This week’s pod opens with a review of Beijing Guoan’s ninth straight win, and more goals for Cedric Bakambu – begging the question of why some fans are still dissatisfied with the striker. With Marek Hamsik coming in for criticism early into his time with Dalian too, the panel reflect on the need for patience with big-name signings despite the great expectations.
There’s also some late drama in Shanghai and Guangzhou, the question of why statistics and analytics aren’t widely available, and more shenanigans circumventing the U23 rule.
We wrap up with a review of the state of play in the ACF Champions League with the final round of the group stage looming – are Shandong better suited to continental football, and how do we fancy the chances of Guoan, Evergrande, and SIPG joining them in the knockout phase?
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