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The Game is the premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers previewing and reviewing all the action throughout the 2023/24 season. Twice a week, Gregor Robertson and Tom Clarke speak to the leading football writers from The Times and The Sunday Times, offering unparalleled analysis of the latest results and commentary on emerging issues. On Mondays, Alyson Rudd, Tom Roddy and Tony Cascarino review the weekend's action and on Thursdays Martin Samuel tackles the biggest issues of the week alongside the likes of Jonathan Northcroft and Ian Hawkey. Subscribe to The Times to enjoy our award-winning sports journalism on your smartphone or tablet. Just search The Times online. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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The Game is the premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers previewing and reviewing all the action throughout the 2023/24 season. Twice a week, Gregor Robertson and Tom Clarke speak to the leading football writers from The Times and The Sunday Times, offering unparalleled analysis of the latest results and commentary on emerging issues. On Mondays, Alyson Rudd, Tom Roddy and Tony Cascarino review the weekend's action and on Thursdays Martin Samuel tackles the biggest issues of the week alongside the likes of Jonathan Northcroft and Ian Hawkey. Subscribe to The Times to enjoy our award-winning sports journalism on your smartphone or tablet. Just search The Times online. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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English


Episodes

Klopp's kids triumph and dealing with mardy managers

2/26/2024
Was it Captain Colossus, Klopp’s charisma or just really good academy players that got Liverpool over the line? Alyson Rudd was Nostradamus, highlighting last week the huge impact Virgil Van Dyke has on his Liverpool team. What now for Pochettino and Chelsea, wilting in extra time and still no trophy. At Old Trafford the shoots of hope were trampled by a very good Fulham performance. It left some wondering, what the club have to show for the second most expensive signing ever…Anthony. For Crystal Palace, Oliver Glasner has hit the ground running with signs of a blueprint after only two games. Finally, its Arsenal looking strong and good luck to George Elokobi and Maidstone. Timeline: Cup final 2’ Liverpool, well deserved win. Chelsea created better chances, but Liverpool had the fight, hunger and drive. 4’ Tom A felt Chelsea were in the ascendancy, until extra time. Poch’s disappointment was how they played extra time. 8’ Alyson the prophet, saw the impact VVD has on Liverpool. 13’ It is precious to have academy players in big games. It strengthens the bond between team and supporters. 14’ Chelsea had that and they burnt it. 15’ Liverpool testament to a long term structure and plan. “Its not a coincidence that you get a 19yr old at a club like Liverpool who can step in and look like he’s been there for years.” 19’ Chelsea have wasted their money. Who is not buying into Poch’s culture. 21’ Too many mistakes and get too introverted to easily. 22’ a collective malaise, where is it coming from? Pricky Pep 24’ doesn’t like journalists, looked bored 26’ seems to hate doing press. 28’ The pressure and demands on managers are enormous. Manchester United 31’ Ten Hag back under pressure. Result indicative of what’s going on at the club. 32’ Tom’s visit to Ajax, no one thought Anthony was worth what Man U paid for him. 33’ Are they going to build off field first then the team? Or on pitch first. 36’ Hot managerial market this summer. Liverpool, Barca and Bayern all looking. 37’ Fulham were excellent, they wanted it and were without Paulinha, Jimenez and Willian. 38’ Muniz stepping up, looked good. Iwobi, really good, cool finish. Palace 40’ already there is a blueprint. 3-4-2-1 41’ Matheaus Franca, looked good, suddenly can see why they signed him. 43’ great start for Glasner, good record of signings from championship, Wharton another of them. They have good young players. 44’ free roll of the dice for a mid table club. Arsenal 46’ Playing fantastic, front foot football. They’re flying. 48’ Goals from 19 set pieces and best defence… 50’ Should Eddie howe be worried, they’re tailing away. Look poor first half. 51’ Arsenal suffocated them, pressed them to death. Good luck George!! Maidstone take on Coventry City in the FA cup tonight. They’re the lowest ranked team to reach round five in over 40 years. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:54:58

George Elokobi: "We dance one more time."

2/23/2024
Ahead of a huge FA Cup tie for Maidstone United, a special edition of The Game. Ever wondered how a part time team prepares for a big cup game against a team four leagues above them? Or what it’s like to score your first premier league goal, or get ‘tortured’ by a winger in front of Sir Alex at Old Trafford..? In a bonus edition of The Game Alyson Rudd and producer Neil went to meet Maidstone manager George Elokobi…. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:30:15

George Elokobi: "We dance one more time."

2/23/2024
Ahead of a huge FA Cup tie for Maidstone United, a special edition of The Game. Ever wondered how a part time team prepares for a big cup game against a team four leagues above them? Or what it’s like to score your first premier league goal, or get ‘tortured’ by a winger in front of Sir Alex at Old Trafford..? In a bonus edition of The Game Alyson Rudd and producer Neil went to meet Maidstone manager George Elokobi…. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:30:15

"We’re Manchester United and we’re coming to get you." Really…?

2/22/2024
A quick look at the mid-week fixtures and a bold claim, Arsenal have the best defence, and defences win leagues… City won again and Klopp likened his teams win against Luton to their famous win against Barcelona. James Gheerbrandt went to see Tuchel lose out to Xabi Alonso against Leverkusen. A week later he ‘agreed’ to leave Munich, where next and what are the knock-on effects in the managerial merry go round? Tom, Martin, James and Gregor discuss the bold new vision presented by Sir Jim Ratcliffe at Manchester United, is three years optimistic and why no backing for Ten Hag…? Timeline: 2’ Arsenal sucker punched by Porto 3’ Different feel to European games, lots of fouls, grappling. 5’ Good for the champions league to have such a different feel. Made it tough for Arsenal. 8’ arsenal looking at not getting to quarters again, do they need to change mindset. 11’ Arsenal have the bets defence in the league, and titles are won by defences… 13’ Klopp has created, built character at Liverpool, that will get you a long way. Tuchel leaves Munich 20’ Will Tuchel leaving mean Alonso goes to Munich? 21’ Tuchel was out manoeuvred by Alonso, he won the tactical battle. 22’ Weird move by Munich, not good for dressing room. 24’ If Liverpool want him, they need to get in now and tell him, before Munich do. Sir Jim Ratcliffe 33’ He wants Man Utd ‘turned around’ in three years. Three years isn’t very long…can he do it? 35’ He has a helping hand with Klopp leaving, and city facing FFP investigations 37’ he was bullish, might regret that. Came close to slagging the glazers off. 38’ No mention or backing for Ten Hag 42’ slates being cleared. They’ve had good managers, it’s the system they work in that needs fixing. 45’ We’re Manchester United and we’re coming to get you. 49’ extraordinary that it has taken 11 years for this to happen for Man Utd to have a modern set up. 51’ everything is about money. Why is it surprising that Newcastle want money for Dan Ashworth… 54’ On the pitch looks better, but still a long way to go. Gregor still thinks they are miles off. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:00:13

The title race, Kane's understudy and Lemon Meringue Pie

2/19/2024
City dropped points, Liverpool picked up more injuries and Arsenal are eleven nil up from their last two games. So where does that leave the title race? Which players are irreplaceable on a title run in? Crystal Palace look set to make a managerial change, but how have they handled it, with Roy Hodgson still unwell and Oliver Glasner seemingly lined up to replace him. Who is best placed to be Harry Kane’s understudy? Gregor Robertson thinks Ollie Watkins is the complete striker. Alyson Rudd thinks Ivan Tony has international class. Rasmus Hojlund has turned a corner and is now the youngster player to score in six consecutive premier league games, will it be enough to drag Man Utd into the top four… Timeline: Title race 2’ Across two games Chelsea were really good. Chilwell handled Foden well. 3’ Best game Disasi has had in a Chelsea shirt. 4’ Haaland wont’ have many games like that. 5’ Can’t believe how nice you’re being to Chelsea. They were defensive smart performance from Chelsea 8’ city’s record against top 6 is a concern. They’re third, behind Arsenal and Chelsea. Liverpool 9’ Virgil Van Dyke, a man with presence. Key to being clam is enjoying the football. 11’ having an amazing season Arsenal 15’ Forward line has grown in confidence as the goals have come. 16’ Liverpool victory was key. 18’ Burnley and West Ham abysmal. So 11-0 for arsenal has context. 19’ all done without Zinchenko and Jesus. Injuries 21’ could have a key part in title race. Each of the big three have key players- Van Dyke, Stones, Rodri, Saliba…will injuries affect the outcome. 22’ Liverpool have youngster on the side lines already bedded in who can step in. Roy Hodgson 23’ Awful position to have a manager facing the sack whilst also ill in hospital. 25’ when Hodgson collapsed he still hadn’t been told, but it is an open secret that Glasner is going to get the job. 28’ Roy shouldn’t be in a position of being angry with the club going behind his back. 29’ they way they are handling this is terrible. And it isn’t the first time. Watkins or Tony 31’ Masterclass from Watkins at the weekend 32’ His importance to Villa is immense, their top four challenge rests on his shoulders. 33’ He is profile similar to Kane. 36’ His stats put him in elite company. 37’ Watkins is always involved, even if he isn’t flashy. His skill set is very broad. 40’ Ivan Tony is very unselfish. He has improved Maupay enormously. Makes unselfish runs and links up others players. Very good intuition. He has international class. 43’ Kane’s understudy…Watkins for Gregor. Wide skill set. But Alyson thinks Tony, he has more arrogance and would step up to international football. Watkins is developing that arrogance. Man Utd and Rasmus Hojlund 47’ Youngest player to score in 6 premier league games on the spin. 48’ Led the line brilliantly, looked confident, strong and with a strikers nose. 51’ Without his goals they had no chance of top four. Now…it looks possible, but not yet likely. Bad tackles 53’ This was Sheff United’s chance to create hope of safety. Holgate blew it inside 20 minutes. 56’ Tough times for Chris Wilder. He had a big win at Luton and they haven’t backed it up. So momentum has been lost. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:58:25

The title race, Kane's understudy and Lemon Meringue Pie

2/19/2024
City dropped points, Liverpool picked up more injuries and Arsenal are eleven nil up from their last two games. So where does that leave the title race? Which players are irreplaceable on a title run in? Crystal Palace look set to make a managerial change, but how have they handled it, with Roy Hodgson still unwell and Oliver Glasner seemingly lined up to replace him. Who is best placed to be Harry Kane’s understudy? Gregor Robertson thinks Ollie Watkins is the complete striker. Alyson Rudd thinks Ivan Tony has international class. Rasmus Hojlund has turned a corner and is now the youngster player to score in six consecutive premier league games, will it be enough to drag Man Utd into the top four… Timeline: Title race 2’ Across two games Chelsea were really good. Chilwell handled Foden well. 3’ Best game Disasi has had in a Chelsea shirt. 4’ Haaland wont’ have many games like that. 5’ Can’t believe how nice you’re being to Chelsea. They were defensive smart performance from Chelsea 8’ city’s record against top 6 is a concern. They’re third, behind Arsenal and Chelsea. Liverpool 9’ Virgil Van Dyke, a man with presence. Key to being clam is enjoying the football. 11’ having an amazing season Arsenal 15’ Forward line has grown in confidence as the goals have come. 16’ Liverpool victory was key. 18’ Burnley and West Ham abysmal. So 11-0 for arsenal has context. 19’ all done without Zinchenko and Jesus. Injuries 21’ could have a key part in title race. Each of the big three have key players- Van Dyke, Stones, Rodri, Saliba…will injuries affect the outcome. 22’ Liverpool have youngster on the side lines already bedded in who can step in. Roy Hodgson 23’ Awful position to have a manager facing the sack whilst also ill in hospital. 25’ when Hodgson collapsed he still hadn’t been told, but it is an open secret that Glasner is going to get the job. 28’ Roy shouldn’t be in a position of being angry with the club going behind his back. 29’ they way they are handling this is terrible. And it isn’t the first time. Watkins or Tony 31’ Masterclass from Watkins at the weekend 32’ His importance to Villa is immense, their top four challenge rests on his shoulders. 33’ He is profile similar to Kane. 36’ His stats put him in elite company. 37’ Watkins is always involved, even if he isn’t flashy. His skill set is very broad. 40’ Ivan Tony is very unselfish. He has improved Maupay enormously. Makes unselfish runs and links up others players. Very good intuition. He has international class. 43’ Kane’s understudy…Watkins for Gregor. Wide skill set. But Alyson thinks Tony, he has more arrogance and would step up to international football. Watkins is developing that arrogance. Man Utd and Rasmus Hojlund 47’ Youngest player to score in 6 premier league games on the spin. 48’ Led the line brilliantly, looked confident, strong and with a strikers nose. 51’ Without his goals they had no chance of top four. Now…it looks possible, but not yet likely. Bad tackles 53’ This was Sheff United’s chance to create hope of safety. Holgate blew it inside 20 minutes. 56’ Tough times for Chris Wilder. He had a big win at Luton and they haven’t backed it up. So momentum has been lost. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:58:25

Who owns your club? Kane’s trophy hunt, and Man Utd’s big signing

2/15/2024
Could Harry Kane really have another trophy-less season? If he does it won’t be for the lack of effort. The England captain has had a brilliant season, is endearing himself to the German fans, but it could still be not quite enough. Man City strolled to another win in the Champions league, are they now at their best? How would you feel if your club was part of a multi ownership model, with sister clubs in other countries…it is becoming more and more common, what are the pros and cons? Finally the new era at Manchester United looks set to start with the signing of…sporting director Dan Ashworth from Newcastle. Tom, Martin, Jonny and Gregor all agree, its good business. Timeline: Harry Kane 2’ Looking like he may not win anything in Germany. 3’ if he’d stayed at Spurs he’d be unlikely to win anything either. 6’ Highly likely Munich will win something, if not this season then next. 7’ we don’t seem to celebrate success in the same way in this country. He couldn’t do anymore, he’s been great. 11’ Kane endears himself to the supporters. 18’ He could stay for two or three years, especially if his family are happy. City 22’ They look back to their best, so easy. 23’ John Stones looked accomplished in pivot role. Is he taken for granted? 26’ Pep had a pop at Grealish. 28’ Guardiola has earned the right to criticise, he is subtle with it though. Multi club ownership 33’ Girona in Spain, the smallest ground in La Liga, a budget 700million euros less than Madrid, yet they are in a title race. Astonishing. 36’ If they’re good owners, what does it matter. 39’ Girona are the exception, many multi ownership models favour the ‘big fish.’ 40’ 8 of top 18 teams in Belgium part of multi club models. 42’ it depends on the club, some push back and do wish to be part of a large organisation – Strasbourg declined Chelsea. 48’ It’s a growth industry, 180 clubs world wide now part of multi ownership groups, it was 40 a decade ago. Man United 52’ Looks like Dan Ashworth is going to be poached from Newcastle. 54’ Looks a good positive move from Jim Ratcliffe. 55’ Ashworth is one of the best in that particular role. 54’ Ashworth has ushered in a far greater degree of intelligence in the way clubs are run, he did it at West Brom, FA and Brighton. 56’ Man Utd are the last of the old style football clubs. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:00:25

Arsenal for the title? Spurs for fourth? But what is Scott McTominay?

2/12/2024
For fifteen minutes it seemed Arsenal were the complete team, but was that down to West Ham’s passivity? What does the result from the London Stadium mean for both teams - are Arsenal now back in the title race, if they were ever out of it; and for West Ham is a contract for David Moyes more or less likely? The result at Spurs was not reflective of an end to end encounter. Brighton refuse to take a backward step and Spurs now have all their players available again. After the break, what/who is Scot McTominay? A six, an eight, a ten or a throwback. The team try to figure it out. He helped Utd to a key win. Villa lost, but played well. Finally, Gregor went to meet Luton forward Elijah Adebayo but he was an unlucky omen for a great lad. Oh and Alyson is getting excited about Xabi Alonso… Timeline: West Ham v Arsenal 4’ Hard for arsenal to win a title with some many London derbies to negotiate. West Ham have a good record against Arsenal. 6’ Trossard was superb. 15 min spell with four goals. They had everything for that spell. Pace, power, grace, intelligence. 9’ Arsenal were in control, they made it a technical contest. Last season it felt like it got tense and emotional. 10’ the asterix is West Ham are all at sea. 11’ Gregor thought West Ham were passive. 13’ easy to extrapolate too much from games like this. Just one win. 16’ West Ham fans might have seen this performance coming. Team set up on the back foot. 17’ West Ham have some good players, could do something under a more progressive coach. Tottenham v Brighton 20’ to teams better at pressing than playing out from the back. Repeatedly stealing the ball off each other in the final third. 21’ It came down to both teams not quite having the quality in the final third, Son made the difference. The quality makes the difference in those fine margins. 23’ it was all about Son, it felt like he had been away for a year. 24’ Spurs are looking good, they’ve got all their options back for the first time under Postecoglou 26’ Spurs need more out wide if they are going to progress to the next level. 27’ Brighton missing the cutting edge up front. But still doing remarkably well with the resources they have and the type of football they play. 28’ Brighton - Playing above themselves, brilliant to watch and a clear style of play. Scott McTominay and Villa v Utd 31’ Jack of all trades or will he be a 8 or a 10? Always looked like he would be a destroyer rather than a goal scorer. 32’ for all his appearances and goals he still won’t be a starter. 34’ Its not definitive that he can’t start. 35’ Any parallels with John McGinn at Villa, not quite a centre mid or a ten? 36’ Are their good players being phased out who can’t do what the modern creative/pressing era requires. 38’ This is Utd from last season, grabbing wins they shouldn’t whilst not playing very well. But still amassing the points. 40’ Villa have had a dip, but yesterday they played well and felt they were unlucky not to win. 41’ Utd now seem better placed to finish top four than Villa…But spurs look good. Luton v Sheff Utd 43’ Spent a long time at Fulham without playing for the first team. Appreciates where he is now. 44’ The energy at Luton comes from players who have had to fight to play top level football. 47’ Sheff Utd were fearless. Didn’t come for a draw. Bundesliga 48’ Leverkusen deserved their great win against Munich. Poor Harry Kane looks like he might not win a title. 50’ some of Leverkusen’s patterns of play were amazing. 52’ Alonso is nothing like Klopp, that could be a really good thing. IF he goes to Liverpool. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:53:08

Sin bin's and the celebration police

2/8/2024
Are sin bins a good idea? It looks increasingly likely that they will be trialled in specific games/competitions next season. Tom, Martin, Gregor and Tony discuss the pros and cons of sinbins and other IFAB proposed rule changes. Chelsea confounded the critics with a five star display at Villa park, but can they reproduce it? While Chelsea celebrate the team move on to discuss how, where and when one should celebrate. FYI, its not in front of the Millwall fans when you’ve just scored against them. Finally, Jesse Lingard is off the South Korea… Timeline: Chelsea and Villa 5’ how do you predict football. Convincing performance, but off the back of Wolves and Liverpool performances. 7’ young players will have good nights, but its about consistency. 9’ Jackson’s confidence will rise from playing wide and contributing. 10’ A drop in standards from Villa. 11’ Early goals made all the difference. Celebrations 14’ I’m not the celebration police, but keep your trousers on. Play nice. 16’ Tony and his limo. Jibes about players wages on the pitch. 18’ Carful how you mock…what goes around… 22’ Its part of the game. Gregor would love to have someone like Maupay in his team, winding up the opposition is part of the celebration. 27’ The dentists chair was a classic orchestrated celebration 29’ the plans that go into each game. High fiving defenders for a clearance. 32’ We’ve turned into the celebration police. 38’ Tony celebrated against his former clubs… Cooling off 38’ the self pass is a good rule, one used in rugby and hockey. That would cut out decent. 38’ The cooling off period wouldn’t achieve that. 40’ there are easier things to do which don’t alter the structure of the game. 41’ The laws need to be simplified, not complicated. 43’ All seem in favour of a Sin bin 46’ Are we setting unrealistic targets for perfection in the running and ruling of football. 50’ the penalty spot is the perfect example of the madness at IFAB…by trying to improve it they make it worse. Jesse Lingard 53’ Korean culture doesn’t need Lingard. He might need it though. 55’ It’s a shame, he’s a better player than south Korean league. 56’ He might regret not taking the offers on the table 58’ did he choose money over a good football choice. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:02:19

Sin bin's and the celebration police

2/8/2024
Are sin bins a good idea? It looks increasingly likely that they will be trialled in specific games/competitions next season. Tom, Martin, Gregor and Tony discuss the pros and cons of sinbins and other IFAB proposed rule changes. Chelsea confounded the critics with a five star display at Villa park, but can they reproduce it? While Chelsea celebrate the team move on to discuss how, where and when one should celebrate. FYI, its not in front of the Millwall fans when you’ve just scored against them. Finally, Jesse Lingard is off the South Korea… Timeline: Chelsea and Villa 5’ how do you predict football. Convincing performance, but off the back of Wolves and Liverpool performances. 7’ young players will have good nights, but its about consistency. 9’ Jackson’s confidence will rise from playing wide and contributing. 10’ A drop in standards from Villa. 11’ Early goals made all the difference. Celebrations 14’ I’m not the celebration police, but keep your trousers on. Play nice. 16’ Tony and his limo. Jibes about players wages on the pitch. 18’ Carful how you mock…what goes around… 22’ Its part of the game. Gregor would love to have someone like Maupay in his team, winding up the opposition is part of the celebration. 27’ The dentists chair was a classic orchestrated celebration 29’ the plans that go into each game. High fiving defenders for a clearance. 32’ We’ve turned into the celebration police. 38’ Tony celebrated against his former clubs… Cooling off 38’ the self pass is a good rule, one used in rugby and hockey. That would cut out decent. 38’ The cooling off period wouldn’t achieve that. 40’ there are easier things to do which don’t alter the structure of the game. 41’ The laws need to be simplified, not complicated. 43’ All seem in favour of a Sin bin 46’ Are we setting unrealistic targets for perfection in the running and ruling of football. 50’ the penalty spot is the perfect example of the madness at IFAB…by trying to improve it they make it worse. Jesse Lingard 53’ Korean culture doesn’t need Lingard. He might need it though. 55’ It’s a shame, he’s a better player than south Korean league. 56’ He might regret not taking the offers on the table 58’ did he choose money over a good football choice. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:02:19

Sin bin's and the celebration police

2/8/2024
Are sin bins a good idea? It looks increasingly likely that they will be trialled in specific games/competitions next season. Tom, Martin, Gregor and Tony discuss the pros and cons of sinbins and other IFAB proposed rule changes. Chelsea confounded the critics with a five star display at Villa park, but can they reproduce it? While Chelsea celebrate the team move on to discuss how, where and when one should celebrate. FYI, its not in front of the Millwall fans when you’ve just scored against them. Finally, Jesse Lingard is off the South Korea… Timeline: Chelsea and Villa 5’ how do you predict football. Convincing performance, but off the back of Wolves and Liverpool performances. 7’ young players will have good nights, but its about consistency. 9’ Jackson’s confidence will rise from playing wide and contributing. 10’ A drop in standards from Villa. 11’ Early goals made all the difference. Celebrations 14’ I’m not the celebration police, but keep your trousers on. Play nice. 16’ Tony and his limo. Jibes about players wages on the pitch. 18’ Carful how you mock…what goes around… 22’ Its part of the game. Gregor would love to have someone like Maupay in his team, winding up the opposition is part of the celebration. 27’ The dentists chair was a classic orchestrated celebration 29’ the plans that go into each game. High fiving defenders for a clearance. 32’ We’ve turned into the celebration police. 38’ Tony celebrated against his former clubs… Cooling off 38’ the self pass is a good rule, one used in rugby and hockey. That would cut out decent. 38’ The cooling off period wouldn’t achieve that. 40’ there are easier things to do which don’t alter the structure of the game. 41’ The laws need to be simplified, not complicated. 43’ All seem in favour of a Sin bin 46’ Are we setting unrealistic targets for perfection in the running and ruling of football. 50’ the penalty spot is the perfect example of the madness at IFAB…by trying to improve it they make it worse. Jesse Lingard 53’ Korean culture doesn’t need Lingard. He might need it though. 55’ It’s a shame, he’s a better player than south Korean league. 56’ He might regret not taking the offers on the table 58’ did he choose money over a good football choice. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:02:19

Gunners fire, Liverpool stall. United hope, Chelsea despair

2/5/2024
Arsenal are back in the title race, but are Liverpool suffering the delayed effects of Jurgen Klopp’s announcement last week? Tom, Alyson, Gregor, and Tony discuss the result at the Emirates and where it leaves both teams. It was a positive weekend for Manchester United, two wins on the bounce and Erik Ten Hag more upbeat than ever, have they finally turned a corner? Chelsea by contrast go from bad to worse. The team see no light at the end of the tunnel for a team over budget, with no identity, no character and facing FFP restrictions. No such trouble at Wolves who are a showcase for the ability of Gary O’Neil…will Crystal Palace come calling if he isn’t given a new contract by Wolves soon. And a quick tip of the hat for Luton. Timeline: Arsenal v Liverpool 2’ Keepers at fault, Alisson and Reya, should have stayed on their line. 4’ the let down after Klopp’s announcement 6’ Nunez should start if fit. 7’ poor as a team, off the pace, Trent AA nose out of joint. 10’ Arsenal were fantastic. Structured, first goal was great. 11’ Brave on the ball at the back, resisting Liverpool’s press 13’ What do Liverpool do now? 18’ It’s a reset moment for Liverpool…will they or not? Manchester united 20’ Positive signs, two wins on the trot. 21’ there is balance in the team with Shaw and Martinez back. Mainoo offers legs alongside Casimero. 22’ Ten Hag suddenly has a predictable eleven. 25’ The Kobbie Mainoo goal could have been the springboard. 26’ There are lights and reasons for optimism, can they sustain it. West Ham 29’ Tough start for Kalvin Philips at West ham. He looks short on confidence and a little unfit. 32’ missing pre season is key. Philips playing catch up from not playing at City. Chelsea and Wolves 35’ Fans berating players, some berating manager, joined with the Wolves fans who sang you’re f**ing sh*t. 36’ Wolves were a joy to watch. Everything Chelsea are not. Pace, bravery and positivity. 37’ Gary O’Neil not getting credit because it’s about the Chelsea crisis. 38’ Chelsea sold all their personality. 41’ Chelsea could be in freefall, they need to move players on. 41’ Chelsea If you take Tiago out it looks like a team of little boys. 43’ Is Poch the problem? 46’ They can’t afford to sack him, even if they want to. 48’ Will O’Neil stay at Wolves? He’ll be in demand. Are Palace looking? Crystal Palace 51’ no depth in squad, can’t afford it, results reflect that. Bit of bad luck with injuries to key players. 54’ Getting rid of Hodgson would be a political decision. 55’ It’ll end badly, because the club shouldn’t have reemployed him in the summer. 57’ bigger issues at Palace, Steve Parish owns 10% but his a bigger say on pitch,,,why? 58’ There is conflict in the board room. Luton 58’ Of course they can stay up!! 60’ They’re brave, they play with positivity and ross Barkley has found a home. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:02:37

Defying expectations: Luton, Eze, Tevez and Bradley

2/1/2024
If Luton stay up is Rob Edwards the manager of the season? Tom, Martin, Gregor and Jonny discuss. Kenilworth Road has become the awkward advantage that many pundits thought it would be, and Ross Barkley is providing flashes of inspiration. At Selhurst park it is the Eze and Olise show, just how good are they? Sticking with attacking flair Ange-ball is back in full flow at Spurs, will Postecoglou take Tottenham into the Champions league? After the break its Liverpool and their title chances and life after Jurgen Klopp, plus a remarkable tail of a very unlikely manager…Carlos Tevez. Timeline: Luton 2’ If Luton stay up, Rob Edwards is manager of the season. 3’ they playing good football, they’ve revitalised ross Barkley and lost their captain to a cardiac arrest. 5’ Rob Edwards has got the best out of his players. Played positive football and recovered from a poor start. 7’ They have harnessed community spirit and togetherness. 8’ Kenilworth road is a completely different environment to any other premier league ground. 10’ Still ow down on XG but Carlton Morris and Adebayo have stepped up. 11’ Don’t underestimate Ross Barkley’s influence. 13’ A dip for Brighton, have they sold too many players? Palace; the Eze and Olise show 17’ Eze creates goals out of nothing. 18’ They do the unorthodox and show there is still a value in the game for that. 19’ both were rejected by other clubs… 21’ Eze is an X factor player, he’s in the England squad, he’s doing better than Grealish this season. Spurs 25’ Ange does not take backwards step, there will be problems, but he seems to have come through it. 26’ Still only 8 points off the top. In the top four. 27’ Martin on Postecoglou “If he gets them in the champions league he’s done a fabulous job.” 28’ This man has added to the gayety of nations, no doubt about it. Tevez – worlds least likely manager 31’ crazy character, very open, loved his family and Argentina. 34’ Tevez unlikely rise to management. Got Independiente winning and playing high press football. 36’ will he, could he come the Premier League…? 37’ Always the players you don’t suspect who become good managers. 39’ He has brought in neuroscience and a school teacher. A kind calm man. Liverpool v Chelsea 42’ Connor Bradley, the player that puts alexander Arnold into midfield. 43’ Liverpool a squad refreshed, Klopp is leaving a gift. 45’ Lets wait and see on Alonso. 46’ Postecoglou is the ideal replacement for Klopp 49’ Hardest job is replacing Klopp’s relationship with the fans. 51’ Liverpool could steamroller Arsenal…Gregor thinks otherwise, Liverpool could be tested going the other way. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:54:06

Defying expectations: Luton, Eze, Tevez and Bradley

2/1/2024
If Luton stay up is Rob Edwards the manager of the season? Tom, Martin, Gregor and Jonny discuss. Kenilworth Road has become the awkward advantage that many pundits thought it would be, and Ross Barkley is providing flashes of inspiration. At Selhurst park it is the Eze and Olise show, just how good are they? Sticking with attacking flair Ange-ball is back in full flow at Spurs, will Postecoglou take Tottenham into the Champions league? After the break its Liverpool and their title chances and life after Jurgen Klopp, plus a remarkable tail of a very unlikely manager…Carlos Tevez. Timeline: Luton 2’ If Luton stay up, Rob Edwards is manager of the season. 3’ they playing good football, they’ve revitalised ross Barkley and lost their captain to a cardiac arrest. 5’ Rob Edwards has got the best out of his players. Played positive football and recovered from a poor start. 7’ They have harnessed community spirit and togetherness. 8’ Kenilworth road is a completely different environment to any other premier league ground. 10’ Still ow down on XG but Carlton Morris and Adebayo have stepped up. 11’ Don’t underestimate Ross Barkley’s influence. 13’ A dip for Brighton, have they sold too many players? Palace; the Eze and Olise show 17’ Eze creates goals out of nothing. 18’ They do the unorthodox and show there is still a value in the game for that. 19’ both were rejected by other clubs… 21’ Eze is an X factor player, he’s in the England squad, he’s doing better than Grealish this season. Spurs 25’ Ange does not take backwards step, there will be problems, but he seems to have come through it. 26’ Still only 8 points off the top. In the top four. 27’ Martin on Postecoglou “If he gets them in the champions league he’s done a fabulous job.” 28’ This man has added to the gayety of nations, no doubt about it. Tevez – worlds least likely manager 31’ crazy character, very open, loved his family and Argentina. 34’ Tevez unlikely rise to management. Got Independiente winning and playing high press football. 36’ will he, could he come the Premier League…? 37’ Always the players you don’t suspect who become good managers. 39’ He has brought in neuroscience and a school teacher. A kind calm man. Liverpool v Chelsea 42’ Connor Bradley, the player that puts alexander Arnold into midfield. 43’ Liverpool a squad refreshed, Klopp is leaving a gift. 45’ Lets wait and see on Alonso. 46’ Postecoglou is the ideal replacement for Klopp 49’ Hardest job is replacing Klopp’s relationship with the fans. 51’ Liverpool could steamroller Arsenal…Gregor thinks otherwise, Liverpool could be tested going the other way. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:54:06

Liverpool’s next manager, Maidstone’s current manager and the Rashford mystery

1/29/2024
Tom gets the tissues out to console Alyson and Tony before they discuss who will replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. Alonso is the favourite, but as Gregor points out he’s only had 18 months first team management experience. As Klopp departs has the scrutiny of referees added to the increase in football disorder and referee attacks? Alyson met George Elokobi and his mentor Mick McCarthy ahead of Maidstone's FA Cup win. It was such a good omen, they want to do it again before round six. Finally what’s eating Marcus Rashford…? Is Joao Pedro worth 100million and is Vincent Kompany listening to Alyson…? Timeline: Klopp 2’ three words to sum up Jurgen Klopp 4’ who is next to replace Klopp. 5’ Does Alonso have the experience? 6’ Alonso has earned his stripes, his father was a coach, he has turned down other big jobs. 7’ Other options… 10’ only 18 months experience. 14’ all coaching staff leaving too. 15’ Van Dyke also showing signs of coming to end..? 17’ He should stay, careful about too much change too quickly. Disorder and football 21’ violence at the Hawthorns after Wolves scored their second and a referee chased at Port Vale. 22’ A sign of increasing disorder, or just the odd idiot? 24’ should we be grateful it isn’t as regular as it used to be. 26’ you can’t legislate for idiots 28’ VAR, there is more anger, we’re seeing this across Europe. It isn’t surprising that referee’s are getting targeted. Maidstone and George Elokobi 31’ Mich McCarthy and George Elokobi love in. 34’ George Elokobi modelled much of his management on Mick McCarthy. Much of what he did as a player was on Mick’s recommendation. 36’ he’s built a team where they are all a little bit like a Mick McCarthy team 38’ all about effort, never give up, energy, spirit, give it all. Rashford 42’ There is something behind the scenes, we don’t know what yet. Ten Hagg, clearly not happy about something. 44’ If he has done things wrong he has to own it and then change it. 47’ Is he unhappy, distracted or uncomfortable? 48’ don’t rush to judge Joao Pedro 49’ Is he going to be the next big signing to leave Brighton. De Zerbi thinks so. 51’ Hard to place the type of player he is. He is Brighton’s record signing. 52’ He is improving under De Zerbi. Burnley… 53’ Alyson’s biggest fear at the start of the season has proved true – commitment to nice style of play. Is that changing ? 54’ are we finally seeing some pragmatism. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:58:37

Liverpool’s next manager, Maidstone’s current manager and the Rashford mystery

1/29/2024
Tom gets the tissues out to console Alyson and Tony before they discuss who will replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. Alonso is the favourite, but as Gregor points out he’s only had 18 months first team management experience. As Klopp departs has the scrutiny of referees added to the increase in football disorder and referee attacks? Alyson met George Elokobi and his mentor Mick McCarthy ahead of Maidstone's FA Cup win. It was such a good omen, they want to do it again before round six. Finally what’s eating Marcus Rashford…? Is Joao Pedro worth 100million and is Vincent Kompany listening to Alyson…? Timeline: Klopp 2’ three words to sum up Jurgen Klopp 4’ who is next to replace Klopp. 5’ Does Alonso have the experience? 6’ Alonso has earned his stripes, his father was a coach, he has turned down other big jobs. 7’ Other options… 10’ only 18 months experience. 14’ all coaching staff leaving too. 15’ Van Dyke also showing signs of coming to end..? 17’ He should stay, careful about too much change too quickly. Disorder and football 21’ violence at the Hawthorns after Wolves scored their second and a referee chased at Port Vale. 22’ A sign of increasing disorder, or just the odd idiot? 24’ should we be grateful it isn’t as regular as it used to be. 26’ you can’t legislate for idiots 28’ VAR, there is more anger, we’re seeing this across Europe. It isn’t surprising that referee’s are getting targeted. Maidstone and George Elokobi 31’ Mich McCarthy and George Elokobi love in. 34’ George Elokobi modelled much of his management on Mick McCarthy. Much of what he did as a player was on Mick’s recommendation. 36’ he’s built a team where they are all a little bit like a Mick McCarthy team 38’ all about effort, never give up, energy, spirit, give it all. Rashford 42’ There is something behind the scenes, we don’t know what yet. Ten Hagg, clearly not happy about something. 44’ If he has done things wrong he has to own it and then change it. 47’ Is he unhappy, distracted or uncomfortable? 48’ don’t rush to judge Joao Pedro 49’ Is he going to be the next big signing to leave Brighton. De Zerbi thinks so. 51’ Hard to place the type of player he is. He is Brighton’s record signing. 52’ He is improving under De Zerbi. Burnley… 53’ Alyson’s biggest fear at the start of the season has proved true – commitment to nice style of play. Is that changing ? 54’ are we finally seeing some pragmatism. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:58:37

League Cup repeat, transfer troubles and Beyonce make Spurs rich

1/25/2024
No signings in the window but Beyonce makes Spurs rich Tom Clarke is joined by Gregor Robertson and Martin Samuel for more football discussion and a crash course in Beyonce lyrics. First off, the team look back at a very positive performance for Chelsea in the league cup. Do they now have a cutting edge and are some of their big signings starting to gel? Liverpool are progressing without Mo Salah, but opinion is still split on Darwin Nunez. The transfer window has been a damp squib, Martin has a theory as to why. After the break Tom goes Beyonce crazy as he looks at the role the megastar played in making Spurs London’s richest club. What does the Spurs model mean for teams like Chelsea and Newcastle and how they monetize their football clubs? We finish with a long FA cup weekend, are there shocks anymore…? Timesline: Chelsea triumph 2’ there is a good team at Chelsea trying to get out. Now they’re in a final. 3’ Chelsea are more organised, and have plenty of confidence players. Its growing now. Pace in the team. 4’ but they lack a centre forward and Tiago at 39 is thill their best defender. 6’ Too reliant on full backs – Chilwell and James. Should Poch have a better plan b 7’ Winning the final could be a springboard. Only two players left from the Chelsea Champions league team. Liverpool and Salah 8’ Salah’s loss is big but can be absorbed. 10’ Liverpool’s youngsters all doing well. Entering a winning team helps. 12’ Great collection of forward players 15’ Nunez, Gregor still not convinced. Transfer window 21’ the ten point deductions have scared clubs into not signing anyone. 23’ Why do we have a transfer window. The restriction doesn’t apply in any other business. 27’ Should you be able to buy your way out of trouble? Is that why the window exists… 28’ Profit and sustainability rules are pushing teams to do much of their business in the summer. Richest clubs and finance models 32’ They’ve done so without winning anything. Proof of modern football thinking. 33’ Financial success not built on sporting success. Built on good business planning. 33’ All done by monetizing the stadium. 34’ Very modern success story. Comparison to Chelsea who fall behind every match day. All returns to profit and sustainability rules. Newcastle now busy tryign to maximise every aspect of the club. 36’ Spurs stadium cost 1 billion, not everyone can do that. It should be good! 38’ This affects on pitch. Because higher revenues allow clubs to spend more on players. 38’ Newcastle a long way off, not built a following outside on Newcastle. 39’ Should Newcastle consider naming rights on their stadium? 39’ Newcastle ideal owner was mike Ashley, he ran it as an accountant. . Ashley was great re P and S rules. But awful for football. FA Cup 46’ All the fixtures spread out. Best two games on Friday night. Chelsea Villa the stand out. 47’ Only four games on Saturday. 52’ lamenting of teams outside the top division not featuring in finals Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:53:21

League Cup repeat, transfer troubles and Beyonce make Spurs rich

1/25/2024
No signings in the window but Beyonce makes Spurs rich Tom Clarke is joined by Gregor Robertson and Martin Samuel for more football discussion and a crash course in Beyonce lyrics. First off, the team look back at a very positive performance for Chelsea in the league cup. Do they now have a cutting edge and are some of their big signings starting to gel? Liverpool are progressing without Mo Salah, but opinion is still split on Darwin Nunez. The transfer window has been a damp squib, Martin has a theory as to why. After the break Tom goes Beyonce crazy as he looks at the role the megastar played in making Spurs London’s richest club. What does the Spurs model mean for teams like Chelsea and Newcastle and how they monetize their football clubs? We finish with a long FA cup weekend, are there shocks anymore…? Timesline: Chelsea triumph 2’ there is a good team at Chelsea trying to get out. Now they’re in a final. 3’ Chelsea are more organised, and have plenty of confidence players. Its growing now. Pace in the team. 4’ but they lack a centre forward and Tiago at 39 is thill their best defender. 6’ Too reliant on full backs – Chilwell and James. Should Poch have a better plan b 7’ Winning the final could be a springboard. Only two players left from the Chelsea Champions league team. Liverpool and Salah 8’ Salah’s loss is big but can be absorbed. 10’ Liverpool’s youngsters all doing well. Entering a winning team helps. 12’ Great collection of forward players 15’ Nunez, Gregor still not convinced. Transfer window 21’ the ten point deductions have scared clubs into not signing anyone. 23’ Why do we have a transfer window. The restriction doesn’t apply in any other business. 27’ Should you be able to buy your way out of trouble? Is that why the window exists… 28’ Profit and sustainability rules are pushing teams to do much of their business in the summer. Richest clubs and finance models 32’ They’ve done so without winning anything. Proof of modern football thinking. 33’ Financial success not built on sporting success. Built on good business planning. 33’ All done by monetizing the stadium. 34’ Very modern success story. Comparison to Chelsea who fall behind every match day. All returns to profit and sustainability rules. Newcastle now busy tryign to maximise every aspect of the club. 36’ Spurs stadium cost 1 billion, not everyone can do that. It should be good! 38’ This affects on pitch. Because higher revenues allow clubs to spend more on players. 38’ Newcastle a long way off, not built a following outside on Newcastle. 39’ Should Newcastle consider naming rights on their stadium? 39’ Newcastle ideal owner was mike Ashley, he ran it as an accountant. . Ashley was great re P and S rules. But awful for football. FA Cup 46’ All the fixtures spread out. Best two games on Friday night. Chelsea Villa the stand out. 47’ Only four games on Saturday. 52’ lamenting of teams outside the top division not featuring in finals Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:53:21

Toney is back, Arsenal bounce back, VAR back again and Liverpool back to the front.

1/22/2024
Gregor Robertson and Alyson Rudd join Tom Clarke for Monday’s edition of The Game. Four games and four talking points from the weekend’s fixtures. A statement win from Liverpool against in form Bournemouth and two strikers hit form in Jota and Nunez. Are the reds capable of winning the title? At Bramall Lane the tail of two penalties, one that was and one that wasn’t but which way round was it? And do we need an orange card? Arsenal returned with a bang, they’re the set piece kings but will they need more than that to stay in the title race. Finally, Ivan Toney returned amid great fan fare but more than lived up to his billing. Timeline: Bournemouth v Liverpool 4’ Liverpool were clinical. Young players stepped up. 5’ still not convinced on Nunez. Will he do it consistently? 6’ Liverpool have a character and mentality of scoring, wildness, 7’ not much control but swashbuckling, front foot attacking. Unstable but gets results. 8’ Klopp’s half time changes and in game changes are very effective and exciting. 10’ Klopp seems happy and creative again. Generating excitement after 8yrs at a club, not easy. 11’ Klopp likes to promote younger academy players; he seems to trust them. 15’ improvement from Bournemouth but just not the cutting edge. 17’ Title chances… Sheff Utd v West Ham 18’ Brewsters red card…was it or wasn’t it? 20’ Does ‘getting in the refs ear’ make any difference? 24’ The mystery penalty…where was the foul? 26’ Hard to see a foul from Ariola, similarly at the other end, not obvious, Bowen was six of one half a dozen of the other. 29’ looking grim for Sheff Utd. Wilder has had an effect but not quite managing to turn draws into wins. 31’ Sheff Utd don’t play with fatalism, they play with fearlessness, energy and camaraderie. 33’ Tight at the bottom. Forest look like a team who could take a points deduction and survive. Sheff Utd will get better. Arsenal v Palace 35’ Arsenal have best record from set pieces in Premier League. 36’ level of detail in set piece coaching, almost like a dance routine. Almost a different coach for set pieces. 37’ a lot of the time it is about blocking. 38’ are the blocks technically fouls? Fouls and counter fouls going back and forth. 41’ But is it enough to keep arsenal in the title race. If they are starved of set pieces will they be bale to score? 43’ Lacking creativity, especially centrally. Not hectic but more structured and as a result predictable…? 44’ Is it still a three-team title race? 45’ Arsenal not hit their stride, yet they are still right in the title race. Brentford v Nottingham Forest 46’ Ivan Toney has great self-confidence. 47’ Gregor played with Toney as a 17 year old. Mentality, confidence and belief. 50’ to cope with all the noise around his return and still play well. Shows and elite mindset. 51’ He visualised it all happening. 53’ The power of the mind. He said all the things he would do and he is doing them. 54’ Thomas Frank deserves credit for the way he has handled Toney. 59’ how many mangers would have sanctioned an enormous bill board and gardy promo? But they trusted Toney and knew he was ready. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:00:53

Toney is back, Arsenal bounce back, VAR back again and Liverpool back to the front.

1/22/2024
Gregor Robertson and Alyson Rudd join Tom Clarke for Monday’s edition of The Game. Four games and four talking points from the weekend’s fixtures. A statement win from Liverpool against in form Bournemouth and two strikers hit form in Jota and Nunez. Are the reds capable of winning the title? At Bramall Lane the tail of two penalties, one that was and one that wasn’t but which way round was it? And do we need an orange card? Arsenal returned with a bang, they’re the set piece kings but will they need more than that to stay in the title race. Finally, Ivan Toney returned amid great fan fare but more than lived up to his billing. Timeline: Bournemouth v Liverpool 4’ Liverpool were clinical. Young players stepped up. 5’ still not convinced on Nunez. Will he do it consistently? 6’ Liverpool have a character and mentality of scoring, wildness, 7’ not much control but swashbuckling, front foot attacking. Unstable but gets results. 8’ Klopp’s half time changes and in game changes are very effective and exciting. 10’ Klopp seems happy and creative again. Generating excitement after 8yrs at a club, not easy. 11’ Klopp likes to promote younger academy players; he seems to trust them. 15’ improvement from Bournemouth but just not the cutting edge. 17’ Title chances… Sheff Utd v West Ham 18’ Brewsters red card…was it or wasn’t it? 20’ Does ‘getting in the refs ear’ make any difference? 24’ The mystery penalty…where was the foul? 26’ Hard to see a foul from Ariola, similarly at the other end, not obvious, Bowen was six of one half a dozen of the other. 29’ looking grim for Sheff Utd. Wilder has had an effect but not quite managing to turn draws into wins. 31’ Sheff Utd don’t play with fatalism, they play with fearlessness, energy and camaraderie. 33’ Tight at the bottom. Forest look like a team who could take a points deduction and survive. Sheff Utd will get better. Arsenal v Palace 35’ Arsenal have best record from set pieces in Premier League. 36’ level of detail in set piece coaching, almost like a dance routine. Almost a different coach for set pieces. 37’ a lot of the time it is about blocking. 38’ are the blocks technically fouls? Fouls and counter fouls going back and forth. 41’ But is it enough to keep arsenal in the title race. If they are starved of set pieces will they be bale to score? 43’ Lacking creativity, especially centrally. Not hectic but more structured and as a result predictable…? 44’ Is it still a three-team title race? 45’ Arsenal not hit their stride, yet they are still right in the title race. Brentford v Nottingham Forest 46’ Ivan Toney has great self-confidence. 47’ Gregor played with Toney as a 17 year old. Mentality, confidence and belief. 50’ to cope with all the noise around his return and still play well. Shows and elite mindset. 51’ He visualised it all happening. 53’ The power of the mind. He said all the things he would do and he is doing them. 54’ Thomas Frank deserves credit for the way he has handled Toney. 59’ how many mangers would have sanctioned an enormous bill board and gardy promo? But they trusted Toney and knew he was ready. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:01:00:53