Thailand head coach Milovan Rajevac: Conflicting philosophies hurting Chinese soccer

Thailand head coach Milovan Rajevac, who worked in China as an assistant coach with Beijing Guoan in 2002, has some comments about top-flight Chinese Super League.

The Serbian coach thinks that Chinese players are having to deal with too many conflicting methodologies when they play for their clubs and their country.

“It’s difficult to adapt quickly to get to know anything because the players from China and from the other countries, they are different,” Rajevac said, as quoted by Reuters. “You have to adapt quickly to see how to handle them and there are many reasons.

“It doesn’t mean if you pay the most money that you’ve bought the best quality.

“There can be many reasons for that, but if you look at the league and the number of players and the effort they’re making, they should be challenging more for qualification for the World Cup. Their results should be better.”

Of the 16 clubs in the Chinese Super League this season, only two are managed by local coaches. A total of nine different nationalities work in the country’s top flight, including World Cup winners Luis Felipe Scolari and Marcello Lippi, former England head coach Fabio Capello and ex-Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.