About this podcast
The latest from the Premier League, EFL, European football and more!
About this podcast
The latest from the Premier League, EFL, European football and more!
The gulf in Manchester and Liverpool without Europe?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Kevin De Bruyne are on the pod ahead Sunday's Manchester derby, and whilst the title is almost certainly on its way to the Etihad could a new number 9 see United really close the gap next season? Glenn Murray and Sami Mokbel also discuss Jurgen Klopp's bullish comments about Liverpool's future even if they miss out on Champions League qualification, and whether the opportunity for a big move may have passed for Wilfried Zaha. Our feature interview this week is with Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga who tells a great story about his debut..... TOPICS: 5:50 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on United’s approach in big games. 8:10 – Has United’s form against top sides cost them any chance of competing for the title? And will a summer move for a prolific finisher bring them into contention? 15:00 - Kevin De Bruyne on the Manchester derby. 20:00 – Jurgen Klopp on players not deserting Liverpool if they don’t qualify for the Champions League. 30:00 - Japhet Tanganga feature interview. 38:30 – Is Eberechi Eze someone who will continue to help Palace get the most out of Wilfried Zaha or is he his long-term replacement?
Bruce bites back and golf with Gareth Bale
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas bring you the Friday Football Social. They preview the Manchester derby at the weekend and talk about why Liverpool can’t find their form. They’re joined by Nigel Pearson ahead of his 500th game as a manager and he gives his views on Steve Bruce and the issues at Newcastle. Nottingham Forest defender Michael Dawson joins the pod after his commentary debut to talk about Spurs’ current form and the influence of Gareth Bale. Plus, what’s Bale like off the field? TOPICS: 00:53 – JJ’s Comic Relief Challenge 04:06 – Changes to the Handball rule 05:56 – Why can’t Liverpool find their form? 06:24 – Jurgen Klopp 12:07 – Nigel Pearson joins the pod 19:01 – The problems at Newcastle 19:20 – Steve Bruce 24:08 – Pearson’s 500th game 25:50 – Michael Dawson on Forest and commentating 31:10 – Manchester derby chat and Ruben Dias‘ impact at Manchester City 37:54 – Spurs and the impact of Gareth Bale 47:42 – Golf with Gareth Bale
72+: From Championship to Champions League?
Aaron Paul is joined by Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor & Plymouth manager Ryan Lowe to discuss the latest news from the football league. It's all change at Ipswich after they replace Paul Lambert with Paul Cook. The League One side could also be on the verge of a takeover from American investors - we speak to The Athletic's Matt Slater who has an exclusive story on the potential board room change at Portman Road. We take a close look at the Reading full-back who appears destined for Champions League football with Bayern Munich. As Omar Richards looks set for a sensational move to the Bundesliga champions this summer, we speak to former Royals defender and now BBC Radio Berkshire pundit Aidy Willams who has been following the story closely. What is it about the 23-year old that's attracted the European giants? Norwich have taken a huge step towards the Premier League this week as they opened up a 10-point gap at the top of the Championship. Where managerial comings and goings are regular occurrence these days, Aaron, Lyle and Ryan discuss why sticking with Daniel Farke has worked wonders for the Canaries. TOPICS: 01:38: Ryan and Lyle discuss the issue of fines in the dressing room. 07:15: Championship review - Norwich are heading back to the top flight , but can EFL owners learn from them sticking with their manager? 21:40: Matt Slater from the Athletic discusses the changes at Ipswich as Paul Cook is appointed manager and the club looks set for a takeover. 33:14: BBC Radio Berkshire's Aidy Williams gives us the latest on the remarkable story of Reading defender Omar Richards who is on the verge joining Bayern Munich.
The Anfield Misery Mounts
John Murray and Chris Sutton join Mark Chapman to react to an historic fifth consecutive home defeat for Liverpool that leaves the Champions on the outside looking in for a top 4 spot. Is there anything to suggest their alarming slide can be halted and why was leading scorer Mo Salah subbed? We hear from Jurgen Klopp and opposite number Thomas Tuchel who praises his Chelsea match-winner Mason Mount. Scott Parker's also on the pod as Fulham become the latest side to suffer a nonsensical handball decision.
Euro Leagues: 100 days until the Euros
Steve Crossman is joined by Julien Laurens, Raphael Honigstein and Mina Rzouki to look ahead to the postponed European Championships. 100 days out, they ask what will it look like and crucially where will it be held. The team also decide which nations will flop and who their breakout stars will be. North Macedonian sports journalist Igor Aleksandrovic drops by to talk about Goran Pandev’s team qualifying for their first major championships before the inevitable question… who will lift the trophy on 11th July.
United & Leicester draw to open up top four
Steve Crossman is joined by the 5 Live commentary team to reflect on a hat-trick of Premier League games which have put an emphasis on the race for the Champions League places. Seb Hutchinson and Pat Nevin were at Selhurst Park as Manchester United again failed to find the back of the net as they laboured to a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace. Ian Dennis and Jermaine Beckford watched Leicester fail to capitalise on United's dropped points as they played out a 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor. And Aston Villa's hopes of European qualification were dealt a blow as they lost 1-0 to bottom of the table Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Vicki Sparks and Alan Hutton reflect on just a 4th Premier League win for Chris Wilder's side. Steve is also joined by John Acres after a busy night in the Championship that saw Norwich move ten points clear at the top with a 1-0 win over second placed Brentford. We also take at the pick of Thursday's matches as Liverpool take on Chelsea at Anfield. TOPICS: 00:51: Seb Hutchinson and Pat Nevin reflect on Man United's draw with Crystal Palace, plus interviews with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Roy Hodgson. 16:29: A look ahead to Liverpool against Chelsea. 22:45: Championship round-up with John Acres as Norwich take a big step towards promotion. 25:28: Vicki Sparks and Alan Hutton on Sheffield United's win over Aston Villa, plus interviews with Chris Wilder and Dean Smith. 35:40: Ian Dennis and Jermaine Beckford look at Burnley's 1-1 draw with Leciester, plus interviews with Brendan Rodgers and Sean Dyche.
City score late to win 21 straight
Manchester City scored 3 goals in the final 10 minutes to beat Wolves 4-1 at the Etihad. John Murray, Rob Green and Paul Dickov watched the match and join Kelly Cates to discuss the incredible 21-game winning run that has taken Pep Guardiola’s side 15 points clear at the top. The panel look ahead to Manchester United’s trip to Crystal Palace too. Mark Lawrenson joins the pod to reflect on the life of Liverpool and Scotland legend Ian St John who has died at the age of 82 after a long illness. Plus, Aaron Paul runs through all the talking points from the EFL, including Ipswich bringing in yet another manager named Paul. TOPICS: 00.30 - Story of the Game 02.45 - Riyad Mahrez interview. 06.00 - City’s 28 match unbeaten run 08.00 - Who starts the Derby? 10.30 - Pep Guardiola interview 15.40 - Manchester United’s form 19.40 - Remembering Ian St John 28.30 - EFL Roundup
MNC: Has VAR gone too far?
Mark Chapman is joined by Micah Richards, Chris Sutton & Rory Smith for the Monday Night Club as we look back on perhaps the biggest refereeing controversy of them all since the introduction of VAR in the Premier League. We debate what should happen next to ensure better decisions are made - is it time for referees to be hooked up to microphones like other sports? Or should officials have to explain their decisions to the media? As Manchester United failed to score against a so-called "big-6" rival once again this season, is Bruno Fernandes in contention for player of the year accolades? Or does he need to have a greater impact in the bigger games? And after a starring role in which he scored twice in their four-nil win over Burnley, have Tottenham finally unlocked the Gareth Bale of old? TOPICS: 03:12: What on earth happened at the Hawthorns? Debate on Lee Mason's decision to disallow Lewis Dunk's goal against West Brom. 08:00: VAR in football, its impact, implementation and is it damaging football? 17:00: Should referees be recorded via microphone during games or have to explain their decisions? 25:30: Manchester United fail to score against a fellow "big-6" rival once again. 28:00: Debate on Bruno Fernandes in big games and his credentials for the Player of the Year awards. 38:37: Has the real Gareth Bale finally stood up for Spurs?
More VAR confusion and Bale is back?
Emma Saunders is joined by Ben Haines, Luke Edwards and Stephen Kelly to round-up all of the football action of the weekend. It finished goalless at Stamford Bridge but should Manchester United have been awarded a first half penalty for handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi? Manchester City made it 20 wins in a row and now have a 12 point lead at the top of the Premier League. After Gareth Bale's two goals in Tottenham's 4-0 win over Burnley, is the Welshman back to his best? Leicester City's top four hopes were dealt another blow with a defeat to Arsenal and an injury to Harvey Barnes. After a crucial victory for West Brom, will the battle for Premier League survival go down to the final day? The panel also pay tribute to former Watford, West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich boss Glenn Roeder, after he passed away at the age of 65.
Bugged offices, samurai swords, and a life raft
Why Thomas Tuchel is a breath of fresh air, why you'd rather be in Fulham's position than Newcastle's, why days off are the greatest compliment a manager can give a player, and why trying to keep things secret in football isn't worth the hassle. All discussed by Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock as they look ahead to Chelsea against Manchester United and Fulham look to maintain their momentum against Palace. And what does Steve intend to do with the life raft in his broadcasting room at home?
Euro Leagues: Uncertain Atlético, Inter issues and ‘parole pesanti’
Steve Crossman is joined by Guillem Balague, Kristof Terreur and James Horncastle analyse the week’s European football action. Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid adopted a timid approach to their game with Chelsea but what does this mean for the Spanish side going forward? Could Inter Milan be heading for a first league title in more than 10 years but also face financial issues? And, why did the Brescia President and former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino take charge of the club from the touchline? Plus, after Bayern’s Jamal Musiala turned 18 this week, find out who is the most exciting 18-year-old in world football as we play ‘parole pesanti’ TOPICS: 1min 53secs – What is ‘parole pesanti’? 3mins 55secs – Atlético Madrid’s performance against Chelsea 7mins 20secs – Who will win La Liga? 13mins 50secs – Real Madrid and what’s gone wrong 16mins 30secs – Do away goals still matter? 19mins 55secs – Atalanta v Real Madrid 26mins 35secs – Jamal Musiala 30mins 22secs – ‘Parole Pesanti’ 33mins 40secs – Inter Milan and whether the Champions League matters for them 34mins 58secs – Romelu Lukaku 45mins – Brescia chairman Massimo Cellino coaching their side
City break more records, Spanish struggles, and coffee bean shirts
Manchester City's winning streak hits 19 as they dominate Gladbach to take a 2-0 lead into their Champions League last-16 second leg tie. John Murray, Nedum Onuoha, Clinton Morrison and Raphael Honigstein join Kelly Cates to discuss City moving towards playing total football, Joao Cancelo, and Bernardo Silva proving an aerial threat. Plus, Real Madrid sneak past 10-man Atalanta and look a far cry from the side who won this competition back-to-back-to-back in the not too distant past. There's reaction to Neil Lennon's resignation from Celtic whilst Cardiff and Barnsley extend their winning runs in the Championship. TIMECODES 10m20 - Pep Guardiola tape 12m – Gladbach focus with Raphael Honigsten 19m30 - Real Madrid unimpressive in victory 25m20 – Neil Lennon’s resignation with Gary Caldwell 29m40 – EFL roundup; Mick McCarthy, Barnsley and shirts made from coffee beans.
Giroud's magic and magnificent Musiala
Mark Chapman, Leon Osman, Rob Green and Alistair Bruce-Ball have reaction and analysis from Chelsea's impressive 1-0 victory against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16. As 17-year-old Jamal Musiala takes the headlines for Bayern Munich, German sportswriter Christian Falk gives the inside track on the teenager and whether he'll pick England or Germany at international level. There's reaction to Leeds' 3-0 win over Southampton. Jose Mourinho was in defiant form ahead of Tottenham's Europa League tie with Wolfsberger. And super agent Mino Raiola tells BBC's sports editor Dan Roan about the future of the game, Erling Braut Haaland and Paul Pogba.
Liverpool left blue at Anfield
Jeanette Kwakye is joined by Ben Haines, Lianne Sanderson and Danny Simpson to discuss this weekend's football action. Everton finally tasted victory at Anfield - where will this defeat leave the Champions? Manchester City continue their excellent winning run sending them ten points clear at the top. Arsenal and Tottenham continue to struggle and was Thomas Tuchel wrong to substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi after only bringing him on at half time? The panel also chat about Jesse Lingard’s performance so far at West Ham, Jose Mourinho's post match comments and Danny Simpson tell us which manager would make the team watch full matches back in silence to learn from their mistakes.
Coaching Grealish and the life of a goalkeeper
We discuss the environment Dean Smith has created at Aston Villa that allows his players to express themselves and hear from the man himself on how coaching Jack Grealish means he always has to learn and improvise. We also chat the risk v reward of goalkeepers playing out from the back and hear from Bernd Leno who says a more hardworking Arsenal front line are the reason for his impressive defensive record this season. Plus, why does Manchester United against Newcastle still feel like an iconic fixture?
Euro Leagues: Haaland and Mbappé come of age and Martínez talks Lukaku
Steve Crossman is joined by Guillem Balague, Julien Laurens and Kristof Terreur to talk Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland’s stand out Champions League performances. Will they reach the milestones of Ronaldo and Messi? And what clubs will we see them at next? Belgium head coach Roberto Martínez joins the pod after Romelu Lukaku scored his 300th goal at senior level for Inter Milan. What’s it like to coach Lukaku? And what does the future hold for him? TOPICS: 3mins 50secs – Guillem and his conversation with Pochettino 5mins 20secs – Are Mbappé and Haaland the new Messi and Ronaldo? 13mins – Mbappé stats and his performance against Barcelona 19mins 10secs – Will Mbappé stay at PSG? And where will Haaland go? 20mins – Mbappé’s conversation with Pochettino 27mins 20secs – Which one would you sign, Mbappé or Haaland? 31mins 30secs – Roberto Martínez on Lukaku 40mins 30secs – Martínez on the future for Lukaku and how he can still improve
Mbappé flies, Messi flops and Brazilian legend shirt swaps
Mark Chapman is joined by Clinton Morrison, Karen Carney and Rory Smith. They talk Kylian Mbappé after his hattrick in PSG’s 4-1 win over Barcelona. What does the future hold for him? And will he move to the Premier League when his contract ends? Lionel Messi is also on the agenda as the pod discuss how long he has left playing at the top level and whether a move is on the cards. Former Republic of Ireland forward Jonathan Walters joins the pod to talk about why he wants to be the new PFA CEO and how he would change the PFA for the better. Plus, Clinton struggles to remember which Brazilian star he swapped shirts with after a game against R9, Ronaldinho and Cafu, and will Thierry Henry manage Bournemouth? Note: This podcast was recorded before the day’s football TOPICS: 20secs – Kylian Mbappé performance against Barcelona 16mins 30secs – Clinton on playing with R9 when Ireland played Brazil 20mins 10secs – Barcelona and Lionel Messi’s future 27mins – The highest paid sports team on the planet 29mins 21secs – Thierry Henry to Bournemouth? 35mins 21secs – Jonathan Walters on wanting to be PFA CEO
Liverpool back on track but Barca collapse (again)
Kelly Cates and guests react to Liverpool ending their losing run with a fine performance in victory over Red Bull Leipzig in the Champions League. We discuss Curtis Jones' standout display and the German side's calamitous defensive performance. Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as PSG thumped Barcelona at the Camp Nou but are these kind of defeats much of a surprise anymore for the Catalans? And in the EFL Dean Holden is sacked by Bristol City and a referee squares up to a player in League One..... TOPICS 3m30 – Liverpool looked so much better because they pressed so much more effectively from the front and Roberto Firmino produced a standout performance. 8m00 – Curtis Jones the latest example of technically gifted young British players and Klopp recognising him as an exceptional talent. He will have the belief he can impact this team for the next 10 years. His swagger is what he will take him to the next level. 16m10 – Klopp audio 20m30 – Not for the first time a chastening defeat that feels like the end of an era for Barcelona. 22m10 – Barca have been a mess defensively all season. No blame on Koeman from fans or from inside the club. 24m20 – Barca will have to turn to the academy to re-build. There is no alternative and it will be a long road back. 25m30 – EFL chat including Dean Holden’s sacking at Bristol City
Tuchel’s triumph and Wilder’s woes
Chelsea moved into the Champions League places after a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle. Mark Chapman, Chris Sutton and Jonathan Pearce react to the game and we hear from Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel, who confirms Edouard Mendy will still be the club’s number one, despite being dropped in favour of Kepa. Arlo White and Lee Dixon look back on West Ham's 3-0 win over Sheffield United. Chris Wilder said his side took “a step backwards” in that defeat. And after online speculation about Jurgen Klopp’s position, the Liverpool manager has a defiant message for fans ahead of his side’s Champions League game against RB Leipzig.
Coco Pops, Mouldies and DIY Haircuts
Alex Bruce and Sami Mokbel join Steve Crossman to preview Sunday’s Premier League games. Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli gives his first ever interview in English whilst Leeds defender Luke Ayling tells us about being released from the North London club as a youngster and subsequent journey back to the Premier League and why late night bowls of Coco Pops are off the menu under Marcelo Bielsa. TOPICS 9m30 – Luke Ayling interview 22m - Alex Bruce likens Luke Ayling’s career path to his own in terms of being released by a big club as a teenager and the education you get playing at lower league clubs. 24m30 – Arsenal have completely lost the balance between defence and attack. Not the way Arsenal supporters have been brought up watching attractive football. 30m – OGS managing expectations and taking pressure off players - but should he try and galvanise the club and make everyone believe they can win the title. 34m – Sam Allardyce not having the opportunity to do the required work on the training ground to sort the WBA defence and him biting off more than he can chew with the job at Albion. 35m30 – Are the relegation places already sewn up or do Fulham still have a chance? 37m – Will Fulham regret not getting an upgrade on Mitrovic this season?