Shanghai Shenhua completed an underdog cup-final performance for the ages with a stunning performance at Shanghai Stadium seeing them lift the CFA Cup trophy at the home of Shanghai International Port Group.
The pod look back over a hugely entertaining game featuring everything: a disallowed goal, penalty, red-card, mass scuffle and comedy own goal shenanigans, capped off by a spectacular cup-sealing solo effort from veteran forward Obafemi Martins. The panel dissect the game – and where Shenhua got it right and SIPG got it wrong – from both a neutral and not-quite-neutral perspective.
We finish our club-by-club season round-up, addressing whether the cup win will be anything more than a sticking plaster over the deeper issues undermining Shenhua, and whether AVB and SIPG should reflect on a season of progress or the disappointment of throwing away three possible trophies in quick end-of-season succession – should the shipping magnates be looking for a psychologist to replace their chippy Portuguese manager and get their squad over these continuing big-game bottling issues?
The pod also run the rule over Jiangsu Suning’s surprising dalliance with relegation and question whether the owners now have bigger Serie A fish to fry, and look over Henan’s prospects and the future direction of their young squad.
There’s also a chance to comment on Marcelo Lippi’s China squad for the upcoming East Asia Cup – is it experimental enough, which key names are missing, and does this reflect ongoing issues with a shallow talent pool?
The boys wrap up by taking one final listener question and reflecting on the beauty of the CFA Cup, before looking ahead to some close-season feature podcasts – please do suggest your topics or questions on the website or via twitter.
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