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Guangzhou Evergrande's Zheng Zhi and example to everyone - Scolari

Guangzhou Evergrande's Zheng Zhi and example to everyone - Scolari
From ESPN - September 8, 2017

Luiz Felipe Scolari hailed evergreen Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi after the Chinese Super League champions extended their lead at the top of the current standings to 11 points on Friday evening.

Evergrande, who are on track to claim a seventh straight league title in a row, handed Changchun Yatai a 3-1 defeat to extend their advantage over Shanghai SIPG, who face Tianjin Teda on Saturday.

Ricardo Goulart scored twice while fellow Brazilian Alan Carvalho was also on the scoresheet. But it was 37-year-old Zheng who the World Cup-winning coach praised after Guangzhou's 18th win of the season.

"Zheng Zhi's fighting spirit and professional attitude are an example to all Chinese players," said Scolari. "He played for the national team but, no matter his state of mind, he always gives his best.

"He's 37 years old but he's like an 18-year-old and he works so hard. He is an example to everyone and it's a pleasure for me to be able to work with such a player."

Following the sale of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho -- Guangzhou's best player this season -- to Barcelona last month and the loss of China international Huang Bowen to injury, Scolari stressed Zheng's important to the team had increased.

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