Netease Sports reported on October 16:
China Super League round 15, Beijing
Speaking of the team's preparations, Bruno said: After the first stage of the game, we put a holiday. After the holiday, the team prepared for the match with the Shandong team in an orderly manner. The players trained very hard and the training intensity was increasing day by day. We came to the competition early, which also ensures that we have sufficient time to prepare for the game in accordance with the coaching staff's plan. Regarding competition preparations, we analyzed the opponent's technical and tactical characteristics as before, and we should have enough confidence on the premise of respecting the opponent.
Q: What preparation does the head coach have for the double-round elimination system?
Bruno: This year's league is very special, especially the second stage is more special, two games determine whether a team will advance. Of course, we want the players to remember that the game is 180 minutes. Not only is tomorrow's game the key, the second game is also very critical. We can think of tomorrow’s game as the first half of the knockout, and the second game as the second half. In a tournament-based game, what is more important is the psychological aspect of the players, especially the players' determination to win. I hope my team can be adequately prepared in this regard.
Q: What is the current situation of injuries in the team? Will Augusto and Zhang Xizhe have a chance to play tomorrow?
Bruno: Augusto and Zhang Xizhe had previously followed the physical coaches for recovery training. They also participated in the team's joint training this week. They are hopeful that they will appear in the game tomorrow.
Q: Do you know that Shandong Luneng Taishan team changed their head coach during the intermittent period? What are your preparations for the changes of Luneng team?
Bruno: Because the Shandong team is our opponent, we will also find out the current situation of Shandong Luneng as soon as possible. I know that the head coach of the Shandong team left his post due to physical reasons, and his assistant coach took his place. I believe that the changes in this team should not be particularly big, because the two coaches have worked together for a long time after all, the team changes will not be particularly big. We are very aware of the advantages of the Shandong team. Of course, facing such an opponent, it is more important for us to be ourselves and play our style and level.
Q: Do you think the change of the opponent's coach will be the key to determining who will win?
Bruno: Everyone knows that a head coach is very important to a team, but after all, the game is determined by the players. I think tomorrow’s game will be a duel between two teams with different styles. There is no need to focus too much on it. The opponent changed coaches. Everyone knows that the new coach of the Luneng team was originally an assistant under the guidance of Li Xiaopeng. There will be slight differences in the two players' play styles, but they must be relatively close. As for us, the main thing is to be ourselves, it is enough to play a wonderful game tomorrow.
Q: What do you think is the biggest change between this Shandong team and the opponent that they defeated at the end of last year?
Bruno: I think all the Super League teams have not changed much in their styles. Tomorrow’s game will be the same as last year. It must be a very difficult game. Last year’s game we scored at the last minute. The winning goal. Tomorrow’s game will certainly not be easy. The Shandong team’s players are tall and tough. We need to give full play to our advantages and play a wonderful, high-quality game.