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!
Foden breaks City's quarter-final curse
Manchester City are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time under Pep Guardiola but there’s no place in the last four for Liverpool. Mark Chapman is joined by Dion Dublin, Stephen Warnock, John Murray and Conor McNamara to react to both games, discuss the superb displays of Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham, and praise Luka Modric's incredible longevity. Away from the Champions League Dion and Stephen express their anger at another spineless UEFA response to racism in football as a Slavia Prague player is handed the minimum punishment having been found guilty of racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara. TOPICS: 6m30 – Phil Foden chat 11m15 – Pep Guardiola audio 13m00 – Jude Bellingham chat 15m30 – Liverpool’s exit 19m15 – Luka Modric longevity 23m30 – Semi-final lookahead 27m20 - Ondrej Kudela’s 10-game ban for racism
Tuchel's Triumph and Bayern bow out
It’s all about the Champions League in this episode of the pod. Kelly Cates is joined by Andros Townsend, Rob Green and Ian Dennis as they discuss Chelsea beating Porto 2-1 on aggregate to go through to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 2014. Thomas Tuchel makes an appearance and admits he was nervous after Porto scored the only goal in Seville. But the other big story of the night was in Paris as PSG knocked out the holders, Bayern Munich. The German side were the only team to score on the night, but PSG had already done enough and it ended three all on aggregate, meaning Mauricio Pochettino’s men go through on away goals. Kelly gets the view from Paris, as French football journalist, Sara Menai joins the guys and for her Neymar was the star on the pitch. And a not so ecstatic Raphael Honigstein also comes on the pod and gives his insight into what went wrong for Bayern, and poses the question of what next for Hansi Flick? That’s not all, as Rob, Ian and Andros look ahead to Wednesday’s Champions League fixtures, as Liverpool host Real Madrid and Manchester City travel to Borussia Dortmund. Topics: 2’09 – Rob Green “Chelsea deserve to go through” after beat Porto on aggregate. 2’25 – Andros Townsend, not surprised how the Chelsea game panned out. 6’12 – Thomas Tuchel’s reaction to going through to the semi-finals said, “was nervous” when Porto scored a late goal. 9’39 – PSG V Bayern Munich section – John Bennett on the highlights of the game. 11’20 – French journalist, Sara Menai said, “impressive collective performance from PSG.” 12’10 – “It was agony for both teams”, Raphael Honigstein on the PSG v Bayern game. 13’50 – “Bayern ran out of steam,” said Honigstein. 15’09 – Sara Menai, “this was Neymar’s night.” 18’52 – Raphael Honigstein on what the future holds for Hansi Flick and Bayern. 20’00 – Iikay Gundogan on Manchester City learning from setbacks ahead of playing Borussia Dortmund. 24’30 – Andros Townsend on Liverpool playing without fans at Anfield when they host Real Madrid.
MNC: Bad Blood, Bad Handshakes and Bad Impressions
Mark Chapman, Chris Sutton and Micah Richards are joined by Nedum Onuoha to bring you the Monday Night Club. The panel discuss bad blood between players and managers after tensions rose between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho on Sunday. Nedum shares an anecdote about a particularly nasty handshake before Theo Delaney from ‘The Spurs Show’ drops by to talk about where Tottenham go from here. Finally the team chat about whether Leeds showed against Manchester City that they’ll push for European football next season, and of course Micah gets in a Roberto Mancini reference… and an impression! TOPICS 02:20 – Animosity between Mourinho and Solskjaer 06:10 – Mourinho and Spurs decline 22:55 – Theo Delaney with the view of Spurs fans 38:00 – Harry Kane’s future 42:30 – Leeds’ stunning win at Man City
Unstoppable Lingard and are Spurs out of the top four race?
Could the lack of Champions League football spell the end for Harry Kane? And is the cup final all or nothing for Tottenham? Jesse Lingard continued his stunning form for West Ham as the Hammers survived a late Leicester City comeback. Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a stoppage time winner to put Liverpool firmly in the mix for a top four finish. Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz star for Chelsea as The Blues steamrolled Crystal Palace. And, 10 man Leeds United pull off one of the biggest shocks of the season as they humble Man City but should there be questions over Pep Guardiola making seven changes? Join Emma Saunders, Ben Haines, Andrew Surman and Stephen Kelly as they dissect all the major talking points from this weekend's Premier League action.
Trophies or vibes?
West Ham against Leicester and the top 4 race take centre stage on 5 live Premier League Sunday. Jesse ‘Messi’ Lingard’s on the pod and tells of his rollercoaster 12 months and how he keeps in good mental shape. Steve is joined by Matt Jarvis and Nubaid Haroon to discuss Lingard’s options given his brilliant form, we also chat Jose Mourinho seemingly having a little dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he prepares to face his old club. And what next for Sheffield United? How can they ensure they put their miserable season behind them and have a good crack at the Championship. TOPICS 8m45 – Jesse Lingard interview 14m00 – Would Lingard want to return to Manchester United – a club that he loves but wasn’t thriving at. 23m00 – What was Jose Mourinho’s motivation for the latest criticism of his squad? 28m00 – Jose has a dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and which manager would you rather play for? 36m00 – Paul Heckingbottom interview
72+: Millwall’s Mission, Town’s Takeover & Daryl Dike
Aaron Paul is joined by Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor and Newport County midfielder Joe Ledley to discuss the latest EFL news. The team look at the title race in League 2 and talk about whether Norwich can establish themselves as a Premier League side after their imminent promotion. Millwall forward Jed Wallace drops by to talk about his side’s push for a promotion place before The Athletic’s Matt Slater provides all the details on the takeover at Ipswich. Finally Barnsley’s on-loan striker Daryl Dike joins the podcast to explain quite why he swapped Orlando for South Yorkshire. TOPICS: 05:00: League 2 title race 09:30: Millwall with Jed Wallace 14:16: What shape are Norwich in to take on the Premier League again? 17:30: Ipswich’s takeover with Matt Slater 28:00: Barnsley with Daryl Dike 34:30 – Swansea’s Social Media Boycott
Euro Leagues: PSG, Kroos control & streakers
Steve Crossman is joined by Guillem Balague, Kristof Terreur and Archie Rhind-Tutt Loïc Tanzi joins the pod to discuss PSG braving the snow in Munich to beat Bayern in the Champions League Toni Kroos dominating Liverpool’s midfield, but has he done enough to make Germany's team for the Euros? And a preview of El Clasico with the teams predictions for the La Liga title race PLUS John Acres gives us a bare naked update from the Europa League…
West Ham Favourites for Fourth?
Kelly Cates is joined by Michael Dawson and Alistair Bruce Ball to look back on West Ham's 3-2 win at Wolves that moves them into the Premier League's top four. We hear from David Moyes before heading to Goodison Park where Arlo White and Jermaine Beckford watched Everton draw 1-all with Crystal Palace in dramatic fashion. Roy Hodgson and Carlo Ancelotti share their thoughts on the point before the team preview the upcoming Champions League Quarter Final 1st legs. Pep Guardiola has been speaking highly of Erling Haaland ahead of Manchester City’s home-leg with Borussia Dortmund and Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool aren’t out for revenge away to Real Madrid in their first meeting since the 2018 final. TOPICS: 00.40 – Reaction to Wolves 2-3 West Ham 05.00 – David Moyes Interview 08.15 – Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace Report 13.20 – Roy Hodgson Interview 14.30 – Carlo Ancelotti Interview 16.36 – Pep Guardiola on Erling Haaland 17.40 – Manchester City Vs Borussia Dortmund Preview 20.30 – Jurgen Klopp on Real Madrid 21.30 – Real Madrid Vs Liverpool Preview
Relegation battles and top four stumbles
Emma Saunders is joined by Nottingham Forest striker Glenn Murray, The Telegraph's Luke Edwards and Ben Haines from 90min as they delve into the weekend's action. West Brom ran riot at Stamford Bridge as Thomas Tuchel suffered his first defeat as Chelsea manager but can the Baggies still beat the drop? Tottenham Hotspur dropped more points but Jose Mourinho says it's not his fault. On the flip side Newcastle United gained a much deserved point. And Trent Alexander-Arnold sends a message to England manager Gareth Southgate as Liverpool crush Arsenal and Man City take one step closer to the league title.
All about the relegation scrap
Stephen Warnock and The Athletic's Carl Anka join Steve Crossman to preview a huge Sunday of Premier League action at the bottom of the table with Fulham going into the weekend in 18th with Newcastle and Brighton immediately above them. We discuss the contrasting vibe around the clubs and why Newcastle are dealing with the most negativity despite not being in the bottom three. There's a fascinating interview with Steve and Brighton boss Graham Potter, and we also hear from Villa's Tyrone Mings on their escape from relegation last season.
Aguero, Bruce & biscuits
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas bring you the Friday Football Social. They're joined by former Scottish international Alan Hutton. They discuss Steve Bruce saying he's going to stick with Newcastle and David Moyes' transformation of West Ham. Sheffield United coach Jason Tindall also joins the pod to talk about a new era at Bramall Lane, Eddie Howe's possible move to Celtic and replacing Sergio Aguero at Manchester City. Topics: 1:27 – Darren timing JJ's biscuit dunking 6:56 - Newcastle & Steve Bruce staying on? 20:55 - West Ham's staff conundrum 32:54 - Jason Tindall on Sheffield United's new era 37:40 - Eddie Howe to Celtic? 41:49 - Pep's striker replacement
Euro Leagues: Germany in a mess, minnows & Mino Raiola
The Euro Leagues crew are back and this week Steve Crossman is joined by Julien Laurens, James Horncastle and Kristof Terreur as they delve into the biggest talking points from World Cup qualifying. They had to start with Germany and their loss against North Macedonia. Pod regular, Christian Falk, head of football at Sport Bild gives us the insight into how that game was a disaster for the national team. And as the minnows of European football make an impact in World Cup qualifying the guys hear from Luxembourg defender Maxime Chanot, after his side beat the Republic of Ireland and took the lead against Portugal. And the guys pose the question as to why the minnows of football are growing? It wouldn’t be a Euro Leagues episode without Kristof talking about Belgium – so does Roberto Martinez now know his team for the Euros? Kristof discusses that and the future of Roberto Martinez, as his contract comes to an end in 2022. James tells the guys about interviewing super agent Mino Raiola, who’s one of the most mysterious men in football, and James says there is a chance that Erling Haaland could join Manchester City. And where next for Sergio Aguero? Cape Town FC? Or is that just an April Fools joke? Topics: 4:30 – Christian Falk branding Germany’s loss against North Macedonia as “a disaster” and who are the current favourites to take over the departing Joachim Low. 11:44 – Interview with Luxembourg defender Maxime Chanot who says, “the smaller countries are not getting the respect they deserve.” 24:03 – If Roberto Martinez does not extend his deal with Belgium in 2022, where will he go next? “He wants to go back to club football,” says Kristof Terreur. 28:00 – Julien Lauren on Antoine Griezmann, who started his 45th French match in a row v Kazakhstan last weekend, beating Patrick Vieira’s record of 44. 32:00 – Italy are unbeaten in 25 games, is that down to lack of quality opposition? 32:24 – Where does Sergio Aguero go next after Manchester City? Julien rules out PSG, due to money. 35:05 – James talks about his interview with agent, Mino Raiola and says he expects “a busy Summer in the transfer market” and James also says there is a chance Erling Haaland could join Manchester City.
Maguire scores late as Boothroyd considers his fate
Mark Chapman is joined by Ian Dennis, Chris Waddle and Jermain Defoe to reflect on Harry Maguire's late winner at Wembley that saw England beat Poland 2-1 in Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. John Murray speaks to Maguire as well as Ben Chilwell and Gareth Southgate before the team discuss who has secured their place in the squad for the European Championships. Aidy Boothroyd speaks about his future after his England U21s dramatically crash out of their Euros on goal difference before Raphael Honigstein drops by to talk about Germany’s humiliating 2-1 defeat to North Macedonia. TOPICS: 1.20 – Harry Maguire’s goal 6.40 – Chris Waddle on John Stones’ mistake 7.48 – Ben Chilwell with John Murray 9.40 – Jermain Defoe on the win 10.20 – Harry Maguire with John Murray 13.52 – Jermain Defoe on Harry Maguire 16.45 – Gareth Southgate with John Murray 22.30 – John Stones’ mistake and Nick Pope’s pass 23.30 – England goalkeeper chat 26.40 – Substitutes and players left out 28.54 – Jadon Sancho 30.43 – England Under 21s 32.21 – Aidy Boothroyd 36.20 – Germany defeat to North Macedonia
Epilepsy in Football
To mark the International Awareness Day for Epilepsy, Steve Crossman is joined by former England and Cardiff forward Jay Bothroyd as well as Port Vale Defender Leon Legge to talk about how the neurological disorder has effected their lives. All three share personal experiences before chatting about stigmas, mental health and how sport deals with medical conditions. This podcast contains references to some scenarios you may find distressing. For more information on epilepsy, visit the NHS website.
MNC: Farewell Sergio, and Micah’s bingo
Mark Chapman, Chris Sutton, Micah Richards and Rory Smith react to the news of Sergio Aguero leaving Manchester City at the end of the season. David Mooney from the Blue Moon podcast joins the panel as they analyse his legacy and what is the end of an era. There’s a look at Argentine’s legacy, what he brought to the Premier League and where next for both club and striker? The panel also take a look at England’s full-backs including the evolution of the role. With the resurgence of Luke Shaw, is he one of the best options for Gareth Southgate for that position? And there's a debut of ‘Michael' Richards bingo. TOPICS: 02:30 - Reaction of Aguero leaving 07:30 - Where next for the forward? 13:20 - A statement from the man himself 18:00 - David Mooney with the fans take 29:00 - Micah on the evolution of full-backs 33:16 - Which of the backline should Southgate choose?
England’s points Mount up & Scotland draw again
It’s another win for England and another draw for Scotland in their 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Steve Crossman is joined by Rob Green, Karen Carney, Ian Dennis and John Murray to reflect on England’s comfortable win over Albania in Tirana. We hear interviews with England's head coach Gareth Southgate and goal scorer Mason Mount. Scotland are still searching for their first win in Group F despite coming from behind to claim a point against Israel. We get reaction from Pat Nevin, Roddy Forsyth and Alistair Bruce Ball.
England debut delight for Watkins
Mark Chapman is joined by former England goalkeeper Rob Green, former England defender Matt Upson and BBC Senior Football Reporter Ian Dennis as they discuss England’s 5-0 win over San Marino. Hear pitchside interviews from BBC Football Correspondent John Murray with Gareth Southgate, James Ward-Prowse and Jesse Lingard. Plus get up to date on all the day’s other World Cup qualifiers. TOPICS: 00.24 – Scotland 2-2 Albania 01.27 – Italy 2-0 Northern Ireland 04.35 – Summary of England v San Marino 06.06 – Benedettini’s goalkeeping 07.15 – Ollie Watkins 09.41 – Dominic Calvert-Lewin 10.40 – John Murray with James Ward-Prowse 12.57 – Substitutes Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham 16.15 – Jude Bellingham and why being at Dortmund is beneficial 17.07 – John Murray with Gareth Southgate 20.28 – Mason Mount 22.27 – John Murray with Jesse Lingard 25.22 – Lingard chat 26.30 – Marcus Rashford remaining with the squad
Wales’ worries, Scotland’s strikers and love for Lingard
Kelly Cates is joined by former England winger Chris Waddle, Ex-Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam and the Daily Mail’s Chief Football Reporter Sami Mokbel to look ahead to the Home Nations’ upcoming international fixtures. Nathan Blake drops by to talk about Wales and what kind of mindset Gareth Bale is in after his comments about returning to Real Madrid. Jesse Lingard speaks to John Murray about the secrets behind his recent resurgence at West Ham, before the team discuss whether Che Adams can be Scotland’s striking savour at the Euros. TOPICS: 00:40 – Nathan Blake on Wales 02:50 – A defensive crisis 05:00 – Don’t take me home – the halcyon days of the Dragons at Euro 2016 08:00 – A tale of two Bales – one for club, one for country 18:20 – Che Adams to Steve Clarke’s rescue? 20:00 – What’s happened to Scotland’s talent pool? 25:20 – Billy Gilmour – the future? 36:30 – A whiteboard and Jesse Lingard.
MNC: Nightmares at Newcastle, transfer tactics and school sewing
Mark Chapman, Chris Sutton, Micah Richards and Rory Smith bring you the Monday Night Club. Board Member of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust, Alex Hurst joins the pod to discuss what’s gone wrong at Newcastle. Have injuries had an impact or is it a breakdown in relationship between manager and players? The Monday Night Club discuss why Leicester’s transfer tactics have been successful with Rob Tanner from the Athletic. Is their recruitment process the same for managers as it is for players? Plus which of the MNC learnt to sew at school? TOPICS: 00.30 – School sewing 01.50 – MNC give their thoughts on Newcastle 08.30 – How injuries are affecting teams 09.15 – Alex Hurst NUFC Supporters Trust 17.00 – Fans reaction to Steve Bruce 22.50 – Steve Bruce comparison to Graham Potter 26.12 – Leicester’s transfer tactics 31.11 – Leicester’s money and global brand 35.20 – Key to signing great players 44.50 – Manchester United and Solskjaer’s comment on trophies 48:40 – Importance of the FA Cup
Leicester City head to Wembley
Leicester City reached their first FA Cup semi-final for 39 years after they beat Manchester United 3-1 at the King Power Stadium. They go on to face Southampton in the Semi final. Elsewhere in the FA Cup, there were wins for both Chelsea and Manchester City who will meet at Wembley next month. Can Manchester City win an unprecedented quadruple or will Thomas Tuchel's side continue their impressive run under their new manager? We also get all of the reaction from the Premier League games over the weekend, Arsenal came from 3-0 down to draw against West Ham in an absolute thriller! Tottenham got a much needed win after a difficult week for them. And where do Newcastle go from here after they lost 3-0 to Brighton? Jeanette Kwakye is joined by Ben Haines and Glenn Murray.