The Chinese media is reporting that the Chinese Football Association is seeking an experienced European coach to replace Gao Hongbo. Luis Aragones, Spain’s Euro 2008 winning coach, is rumoured to be one of the candidates. During the China vs. Laos game, Aragones was invited to watch and analyze the match.
Before Wild East Football gives you his translated analysis, to cater to those who did not watch the game, Smari has included the match information and video highlights:
23 July 2011
7 – 2
|Laos||Tuodong Stadium, Kunming
Referee: Strebre Delovski (Australia)
Luis Aragones’ game analysis:
- If a team could concede seven goals (Laos), that team is absolutely semi-professional class; however, if that team could score two goals against the stronger one (China), this suggests two things: 1) China is more semi-professional than its opponent, 2) the Chinese defense is lacking and can be penetrated easily.
- There was no communication between the defenders, every defender only cared about his zone; a team’s defence should not only simply be a static arrangement, the defenders should have better movement to counteract their opponents.
- It is a big taboo to give up goals easily in a home game, this was in part due to the Chinese coach, he were players were late in adapting to the game’s rhythm.
- Regarding the substitution of Yang Xu for Gao Lin I don’t think there was anything wrong with the forward substitution; yet, I think #20 (Chen Tao) should be on the pitch before Gao Lin
- Team China was able to win the game on the second half because Laos was exhausted and did not do a good job defending the lead; regarding China scored six goals, I can say the team took good opportunity of the chances, but this is pretty normal to me
- I think Hao Junmin is one of China’s best players, his movement and positioning were very professional, Hao’s response is better than his teammates.
- I think China team lacks a true “#10 player”, a creative and dynamic midfielder.
- The Chinese team doesn’t have its own style and lacks creativity, they won the match because of the difference in ability, there are a lot of things that the team needs to improve on, technical ability is the priority.
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