The new manager of Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA, Uli Steilek, has fired a warming to the club’s players including Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi.
Steilek has told the players to step up their game or face the exit as he tries to guide the club towards safety in the Chinese Super League (CSL).
Their last match ended in an humiliating 5-1 home defeat to Odion Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai meaning they are winless in 12 CSL games winning just three games in 24 games this season with seven draws and 14 loses.
Speaking in a chat with sports sina, Uli Steilek said:
“I came to this club, as a coach I fully accept all the conditions and difficulties of the club.”
“But as for the fallen players who failed to rise to the challenge, I insist if they do not stand up and fight, they will be eliminated from the club, so they have to be ready and be strong.” he added.
Tianjin TEDA are currently occupying the 15th place in the 16-team CSL table after 25 games and are in danger of getting relegated at the end of the season.
In a related development, Super Eagles captain John Mike Obi is already fed up of life in China and is considering making a move back to Europe according to a reliable source close to the former Chelsea star.