Podcast 24 — Are Wide Forwards replacing the Striker?

Michael is back and joins Musa and Ryan in discussing the rise of the wide forward’s importance in modern football (0.01). There’s chat about the weekend’s key games, Jadon Sancho’s winning goal in the Ruhr derby and the media’s portrayal of black footballers, following Raheem Sterling’s eloquent highlighting of the issue (15.40). They round off with Ralph Hasenhüttl (28.15), the Copa Libertadores second leg and much more.

Podcast 24 — Are Wide Forwards replacing the Striker?

Podcast 23 — Derby Despair & Delight

Musa and Ryan look back at a weekend of pulsating Premier League derbies (00.01) plus some of the weekend’s other talking points (33.40), including captain’s armbands, Sancho Corner, Mark Hughes’ sacking and where Southampton go next (38.54). Finally, Brenda Elsey joins to discuss the wider implications of the Copa Libertadores fall out (48.05).

Podcast 23 — Derby Despair & Delight

Podcast 22 — The Importance of Identity

On this week's podcast, Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss the importance of a footballing identity. They are joined by special guest Graham Hunter (25.29) whose 2012 book, Barça: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World, inspired the documentary released earlier this month about Barcelona, Take the Ball, Pass the Ball. There is also talk about Tottenham’s win over Chelsea (12.33), the Superclásico that never was, Sancho Corner and more.

Podcast 22 — The Importance of Identity

Podcast 21 — Oranje Boom: The Return of the Dutch

Following victory over world champions France and a late fightback against Germany, the Netherlands are back at Europe’s top table under the guidance of Ronald Koeman. Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss that, England, the future of Joachim Löw and the best bits from the international break.

Podcast 21 — Oranje Boom: The Return of the Dutch

The Search for the Unstable Element

Every successful team needs an Unstable Element. Whether it’s Roy Keane policing his team-mates, or Sergio Ramos indulging in the dark arts, they are an indispensable part of a team’s pursuit of glory, writes Musa Okwonga.

The Search for the Unstable Element

Podcast 20 — El Clásico Duo

Following a weekend of headline clashes, Musa and Ryan dissect the Manchester derby victory for City and are joined remotely this week by Michael, who was at a memorable Klassiker in Dortmund. There’s also a recap of the delayed Superclásico first leg and our first mailbag.

Podcast 20 — El Clásico Duo

Endearingly naïve, yet utterly brilliant: Dortmund win feverish Klassiker

There are still the long, dark nights of winter to get through but as far as statement wins go, this was about as big as it gets for Dortmund. Their Klassiker victory marks an important night for Lucien Favre’s side but also a turning point for the Bundesliga, writes Michael Da Silva at the Westfalenstadion.

Endearingly naïve, yet utterly brilliant: Dortmund win feverish Klassiker

Podcast 19 — European Super League: Doomed to fail?

On this week’s podcast, Musa, Michael and Ryan react to the Football Leaks revelations that a European Super League is perhaps closer than we all thought, and the damage it could do to the fabric of the game. Also, we have Sancho Corner and take a look at the big talking points from across Europe.

Podcast 19 — European Super League: Doomed to fail?

Ross Barkley and the Return of the Number Eight

The idea of the box-to-box midfielder is a very English concept, but largely absent since Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri, the role is returning to prominence in the shape of Chelsea’s Ross Barkley.

Ross Barkley and the Return of the Number Eight

Podcast 18 — Barca push Lopetegui to the brink, tragedy in Leicester

On this week’s podcast, Musa, Michael and Ryan dissect Barcelona’s Clasico victory (00.01) and remark on the tragedy in Leicester (15.01). There’s a preview of an exclusive interview with Michael Ballack and Bundesliga chat (20.37) before a run through of the weekend’s Premier League action (30.50) and other games (45.36)...

Podcast 18 — Barca push Lopetegui to the brink, tragedy in Leicester

Podcast 17 — Dortmund blitz Atleti

It was another wild night in the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund producing a second half blitz against Atletico Madrid. Musa, Michael and Ryan analyse that, talk to co-founder of the Unusual Efforts podcast Kirsten Schlewitz about the good and bad of Red Star Belgrade and Carlo Ancelotti’s fine work at Napoli.

Podcast 17 — Dortmund blitz Atleti

Thomas Tuchel adding substance to PSG's style

There have been a few false dawns at Parc des Princes since Nasser Al-Khelaifi bought Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, and the recent lavish sponsorship deals have led to accusations that they are more of a lifestyle brand than a football club. But good things are happening under the watch of Thomas Tuchel, and Ryan Hunn believes they have finally found a coach who can add some substance to the style.

Thomas Tuchel adding substance to PSG's style

Podcast 16 — Inter rising after derby drama

After a brief hiatus for the international break, Musa and Ryan are back and joined by James Horncastle to discuss Inter’s dramatic Derby della Madonnina victory over city rivals AC Milan. There is also analysis of Maurizio Sarri versus Jose Mourinho, another beleaguering weekend for Real Madrid and, despite Michael’s absence through illness, more praise for Jadon Sancho.

Podcast 16 — Inter rising after derby drama

Podcast 15 — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich: Why are Europe’s giants struggling?

Bayern Munich go into the international break sixth in the Bundesliga and Real Madrid are on their longest goal drought since 1985. On our latest podcast, Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss their woes and heap praise on the teams that are taking advantage across Europe.

Podcast 15 — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich: Why are Europe’s giants struggling?

Podcast 14 — Turning Points

This week Musa, Michael and Ryan talk about the struggles at Manchester United, Aaron Ramsey’s future amid a changing landscape at Arsenal, and a thrilling weekend in the Bundesliga, where Bayern Munich were displaced at the top after a stunning defeat in Berlin.

Podcast 14 — Turning Points

Podcast 13 — The Future, vol. 1

In an era of escalating transfer fees and the prospect of games abroad, Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss the future of the game. The also look back on the weekend's action in the Premier League and across Europe.

Podcast 13 — The Future, vol. 1

Podcast 12 — In the Groove

As club football returns after the international break, Musa, Michael and Ryan take a look at the teams in Europe finding their rhythm, plus those who might have cause for concern.

Podcast 12 — In the Groove

Podcast 10 — Transitions

Having won their first four games, Watford are the surprise package in the Premier League this season. Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss their rise and other teams in transition, and they cast an eye over the latest in Europe and the deadline day transfers.

Podcast 10 — Transitions