Lippi urges players to put best efforts in World Cup qualifier

Xinhua | 2017-03-23 13:31

Lippi urges players to put best efforts in World Cup qualifier

Chinese players are seen in a training session ahead of a 2018 world cup qualifier against South Korea on March 22,2017. [Photo/VCG]

Despite the road to Russia is tough, Lippi said they will fight for the best results for the fans.

"In this condition, we have some players who just finished playing in the AFC Champions League. Some players may have fatigues. But at this moment, all of them are ready for the match tomorrow," he said.

Lippi said his side has found the way to break through the high-pressing defensive line of the South Korean team.

"We will respect the opponent tomorrow. And we will take the initiative to perform all the abilities of the players on the pitch. If you ask me how to restrict their strategy, I want you to watch the match in the stadium tomorrow. And everyone will find the answer on the match pitch tomorrow," he said.

The match will be staged at the He Long Stadium in Changsha as China keep an unbeaten record here with four wins and four draws since 2005.

"Before I came to Changsha, I didn't know the good record here. I hope the city will give me a proof and we will do the same tomorrow night," said the 68-year-old.

In the first leg last year, China were defeated 3-2 on road under the former coach Gao Hongbo. Lippi said there was no point in re-discussing the match and he will only focus on the next.

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