Long Dong recently accepted an interview with The Guardian and talked about his life in China, the way he played in special periods and his views on Chinese football.
Long Dong: "We play the game, go back to the hotel, train the next day, and then play four days later. In 60 to 70 days, we probably only had one day off. Maybe you ask us how to deal with this state? You have to Have a strong mentality and try not to think about other things."
Due to the closure of the game, Long Dong has not seen his family for three months. He can only keep in touch with his family in Spain through video calls. However, as multiple teams live in the same hotel, he also gained some unexpected friendship.
Rondo said: "A few days ago, a group of us-players from Ghana, Brazil, Colombia, and other countries here-gathered downstairs in the hotel, and we talked about football, the epidemic and the situation in Asia. What will happen to the championship and so on. We tried to clarify our thinking. For a player’s mental health, the current situation is difficult. My family can understand the situation, thank God, but it is a kind of pressure."
Long Dong: "You never know what will happen in the football world. It is like a fan. If they gave me a chance at that time, then I would certainly not miss it (referring to Newcastle United,
Long Dong: "Chinese football is not like we have seen in other countries. The players here are more worried about making mistakes, maybe a little afraid of getting the ball. Rafa tries to teach them about possession, physical management, when to play, and when Shouldn't be kicked."
"Chinese football is on a very good path, but if you want to do too much too quickly, the next step will become difficult. They want to participate in the World Cup and they have invested a lot of money for it.
Long Dong: "People say,'Your career is over, you should retire', but they don't know anything about me.
*The content of the article is excerpted from The Guardian