On September 28, Beijing time, the first stage of the Dalian Division of the Chinese Super League officially ended. Today, "Guangzhou Daily" also commented on the performance of Evergrande and R&F.
According to the media, Evergrande’s staff reserve is still the most abundant team among the top 16 teams, and the average age has been significantly reduced, but there are also several hidden dangers. Evergrande’s dominance is still strong, but its aggressiveness and fluency have not shown absolute advantages. In addition, the old problem of the left back has not been completely resolved. Second, it is a substitute candidate for the right back, looking for a suitable substitute for Zhang Linpeng. In terms of midfield, the challenge for Evergrande is to choose which two domestic players to assist Paulinho. On the offensive end, Exon, Talisca, and Luo Guofu have yet to return to their best state.
Speaking of R&F, the media said that Zahavi’s departure has accelerated the pace of reconstruction. Now R&F's entire offensive and defensive system has been completely changed, especially in tactical choices. Under the leadership of the new coach, R&F resolutely played a defensive counterattack and had completely broken up with the previous "pretty football". In addition, Zahavi's departure has significantly improved R&F's internal atmosphere, and the cohesion between players has been effectively improved, which may be more important than tactical adjustments.