The pod is back to give some credit to a newly resilient China – coming from behind once again against Thailand to win their first tournament knockout game since 2004. Yes, Zheng Zhi was playing back then too. There’s some credit for more of the veterans – grudging backhand compliments for Gao Lin and Marcello Lippi’s tactical masterclass of putting it in the mixer for the big man off the bench. Are the panel worried about China’s penchant for slow starts, or impressed by their resilience – and has their thinking on the ongoing Wu Lei fitness scare changed?
Optimism is thin on the ground looking ahead to Iran in the quarter finals however – we run through our fears and concerns from a tactical and personnel viewpoint before digging into the history and fan view of the China-Iran fixture. The pod wraps up with some egg-on-face predictions and the hope that we’ll be back to preview at least one more game next week – tune into the game Thursday evening before your regular does of Chinese Football Podcast returns the following week.
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