With the defending champion absent and the presence of many new names, the Chinese Super League will return on Tuesday, after the preseason has seen financial crises and the departure of many players and coaches.
Since the brilliant Brazilian Alex Tichira led the “Jiangsu Suning” squad to the title at the expense of “Guangzhou Evergrande” in the competition’s qualifying round final in mid-November, a lot has changed.
Rather than consider defending his very first title, Jiangsu is gone, as he did not receive a license to participate this season after club owners announced in February that they would stop supporting him.
Material suffering and the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic caused the departure of many stars from the competition, including players and coaches, when those who could compensate for them were not present.
Raphael Benitez left as coach of “Dalian Pro”, while coach Vitor Pereira moved away from “Shanghai Sepeg”, who also lost forward, Hulk.
Quarantine rules deprived some clubs of their players at the start of the season, with Brazilian duo Paulinho and Anderson Talisca unlikely to compete with “Guangzhou” in the opening rounds as they cannot travel to China.
The atmosphere is completely different from what Chinese clubs did years ago, when they lavishly spent signing huge contracts.
In an attempt to get rid of the effects of huge corporate club support, the Chinese Federation has decided to change the names of the majority of professional clubs. Publicity
The games will be played in the bubble system in Suzhou and Guangzhou, but in the hope of ending the season in its usual form instead of the knockout system that emerged last year.