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    Episode 111 - Ole In, Ole Out, Ole Shake It All About

    Episode 111 - Ole In, Ole Out, Ole Shake It All About

    Part 1

    Innovation in sports broadcasting can be difficult. We’ve reached a stage where technology has reached a certain point where new ideas are hard to come by. But fear not, BT have found a way. I like to call it red-card-cam. On Tuesday night this new innovation was shown off for the first time with sent off David Luiz appearing picture in picture during the final moments of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw away at Chelsea on Tuesday evening.

    Hello and welcome to the Total Football podcast, I am your host Declan Harte and joining me is Andrew Conway.

    Andrew, do you see a future for red-card-cam?



    Part 2
    We’ve come out the other end of ‘sacking season’ and almost every club we discussed with the possibility of sacking their manager has done so. All, except for one. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains in charge at Man United, who have had a difficult January both on and off the pitch.


    Part 3
    As we just discussed, sackings are a part of the game. But when a manager does inevitably get sacked, someone must step in and replace them. This season we’ve seen Jose Mourinho, Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti all step in to high profile Premier League jobs. But how have they got on? What have they done differently, and what will they need to do in the Summer to stamp their mark on their teams?



    Part 4
    The lull of the FA Cup is over and Premier League football returns in full force this weekend. Ole foes Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho face off on Sunday evening.  Can Mourinho get one over on his bitter rival, or is Guardiola simply too good for him now?



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    Episode 110 - An Assessment of Liverpool's Greatness

    Episode 110 - An Assessment of Liverpool's Greatness

    Part 1
    Sometimes when getting sent off, it is a case of the player taking one for the team. The classic example is Ole Solskjaer getting sent off in 1998 for taking out Rob Lee on the edge of the box. However, in Steve Cook’s case this weekend, his red card was a triple whammy of disaster for Bournemouth. A red card, a penalty and a match-winning goal conceded to a relegation rival.

    Hello and welcome to The Total Football podcast, I am your host Declan Harte and joining me is Andrew Conway.

    Andrew, what’s your favourite example of a player trying to take one for the team?



    Part 2
    Bournemouth now have 7 points from their last 36 and sit firmly in the relegation zone. Where’s it all going wrong for Eddie Howe?
    Chelsea’s form has completely collapsed in the last month or so, has Lampard been ‘found out’ or are they simply getting unlucky?


    Part 3

    20 wins from 21. An unprecedented level of dominance during a single league campaign. A victory over every Premier League side. The potential is there to achieve the 3 greatest feats in English football all in one season: becoming an invincible, reaching 100 points and completing the Treble. But just how good are Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, how do they compare to the best Premier League teams and why can’t anyone beat them?



    Part 4

    Some good news and some bad news. Firstly, the bad news is that there’s FA Cup matches this weekend, and none of them look particularly exciting. The good news is there’s midweek Premier League fixtures to keep us occupied!

    But what are the important questions these games pose? Well I’m glad you asked!

    Can Sheffield United’s good season continue with the scalp of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City? Can Arsenal avenge their late defeat to Chelsea last month? And can Wolves become only the second side to stop Liverpool from winning this season?



    Closing
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 109 - Valverde Sacked As Barcelona Manager!

    Episode 109 - Valverde Sacked As Barcelona Manager!

    Part 1
    This week Sergio Aguero became the top-scoring foreign player in Premier League history, after scoring a hat trick against Aston Villa. He now sits on 177 goals and doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon.

    Hello and welcome to the Total Football podcast, I am your host Declan Harte and joining me is Andrew Conway.

    Andrew, where does Aguero rank among the great Premier League players?



    Part 2
    Tottenham lost once again, Mourinho has been in charge for 2 months and it feels like he’s in his 3rd season already. A man who once thrived on spoiling the day, has now only his own day spoiled.


    Part 3
    It’s been a hectic seven days for Barcelona. First they were knocked out the Spanish Super Cup by Atletico Madrid, a team who won neither La Liga nor the Copa Del Rey last season. After which Luis Suarez suffered an injury that has effectively ended his season.

    Then over the weekend, the board held talks with Xavi about taking over the not-vacant managerial position, which Xavi rejected. The board moved on to current Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman, who also rejected the position.

    All the while Ernesto Valverde has remained in charge of the first team, he even took training this morning despite the speculation surrounding his future. It now looks like Quique Setien will step in to take over on a 2.5 year deal, but the way things have gone who knows what further twists and turns await us. This really poses the questions, what on earth is going on over at the Nou Camp, and is there a way they could’ve handled this scenario any worse than they have?



    Part 4
    What no-one refers to as "The Classic" takes place next weekend. Manchester United travel to Anfield, Solskjaer's men remain the only team to take points off Liverpool this season. Can they repeat their performance from the reverse fixture, or will Liverpool simply be too good for the Red Devils this time out?



    Closing


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 108 - Predictions for Football In 2020

    Episode 108 - Predictions for Football In 2020

    Part 1
    Another year passes by and another year where people complain about FA Cup replays. For 2020, please welcome Nuno Espirito Santo to step up to the stand. After his Wolves side drew 0-0 with Manchester United, he said:

    "If you ask me what is my preference, I would say straight to penalties.” He added that “the game would become more emotional, for sure. The FA Cup would be more emotional if it goes straight to penalties, as both teams would go for it."

    Hello and welcome to the new decade, hope you all had a successful New Year’s celebration. This is the Total Football podcast, I am your host Declan Harte and joining me is Andrew Conway

    Andrew, you’ve been granted one wish for the FA Cup. What do you do?



    Part 2
    The January Transfer window is now open. The biggest move so far has been Erling Haaland’s decision to join Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg. Do we expect any other big moves?
    Mikel Arteta earned his first win as a manager. His Arsenal won convincingly against Man United, 2-0, who have started a no. 20 civil war in the aftermath of this result
    Liverpool have now gone a full calendar year unbeaten in the Premier League as they close in on a first league title in 30 years. Can they achieve Arsenal’s unbeaten record and finish the season as Invincibles of their own?


    Part 3
    At the beginning of 2019, Andrew and I put forward our predictions for the year. Now that 2019 has ended, it is time to reflect on whether we were right, wrong, or somewhere in the middle. But, also, we now must look forward to 2020. Here are our predictions for football for the next 12 months.



    Part 4
    After a brief pause for the FA Cup, the Premier League returns this weekend. The action comes to a head at the new White Harte Lane as Jose Mourinho seeks revenge for the match that saw the end of his Manchester United reign. That's right, Liverpool come to town and with them they bring an unbeaten record to protect. Can Mourinho mastermind Liverpool's first league defeat since January 2019?



    Closing
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 107 - Can This Fixture Congestion Continue?

    Episode 107 - Can This Fixture Congestion Continue?

    Part 1
    We have reached the halfway point of the Premier League season. When we made our preseason predictions I don’t think many would have said that Liverpool would be 13 points clear of second place Leicester City, that Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur would be in sixth place, that Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton would be in 10th place and that Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal would be 12th. It’s a crazy time we’re living in.

    Hello and welcome to the final Total Football podcast of 2019. I am your host Declan Harte, and joining me is Andrew Conway.

    Andrew, this all makes sense though, right?



    Part 2
    Arteta’s start as Arsenal manager hasn’t exactly gone to plan, picking up 1 point from 6, but have the performances been promising?
    Manuel Pellegrini was sacked as West Ham manager, with David Moyes returning to the club on an 18 month deal.
    VAR had a busy Christmas, with everything really coming to a head during the Liverpool-Wolves game, but this week saw numerous goals chalked off over very fine margins. IFAB have stepped in to suggest the Premier League are using VAR wrong, but it seems like it’s not very clear how else they can be using it.


    Part 3
    Over the last week every Premier League club has played two times, most playing their games within 48 hours of each other. Wolves in particular drew the short-end of the stick having to play the champions Man City and the champions-elect Liverpool within 40 hours. This saw sides stretching their squad limits, with Brendan Rodgers even making as many as nine changes between fixtures. Now, only two days later, they all must play again on Wednesday. Many managers across the division have been very outspoken in their desire for this fixture congestion to change. What are the solutions to this annual problem, and what effect has this had on this season’s topsy turvy table?



    Part 4

    The fixture congestion continues as 18 teams take to the field on Wednesday, with the final 2 competing on Thursday. On Wednesday we have the two big games of the matchday. Old foes renew their rivalry in Pep Guardiola versus Carlo Ancelotti. And later that evening Arsenal host Manchester United, can Mikel Arteta pick up his first win as Arsenal manager?



    Closing

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 106 - New Managerial Appointments for Christmas

    Episode 106 - New Managerial Appointments for Christmas

    Part 1
    The master versus the apprentice. A story as old as time. And on this occasion the apprentice bested his old teacher as Chelsea came out 2-0 victors over Tottenham Hotspur. This was a bizarre match that was filled with glorious narrative. Unfortunately, this is also another in a string of recent Premier League fixtures to be marred by racial abuse of players.

    Hello and welcome to the Total Football podcast, I am your host Declan Harte, and joining me is Andrew Conway.

    Andrew, we spoke about this a couple weeks ago but nothing came of it then. Is there anything to suggest we might see a different outcome this time?



    Part 2
    Top 4 race also saw a dent in the neutral’s entertainment value as 4th place Chelsea won 2-0 away at 5th place Tottenham. Was that Chelsea’s best performance of the season, or did Tottenham just implode in front of them?


    Liverpool were off to Qatar this week to win the Club World Cup for the first time in the club’s history.


    Meanwhile their title lead barely took a dent as Leicester City lost at the Etihad despite taking the lead. A good comeback from Man City, but surely that’s the title race over and done with?


    Man United’s slim top 4 hopes look dead and buried despite the return of Paul Pogba. A limp display for 70 minutes before Pogba was brought on to liven things up, but United couldn’t score a single goal away at the bottom of the table club Watford


    Part 3
    On Saturday Everton took on Arsenal in what can easily be described as one of the worst and most pointless games of football to have ever taken place. Both teams had announced new managerial appointments within 24 hours of kickoff, but both could only sit in the stands as the 22 men on the pitch played out a dreary and dull 0-0 draw. Which of these two new managers, Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti respectively, have the bigger or more difficult task at hand?



    Part 4
    We’ve got ourselves a holiday treat this week, a festive feast of football appears before us as every club plays 3 games in the next 10 days. Let’s take a look at the next two games and see which fixtures stand out



    Closing
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    • 1 hr 8 min

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