33 goals, four hat-tricks, a couple of blowout victories for title contenders and a topsy-turvy nine-goal thriller in the Guangzhou derby – the 2018 Chinese Super League season began with a bang, and the WEF experts are on hand to dissect the action from each of the opening round games. Has Evergrande’s aura gone, or can Fabio Cannavaro write that 5-4 game off to the madness of local derbies? Just how impressed should we be by Shanghai International Port Group and Tianjin Quanjian swatting aside relegation-threatened sides? And what was the more bizarre decision – Dalian’s Ma Lin deciding to field a series of new signings who’d only met the day before, or Beijing Guoan’s Roger Schmidt benching most of his big buys and rearranging last season’s team out-of-position?
We tackle these questions and more – including several hot-take questions and impressions shared by our listeners – and find the time to discuss how the new U23 rules have impacted the first weekend of league football, before looking ahead to some big games next time out – there’s the small matter of a Shanghai derby at Hongkou stadium, along with Fabio Capello’s impressive-looking Jiangsu Suning looking to add to Guoan’s early woes.
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