Next week, the second stage of the Chinese Super League will kick off. The first round of the championship group will be staged in the same city derby match between Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG. It is understood that the current two rounds of the Shanghai Derby have been preliminarily determined. The two games will be held at 7:35 pm on October 18th and 7:35 pm on October 23rd.
Shenhua was originally scheduled to enter the Suzhou Division on October 12, but the coaching staff adjusted the original arrangement after comprehensive consideration based on the team's situation, and the team will postpone its departure from Shanghai by one day. Since the end of the five-day holiday on October 3, Shenhua has been conducting targeted training and preparations around the upcoming two rounds of Derby after regrouping at the Kangqiao base.
In Shenhua's lineup, foreign aids Martinez and Bolaños have just arrived in the team, especially Bolaños. They were announced on October 1st and trained with the team on the 3rd. Therefore, for Shenhua, it is the team's top priority to find Martinez and Bolaños as soon as possible to find the status and integrate into the tactical system.
Since the first stage of Shenhua is to compete in the Dalian Division, the second stage of this time comes to the Suzhou Division. Whether it is a training venue or a competition field, it is brand new to Shenhua and requires the team to adapt as soon as possible.
According to the Chinese Football Association's competition system, if Shenhua wants to reach the top 4 and retain the hope of qualifying for next season's AFC Champions League, it will take two rounds to defeat SIPG, but from the perspective of strength and other aspects, it is not easy for Shenhua to pass this level.