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Guangzhou Evergrande's Argentine striker Dario Conca is frustrated, irate, and confused about coach Lee Jang-Soo's decision on his playing minutes. In the team's fiasco against the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in their AFC Championship League match on Tuesday, he scored a penalty goal in the 10th minute. But he was replaced by Jiang Ning 15 minutes into the second half, when the game was tied at 1-1. The Argentinean's fury was easy to tell as he kicked a bottle away after that. And Evergrande lost the game 3-1 after Jeonbuk's forward Lee Dong-Gook scored two goals in injury time.
"I don't understand why they always sideline me with the excuse that I am exhausted and need rest," Conca writes in Chinese on his Sina Weibo early on Thursday morning. "How could I kick the crucial hit if I am not in condition? And why do the coaches always have Conca take a rest?"
The minutes Conca put in hasn't correlated with his $7 million salary, which was the highest in the Chinese Super League before Evergrande signed Dortmund's Paraguayan forward Lucas Barrios on Wednesday, with an estimated annual salary of 6.7 million euros. He sat out Evergrande's league game against Henan Jianye, and came off the bench in another two CSL games.
It's reported that Lee has decided to take disciplinary measures against Conca for his remarks on Weibo.
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