Lippi preaches importance of Team Dragon focus

News
Marcello Lippi says China must maintain their current focus to continue their progress at the Asian Cup.

Marcello Lippi says China must maintain their current focus to continue their progress at the Asian Cup.

Team Dragon booked their place in the last 16 with Friday’s 3-0 win over the Philippines and either a win or a draw over South Korea on Wednesday will see them qualify top of Group C.

Lippi is clearly pleased with their progress but having guided his homeland Italy to World Cup glory in 2006, the 70-year-old understands the importance of a strong mentality in tournament football.

‘My thoughts on the game are very positive, and the victory is, of course, very important,’ he said.

‘However, the team’s performance is just as crucial. I hope we can continue in this manner because once you have confidence in yourself you know you can play against any opponent in Asia.

‘The mentality of our team is also crucial, and it is currently very strong. We know this does not mean that we can win every match, but we [feel] we can play anyone and have a good chance of winning.’

Latest