Beijing Renhe are in the pod’s sights once again after putting an off-colour Shenhua to the sword – but there’s more action at both ends of the CSL table to keep the pundits focused on the football this week.
There are three or four genuine contenders at the top and the bottom – the pundits aren’t writing Shandong off just yet despite an impressive Evergrande dismantling them in Jinan, and despite their off-field chaos Chongqing fight back to stay in striking distance of Dalian and Henan at the bottom.
China’s elimination from the Asian Games football tournament leads us into a listener mailbag looking at international competition and the impact of squad regulations – the early impact of the U23 rules is discussed, along with the pressure the CFA heaped upon itself and its young squad by taking the Asian Games with more short-term importance than many of their rivals.
We wrap up with a review of the CFA cup semi-finals and the imploding form of Guangzhou R&F – has Dragan Stojkovic started to lose his mojo?
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