Will the Chinese Super League’s top four only “symbolically” participate in the Asian Champions League group stage?
Reporter Han Bing reported 16 afternoon, the AfC announced the Asian Champions League East Asia group matches.Shandong Taishan and Shanghai Harbour will play in Thailand, in Surinam and Bangkok respectively, Guangzhou will travel to Sungshan in Malaysia, and Changchun Yatai will travel to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam if they make it through the play-offs.However, as the opening of this season’s SUPER League is almost certain at the end of April, and the afC Champions League East Asia group stage from April 15 to May 1 is scheduled to clash, the four teams in the SUPER League will probably have to send their youth teams abroad to participate in the AFC Champions League as they did last year.However, as the allocation criteria of the Asian Champions League quota may change greatly from next year, the “youth team” will give up the Asian Champions League, which will bring a huge impact on the Chinese Super League in the future.The group stage of the Asian Champions League is more than two months earlier than last year, and the four participating teams have hinted that they will try to make a difference in the Asian Champions League.But this year’s situation is worsening compared to last year, with almost 80 percent of clubs in arrears of wages and a large area of club share reform yet to make concrete progress.Among the four teams in the AfC Champions League, at least Guangzhou still has a survival crisis.As a result, whether the Chinese Super League can open as scheduled at the end of April will depend on the results of the shareholder reform and the qualification examination of the clubs.In addition, the transfer window of the Chinese Super League has also been postponed to March 15 – April 15, which has directly prevented the teams participating in the Asian Champions League from registering new foreign signings with the AfC.The uncertainties of this year’s CSL greatly increase the chances that the four teams in this year’s Asian Champions League will be “token participants and give up”, as they were last year.The first reason is that the afC Champions League group stage matches collide with the Chinese Super League schedule, and the 14-7 quarantine measures after the teams return to China mean that if all the four participating teams go abroad to play, they will miss at least four rounds of the Chinese Super League after returning home.Normal training cannot be carried out during the isolation period, and the team’s athletic condition cannot be guaranteed.It is difficult for the four teams to accept the fact that they still have to chase results in the season.Moreover, the Beijing Guoan Youth team suffered infection during the Asian Champions League match in Uzbekistan last year, and finally returned to China after being detained for several months.Omikronon mutant virus swept the world this year. Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand, the three competition places in East Asia, are the hardest hit areas, with the average daily new infections of more than 15,000, and Vietnam’s higher than 30,000, all in the rapid outbreak stage. Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam are the most important epidemic areas.Therefore, it is not surprising that the four CSL clubs in the Asian Champions League will continue to choose the split, with youth teams playing in the Asian Champions League and the first team playing in the Chinese Super League.Of course, in order to avoid last year’s disastrous defeat, shandong Taishan and other clubs also said they would add some adult players to improve the team strength.But given that opponents are likely to go all out, as they did last year, the results of the GROUP stage of the Asian Champions League are not promising for CSL clubs.After the round of 12 in March, there is almost no official competition with Chinese names. In the East Asian Cup, as Japan and South Korea and other opponents have decided to participate in the lower-age teams, China is likely to follow suit.As CSL enters a crucial year of expansion and share reform, cfa is also ready to ensure the normal operation of the league.Under the comprehensive effect of various internal and external factors, CSL “give up” Asian Champions League for the second consecutive year is almost a foregone conclusion.However, this will not only cause CSL teams to be humiliated in the AFC Champions League, but also greatly affect the future quota of THE Chinese SUPER League in the AFC Champions League, and even the qualification of the whole league.The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will make a series of major changes to the AfC Champions League. In 2023, the league will be a multi-year format, with the competition running from September to May, and the quota of foreign players will be changed from “3+1” to “5+1”.The number of players in the 2023 Asian Champions League has changed from 3+1 to 2+2, just because of our comprehensive failure in the Asian Champions League last year, the technical points in 2021 dropped from the first place in Asia in 2020 to the seventh.If continue in the Asian champions league this year “lie flat”, the end of the technical points will continue to decline substantially.The AfC has confirmed a new rule that only technical points based on the results of the previous year’s Asian Champions League will be allocated to the following year’s Asian Champions League starting in 2023.This means that this year will be the last chance for CSL teams to give up strategically in the AFC Champions League. If they continue to give up next year, CSL is highly likely to fall out of the top 24 in Asia in terms of technical points, thus completely missing the 2024/25 AFC Champions League.