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Marcello Lippi: China still have a long way to go to compete with top teams

Marcello Lippi: China still have a long way to go to compete with top teams
From ESPN - November 15, 2017

Marcello Lippi said the gap between his China team and the world's leading sides remained significant after they lost 4-0 to Colombia on Tuesday.

It was China's second defeat in a row after they were beaten 2-0 by Serbia last week, but the Italian World Cup-winning coach felt the games had been beneficial.

"From the performance we could see the gap is all round," he told reporters. "We still have a long way to go.

"If the opponent was an Asian team, we may have a gap but it would be small. We need to get to the bottom of where we are and have the right attitude towards that.

"We prefer to play strong teams. Games like this have more value in terms of improving ourselves. It does not mean much if we always play weaker sides."

He praised Colombia as "very good" and said facing them would "give the players an idea of the gap between them and the top teams."

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