The pod is back to regular business this week, and there’s only one place to start – with Beijing Guoan setting a new CSL record by opening with seven straight wins, we reflect on what’s changed in the capital this season – and who or what can stop them, with plenty of speculation around just how long Guangzhou Evergrande’s key man Talisca will be sidelined for ahead of this week’s top-of-the-table clash.
There’s a quick hat-tip to some crucial Champions League games coming up next week and an early season in which no side is getting cut adrift at the bottom just yet – great viewing for the neutral.
Along with a range of listener questions, the pod rattles through confusion and disappointment around a number of off-field issues, taking in the managerial situation at Guangzhou R&F, crackdowns on fan culture in Langfang, the worst reserve ‘keeper in the league, and of course the end of Fabio Cannavaro’s interim reign as national team coach and the mooted return of Marcelo Lippi.
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