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Kelly Cates is joined by former Stoke and Burnley player Jon Walters, Chief football writer for The Daily and Sunday Telegraph Sam Wallace and BBC Sport's football reporter Simon Stone to debate the latest football news.There’s reaction to Henrikh Mkhitaryan not playing in the Europa League final, discussion on Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud signing a new contract and debate over the future of Maurizio Sarri – is he set for Juventus? And with a number of big names out of contract and without a club this summer, what will happen with players such as Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge?
Steve Clarke is the new Scotland manager, Chris Sutton says it's the best decision the SFA have made in years and Kris Boyd tells us why Clarke was such a big hit at Kilmarnock. We ask if Gareth Bale is too much of a financial risk for there to be genuine interest from the Premier League, and hear why the best player on the planet won’t be representing her county at the Women's World Cup.
Jonathan Overend presents a special edition of the podcast on the day Vincent Kompany announces he’s leaving Manchester City after 11 years at the club.After winning ten domestic titles with Man City, Kompany announced he’s becoming the player-manager of Belgian club Anderlecht, less than 24 hours after lifting the FA Cup with City.His former Manchester City teammate Darius Vassell comes on to the pod to talk about what Kompany was like when he first joined the club and how he made an impact straightaway.Football correspondent John Murray looks back on Kompany’s illustrious career in Manchester, former Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam recalls what it was like to play against the defender and Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur explains what Kompany faces at Anderlecht.Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell and former Burnley and Bolton manager Owen Coyle also join the pod to review Man City’s 6-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup final, sealing an historic domestic treble in English football.
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas are joined by ex-Watford striker Luther Blissett and former Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips to preview Saturday's FA Cup final. The panel look at whether Manchester City will get the credit they deserve if they complete the domestic treble, and ask where it's gone right for Javi Gracia. And with Max Allegri leaving Juventus, the team examine which of Europe's elite clubs he'll manage next.
Guillem Balague, Julien Laurens, James Horncastle and Rafa Honigstein discuss the future of Antoine Griezmann and ask what happens to the Atletico Madrid team he is leaving behind, looks at the race for Champions League qualification and hear from Barcelona’s Toni Duggan ahead of the Women’s Champions League final.
Mark Chapman is joined by NY Times chief soccer correspondent Rory Smith, journalist and broadcaster Musa Okwonga, England youtube channel host Craig Mitch and Clive Ellington who discovered Sterling as an eight-year-old.They consider if the England and Manchester City forward is one of the most influential sports stars of this generation.
Watford captain Troy Deeney talks openly to Darren Campbell about misspent youth, the ten months he served in prison for affray, and the second chance he’s been given by the club. This interview was originally broadcast in 2016.
Mark Chapman and the team discuss if the sacking of Chris Hughton by Brighton was justified by the style of football the team played this season.They are also joined by Alan Ware, co-host of the Albion Roar podcast, to talk about what's next for the club.After a disappointing end of the season how many signings do Manchester United need to make this summer to close the gap with Manchester City and Liverpool?Wolves captain Conor Coady joins the pod to reflect on a brilliant season where he became the only Premier League player to play every single minute of every single game in all competitions.
Manchester City are Premier League champions again. Liverpool miss out despite earning 97 points. Will we ever see another title race like it? Michael Brown, David Thompson and Clinton Morrison join Jonathan Overend to reflect on a thrilling season.We look back on the final day, ask who were the standout players and analyse where the title was lost for Liverpool. We also hand out some end of season awards and find out if Michael can catch a flight back to Manchester with Pep Guardiola's side.
We remember an unforgettable week in Europe and focus on the final weekend of a thrilling Premier League season.Only two matches really matter: one is at the Amex; the other is at Anfield.Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas are joined by three-time title winner Robert Huth and former Spurs and Manchester City midfielder Michael Brown.The Championship playoffs look tasty as well, we discuss those with Derby County's defender Curtis Davies.
Steve Crossman, Guillem Balague, Stephen Warnock and Rafa Honigstein discuss another great night for English clubs after Arsenal and Chelsea qualify for the Europa League final - and ask why Premier League teams suddenly look so dominant.
It is another incredible night of Champions League football as Tottenham fought back to win in the dying minutes of their semi-final second leg tie away to Ajax, and are now on their way to their first Champions League final. Mark Chapman is joined in the studio by Darren Fletcher and soaking up the atmosphere in Amsterdam is John Murray and Chris Sutton. The team bring the best analysis of the game and discuss how Spurs turned things around and praise that Lucas Moura game winning hat-trick. A very happy Mauricio Pochettino and Hugo Lloris join the pod and give their reaction to a fantastic game. Not only that, but a very jubilant Jermaine Jenas joins us live from the Johan Cruyff Arena to give his view on the match. The final may be beckoning for Spurs but the same can’t be said for a devastated Ajax side – the panel hear from a very dismayed Dutch football journalist Marcel Van Der Kraan to get his opinion on what actually happened to the home side and if this is a loss the team will ever get over. And the guys look ahead to an epic all English Champions League final as Spurs face Liverpool in Madrid in June.
Kelly Cates is joined by former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer, former Chelsea and Everton midfielder Pat Nevin, senior football reporter Ian Dennis and European football expert Guillem Balague on an historic night at Anfield as Liverpool produce a stunning comeback over Barcelona to make it through to the Champions League final.Liverpool managed to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg at the Nou Camp to win 4-0 in the second leg, progressing through 4-3 on aggregate with braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum at Anfield on Tuesday night.The team discuss whether this is the greatest comeback in European football and how exactly Liverpool masterminded this famous victory.Plus, there’s reaction from Jurgen Klopp and Origi.And football correspondent John Murray and former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton join the pod from Amsterdam as Tottenham look to join Liverpool in the final – but they’ll have to overturn a 1-0 deficit away at Ajax if they’re going to be in the final in Madrid on 1st June.
Kelly Cates, John Murray, Don Hutchison, Chris Sutton and Michael Brown review a potentially decisive game in the Premier League title race, as Vincent Kompany’s wonder-strike saw Manchester City defeat Leicester 1-0 at the Etihad. The result leaves Pep Guardiola’s side just one win away from securing back-to-back league titles. Elsewhere, the panel assess the state of the race for the Champions League spots, with Tottenham close to joining Chelsea in the top four.
Jonathan Overend is joined by former Stoke and Burnley striker Jonathan Walters, former Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison and former Premier League manager Owen Coyle as Manchester United and Arsenal slip up in the race for the top four.Man United won’t be playing Champions League football next season after a 1-1 at Huddersfield and Arsenal’s best chance of making the Champions League is by winning the Europa League – after they were pegged back to a 1-1 draw with Brighton on Sunday.The panel discuss what’s gone wrong for Man United and Arsenal and how Virgil Van Dijk may have engineered a potential title winning moment for Liverpool in their 3-2 win over Newcastle.The team also round-up the end of the Championship as Norwich are crowned champions and Derby make the play-offs.
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas are joined this week by former Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell and former West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore.They discuss how two former Liverpool managers, Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers, could have a huge say in the title race. And will anybody in the top four actually win this weekend?Darren Moore also tells us what he has been up to since leaving West Bromwich Albion and how would he feel if his former team got promoted via the Championship play-offs.
Do Arsenal and Chelsea both have a foot in the Europa League final in Baku?Steve Crossman is joined by Guillem Balagué, former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon and Archie Rhind-Tutt to discuss how the English teams performed against Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt.We hear from Arsenal boss Unai Emery as well as Maurizio Sarri and debate whether the Chelsea manager was right to leave Eden Hazard on the bench for the first hour of the game.Also on the pod, after Neymar punched a supporter after losing the French Cup Final are the wheels coming off at PSG? And what challenges await David Wagner at Schalke 04 next season?
Mark Chapman, Darren Fletcher, John Murray, Guillem Balague and Robbie Savage review a spectacular Champions League night for Barcelona and Lionel Messi, who scored his 600th club goal for the Catalans in the 3-0 semi-final first leg win over Liverpool. The panel assess where it went wrong for Jurgen Klopp's side, and ask if they stand any chance heading into next week's second leg at Anfield. And we've the latest from the Championship, as Derby miss the chance to tighten their hold on the final play-off spot.
Kelly Cates is joined by Dion Dublin, senior football reporter Ian Dennis and James Olley from the London Evening Standard after Tottenham lost 1-0 to Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.They discuss the handling of Spurs’ defender Jan Vertonghen’s head injury and whether he should have been allowed to play on initially before he was later substituted.You can hear what Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has to say on the issue in his post-match press conference.The panel also debate whether Tottenham can topple Ajax next week in the second leg and if the away goal can be cancelled out.BBC football correspondent John Murray joins the pod from Barcelona as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been speaking ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.And it was an eventful night in the EFL – with three teams earning promotion.
Mark Chapman is joined by Arsenal legend Ian Wright, former Premier League striker Chris Sutton and Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam to talk Tottenham and Liverpool before their Champions League semi-finals. They look at Premier League new boys Norwich City and Sheffield United and their chances next season. We also ask how they would have reacted in the Leeds-Aston Villa scenario at the weekend, and do they think David de Gea should be dropped for Manchester United's final two games?
Jonathan Overend is joined by Curtis Davies, Jonathan Greening and Matthew Etherington in this edition of the Football Daily. The race for the Premier League title still remains tight as Manchester City go back to the top of the table after a win against Burnley and one point continues to separate Guardiola’s team from Klopp’s Liverpool. The guys discuss if it’s City’s now to lose and also look at the teams fighting for those Champion League spots. Manchester United and Chelsea drew at Old Trafford and there were losses for both Arsenal and Tottenham over the weekend – so who deserves a top four finish? As Norwich and Sheffield United confirm their automatic promotion into the Premier League the team delve into the squads for both clubs to see how they will fare next season. And they try to make sense of the scenes they saw between Leeds and Aston Villa in the Championship. The PFA Player of the Year was also announced on Sunday evening and the pod discusses why Virgil Van Dijk is such a worthy winner.
Gabby Logan is joined by Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and football journalist Melissa Reddy to discuss the PFA Team of the Year. Does Paul Pogba deserve his place? Should it be Alisson or Ederson in goal? And where’s Eden Hazard? Plus should Virgil Van Dijk or Raheem Sterling take the player of the year award.
From Valencia to Istanbul and Inter to Tyneside - Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez tells Guillem Balague about the key matches from his managerial career
Ian Wright, Chris Sutton and Rory Smith join Chappers to preview the Manchester derby, pay tribute to Celtic and British football legend Billy McNeill, and get their crystal balls out to plot re-builds for Chelsea and Arsenal.We ask if United might buck their recent trend of giving up in games, Wrighty calls for more ruthlessness from Solskjær, and Chris bigs up the work of Daniel Farke and Stuart Webber with Norwich on the brink of a Premier League return.
Kelly Cates, Lee Dixon and Alistair Bruce-Ball react to Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Burnley, which lifted Maurizio Sarri's side into the top four. However Chelsea failed to take full advantage of their rivals' slip-ups in the race for the Champions League places, while their opponents all but secure their top flight status. There's also a comprehensive round-up of the EFL action, with former Norwich City striker Iwan Roberts giving his view as his old club edge nearer to a Premier League return. And just what is going wrong at Manchester United?
Thanks to Chinese whispers we know who Sir Alex Ferguson is tipping for Premier League title. Would Liverpool getting 97 points and still coming second to Manchester City be a "disaster" for the club? And which team of the two will contain the winner of the Golden Boot? Jonathan Overend, Michael Brown, Jon Walters and David Thompson look at the bottom of the league as well - and ask if Cardiff's strong sense of identity will be what saves them this season.
Chris Smalling talks about growing up in a one-parent family and how even though they couldn’t afford his bus fare to go to football training sessions, he still managed to make it from non-league Maidstone to Manchester United.He tells Guillem Balague about the importance of tackling racism in football and the crucial role Raheem Sterling has had. Smalling talks about that elbow on Lionel Messi in Manchester United’s Champions League Quarter Final first leg and whether they can turnaround a 1-0 deficit against Barcelona. And he reveals who has the worst taste in music in United’s changing room. It’s Chris Smalling as you’ve never heard him before.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata discusses the freedom his football career has given him, his struggles with his guitar and his heroes in an in-depth exclusive interview.
A special podcast examining the Marcelo Bielsa revolution at Leeds United. Guillem Balague spent four days behind the scenes at Elland Road speaking to his players, staff, fans and the man himself. We find out how he’s transformed the training ground, why his players are so impressed and observe one of his training sessions. Plus, you’ll hear some bizarre tales about plug sockets and a fireplace.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk opens up on his love of Disneyland and Game of Thrones, honing his skills on Cruyff courts and how he switches off from football in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic tells Steve Crossman about Paul Pogba, Man Utd, fatherhood, dodgy showers and life on Planet Zlatan in a wide-ranging interview.
Pep Guardiola as you have never heard him before. The Manchester City boss selects several of his favourite songs that reference key moments in his life, as he takes us on a journey from his humble beginnings to the very top of the football world.Speaking to Guillem Balague he talks at length about his upbringing, family life, Barcelona, New York, politics and his special relationship with the people of Manchester. Guardiola also opens up about the night his wife and two daughters were caught up in the Manchester Arena Attack.