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Chinese journalist: ‘I know players are so stressed that they go to the toilet 7 times’

17 Jan 2022 | 08:00 | Football

Ma Dexing, China’s leading sports journalist, revealed the pressure of the country’s national players when competing in the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup.

“The Chinese team summons so many players (52 people – PV) to reserve as well as prepare for the future. Young players will be considered and evaluated, but veterans are still the main factor in the team. The third qualifying round of the World Cup 2022. The players who have competed in the third qualifying round of the World Cup will be very different from the rest,” journalist Ma Dexing shared with Sohu Sports.

“If they haven’t played in this round, when they play for the first time, their legs will shake. I know this when I’m with the team. When the game was about to start, a player came back to the changing room. Dressing up and going to the bathroom 7 times because of the pressure. This kind of pressure is really unbearable for the average player. Therefore, in the upcoming matches, the veterans still play the main role,” he said. Ma Dexing added.

The Chinese team is training to prepare for the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup. Photo: Sohu

The Chinese team is training to prepare for the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup. Photo: Sohu

The Chinese team started training on January 12 in Shanghai with 27 players, out of 52 names on the summons list. The remaining players will join forces later, while playing in the national cup. Sina Sports considers this to be the largest-scale team ever.

Most of the faces in the Chinese team that played the first 6 rounds of the third qualifying round of the World Cup were present. In addition, new coach Li Xiaopeng also summoned young players to create opportunities to rub and learn.

In the upcoming series, the Chinese team will respectively face Japan (January 27) and Vietnam (February 1). Currently, this team is ranked 5th in Group B with 5 points after 6 matches

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