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China boss Gao looking for improvement against Paraguay

China national team coach Gao Hongbo is expecting a marked improvement from his side when they take on Paraguay in Guangzhou.

The Chinese side lost 2-0 to Iran on Friday which disappointed Gao who has urged his players to hit back against the Paraguayans.

"I am not at all satisfied with our performance against Iran," he said. "We made some stupid mistakes but the poor pitch didn't help much either.

"Back-to-back matches are important for us considering we are going to have a similar schedule in the Guangzhou Asian Games, 2011 Asian Cup and 2014 World Cup qualifiers."

Gao is aware of Paraguay's good performance at the recent World Cup where they were eliminated by champions Spain in the quarter-finals but he says they should not hold any fears for his side.

"Paraguay might be the stronger team on paper, but it doesn't mean that they are unbeatable," he added.

"They were quarter-finalists in the World Cup and they do want to get something after losing to Japan.

"What is important now for us is not the result of the friendlies, but how to improve our team and the players' ability when facing different types of opponents.

"I don't care much about the match result against Paraguay as long as the players perform to their best ability and do what they have learnt in training."

Andrew Slevison
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