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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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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?
With rumours that Tottenham have their sights set on Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and plan to swoop in with a £50million bid – Sean Dyche suggests he is more interested in a pint of lager and packet of crisps for the fee. Darren and Jermaine get Nick’s reaction as he joins the Friday Football Social, to talk about his journey into professional football, fighting for the Burnley number-one shirt and how he studies other goalkeepers to improve his own game. Also joining Darren and JJ is Keiron Dyer, who reacts to a spiky Steve Bruce press conference and suggests the fans just won't accept Bruce and his style of football. Plus Kevin Campbell joins the pod to talk about the lack of 'big-club mentality' at Arsenal and their reliance on Bukayo Saka. Kevin also analyses the development of Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Everton. And there's a few very funny stories thrown in - one including Steven Gerrard. We also talk about the bizarre story that Jack Grealish’s injury was supposedly “leaked” by Fantasy Football, because Aston Villa staff members and players subbed him out of their teams ahead of the Leicester game. Which brings us to the question, just how much would JJ be worth in the game? TOPICS: 0’30 Fantasy Football and Jack Grealish’s injury ‘leak’ 4’50 Kieron Dyer on the pressure on Steve Bruce at Newcastle 18’30 Burnley's Nick Pope joins the podcast 31’00 Kevin Campbell talks Arsenal’s lack of ‘big-club mentality’ 40’00 Kevin gives his thoughts on Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Aaron Paul is joined by Nottingham Forest striker Glenn Murray & Plymouth manager Ryan Lowe to discuss the latest news from the EFL as managerial sackings and appointments continue to dominate the headlines. We're joined by former Lincoln and Huddersfield Town boss Danny Cowley who gives a fascinating insight into his managerial philosophy and what he'd like to do next if and when he returns to the hot seat. We also hear from new permanent AFC Wimbledon manager Mark Robinson as his 17-year journey at the club earned him the top job. TOPICS: 01:00: Ryan Lowe discusses his new contract and ambition at Plymouth Argyle. 03:06: Glenn Murray on the positive turnaround under Chris Hughton at Nottingham Forest. 06:25: Danny Cowley interview 26:16: Nigel Pearson takes over at Bristol City. 30:00: Joey Barton take over at Bristol Rovers. 33:20: Mark Robinson discusses his emotional journey in becoming AFC Wimbledon manager on a permanent basis after 17-years at the club.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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
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.
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?
Darren Fletcher is joined by Jermaine Jenas as they look forward to the weekend’s action, including the big game on Saturday as leaky Spurs take on imposing Manchester City. Former defender Nedum Onuhoa joins the pod to look at the big conundrum at Spurs – what’s gone wrong with Gareth Bale? JJ talks to West Ham’s Declan Rice about his transformation into one of the best young midfielders in England. And England legends Chris Waddle and Glenn Hoddle talk to Fletch and JJ on Arsene Wenger, playing football abroad, and how they could have been the next Wham! TOPICS: 03:37 – The Friday Football Social rivalry with Fantasy 606 06:57 – Bale v Mourinho 14:00 – Is Gareth Bale at 100%? 18:40 – JJ’s interview with Declan Rice 21:24 – Rice on the impact of David Moyes 22:40 – Two’s company – how Soucek is the perfect partner 30:22 – Glen Hoddle and Chris Waddle on 442 and old-school English tactics 37:27 – Waddle on the true Fantasy Island – Marseille 42:30 – Hoddle asks “Who’s Arsene Wenger?” 43:51 – Diamond Lights – how Hoddle and Waddle were almost Top of the Pops
Comments (101)

Melina Angelica Moscovitch

Could someone please get a pin to pop Guillem's ego? Out if the four, he is the unsophisticated one. I wish Steve, James and Kristof would stop being so polite and take him down a peg. Better yet, drop him altogether from the show.

Feb 26th

Razzy Boy

Uh, Man City have two world class #1 sides on a single team and are weathering the attrition better for that reason, doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that🙄🎯 #FFP

Feb 23rd

Melina Angelica Moscovitch

Welcome back, James!

Feb 12th
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John Fowley

Enjoy this podcast.

Feb 7th

Melina Angelica Moscovitch

Kudos on an amazing show! Very entertaining and informative! Steve, Julien, Rafa and Kristof are the perfect combo!

Feb 5th

Melina Angelica Moscovitch

Would it be possible to lose Guillem Balague and his inflated ego for at least a few episodes? You are the BBC. I am sure you can come up with a Spanish football expert who is more interested in informing the listeners rather than promoting his career.

Jan 22nd

Kagoro Mozes

This is absolute garbage about Ole. This is why, when he plays his preferred system with 2 sitting midfielders, people start saying he needs to change especially when things don't work. When he changes, and it doesn't work out, then he's a garbage manager because he's not playing a specific way.

Dec 12th

Rob Philpott

“David Luiz’ head injury against Wolves”? Luiz got patched up and played out the game. Jimenez went to hospital with a skull fracture, in case you hadn’t noticed!

Dec 1st

Sharad Patel

What a show ! Goosebumps #Maradona

Nov 27th

Joshua Ryan Schroer

I don't think I'm the only one who thinks those by Maguire is overrated. He is decent CB but imo for what Potter wants I'm surprised Lewis Dunk doesn't get more a chance. Probably the best 25+ CB other then Stones on the ball but also vocal & a solid Defender & leader. He can pick some lovely passes which Potter wants to play out the back & know plays in a back 3 & though played on back 4 as LCB for years comfortable across the back. Ming's is physical good in the air & left footed too but very surprised Dunk doesn't get more of a look to add that leader in back Defensive solidity & range of passing. We have the players a lot of talent just need to sort it. That said I think International break should be done in like 20 days knock it out all these friendlies too & every month with Covid is to much a risk. Great Podcast Stay Safe 🦁

Oct 14th

Joel Nelson

Rory Smith must be the most grating person on this entire podcast...hes that guy in the meeting that always offers the alternative opinion just to be awkward. Pretty sure he doesn't believe half of the arguments he presents. 🙄

Oct 13th

Henri Chinaski

So, is the format a case of everybody trying to wind Chris Sutton up? 🤣

Oct 6th

Ben Dadge


Sep 24th
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Taedza Bosha

Are they going to bring back "your better than that"?? That was radio gold

Sep 3rd

Mark Davies

X crew 7(%

Aug 15th

Shubham Adhikari


Jul 30th

Henri Chinaski

Sir Alex 👏👏👏 sharp as always

Jul 20th

Matt Mcneill

Always good fun. Like Sutton, Bruce and sav together

Jun 11th

Vibe Receptor

Pretty sure Robbie Savage cheats on this all the time..

May 14th

Janet Crompton

I was just thinking the same thing - thank goodness for the Football Daily. Thank you so much for keeping it going, we need it more than ever 😊

Mar 22nd
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