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China's Olympic Team Downed by Chelsea Reserves
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China's Olympic soccer team lost 1-0 to Chelsea's reserve team on Monday. The match formed part of China's training at the London club.

The Chinese players performed poorly and lost control early, allowing Chelsea to run the game for most of the game.

The Chelsea players are younger than the Chinese team, but they shocked China who will need to train harder for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

A single goal by Spanish Under-17 international Sergio Tejera in the 10th minute made the difference in a game held at Brentford FC's Griffin Park.

Coach Ratomir Dujkovic earlier made a bold claim, stating he could make soccer history by guiding China to Olympic gold in 2008.

Some reports emerged that Chinese players had complained about the training facilities provided by two-time Premier League Champions Chelsea.

"Chelsea is not as good as we thought," said a headline on the website of daily newspaper Titan. "The situation is that the food and lodging is good, but the training field is not so good," player Zhou Haibin was quoted as saying.

However, this was vehemently denied by the team itself.

"We are so impressed by the great pitches and facilities provided to us in Cobham training center," Guo Bingyan, the team's assistant team manager and media officer, said in a statement released by Chelsea.

Chelsea issued Guo's statement, which announced the team was grateful for Chelsea's "great hospitality and arrangements."

"All young players are very excited about such an experience and the coaching staffs are interested in the various workshops," he added.

China's Olympic team arrived in London at Chelsea's invitation last week for two weeks of training and three friendly games against English opposition.

(CRI February 6, 2007)

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