The AFC Champions League group stage draws a lottery today to test the talent pool of the Chinese Super League team
This afternoon, the draw ceremony of the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage will be held online. According to the previously announced competition system and schedule, this season’s AFC Champions League group stage is still divided into two divisions, East Asia and West Asia. Concentrate on the competition, among them, the East Asia group stage will be held from April 21st to May 7th. Such an arrangement may test the depth of the”bench” of several Chinese Super League teams.
During the lottery ceremony, according to the AFC According to the team classification rules, last season’s Super League champion Jiangsu Suning team and the Chinese Football Association Cup champion Shandong Luneng team became the first seeded team, and Guangzhou Evergrande was the second team. Beijing Guoan Team will become the fourth-tier team if it successfully passes the qualifying round and enters the main game.
The schedule of the AFC East Asian group stage this season is”unfriendly” for the Super League. Previously, the Chinese Football Association planned to start the 2021 Super League on March 11, and the first stage of the game will continue until May 18. Although the Chinese Football Association and the professional league preparatory group are currently formulating a new start plan, unless the start of the game is postponed to June, the schedule of the AFC Champions League and the Chinese Super League will inevitably”crash”.
The”crash” of the schedule means that teams that take into account the Chinese Super League and the AFC Champions League must prepare two lineups to participate in two games respectively. Multi-line combat will be a great challenge to the team’s talent pool. Looking back at the AFC Champions League in the past few seasons, many Chinese Super League teams have lost sight of each other. For example, Shanghai Shenhua, the Chinese Super League team that first eliminated the AFC Champions League last season.
Source Beijing Daily
Reporter Li Li
Process editor Tai Shaofeng