Chinese Football Matches

Due to bad luck and a clear miscarriage of justice by the referees, China had to accept another goalless draw with Hong Kong here on Tuesday in Group C of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone qualifying tournament. Only the eight group winners and four best second-place teams will enter the last stage of the Asian Zone qualifying campaign. Qatar, the 2022 host, has definitely topped Group C with 18 points after easing past Bhutan 3-0 tonight. China is standing third in the group with 11 points and two games to go.

Hong Kong is second with 14 points and one game remaining. Even though China beat the Maldives and Qatar in the remaining two games to overtake Hong Kong for the second place in the group, it is very difficult for China to be one of the four best performing runners-up among the eight groups on points. In their first meet in September, China hit four times on the frame of the Hong Kong team and both didn’t score. The same story repeated here Tuesday as China got another four hits on the frame. China controlled the game and kept offensive, but Yu Dabao’s goal in the 77th minute was ignored by the referees. “I fell disappointed about the result but not about our players. They have done their best.” said China coach Frenchman Alain Perrin.

“We should win the game although our opponents performed well in defence. We scored a goal but it was ignored by the referees.” Hong Kong’s South Korean coach Kim Pangon spoke highly of his player’s performance. “I feel satisfied about the result. Our players did a very good job, especially in defence.” Kim said.

China upset Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their Group B opening match on May, 2015, while the Uzbeks also collected three points, defeating North Korea by the same scoreline. It was 2004 when China, as hosts, were last in the knock-out stages, and they are fully aware of the threat of Uzbekistan, having never beaten them in three previous Asian Cup meetings. “We haven’t qualified for the knock-out stage for ten years but now we have a very good chance after winning our first match.” said defender Zhang Linpeng. China and Uzbekistan kick off in Brisbane at 07:00 pm (09:00 GMT). Three-time winners Saudi Arabia know that they must at least avoid defeat against North Korea after their upset loss against the Chinese to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the last eight. The Saudis were dealt a blow just before the start of the tournament when controversial striker Nassir Al Shamrani was ruled out with an abdominal injury. His absence was painfully obvious as the Saudis lacked firepower against China and coach Cosmin Olaroiu said he would be making changes to his starting line-up for the crunch 06:00 pm(07:00 GMT) clash in Melbourne. We know what we need to do exactly,we have only one way and it is very important to win the game,” he said. “With the changes we are going to make, we are going to make sure we try to get more power and score more goals.” North Koran coach Jo Tong-Sop is hoping his Swiss-based pair Pak Kwang-Ryong and Jong-Hyok can help his team overcome the odds and reach the last eight. “I rely on them and expect them to step up in the next games,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

Harsh Reality Check to Chelsea

There is still a game around the corner, which is scheduled to be held on a Monday night. This review will be interesting and stuffed with highlights and lowlights. Then condition seems like that it is made for Trent Alexander-Arnold or Josh King, in which a whipped free kick and a brilliant counter-attack could be witnessed. But the solo strike against Chelsea could be ignored. He occupied the critical way out on the right without help from another.

The Weeks Progress

In the previous season, club Liverpool netted three goals at the stadium Watford. The team also netted three goals in this season. But this time, it is different that Liverpool own solid and mature strength in defense, instead of being disturbed by calamities. Jurgen Klopp argues that the game has become a most mature performances till now.

Liverpool has made great progress even though they could not keep pace with the club Manchester City. Here are also some shortcomings of the Liverpool squad, such as lacking of self-awareness, breakthroughs, reality analyses, etc.

Areas of weakness in Self-Awareness

The 0-0 draw between Manchester United and Crystal Palace means they lost seven points at the stadium Old Trafford this season. It is the fourth time the team haven’t got nothing in competitions while other clubs from “big six” only experienced such conditions for five times, in which three of them are played with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool. One important reason behind the condition is that there are not enough desire and intensity. One player expressed that they have played a game similar to this one, but it is necessary to win the game.

It is unbelievable that one suggests their players give up to trying as hard as they could. How to explain it if such conditions are true? Why those footballers do not try as hard as they could? Is there a possibility the manager taken them as scapegoats. It is a mysterious matter.

Recurrence of a Theme — Perfectionists

Some owe it to luck rather than regarding such a condition as a result of solid strength. Pep Guardiola assessed that it is a consequence of luck. Football Raheem Sterling also believes they could have done better, and they should have done better. Perhaps this result is just a method of the team’s manager to avoid complacency. Some acclaims and honors from all people will drives them to calamities.

When it comes to Sterling, he netted goals and provided assists for 13 times in total this season. No one could perform better and win more goals in the Premier League in one season. No matter what kind of doubt about the footballers should be discarded for his outstanding performances in pitches.

Warnings from some analysts seems an attempt to guide expectations after a fine start. Perhaps due to close observation, some could get more information than ordinary people. He also expressed that troubles could exist ahead.

More European Cup Games in Future

Arsene Wenger, boss of club Arsenal, believes they will play more European Cup football games in future. Although having departed from football club Arsenal, he believes he have more chances to grab European Cup games’ trophy. When it refers to life away from club Arsenal, he says his life without football playing in 35 years for the first time seems like a guy who plays Russian roulette without gun suddenly.

As a boss saying goodbye to his 22nd season with club Arsenal, Wenger revealed his strong willing to stay in top-level club management. He prepared to turn even at the age of 69. The speaking before Thursday’s Europa League semifinal prior to Atletico Madrid, Wenger doesn’t value the suggestion that the emotions will affect him when he go out for his final European home game. He said that the football game would not been his last European home game. Considering the position among guys who have played in Europe, he believes he is quite high up even not the highest one. Certainly, he is likely to take over another Champions League-caliber club as soon as next season. Some speculate from his words “a little bit” of a break from the game. He found it is hard to taking a one year off.

“One year is consist of 365 days. It’s very long. I intend to leave myself a little bit time to take a rest.” e decide to leave a short term to do what he want. He has not taken a break 35 years. It’s impossible for him to look around for the specialty of his work. During his more than 20 years spell with Arsenal, his biggest regret was the loss of the 2006 Champions League final to Barcelona, which was the closet place to win a European trophy.

“The loss European trophy is really the biggest regret for me. Because their opponents are different with rivals now. That game could have been a comfortable triumph”, he added, “But I have to face reality. We were play the Champions League final.” When you look back to Arsenal’s history and the quantity of fixtures Arsenal participated in Europe, you will find that Real Madrid is not the most football team played with Arsenal. This reason has to be taken into consideration. The span of Arsenal’s history is not wide enough to say the club is the laureate of 10 European Cups in its history.

He also hopes that there will be person who could bring the club back to a higher level, so that Arsenal could compete with their first European Cup. Even in this condition, some speculated he inclined to stay in the job a while longer. He emphasizes he hope the next manager could be more successful than him.

Wenger voices that he hope all matters will go well after his departure. Because he has dedicated to the football teams for more 20 year. How could he stand to see something bad happened to the team?

Arsenal’s Condition after Arsene Wenger’s Exit

Editor’s note: They asked Nick Hornby to assess the news that Arsene Wenger was leaving Arsenal Football Club after coached the team 22 years.

The school his sons attend is just a stone’s throw from Highbury Stadium, where mobile phones are not allowed to be used on the premises. Each morning, his boys and friends go to school while their mobile phones are left in their kitchen. Mobile phones will keep silent until the end of the educational day.

On a Friday morning, my sons leave their mobile phones in kitchen as normal. I started to read newspaper in the suddenly peaceful house. But, the rare peace was broken up by buzz and ping at the same time. There is a common goal of all calls – Arsenal Football Club, which could provoke some simultaneous activity. Even though the news involving North Korea’s nuclear strike will last for several days. Besides, his own phone started to ring, too. By this stage, it is difficult to imagine what else could have happened, except for depature of Arsene Wenger.

In their mid-teens, boys leave their phone in my house almost every day. No one of them saw Arsenal’s football games at Highbury. After this time, they began going to the Emirates from 2008 to 2010. They also enjoyed some good times during this period. They witnessed the prime time of Cesc Fabregas’s and Robin Van Persie’s football playing career. They witnessed three FA Cup final wins only in four years. In addition, they also witnessed Thierry Henry second debut at the age of 35.

However, these above highlights don’t count for much. Taking advantages of outstanding performances of eminent football players, Barcelona garnered comfortable win in their second leg. Henry scored a goal at the end of one disappointing game I have ever seen. The nine-year trophy drought was ended by late scores of Laurent Koscielny in the game. His score contributes to the comfortable win against Hull City.

Most of the time, there are more disappointment in their life than pleasure: champions challenges and big games against big teams. The former petered out in March while the later often ended with humiliation. Nevertheless, any football fans of Arsenal has not seen the humiliating scene that their team conceded eight in a game until 2011. Most football fans were disappointed by the dismal football game rather than inspiring by a exciting consequence of football games.

While parents of the boys remember something else: the eight-year splendid, in which club Arsenal performs as well as any football club in Europe. It’s wonderful to own a season ticket in this period. Watching football games they played in London will be the best entertainment.

When pundits criticize football fans for their short memory, football fans may claim their memory are short. When surpass a certain age, the splendid history of Arsenal may not count for much. However, my sons and their friends will remember things what a 68 years old did decades ago.

Dream Swan Song May Become a Nightmare

Arsenal know that Atletico Madrid are capable enough to turn Arsene Wenger’s dream swan song into a nightmare. After the resignation of Arsene Wenger comes out, his dream may peter down to a nightmare. It is impossible for Arsenal to find a perfect way to solve all problems in one time. Unfortunately, Arsenal will face a bad plan in Europa League semifinal against Atletico Madrid. Then, there may be news in the stars on May 16. Wenger may leave by the last flight with his squad, wearing suit of club Arsenal. He may also answer one last question before board his flight.

Wenger may go back to France where all began. There is also an opportunity for him winning the first European trophy of his managerial career in the Europa League final. The matter will be attractive if the prospect could be realized. But we have to face the reality here.

The most daunting obstacle confronting club Arsenal is in the second tier of European football. In the past four years, Atletico Madrid played two Champions League final as a football team sitting second in La Liga. In the event that Atletico Madrid, under the leadership of Diego Simeone, could not prevent Real Madrid’s winning on the biggest European stage, the Atletico Madrid is still capable enough to crash club Arsenal’s dream.

Wenger also summarized the risk facing club Arsenal in a concise manner in his pre-match news conference: “Our teams’ advantages lie in no obvious weakness,” he added, “They can cooperate with each other efficiently, and can use weakness of their opponent.”

Everyone will not be surprised at the mentioned name Simeone when you persuade Arsenal supporters about potential replacements for Wenger. In many aspects, he takes the opposite place of the footballers in the home dugout and he strongly desires to change. All these factors contribute to his desirable qualities.

Simeone dedicates to the traditions of “anti-futbol”. In Europe, he is the coach who builds the stingiest defensive forces. With the assistance of the excellent manager, his team defeated Chelsea in a 2014 Champions League semifinal. There is substantial differences between Wenger and him.

On Thursday night, a fascinating comparison between the professor and the general will be made, which will also open another door for club Arsenal. In fact, it’s difficult for Simeone to replace Wenger or take over his work. Because he could not perpetuate his values to the team since Wenger coached the team for 22 years.

It is obvious that the boss of club Arsenal Ivan Gazidis would like to reserve the important aspects of “Wengerism”, although without his direction any more. The fundamental strategy for them is to reserve the values that the club has instilled into it in the past decades of years.

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