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Tumultuous Tottenham week ends with victory for Mason
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish joins the pod to discuss the next steps for the Premier League and European football after the collapse of the European Super League. There's reaction to victories for Tottenham and Manchester City despite the chaos of the last few days and do Emma Hayes' Chelsea now have one hand on the WSL trophy?
The end of the European Super League story?
Steve Crossman presents a special episode on an extraordinary night where the six English clubs who signed up for the European Super League announce they have withdrawn from it less than 72 hours after it was created.
The story developed so quickly, we decided the best way to bring it to you was in real-time of how the events unfolded on 5 Live Sport on Tuesday night.
You’ll hear about the scenes outside Stamford Bridge as up to a thousand fans protested ahead of their game with Brighton and from Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel as the club announced they were the first to withdraw.
Former Chelsea player Pat Nevin, Alistair Bruce-Ball, Nottingham Forest striker Glenn Murray and Miguel Delaney, the chief football writer for The Independent, discuss whether this is the end for the European Super League full stop and if the English clubs will face sanctions.
Guillem Balague tells us about the reaction from Europe and BBC Sport reporter Simon Stone gives us insight into the news that Ed Woodward will stand down as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United.
35 seconds – Steve explains how the story unfolded
2’00” – Chelsea prepare to withdraw from the European Super League
2.30” – Laura Scott outside Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fans protest against the ESL
4’50” – Reaction from former Chelsea player Pat Nevin on Chelsea’s withdrawal
6’15” – Sports Editor Dan Roan gives more details on Chelsea pulling out
8’20” – Alistair Bruce-Ball on the scenes at Stamford Bridge
10’00” – Chat on the role of the fans on this decision
17’00” – Manchester City are pulling out and tweet from Kevin De Bruyne
18’00” – Reaction from Chelsea fan
25’00” – Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s reasons for setting up the ESL
27’00” – Should the clubs face sanctions?
30’00” – UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin on the so-called “big six” in England
34’00” – Guillem Balague on the reaction from the non-English clubs involved
38’00” – Simon Stone on Manchester United announcing that Ed Woodward will stand down as executive vice-chairman
41’00” – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel’s interview following the ESL announcement
44’00” – All English clubs involved in the Super League withdraw from it
46’00” – Eric Cantona on fans
MNC: Klopp speaks out on Super League
Mark Chapman, Chris Sutton, Micah Richards and Rory Smith bring you a Monday Night Club all about the European Super League. The panel give their reactions and discuss the impact on the players after protests were carried out at Elland Road ahead of Leeds’ 1-all draw with Liverpool. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gives his opinion on the new plans before Kat Pijetlovic, who wrote the book “EU Sports Law & Breakaway Leagues in Football” joins the team to talk about why she saw this coming six years ago. Finally the team break down what this could mean for the Premier League and the sanctions FIFA and UEFA have brought forward.
01.00 - Players facing the backlash
02.30 – Micah on Manchester City
06.45 – Jurgen Klopp interview
13.40 - Kat Pijetlovic on legal battles
29.00 – German and French clubs rejecting proposals
35.00 – When might this happen?
39.00 – Impact on fans
46.20 – Sanctions for players and clubs
The Super League statement
Ben Haines, Keiron Dyer, Lianne Sanderson and the Telegraph's Luke Edwards discuss the weekend's headlines - including the controversial announcement of the European Super League.
The panel debate the formation of a brand new competition which has been rejected by the sport's governing bodies and domestic associations across Europe. Rob Harris from the Associated Press explains the concept and the potential issues it could create in the Premier League.
We also look back on the FA Cup semi-finals as Chelsea and Leicester are victorious in the last four of the competition as well as a closer look at the relegation battle in the Premier League.
03:35: The European Super League is announced, what next? AP's global football correspondent Rob Harris joins the discussion.
18:40: Reaction to the FA Cup semi-finals as Leicester and Chelsea emerged as this year's finalists.
34:30: Myth-busting Newcastle with Keiron and Luke.
43:50: Time-up for Fulham in the Premier League?
Cup glory, scrutiny and tears
Jason Burt joins Steve Crossman on a bumper feature interview edition of the Sunday preview pod. Ahead of the second FA Cup semi-final we hear from Che Adams and Ricardo Pereira, and with important Premier League fixtures to discuss too we hear from Fulham's Mario Lemina as Premier League survival looks to be slipping out of their grasp. Plus, Nick Pope chats goalkeepers past and present he looks up to and how playing non-league at the start of his career has benefited him.
Kane’s Carabao Cup Concern and Could Tuchel Stop the Quadruple?
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas bring you the Friday Football Social reacting to Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Everton that saw Harry Kane limp off injured, and looking ahead to the weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals.
Michael Brown and Conor McNamara give their thoughts on the game at Goodison and what it means for Spurs’ upcoming Carabao Cup Final.
We hear from Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti before discussing whether Thomas Tuchel really can stop Manchester City’s quest for the quadruple at Wembley on Saturday?
Darren asks what impact defeat on Sunday could have on Southampton or Leicester’s season before posing the question, do Premier League Champions Liverpool need to sell one of their front three to reinvigorate the squad?
01:19 - Harry Kane’s injury and match reaction
05:43 - Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti interviews
10:27 - Chelsea vs. Manchester City
24:02 - Leicester vs. Southampton
29:57 - Should Liverpool cash in on one of their forwards?
Interesting but unreliable
The Guardian’s Football Weekly is a twice weekly podcast, and The Game from the Times comes out once a week. So it’s really nice to have a good-quality (almost) daily podcast focussed on football. A couple of things that could be improved:
1. With about one out of every ten episodes, the file is damaged and can’t be downloaded or streamed. Making an MP3 file and putting it on a server without damaging it should be a routine task, and is done with approximately 100% reliability by most outfits. It’s difficult to understand why that’s such a challenge for the BBC.
2. Get rid of the ridiculous “wall of sound” intro (and outro, and occasional insert). It’s twice as loud as the content, so listeners have to keep rushing to the volume controls during each episode. It sounds like you let a kid loose playing with some sound effects, and then said, “OK, that’ll do.”
While you’re at it, how about rewriting the jingles so that they make more sense?
“Podcast it now on BBC Radio 5 Live.” We just listen; you are the guys who are doing the broad/podcasting.
“Thank you for taking the time to download this BBC Radio 5 Live podcast.” If you’re talking about actual manual downloading, then presumably you’re referring to each individual episode, not the podcast as a whole. In any case, most people subscribe to a podcast, and then each episode is downloaded automatically; most of us don’t preview each episode and then make a decision to download it. And, even when we do, it usually involves tapping a button once, rather than the complex and time-consuming operation you seem to be picturing.
There is too much of that numpy Chris Sutton. So irritating and lacking in football knowledge. Not as funny as he thinks either. The other presenters are not bad. Too much banter though. ’.
Great show, but...
The sports media always talks in extremes whether that be about Jose’s epic fall from elite management or man u’s ability to win the prem again. Mourinho has not lost his touch; he’s a great manager. Think about his two predecessors at Man U, one of whom won nothing and the other an Fa cup and both came in with strong reputAtions. If Jose went to Spurs with their players and defence I think he’d surpass poch (albeit
In the short term)