The Chinese women's football team should resolutely renew itself and win only in the future without fear of losing
At 3 p.m. local time on December 2 (4 a.m. Beijing time on the 3rd) at Rackhardt Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Chinese women's football team with the old and new tried their best, but finally lost 0-3 at the feet of the American women's football team due to lack of strength. Such a complete defeat was actually expected by the Chinese Football Association and the team's interim coaching staff, in their opinion, the Chinese women's football team needs to settle down to consolidate the foundation if they want to get out of the trough.
From this point of view, the Chinese women's football team, which is in the midst of a new generation, can afford to lose, and it also needs to further recognize the huge gap in technical ability and practical experience accumulation between itself and the strong teams through high-quality international warm-up matches. According to the plan, the Chinese women's football team will leave Miami on the afternoon of the 3rd local time after the game and move to Dallas to prepare for the second international warm-up match with the US women's football team in 4 days on the evening of the 5th local time (the morning of the 6th Beijing time).
After the Paris Olympics in early November, the Chinese women's football team fell into the embarrassing situation of having no major tournament to play in the next two years. The Chinese women's football team, which was experiencing pains, had to start preparing for the next major tournament cycle ahead of schedule. In the context of a number of veterans about to fade out, a new round of renewal of the Chinese women's football team is imperative. And it was at this time that they ushered in two warm-up matches with the old powerhouse American women's football team. Warming up with such a team with the halo of world champions, the challenge facing the Chinese women's football team is huge. Of course, from another point of view, such a high-quality international warm-up match is also an opportunity for practical training in the process of restructuring the Chinese women's football team.
It is precisely because of its focus on the future that the Chinese women's football team went to the United States this time and chose a lineup of new and old players. After confirming that it would not renew the contract with the former head coach Shui Qingxia, the Chinese Football Association specially selected the current U20 national youth women's football coach Wang Jun to lead the interim coaching staff to lead the Chinese women's football team to the United States, and the team also recruited 4 main players of the U20 national youth women's football team.
According to the plan, the Chinese and American women's football teams played the first warm-up game of this visit with the United States women's football team at 3 p.m. local time on the 2nd (4 a.m. Beijing time on the 3rd) at Rackhardt Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In this game, Wang Jun selected a starting lineup mainly composed of veteran players and supplemented by young newcomers. Among them, the attacker who missed the Hangzhou Asian Games and the Paris Olympic preliminaries, Tang Jiali, who is currently playing for the women's La Liga club, started the game. At the same time, there are also 6 players who have participated in this year's World Cup, including Zhang Linyan, who have participated in the team's starting lineup. One of the starting central defenders, Wang Siqian, the main player of the U20 national youth, played for the first time on behalf of the Chinese women's football team in an official match.
In fact, the U.S. women's soccer team is also facing a new cycle after being hit by not being able to reach the top 8 of this Women's World Cup. For example, Niswanger and Mutri, who came off the bench in this game, are both making their first appearances for the United States. However, relatively speaking, the U.S. women's soccer team, whether it is a veteran or a newcomer, has a clear advantage over its opponents in terms of individual technical ability. As the U.S. Soccer Federation commented on its official website headline after the game: "It took only eight minutes for the U.S. team to find a way to break through the Chinese women's football team's defense." As the best defender in the Women's National Soccer League, Gilma played a long ball down the left, and after winning the ball, Rodman burst into the left side of the team's attack at high speed, and then assisted Smith to open the scoring.
According to the statistics on the official website of the United States Football Association, the shooting ratio of the Chinese and American teams is 2 to 20, while the possession rate of the Chinese women's football team is only 37%, these two key data are enough to show the huge gap between the two teams at the technical level. Horan and Rodman scored goals for the U.S. women's soccer team in the 52nd and 77th minutes respectively. On top of that, the U.S. team has missed a number of good chances to score, and it's no wonder that the U.S. Soccer Federation commented on the headline of its official website: "Without the heroic performance of Chinese goalkeeper Xu Huan, Smith could have scored two more goals soon." Xu Huan saved the U.S. Women's Soccer League Golden Boot winner's high-quality shots twice in 10 minutes after China conceded their opening goal. And similar situations have come and gone in the game. ”
Affected by injuries, only 18 players of the Chinese women's football team signed up for this game, including 3 goalkeepers. According to the data, a total of 15 players (including 4 substitute players) represented the Chinese women's football team in this game. In addition to central defender Wang Siqian, attacker Huo Yuexin, one of the candidates for the 2022 AFC Women's Young Player of the Year, also replaced Uzhigumula in the 46th minute, thus completing her official debut for the national team. Although the Chinese women's football team was completely passive throughout the game, the players maintained a good mental state from beginning to end, and individual players such as Zhang Linyan also created good offensive opportunities.
A team insider commented after the game: "Actually, the result of the game can be expected, but now the Chinese women's football team does not need to worry about the result of such a warm-up game." It is more relevant to be able to recognize the gaps and then make improvements to fill them. This kind of game is very helpful for the development of players, especially young players. That's the value of a high-quality warm-up game. ”
It is understood that as the leader of the Chinese Football Association in charge of women's football work, Sun Wen, vice chairman of the association, went to the United States with the team. After successively supervising major events such as the Women's World Cup and the Olympic preliminaries, this "sonorous rose" banner figure has long seen the backwardness of the Chinese women's football team. How the association will carry out the specific work of reviving women's football in the future, this warm-up can actually provide a certain reference.
The Chinese women's football team will leave Miami on the afternoon of the 3rd local time and fly to Dallas. According to the plan, the two teams will play the second warm-up match in four days between the two sides on the evening of the 5th local time and the morning of the 6th Beijing time at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. A team official said: "At this time, there is nothing that cannot afford to lose. Our team, the players need this opportunity to improve step by step. ”
Text/Beiqing Sports Xiao Yun