The Chinese team arrived in San Francisco at 6 o’clock in the evening on November 30th.
This time, Jiang Shaoyu asked everyone to come to the city of the competition three days in advance. There was a time difference between the United States and China. They would use these days to adjust their schedules and adapt to the environment. Otherwise, if their biological clocks couldn’t be adjusted, there might be some sleepiness during the game. This would affect the state of the players.
With the experience from the Asian Championship, Yu Mingxiang personally booked a bus to pick them up at the airport this time.
Everyone took the bus to the hotel. They were checking in at the lobby when they saw a group of people coming in through the door. They were wearing neat team uniforms with the Korean flag printed on them. Leading the group was a very educated-looking young man.
Anna said softly, “Coach Jiang, that is the new coach of the Korean national team, Cha Injun.”
Jiang Shaoyu glanced back at the other person and met the man’s gaze. For some reason, the man’s sharp gaze made Jiang Shaoyu very uncomfortable. He frowned and withdrew his gaze, ignoring the people of the Korean team.
Hua Ran whispered to Shu Chen, “Brother Chen, I saw Ahn Taehyeong, the gray-haired one. He is the scout from the Asian Championship.”
Shu Chen nodded. “Yes, I-I remember him.”
Hua Ran was curious. “The captain of the Asian Championship, Jeong Jiwoo didn’t come. Was it because he lost the Asian Championship and was hidden like Coach Han?”
Among the South Korean national team players this year, only two players from the Asian Championship were selected. The failure of Captain Jeong Jiwoo to join the national team must have something to do with public opinion on the Korean Internet.
However, these were internal South Korean affairs. Jiang Shaoyu didn’t care about it. It was all the same no matter which players they sent. The Chinese team would go all out.
After checking in, everyone went to their hotel rooms.
There were over 20 people in the Chinese team going abroad this time. The players all lived in single rooms so as to not interfere with each other’s rest. The assistant coaches, tactical consultants, and chef team of the working group all lived in double rooms.
Yu Mingxiang thoughtfully arranged a separate suite for Jiang Shaoyu. He was an omega, and this was more convenient for the private doctor to visit him during the competition. Secondly, this suite could be used as a temporary meeting room for meetings and discussions with the tactical team and players.
After settling his luggage, Jiang Shaoyu sent a message to his personal doctor, Zhou Yang, asking him to come over.
It didn’t take long for Dr. Zhou to personally come to the door.
It had been so long since they had seen each other, and Zhou Yang noticed that Jiang Shaoyu had changed a lot. He looked more haggard than when he first came to Zhou Yang for treatment, and there were faint dark circles under his eyes. Zhou Yang asked with concern, “Have you not been resting well recently?”
Jiang Shaoyu frowned and pressed a hand against his temple. “I’ve been relatively busy during this period of time. I often stay up late, and my work and rest are a bit chaotic. It’s okay. I will adjust slowly when I return home after the competition.”
Dr. Zhou put the medicine box on the table and took the detector from the box. He asked Jiang Shaoyu to sit on the sofa and draw a little blood, connecting the instrument to detect the pheromone data. The blood measurement was more accurate than a portable instrument.
Dr. Zhou soon saw the result and said, “Your pheromones are fairly stable. Has it been controlled by inhibitors lately or by the mark of your alpha boyfriend?”
Jiang Shaoyu looked up at him. “What boyfriend?”
Dr. Zhou said, “You called me before and said you were marked twice by an alpha. Wasn’t he your boyfriend?”
Jiang Shaoyu looked away uncomfortably and replied in a low voice, “You are thinking too much. He was just helping me.”
Dr. Zhou smiled. “Really? You are very repulsive to the approach of most alphas. Since you can tolerate his marks, it means that your pheromones are very compatible. Why don’t you consider developing it and turning him into your long-term inhibitor?”
Jiang Shaoyu refused without hesitation. “I’m not suitable for him. It is better to take inhibitors. I brought more than 20 inhibitors with me when I went abroad this time. Bring more to me when you come over tomorrow.”
Dr. Zhou was helpless. “Okay, I’ll leave the medicine box and detector here with you, so I don’t need to take them back and forth. I happen to be on vacation tomorrow, so I’ll come over again in the morning and bring you some inhibitors.”
Jiang Shaoyu nodded. “Yes, I have to trouble you.”
Zhou Yang smiled. “You’re welcome. This is what I should do.”
A private doctor would charge a fee every time they came to the door. Jiang Shaoyu could afford this money, and Zhou Yang was also happy to see him. The hotel arranged by the competition wasn’t far from Zhou Yang’s residence. It was very convenient to go back and forth.
After a detailed examination, Zhou Yang turned and left.
At this moment, there was a sudden knock on the door outside. Zhou Yang bumped into it as he was going out. There was an alpha standing outside the door. The two of them looked at each other, and there was obviously a hint of caution in their eyes.
Zhou Yang carefully examined the young man in front of him. He was tall and handsome. His eyes were vigilant, like a big dog guarding his master. Anyone who approached his master would be glared at by him.
It seemed that this was the alpha who marked Ah Yu? Zhou Yang was a bit amused when seeing that he was younger than Ah Yu and explained, “I am Ah Yu’s personal doctor. Are you looking for him?”
Pei Feng immediately changed his attitude when he heard this. He stretched out his hand with a smile. “Hello, Doctor. Thank you for making this special trip. How is his physical condition?”
Zhou Yang said, “No problem. I’ll come back tomorrow.”
Pei Feng waited for the doctor to leave before opening the door and saying in a low voice, “Master, Sister Yu has communicated with the organizer. Our chefs will cook in the back kitchen of the hotel and provide the Chinese team with three meals a day. In addition, the match schedule will be announced tomorrow morning.”
Jiang Shaoyu nodded. “Yes, I see.”
Pei Feng hesitated for a moment before speaking again. “I just met your doctor. Are you okay?”
Jiang Shaoyu told him, “It was good. Don’t worry.”
Pei Feng didn’t say anything else and consciously withdrew.
He had just seen a blood-stained cotton ball and syringe in the garbage can. Apparently, the doctor had drawn blood for his master’s examination.
His master was only 18 years old.
With this strange disease, how many grievances did he suffer when he went abroad alone?
Over the years, this person had lived abroad and injected himself to control his pheromones every day. He also pricked his arm more than a dozen times every year during his estrus period.
Pei Feng couldn’t help feeling distressed when he thought of this.
Pei Feng returned to his room, took out his phone, and sent Yu Mingxiang a message. “Sister Yu, do you know the doctor treating my master?”
Yu Mingxiang replied, “I don’t know him. Ah Yu asked me to get him a pass so he can come to the hotel at any time. I just know that his name is Zhou Yang, and he was Ah Yu’s personal doctor during his time abroad. Their relationship is quite good.”
To avoid the harassment of fans and reporters during the competition, people couldn’t enter the hotel without a pass. If Dr Zhou could come in directly, it meant Yu Mingxiang must’ve asked the organizer for a pass of the Chinese team.
Pei Feng thought she knew Jiang Shaoyu’s situation very well, but now it seemed that his master didn’t explain it to her in detail.
The last mark was in July, and it was almost invalid in November.
Pei Feng respected his master’s wish and didn’t give another mark. During this time, Jiang Shaoyu continued to use inhibitors to control his pheromones and brought a lot of medicine when going abroad. Pei Feng felt a lot more at ease with a private doctor around.
That night, the players of the Chinese team slept in the hotel. Many of them were going abroad for the first time and couldn’t sleep due to excitement. The time difference between countries couldn’t be adjusted in one day.
The next morning, Dr. Zhou came to the hotel again to bring Jiang Shaoyu the inhibitors. After Jiang Shaoyu injected himself, he cleaned up the trash and immediately called the coaches and consultants of the tactical team to the room for a meeting.
The competition schedule had been released on the official website.
On December 3rd, which was two days later, the 6th Gun King World Series would officially open at 7 p.m. The group stage would last a week, and each country played one match every two days.
The schedule of Group F was very unfriendly to the Chinese national team.
Shortly after the opening ceremony on December 3rd, it was the match between China and Germany at 9 p.m. In other words, before the players of the national team could find their match condition, they would first face the strongest team in Group F, Germany, the third place of last season.
In fact, the schedule was also very important to the players.
If they played the relatively weak Spain first, then Canada, and finally Germany, there would be a gradual buffering process from easy to difficult. The players would be in better and better condition.
This was the same as doing simple multiple-choice questions and fill-in-the-blank questions first in the exam to get some points before finally coming to the difficult questions and doing their best.
If they were given a 15 point question as soon as it started, it was easy for the mentality to collapse if they didn’t know how to do it. Then they would make various mistakes with the simple questions they could’ve answered.
The pressure on the Chinese team would be very great when playing Germany in the first match.
This was the reason why Jiang Shaoyu held an urgent meeting to discuss the schedule after seeing it. Not only did they have to arrange tactics against the German team as soon as possible, but they also had to pay attention that the mentality of the players wasn’t broken… It was really difficult!
The assistant coach, Old Gui, had a headache. “Why is our Chinese team so unlucky? We also had a nightmare schedule last year. The first match of the group stage was against the United States, but we were blown away. The mentality of the players collapsed, and there were various mistakes in the field. In the end, we were one point short and failed to qualify in the group.”
Old Chang said emotionally, “The schedule of the Asian Championship was also very unfavorable to us. After finishing a match in the evening, we had to continue to play in the evening. There were two matches a day and less than two hours of rest in between.”
Vice-chairman Qi sneered. “Isn’t this schedule intentional? In the eyes of the organizers, the Chinese team is the cannon fodder of the group stage anyway. Germany will beat us just to get points from us.”
Everyone’s mood was very complicated. It was really annoying to have such a nightmare schedule every time! However, the schedule was already like this. The only thing that China could do was to adjust their state and to face it actively.
Jiang Shaoyu said calmly, “Since the first match is against Germany, let the players train their mentality. In the first game, I plan to let Mo Hantian command. I want to see if he will cry when playing the game.”
Oh my god!
Directly letting Princess Mo go to play the German team? What if his mentality collapsed again?
Mo Hantian was likely to lead to the collapse of the whole venue. In the previous group stage match against the United States, he was killed twice in seconds and walked off the stage crying. In the subsequent matches, his performance was poor, and he was jokingly called the ‘Ambassador that makes people quit Gun King’ by netizens.
Now Jiang Shaoyu dared to let Xiao Mo take command when facing a strong enemy like Germany in the first match of the group stage?
Old Gui was the assistant coach last time and also went abroad with the team. He remembered the scene where Mo Hantian cried until he was out of breath after the match. It was really scary. He bit the bullet and asked, “Isn’t it too risky to let Xiao Mo play in the first match?”
Jiang Shaoyu said calmly, “There are risks, but there are also benefits. These 18 year old young players must adapt to the rhythm and cruelty of the World Series in the group stage and stabilize their mentality. If we lose a game in the group stage, we can find ways to save it. However, if we lose in the knockout round then we will have to go home.”
There were three matches in the group stage. Even if they lost to Germany, they could still get points from Canada and Spain and try to qualify for the group. However, if they lost in the subsequent knockout round then they could only pack up and leave.
The group stage was the only opportunity to hone the mentality of the newcomers.
There were indeed risks. Xiao Mo’s mentality might collapse, and Hua Ran and Qin Xueyao might also be hit hard and lose their confidence when participating in the World Series for the first time…
But this was only one possibility.
There was another possibility. After playing the German team, they would become more and more courageous. They would have the right mentality and not be afraid of strong opponents. They would play at their strongest level in the subsequent matches and become truly good professional players.
Jiang Shaoyu’s eyes had always been on the world champion, and the group stage was his only chance to train them.
At this time, compared with the intense preparations of the Chinese team, the coach of the German team, Clemons, was very relaxed. The man with thick eyebrows glanced at the schedule and said with a smile, “The first match is against the Chinese national team. There is no need to worry too much. It is best to win with a score of 2:0 and lock the group qualification in advance!”