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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


You can subscribe to The Times and The Sunday Times to enjoy our award-winning journalism on your smartphone or tablet. Just search The Times online.

    Is It Wrong To Substitute the Substitute?

    Is It Wrong To Substitute the Substitute?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Matt Dickinson. Things are looking good for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, but after the Callum Hudson-Odoi incident at the weekend - is he too abrasive for the club? On that note, is there anything more humiliating on the pitch than being substituted as a substitute? Our resident ex-pro gives us his insight on the matter. Things are going less well for Jose Mourinho at Spurs following another loss, this time to West Ham. Is it time for him to change his approach and go all out? Alyson still thinks Gareth Bale is a myth, despite his sudden return to form. West Ham are currently in the Champions League places, but are they entertaining and is anyone taking their silent quest for Europe seriously? Fulham are on the charge and look more likely to stay up - but will they? Sheffield United look all but down, Gregor sets out his argument for keeping his former boss, Chris Wilder in charge at Bramall Lane no matter what. Bournemouth and Bristol City have new short-term managers - are they the right choices for each club’s needs? Following the Merseyside derby, we pick which style of manager we’d prefer out of ’stubborn’ Jurgen Klopp or ‘practical’ Carlo Ancelotti. Have a guess who Alyson chooses.. Get your digital subscription to The Times and get a month free: thetimes.co.uk/thegame
     
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    Move Over, Messi..

    Move Over, Messi..

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and Jonathan Northcroft. The Champions League is back - Kylian Mbappé turned it on in Messi’s back yard and Erling Braut Haaland blew Sevilla away - is this the moment the next generation take over? Are Mbappé and Haaland the new Messi and Ronaldo? The Times’ European Football Correspondent, Ian Hawkey joins the conversation to give his insight into current situations at Barcelona and PSG. We play fantasy football to place world-beating players into curveball sides - Mbappé to Leicester City anyone? Referee Darren Drysdale has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after appearing to square up to Ipswich’s Alan Judge in their game against Northampton this week. Gregor gives us his unique insight as a former player and questions whether it’s any surprise an official has finally reacted to player pressure. The Merseyside derby comes around again this weekend with both sides in need of a win - could we see a classic at Anfield? Get your digital subscription to The Times and get a month free: thetimes.co.uk/thegame
     
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    Does Jürgen Klopp Need A Break?

    Does Jürgen Klopp Need A Break?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Roddy. While people focus on the Manchester clubs and City’s lead at the top of the table, Leicester City have quietly gone about their business with some impressive results. How much will they miss James Justin after his injury and will they finish in the top 4? Liverpool have seen their season drift and after three losses in a row, remarkably some fans have been suggesting it’s time up for Jurgen Klopp. He’s dealt with personal grief this past week with the loss of his mother, could the German take some time off while lockdown restrictions allow him to be with his family back home? VAR, one again causes some debate between the panel - do we need to see the lines and should something similar to ‘umpire’s call’ in cricket be tested? Fulham pulled off an impressive win over Everton on Sunday - is there any hope of survival for Scott Parker’s side? We discuss the worst pieces of club merchandise after Spurs’ less-than-inspiring range of Carabao Cup final tat and end with our favourite misquotes, after we mis-quoted our very own Jonathan Northcroft on the last episode! Get your digital subscription to The Times and get a month free: thetimes.co.uk/thegame
     
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    What's Up With The Cup?

    What's Up With The Cup?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Jonathan Northcroft and Tom Clarke. There have been some weird football matches in the FA Cup this week. Some beyond dull, some 9-goal thrillers (see Everton vs Tottenham) and some featuring youth players who may never play for the first team again. Today, we ask - what’s up with the Cup? Are the players tired and not up for the games and should the competition have just been rested for this extraordinary season? What’s up with Donny Van Der Beek? He’s not shown any signs of being the player he was touted as - does he just not fit at Manchester United or does he just need time? Mike Dean and Lee Mason won’t be involved in the Premier League this weekend, but the bigger issue is the abuse that lead to this decision. How do football authorities and social media companies tackle this problem and have referees lost control? The bottom three of the Premier League hasn’t changed for a long time - are those teams doomed? We end with our favourite impact substitutions in honour of Daniel Amokachi’s heroics in the FA Cup back in 1995. Get your digital subscription to The Times and get a month free: thetimes.co.uk/thegame
     
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    • 1h 12 min
    Are Liverpool Bad Champions?

    Are Liverpool Bad Champions?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Matt Dickinson and Tom Clarke. Liverpool’s title hopes look all but over following the defeat to Manchester City - but what’s gone wrong? Are they bad Champions and should some blame be put on manager, Jurgen Klopp? On the other hand, Manchester City have been in scintillating form - are they nailed on to win the Premier League this season? Has Pep Guardiola’s precise and patient development of Phil Foden created a generational talent and could his club form continue for England at the Euros? Harry Kane is back and instantly Tottenham’s fortunes improve - but could he be about to face the biggest decision of his career in order to win a trophy? If Kane was to leave - who would be the buyer? As the Culture Secretary promises new laws to make social media companies have more responsibility to tackle online abuse - we discuss the recent racial abuse aimed at footballers. Get your digital subscription to The Times and get a month free: thetimes.co.uk/thegame
     
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    • 1h 14 min
    Lightning Does Strike Twice (If You're Southampton)

    Lightning Does Strike Twice (If You're Southampton)

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Jonathan Northcroft and James Restall. Southampton were reacquainted with an old friend - the 9-0 loss . What did we learn about Ralf Hasenhuttl’s side and what does this tell us about Manchester United’s title aspirations? Another week in the Premier League gives us more questionable VAR decisions to discuss. Were Jan Bednarek and David Luiz unfairly dismissed and is there a good argument for another rule change? Leeds United have been entertaining so far this season, but are they showing too many signs of recklessness? The Time’s Paul Joyce joins us to give us a behind-the-scenes look at Liverpool’s deadline day dealings as Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were added to their squad. Manchester City have won their last 13 games in all competitions - how will the defending champions get on against them on Sunday? Brighton have beaten Spurs and Liverpool in the space of a few days - is Graham Potter the most unflustered Premier League manager ever? Get your digital subscription to The Times and get a month free: thetimes.co.uk/thegame
     
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