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Thailand Awaits After Korean Reality Check for China: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e4

We’re looking back on a grounding experience for Marcelo Lippi’s somewhat-experimental China side against a full-strength South Korea finally hitting their stride – was this an opportunity missed by China, or a relatively low-risk chance to try out some changes in a game they could afford to lose?

Just like Lippi, the pod rotates the starting line-up this week with host Steve Crooks joined by Brandon Chemers in Beijing, and Jamie McIlroy in Wuhan to share some perspective and avoid pressing the panic button just yet. Did any of the changes surprise or impress the panel, or will Lippi revert back to a more familiar formation against Thailand?

We preview the round of 16 game against the War Elephants – there’s a recent win and not-distant-enough horror show in the head to head record, and the curious case of Thailand switching managers mid-tournament. Discussion turns to China’s forward line – will Wu Lei be fit enough, and can we expect Gao Lin on the wing and Yu Dabao as super-sub once again? There’s a relatively confident feel to the pod’s predictions here – make sure to catch the game on Sunday and join us for the debrief early next week!

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Steve hosts the Chinese Football Podcast, having joined the WEF team as correspondent for Shanghai Shenhua, the side he has followed since moving to Shanghai in 2010. Exiled from the Victorian town-centre idyll of Feethams along with his childhood football team, Steve spent many an (un)happy year on Hongkou's North Terrace along with the Shenhua Element Crew and Blue Devils before relocating to Sydney from where he continues to follow the Chinese game from afar.

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