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BONUS: The European Away: Paris
Our 5Live Sport commentary team of John Murray and former Manchester City midfielder, Michael Brown, are in Paris ahead of Manchester City's Champions League tie against PSG.
They talk about whether last season's semi-final will play a part in how both teams set up and whether Lionel Messi will start this game for PSG.
Gunners blitz Spurs, Brentford’s bravery and Fernandes’ flop
Emma Saunders is joined by former Leyton Orient player and manager, Jobi McAnuff, former West Brom defender, Jonas Olsson, and the Daily Telegraph’s Luke Edwards to react to another packed weekend of Premier League football.
Arsenal beat Tottenham 3-1 in the North London derby with an incredible first half performance from the Gunners. The panel discuss what changed for Mikel Arteta’s side going into this game and whether we should be worried about Tottenham’s form going forward.
Brentford picked up a brilliant point against Liverpool and there was late penalty drama at Old Trafford as Aston Villa beat Manchester United 1-0. The question on everyone’s lips is, who takes Manchester United’s next penalty?
Plus, they take a look at Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and how big the result is for both teams at this stage of the season.
2'37 - Reaction to the North London derby
4'48 - How important were Arsenal's youngsters to today's performance?
7'17 - Mikel Arteta with George Cummins
13'01 - Aaron Ramsdale's performance
15'23 - Is the Manager of the Month curse back for Nuno?
21'06 - Brentford's 3-3 draw with Liverpool
23'20 - Brentford's game plan against Liverpool
26'48 - How Brentford have reached this point from League Two
31'12 - Aston Villa's 1-0 win over Manchester United
35'09 - Did Bruno Fernandes feel the pressure when taking United's penalty?
42'58 - Manchester City's performance in their 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea v Manchester City: A title decider?
Aaron Paul is joined by former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton and football reporter Vaishali Bhardwaj to look ahead to the huge Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City.
The panel discuss whether Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola are the two best tactical managers in the world right now, if Tuchel is an “upgraded version of Jose Mourinho” and how Pep Guardiola can learn from the defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League final in May.
Ahead of Arsenal v Tottenham on Sunday, Alan Hutton tells us stories about what it’s like to play in a North London derby and how he had to change his car because it was red…
72+: Bamba’s back, naked Neil and Cooper’s at the wheel
Aaron Paul is joined by Middlesbrough defender Sol Bamba and Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor
The guys discuss the most controversial refereeing decisions they’ve been on the right and wrong ends of.
Sol talks about his comeback from non-hodgkin lymphoma and how the illness has changed his perspective on the little things in football.
We find out more about Sol’s 17-year career in the game, from the very start at Paris Saint Germain through to his spell at Leeds United under the controversial regime of Massimo Cellini, who once went round to his house in the early hours of the morning to rant about the club’s problems.
Sol also gives us an insight into what his current manager Neil Warnock is like and answers the all-important question… does Warnock still get naked in front of the players in the dressing room?
Lyle tells us what the last week at Forest has been like with the sacking of Chris Hughton and the appointment of Steve Cooper. He talks about Steven Reid’s rousing speech before he took charge of their win at Huddersfield and how much he’s already learning from Cooper after just a few days in the job.
We hear from Derby County manager Wayne Rooney, who says he's committed to staying on as manager at Pride Park after the club entered administration and reveals his disappointment at the ‘disrespect’ shown by owner Mel Morris in the handling of the situation. The boys discuss whether Derby can realistically survive in the Championship despite their points deductions and how Rooney is in a win-win situation whatever happens.
06.00 - Sol on comeback from illness
09.34 - How it's changed his perspective on football
12.17 - Sol on life under Massimo Cellimo at Leeds
14.14 - The story of Cellini going round to Sol's house at 2am
17.45 - Does Neil Warnock still get naked in the dressing room?
21.07 - Lyle on what the last week at Forest has been like and the impact Steve Cooper is already having
29.54 - Lyle on Forest's lack of confidence at the start of the season
32.47 - Sol on Cooper and the difference between being a good coach and a good manager
34.52 - Wayne Rooney on Mel Morris and his commitment to staying on as Derby manager
41.28 - Sol and Lyle on whether Derby can stay up and how Rooney is in a win-win situation
Euro Leagues: Bellingham’s brilliance and madcap managers
This week’s edition of the Euro Leagues tries to answer all the big questions in European football at the moment, like why hasn’t Messi scored at PSG and can Luciano Spalletti continue his winning formula at Napoli?
Alistair Bruce-Ball is back in the hot seat this week and is joined by Julien Laurens, James Horncastle and Kristof Terreur. They also discuss how big a job Max Allegri has at Juventus and if he can turn things around at the Serie A club - not only that, Archie Rhind-Tutt drops in for a chat from Germany and gives the guys his insight into why Jude Bellingham is doing so well at Dortmund. And if that wasn’t enough, they all dish the dirt on who they think are some of the most madcap managers in world football.
3’20 – Messi’s scoring drought at PSG
8’15 – Luciano Spalletti at Napoli after getting five wins from five.
15’00 - Max Allegri and the huge task he has at Juventus.
21:45 – Archie Rhind Tutt on Jude Bellingham and the great form he’s been in so far this season for Dortmund.
34’30 – The most madcap managers in world football.
Moyes delivers hammer blow to Man United
Mark Chapman is joined by senior football reporter Ian Dennis and former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin as West Ham knock Manchester United out of the EFL Cup third round with a 1-0 victory.
The team debate whether this is a major blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hopes of winning silverware at Manchester United this season and whether he’s lacking squad depth after making 11 changes.
We’re joined on the pod by BBC Radio Derby’s Chris Coles and Derby fan Ryan Dilks from the Second Tier podcast to discuss Derby County’s future after they were deducted 12 points by the EFL for entering administration.
And after Juventus left it late to grab their first win of the Serie A season over Spezia, Euro Leagues’ regular Mina Rzouki tells us how she thinks Juve still have many issues to solve.
0’30” – Reaction to West Ham beating Manchester United
3’00” – Interview with Stuart Pearce
6’00” – Manchester United’s game management
8’40” – Interview with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
11’40” – Reaction to Chelsea beating Aston Villa on penalties
12’50” – Reaction to Tottenham beating Wolves on penalties
14’11” – Interview with Mikel Arteta
16’00” - Chat on Derby County entering administration and what next for the club
23’05” - Mina Rzouki reacting to Juventus’ first win in Serie A of the season.
BEST football podcast
One of the most amazing podcasts for football especially English football , Appreciate all the amazing insights and all the laughs !!! Keep at it guys !!!
Quality of show wavers depending on host
The quality of the show wavers from show to show depending on the host and how they handle the group of analysts, who mostly offer predictable takes. I used to enjoy the Monday Night Club episodes but it’s becoming infuriating to listen to the often-condescending way Mark Chapman, Chris Sutton and Rory Smith constantly poke fun at Micah Richards as though he’s some clown mascot whose main role is to be an ongoing figure of fun. At times I wish Micah would stop gamely chuckling and laughing along at the mocking - it’s cringeworthy at times. Ugh!!
DNA, Serial Winners
Been listening to this pod for a while. Slowly more and more disappointed. Today’s episode following Man Us win over Wolves (August 29, 2021) comments such as ‘serial winners,’ its just what we do, please, that is lazy journalism. If it is even journalist at all. As if being partisan and having strong emotions is enough. Or raising your voice a sign that you care. Really? There is little here by way of a thorough analysis, tactical insight, a well prepared pod with direction and purpose. Compare this to pods from say the Athletic, not even close.