Chinese club coach questions Lippi’s China legacy

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SHANGHAI, March (Xinhua) — Chinese Super League club Qingdao FC head coach Wu Jingui has questioned the legacy Marcello Lippi left for Chinese football.

“I heard that he did not allow some of his training sessions to be taken video and his Chinese coaching staff were not allowed to watch. I had a feeling that he did not come to China to help,” Wu told a Shanghai TV program.

“We had spent so much money on him, and what he left for us after he walked out?” the Qingdao side head coach asked.

Lippi took over Guangzhou FC, then known as Guangzhou Evergrande, in May of 2012 and guided the Chinese top-flight team to win five major trophies including one Asian Champions League title, three Chinese Super League titles and one Chinese FA Cup championship.

The Italian was appointed as head coach of the Chinese national team in October of 2016 and quit abruptly in November of 2019 following his side’s defeat to Syria in a World Cup qualifier.

Wu said, “Lippi achieved quite a lot in China as a football coach, including one Asian Champions League title. We had hoped he could hold some classes to teach us Chinese football coaches something.” Enditem

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