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Season Four of The Big Interview! Graham Hunter one-on-one with the biggest names in football.

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Season Four of The Big Interview! Graham Hunter one-on-one with the biggest names in football.

    Domènec Torrent: Robben, Ribéry and Raheem

    Domènec Torrent: Robben, Ribéry and Raheem

    In part two of my Big Interview with Domènec Torrent, there’s more on those glorious Camp Nou days, including Barca’s famous treble of 2008-09.
    Domènec grabbed the chance to assist Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich with both hands, and discovered that it was a myth that club legends interfered with team management there. He also busted the myth that Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben would be difficult charges. In fact, Arjen was a joy to work with and thrived under Pep. As if fated, Bayern were drawn against Barca in the 2015 Champion League semi-final, and held their own in the Camp Nou until a late error let Messi in. Then Bayern made the fatal error of chasing the game and ended up losing 3-0. The fans’ passion and improving players of quality such as Raheem Sterling made Domènec’s time at Manchester City a thrill, and he maintains that winning the English top flight is harder than claiming the Champions League. Domènec now can’t wait to get a new managerial role, and I wish him good luck with that. Whoever employs him will have made a wise move.
    Enjoy.
    Graham.
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    • 37 min
    Domènec Torrent: Rising with Pep

    Domènec Torrent: Rising with Pep

    When Pep Guardiola took the reins at Barcelona B in 2007, he quickly snapped up the services of respected Catalan coach Domènec Torrent. Domènec was Pep’s go-to guy whenever he wanted the skinny on an opponent, and he helped nurture talents like Busquets and Pedro.
    Soon Pep was managing Barcelona’s first team, and Domènec came along for the ride. Thus began a journey to immortality: three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues with Barca, two Bundesliga crowns with Bayern Munich, and a Premier League win with Manchester City.
    It was great having a Big Interview with someone in the flesh again, and Domènec gives us fascinating insights into what it was like behind the scenes during that glorious Barca era: how the coaches perfected the team’s build-up play and high-pressing game, and how it took a genius like Pep to draw out the absolute best from the array of on-field geniuses at his disposal.
    Fascinating stuff.
    Graham.
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    • 47 min
    Barcelona v Napoli - preview

    Barcelona v Napoli - preview

    The turmoil and internal conflict at Barcelona saw them lose La Liga to their arch rivals and now they face Napoli at Camp Nou in a dangerous second leg, last 16 match on Saturday.


    The 1-1 draw in Italy seems a lifetime ago, but the problems that circled Barcelona then remain: primary among them, discord between a new coaching staff and the senior players, and a decline in the physical power of the team. 
    But there have also been signs that the players who have achieved so much may be able to fight on in the tournament that their leader, Leo Messi, obsesses over.
     
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    • 24 min
    Pep v Zizou - Part 2

    Pep v Zizou - Part 2

    Hola
    This is my look ahead to this week's Champions League last-16 tie between Manchester City and Real Madrid.
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    • 25 min
    Viva La Liga: That Was The Season That Was

    Viva La Liga: That Was The Season That Was

    Hola
    Here's my take on the La Liga season just finished, including reflections on Valencia, Sevilla, Granada and Espanyol.
    Enjoy
    Graham
     
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    • 23 min
    Guest #100 Rio Ferdinand: Sir Alex and my Champions League Quest (Pt 2)

    Guest #100 Rio Ferdinand: Sir Alex and my Champions League Quest (Pt 2)

    In 2008, Rio Ferdinand’s Champions League dream came true on a rainy night in Moscow.
    The final against Chelsea was a game Rio was terrified to lose. He had to take a penalty in the shootout, an experience he says you simply cannot prepare yourself for. But his mum just loved it when he walked up to lift the big trophy.
    Rio once raged at Sir Alex Ferguson from the pitch. The manager was so angered that he would have sold him had he not apologised. Fergie was a genius, a man with an incredible personal touch. Pep Guardiola was the only guy who could have filled his shoes. United had beaten Barcelona in the ’08 semi, but Pep's team were a different beast in the 2009 and 2011 finals. Rio felt embarrassed after those games and said that Barca ripped the soul from that United team. Although they were up against the greatest side of all time, Rio knows they could and should have done better. Fergie should have set them up differently, more compactly, more counter-attacking.
    Thanks Rio.
    Graham
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    • 45 min

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