China will kick-off their Group A Asian Cup match against Bahrain at the Worker's Stadium this evening, but they'll do it without one of their leading strikers after Shanghai Shenhua star Zhang Yuning was dropped from the final 22-man squad by coach Arie Haan.The coach accused the 27-year-old of having a poor attitude. 'He's acting like a star,' complained the Dutchman. 'He's not a star, but he's acting like one.' Zhang was the Chinese league's joint top scorer in 2003 with 13 goals and was Hao Haidong's strike partner in China's World Cup qualifying matches against Kuwait and Hong Kong. However, Haan, who claims the striker has barely trained during China's Asian Cup build-up, says Zhang is too selfish to be included in the squad. 'He has fantastic ability, but he's not a fantastic player - there's a difference. He could do a lot for the team, but he doesn't do it for us,' said the coach. 'We have a very good working group with a very good mentality and we want to keep it. He's too much for himself.' Zhang's expulsion will be the least of Haan's problems for tonight's match with the 2004 Gulf Cup runners-up. Haan says neither of China's two overseas stars - Manchester City's Sun Jihai and 1860 Munich's Shao Jiayi, who is only just back to fitness after knee surgery - are fit enough to play a full match. 'Sun can't play 90 minutes at the level that is necessary. Normally I wouldn't start with him,' said Haan. 'He did his preparation with his father who is a physical trainer with Dalian. He only started training with us on the fifth and his level wasn't what I expected.' Sun has been substituted five times in five games under Haan. 'Shao is feeling good - he is good - but he has had no matches, just 45 minutes against Lebanon. At the moment I can't take the risk,' Haan added. Shenzhen Jianlibao striker Li Yi has been making a late bid for a place in the starting line up. Having scored his first international goal against Lebanon a fortnight ago, Haan said Li had been catching everyone's eye. 'He's scored some beautiful goals in training. Some I don't think he could believe them himself!' Haan exclaimed before adding that Li's preference to attack down the left might not make him the ideal partner for Hao. Their opponents Bahrain have made rapid progress in the last four years, reaching the final round of Asia's World Cup qualifying competition for the first time, reaching only their second ever Asian Cup finals and establishing themselves as one of the stronger teams in the Gulf. 'At the moment they're maybe the second best team in their region,' said Haan, who has been watching China's opponents carefully. 'They'll be a difficult team to beat.' 'He's been following us,' laughed Bahrain's Croatian coach Srecko Juricic. 'I saw him in the stands when we played Thailand in Bangkok and his assistant was watching us in Bahrain. Probably he's aware of the importance of the first match. 'I think they have more pressure and I think if we can play according to our abilities we can make a good result. I don't want to be arrogant, but I'd like to win,' he added.