder Zhulaboyev injured his ankle in the game against Hong Kong, China. He is expected to be injured for several weeks and miss the Asian Cup.
Zhulaboyev came from the CSKA Moscow youth training system and has played football in Belarus, the Philippines and Malaysia. In 2014, he made his national team debut at the age of 18 and has been the absolute main force of the national team since 2016. In November 2019, Tajik lost 0-1 to the national football team in Guangzhou. He played the entire game and received 1 yellow card. Tajik’s solid defensive performance is directly related to his excellent performance in the defensive midfielder position.
In the last 11 games, except for the unexpected 1-5 defeat at the feet of Uzi in the Central Asian Cup last June, Tajikistan has played the remaining 10 games. Only conceded 7 goals, averaging 0.7 goals per game, and kept clean sheets in 4 games, including the powerful Russia and the United Arab Emirates. But the absence of Zhulaboyev will have a great impact on Tajik defense.
Theoretically, Shegot will most likely continue the 4231 formation, the trident of Panjishanbe, Soilov, and Kamorov The combination will not change easily because the offensive power must be maintained; Djalilov continues to center to support the offensive end.