n another bad week for China Marcello Lippi insists spaces are still open in his squad ahead of the Asian Cup in January.
This was said after another poor showing from the country eager to grow football as they spent the international break in West Asia, where they were beaten 1-0 by Qatar before drawing 0-0 with Bahrain.
Then with sides such as Japan, South Korea and Australia miles ahead of China, you feel they don't have much of a chance at the Asian Cup. However, then with results, like we have seen recently from the national side things are looking even worse.
Lippi who once won a World Cup with his own country Italy in 2006 said “We have to learn from the experience and shortcomings from this trip to West Asia, what is important is that we put these lessons to good use. Selection to the national team is still open as there were some players who did not make this squad. We need to mobilise more players before the final squad is selected.”
Although the Italian talks about bringing in other players it is unclear who he's got in mind. It would be expected then the new players to come in will be untested youngsters who maybe just will help freshen the team up.