The pod gets back to regular football business this week, starting with a preview of the title run-in – with a four-point advantage Shanghai International Port Group look to hold all the cards, but is their tougher run-in cause for concern? The international break has seen a couple of sides down the bottom part company with their coaches – can Henan’s third manager of the year save them from the drop, and what does Quanjian’s left-field appointment of Park Choong-Kyun mean for their future after a season of struggle for which the pundits aren’t entirely blaming the outgoing Paulo Sousa?
We look over a pair of uninspiring friendly performances against India and Syria for the national team, and dig into some of the criticism starting to face head coach Marcelo Lippi – is the Italian idling his way into retirement, or could anyone do better with the tools available?
There’s time for a few listener questions around player development and some of the new rule proposals being rumoured for the CSL next year – with the verdict remaining out on how soon we’ll see an influx of foreign goalkeepers, Chinese strikers or promotion-relegation playoffs.
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