Indian Football team is set to play a friendly match against China on 13th October at Suzhou. As this is scheduled to be a preparation game for both the teams ahead of 2019 AFC Asian Cup, where China is potted in Group-C along with the heavyweights South Korea, Kyrgyz Republic and Philippines.
So for the improvement in their performance, team Dragon is playing friendly in a gap of two months. Chinese team was under the guidance of World cup winning Coach Marcelo Lippi and under his guidance the team stands with the winning ratio of 30%.
Let’s see the players who made the cut to Lippi’s 23-men squad to play against India.
● Goalkeepers: Zeng Cheng, Yan Junling, Zhang Lu
● Defenders: Zhang Linpeng, Feng Xiaoting, Li Xuepeng, Yu Hai, Liu Yiming, Chi Zhongguo, Wu Xi, Mirahmetjan Muzepper
● Midfielders: Zheng Zhi, Yu Hanchao, Zhao Xuri, , Jin Jingdao, He Chao, Piao Cheng, Chi Zhongguo, Wu Xi, Mirahmetjan Muzepper
● Strikers: Gao Lin, Wu Lei, Xiao Zhi, Yu Dabao
● Squad Analysis :
Goalkeeper: Cheng will be the starting goalie for China. Junling will be the substitute. Cheng the 31 year old goalie had already represented 41 matches for his national side and he was playing in Champion side of CSL Guangzhou Evergrande.
Defence: Yu Hai will cover the left back, Xiaoting along with Xuepeng will guard the Centre back side, Linpeng will take care of Right back. The defence has changed after their friendly against Bahrain, as they failed to stop the opponent attackers.
Midfield: The 38 year old Zhi will be in central Midfield position and also he was the skipper. Xuri will be the another Central Midfield player along with Zhi. Hancho will provide the attack from left wing and Xi from right wing.
Forward: Lin the Guangzhou Evergrande striker played more than 100 matches for Team Dragon and has a bag-full of Experience. Lei, SIPG player, will be another striker. Lin and Lei duo will play their 52nd match together.
● Squad Rating :
● Probable Playing XI :
Yu Hai, Xiaoting, Xuepeng, Linpeng;
Hancho, Zhi(C), Xuri, Wu Xi;
Other notable members in the squad are former China U-20 Captain Jingdao who has received his 1st international call. Dabao and Chao had been recalled after a while.
● Head to head :
China Won: 7
India Won: 0
● Author’s Take :
Out of the 23 members 16 members are from the top 4 CSL outfits. This 16 players will only get the first preference of Lippi. The 76th ranked China had been changing the squad as per the performance of their team when we compare this to Constantine’s side its ultimately different as he is not giving chance to the performing youngsters and sticking to almost the same group of players.
This is domestic league time in India and to do well in Asia Cup they need more friendly matches as only 2 months are there. This friendly match result will favour to the home side.