Podcast 25 — Red-hot Liverpool hit top gear
On our final podcast of the year, Musa, Michael and Ryan wax lyrical over Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, after a thrilling derby victory over Manchester United returned them to the Premier League summit. They also reflect on a sizzling Champions League last 16 draw.
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 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).
Derbies: The Superclásico
Few derbies pack a punch quite like El Superclasico. River Plate's fans are drawn from the well-heeled neighbourhood of Belgrano, while Boca Juniors is a working class club of the people. This contrast has contributed to a stormy relationship between the two Buenos Aires giants. Over a century since the clubs first met, the rivalry is still as fierce as ever.