Thu, 13 Aug 2020

Yan Junling (2nd L) and his Shanghai SIPG teammates train in Shanghai on July 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)

Shanghai SIPG goalkeeper Yan Junling has cautioned his CSL peers against mental fatigue during the shortened but intensive 2020 season.

BEIJING, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai SIPG goalkeeper Yan Junling has warned players in the Chinese Super League (CSL) against psychological fatigue that could happen in the second month of the truncated season.

The CSL teams have been split into two groups in two locations, one in Dalian and one in Suzhou. Each group of eight sides will be based at the same hotel to play the first phase of the season behind closed doors from July 25 to September 28.

The players are required to cut themselves off from contact with outsiders as a COVID-19 containment measure, and will be confined to their hotels when not playing or training.

"This is a tournament-style league, something unprecedented. I think the players can cope with it for the first month, but they may need a psychological adjustment in the second month," Yan said on Tuesday.

Yan, who is also the first-choice goalkeeper for the Chinese national side, said he will treat the matches as ones being played away from home.

"To play for two months in a closed-off area is rather demanding," he said. "I will take it like playing away from home. We'll be very occupied as we have to play a match every three or four days," he said. ■

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