March 1st, in the 2022 season, the newly promoted Wuhan Three Towns won the Chinese Super League championship, and the main goalkeeper Liu Dianzuo
In an interview with “Football News”, Liu Dianzuo recalled his experience last season and talked about his goals for the new season.
——Introduce the latest training situation
Liu Dianzuo: Everyone took a vacation of about 40 days. The teammates were separated for a while. After reuniting, I can see that everyone is very motivated to train.
Through this holiday, the players have been well adjusted physically and mentally. After returning, under the leadership of the head coach, they are actively preparing for the new season.
Training at this stage is mainly physical reserve and physical strength training.
We hope to store energy for a year through long winter training.
During this period of time, we had a lot of training, and everyone felt the body’s reaction. At first, there was some soreness, and the rehabilitators were also ready to help us recover at any time.
——Talk about the tasks assigned by the head coach
Liu Dianzuo: The head coach has arranged a targeted training plan for each player during the holiday, and sent it to us very early. The coach hopes that we can have a good maintenance during the holiday.
Our goalkeeper coach, Huceba, assigned tasks to several goalkeepers individually, so that we will not relax during the rest and keep training. This is to quickly find the state when the winter training begins.
——Talking about preparations for the new season
Liu Dianzuo: My own aspect is still the same as before. In fact, the preparation period is the same every year. I hope to have a good performance in the new year and help the team achieve better results.
——Talking about the biggest challenge of the new season
Liu Dianzuo: Our team will have more games this year. I feel that the players are well prepared for the hard work this season.
The more this is the case, the more we must actively prepare for the game during the preparation period and play every game well.
We definitely have expectations for the AFC Champions League. The Three Towns Club is also the first time in team history to play in the AFC Champions League and the first time to enter the Asian football stage. Both the strength of the opponent and the pace of the game will be greatly improved.
I hope we can calmly deal with the challenges of the AFC Champions League and strive to qualify for the group stage.
I think after we won the championship last season, when other teams face us in the new season, they will have the idea of defeating the defending champion, and their energy, attitude, and enthusiasm will be even stronger.
We should still lower our attitude and focus on me to play every game well.
In fact, the Chinese Super League season is very difficult every year, and there will be more or less different problems.
I hope that the team, from top to bottom, can face difficulties together in the future.
——Talk about why you joined Wuhan Three Towns
Liu Dianzuo: Because I see that this team has a very long-term plan, and the club is relatively stable in all aspects.
Winning two championships in the previous two leagues showed the ambition of the club.
I think it is of great significance to us that several of our new players can come here together and win the league championship in the 2022 season with the team.
——Talking about the smooth sailing in the first stage of last season
Liu Dianzuo: We were in good condition in the first stage, because we had made sufficient preparations early in the winter training stage, so we entered the state quickly, and the game was relatively easy, but this does not mean that the opponent is not strong, it is just that
Said we might have been better prepared.
——Talking about communicating with everyone to overcome difficult times
Liu Dianzuo: Of course.
Usually our team members will chat in private.
When the team is in a downturn, the whole championship situation is chaotic and the situation is very urgent. I will tell you that you must first stabilize your mentality, play well game by game, and don’t think too much.
You can’t set the goal too far, and study every game for every opponent.
——Talking about the important reasons why the three towns won the championship
Liu Dianzuo: I think first of all, the club has created good conditions for us, allowing us to play football in a stable environment; secondly, the management of the team is very standardized, and the rewards and punishments are very clear. I think this kind of management is very good
Third, our players do have the ability to play well and win championships.
Each of us got along very well and stuck together all the time.
When we experienced highlights, we continued to move forward together; when we encountered difficulties, we encouraged each other to overcome them.
——Talking about the feeling of winning the championship
Liu Dianzuo: For me, this is a very meaningful year. We encountered injuries in the middle and went through a very long season. We won the championship as a newly promoted team, so I think the gold content of this championship is quite high
As a player, I think every championship is very important. If you have a chance to win a championship in your career, every championship is of great significance.
——Talking about pursuits other than championships
Liu Dianzuo: I think on the contrary, the moment the championship is won, it has become a thing of the past. No matter how many honors and championships you have won, it is a thing of the past.
Every new moment is a new challenge. After winning the championship, let go of your posture and pursue new goals. This process is more meaningful.
What we have to do now is to focus on the present and continue to pursue in the 2023 season.
——Talking about the goals of the AFC Champions League
Liu Dianzuo: In the AFC Champions League, we must strive to qualify for the group stage. On this basis, we will strive for better results and hope to go further.
On the front of the Chinese Super League, I think we still have to go