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CSL must watch players’ mental health, says Zhao

Former China international Zhao Junzhe has asked the organizers of the Chinese Super League to take steps to help players relax when the 2020 campaign begins in closed-off areas later this month.

The 16-team CSL, originally scheduled to start on February 22 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will kick off on July 25 with clubs based in closed environments in two hubs — Suzhou in Jiangsu Province and Dalian in Liaoning Province. “This needs some measures to help the players relax, and we are inquiring with the Chinese Football Association about that,” Zhao, the chief executive of Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, was quoted as saying by Xinhua. “Some recreational facilities will be needed in the teams’ hotel.” Teams will play a round robin with the top four qualifying for an eight-team “championship” stage and the bottom four from each group going into a “relegation” phase. Meanwhile, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua captain Giovanni Moreno has joined up with the CSL side for training after completing a 14-day mandatory quarantine. A video released on social media by the club yesterday showed the Colombian international emerging onto the training pitch to the applause of his teammates. The 34-year-old forward returned to Shanghai on June 22 on a chartered plane before being put under compulsory quarantine in a hotel.


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