According to the "Jinan Times" report, after missing the semifinals, Shandong Luneng may shift its focus to the Football Association Cup and use the remaining leagues for training.
The media said that although Luneng has experienced a helpless defeat, life must continue. After the end of the championship, how to deal with the next league has become a proposition for Hao Wei's coaching staff.
The media believes that for Luneng, the team's next strategic focus may be transferred to the FA Cup. Due to the "collision" between the time of the FA Cup and the AFC, Evergrande, Guoan and SIPG have difficulty making all-out efforts in the FA Cup. In addition, the defending champion Shenhua has already been eliminated in the first round. "Clearance difficulty" seems to be reduced.
The media said that if Luneng wins the FA Cup this season, it will not only get a ticket to the AFC next season, but also make up for the regret of losing the championship for two consecutive years. At present, when the remaining leagues are of little value, the use of competitions to train troops may become Luneng's choice.