Cup football is brilliant and the CFA Cup has rarely disappointed in recent years – we’re set for another great two-legged final between two recovering giants of the domestic game in Shandong Luneng and Beijing Guo’an. The pod look are expecting a tight one – who will take home that elusive silverware to reinvigorate their trophy cabinet?
We continue our league season review by wading into the mass of mediocrity sitting in mid-table – and find plenty to say about these sides, whether it’s Dalian’s curate’s egg of a season, Quanjian’s car-crash 2018, Guangzhou R&F’s continuing inability to defend, or one of the few teams who manage to unite the entire panel in disapproval – listen on to find out who.
There’s some sympathy for the mid-table sides as we reflect on the limited options they have to strengthen, given the increasing regulations around investing in foreign or domestic players. What can they do – and should we all give up on the national side after yet another flaccid friendly performance?
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