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Easter Weekend Round-up

Every time the clocks go forward it feels as though the volume of football increases to an almost overwhelming amount. It doesn’t, of course, but the stakes at this time of year are higher. In lieu of a Rabona podcast this week, Ryan Hunn rounds up some of the key moments from a busy Easter weekend.

Easter Weekend Round-up

Podcast 48 — Champions League mayhem and where next for Manchester United?

Following one of the most incredible games in Champions League history, Ryan and Michael try to make sense of events at the Etithad, after Manchester City were knocked out by Spurs, plus VAR, Mauricio Pochettino's impact and how key the losses of Son and Sissoko will be (0.01). Then Ryan and Musa discuss yet another wonderful Ajax performance against Juventus (20.01) and look at some of the issues facing Manchester United following their defeat to Barcelona (39.20).

Podcast 48 — Champions League mayhem and where next for Manchester United?

Podcast 47 — Who Blinks First?

After wins for Liverpool and Manchester City, Musa and Ryan discuss the brilliance of Mo Salah, Raheem Sterling, and this historic Premier League title race. Then LaLigaTV's Semra Hunter joins to discuss Saturday's El Gran Derbi between Sevilla and Real Betis, the dramatic La Liga relegation battle and the Barcelona and Manchester United Champions League second leg. There's also a round-up of key men's and women's games from France, Germany and England.

Podcast 47 — Who Blinks First?

Podcast 46 — In The Balance

With the Champions League quarter finals finely balanced, Musa and Ryan recorded a bonus podcast to reflect on Manchester United's defeat to Barcelona and Ajax's draw with Juventus. They also discuss Son Heung-min's brilliance, following his winner for Spurs against Manchester City, and Liverpool's victory at home to Porto.

Podcast 46 — In The Balance

Podcast 45 — Barça, Bayern and the FA Cup

After a busy weekend of football, Musa and Ryan look back at Barcelona's victory over Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou, Bayern's 5-0 win over Dortmund in Der Klassiker and the FA Cup semi-finals. There's also chat about Everton beating Arsenal, Christine Sinclair closing in on the all-time international goal scoring record and much more. Image by Vladimir Rys.

Podcast 45 — Barça, Bayern and the FA Cup

Podcast 44 — Moise Kean is not to blame

On this extended bonus podcast, Musa and Ryan reflect on yet another case of racial abuse after Juventus striker, Moise Kean, was targeted against Cagliari. Then they focus on the good things from this week, with Sid Lowe joining to discuss the brilliant game between Villarreal and Barcelona. Women In Football Director, Jo Tongue, was at the opening game at Spurs' new stadium and joins to discuss how it felt going home. There's also chat about some key games from mid week, the upcoming Klassiker and more.

Podcast 44 — Moise Kean is not to blame

Podcast 43 — Oh, Hugo

Musa, Michael and Ryan reflect on Hugo Lloris' error handing Liverpool a last minute win over Spurs, which saw them return to the top of the Premier League. They also go through the remaining fixtures and make predictions as to who will last the last two spots in the top four, discuss Cardiff's bad luck, more Dortmund drama, Women's Super League and much more.

Podcast 43 — Oh, Hugo

Podcast 42 — Solskjær given the keys

On this bonus podcast, Ryan and Musa react to Ole Gunnar Solskjær being announced as the permanent manager of Manchester United, having signed a three-year deal. They also round-up the Women's Champions League quarter final second legs, with Musa having been in Wolfsburg to witness Lyon progress to yet another semi-final and a dramatic late win for Chelsea in Paris.

Podcast 42 — Solskjær given the keys

Podcast 41 — Germany rediscover their winning touch

On this international edition of the podcast, Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss Germany’s thrilling 3-2 win against a resurgent Netherlands in Amsterdam, and England’s impressive 5-0 win over the Czech Republic at Wembley, and their chances of success at Euro 2020. There's also chat about another important week for women's football, with the news that Barclays will sponsor the FAWSL, Juventus beating Fiorentina in a sold out Allianz Stadium and more. Image by Ryu Voelkel.

Podcast 41 — Germany rediscover their winning touch

Podcast 40 — Majestic Messi, FA Cup and the USWNT Lawsuit

On this week's busy podcast, Musa and Ryan try to put Messi's genius into words, following his incredible hat-trick against Betis (00.01), as well as discussing a historic match at the Wanda Metropolitano and FA Cup quarter final weekend (10.20). Then Ryan talks to Caitlin Murray, football writer and author of The National Team: The Inside Story of The Women Who Changed Soccer, about the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the US Women’s National Team against US Soccer last week (18.31). There's also Sancho Corner and much, much more (31.40).

Podcast 40 — Majestic Messi, FA Cup and the USWNT Lawsuit

Podcast 39 — Mané's Magic In Munich

On this bonus podcast, Musa and Ryan discuss this week's Champions League ties, including Juventus' stunning comeback against Atlético Madrid, as well as more routine victories for Barcelona and Manchester City. Michael was at the Allianz Arena and joins on the phone to discuss Liverpool's victory over Bayern.

Podcast 39 — Mané's Magic In Munich

Podcast 38 — Zidane: Return of the King

Zinedine Zidane’s shock return to the Real Madrid hot-seat after nine months away dominates this week’s podcast. There’s also analysis of Arsenal’s victory over Man United, Germany’s decision to axe Boateng, Hummels and Müller, and what should be done to protect players from pitch invaders.

Podcast 38 — Zidane: Return of the King

Podcast 37 — Agony and Ecstasy in Paris and Madrid

After a dramatic week of Champions League football, Musa and Ryan discuss historic wins for Manchester United and Ajax, Frenkie de Jong's bright future and Porto beating Roma. Then Michael joins on the phone, having spoken to Toby Alderweireld after witnessing Spurs' win over Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion.

Podcast 37 — Agony and Ecstasy in Paris and Madrid

Podcast 36 — 4 Derbies High and Rising

Musa and Ryan look back on a big weekend of derbies, including Spurs versus Arsenal, Everton versus Liverpool and Fulham versus Chelsea (00.01). Then James Horncastle joins to discuss Lazio’s victory over Roma in The Rome Derby, Juventus beating Napoli and the overall health of Italian football (25.21). There’s also chat about Balotelli’s celebration, El Clásico and much more (45.40).

Podcast 36 — 4 Derbies High and Rising

Podcast 35 — Kepa, Solskjaer’s United & Messi’s genius

It's a busy podcast this week as Musa, Michael and Ryan talk Kepa Arrizabalaga's antics and Manchester City's victory in the Carabao Cup Final before being joined by comedian Nish Kumar to discuss Solskjaer's United. The Guardian's Suzy Wrack talks to Ryan about Manchester City Women's Conti Cup Final victory, also on penalties, and the upcoming SheBelieves Cup. There's also a lot of love for Messi, the latest edition of Sancho Corner, VAR chat and more.

Podcast 35 — Kepa, Solskjaer’s United & Messi’s genius

Podcast 34 — The Future: Vol.2

In the second volume of The Future of Football, Musa and Ryan discuss the differences between how the men and women's FA Cup fifth rounds were programmed and how much longer fixtures can be moved for TV purposes. LaLigaTV's Semra Hunter also joins to discuss an incredible weekend in La Liga as well as the reactions to Valverde and Simeone's contract renewals at Barcelona and Atletico, respectively.

Podcast 34 — The Future: Vol.2

Podcast 33 — Ander Herrera interview and the Champions League returns

In this bonus episode, Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss Spurs' impressive win against Dortmund and Manchester United versus PSG. Then Ander Herrera talks to Musa about winning the Europa League with Manchester United after losing a final with Athletic Bilbao and what makes a good midfielder.

Podcast 33 — Ander Herrera interview and the Champions League returns

Podcast 32 — City, Sarri and the al-Araibi case

Manchester City put six past Chelsea to mount more pressure on Maurizio Sarri. Musa, Michael and Ryan look back on events from the Etihad, and are then joined by James Montague to discuss the case of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was freed from jail in Thailand. There’s also chat about the Madrid derby, Sancho against Hoffenheim and more.

Podcast 32 — City, Sarri and the al-Araibi case

Podcast 31 — The Overlooked Tough XI

Musa, Michael and Ryan look back at the weekend’s action, including Dortmund extending their league at the top of the Bundesliga and Manchester City’s win over Arsenal. Then, inspired by our forthcoming interview with Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, they discuss football’s overlooked tough guys.

Podcast 31 — The Overlooked Tough XI

Andy Carroll: The brittle sledgehammer stuck in a loop of declining returns

Andy Carroll’s £35 million move from Newcastle to Liverpool is one of the most infamous January deadline day transfers. Now at West Ham, Carroll remains an enigma, writes Matt Pearson .

Andy Carroll: The brittle sledgehammer stuck in a loop of declining returns

Podcast 30 — Hudson Odoi & the Unfinished Business

With the January transfer window about to close, Musa, Michael and Ryan look at Callum Hudson-Odoi’s protracted transfer from Chelsea to Bayern Munich, Frenkie de Jong’s big-money switch to Barcelona and more. There’s also chat about Marco Silva, trouble at Spurs, and why the FA Cup final should be in March.

Podcast 30 — Hudson Odoi & the Unfinished Business

Podcast 29 — The Two Faces of Arsenal

Arseblog’s Andrew Mangan joins to discuss the highs and lows at Arsenal, following a big win over Chelsea and the news that head of recruitment Sven Mislintat will leave the Emirates next month. Musa, Michael and Ryan also discuss a pivotal win for Dortmund in Leipzig and much more.

Podcast 29 — The Two Faces of Arsenal

Thierry Henry: The Day The King Returned

It’s been seven years since Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal following a loan move from New York Red Bulls. Ryan Hunn reflects on the events around the Frenchman’s incredible return.

Thierry Henry: The Day The King Returned

Fernandinho: Manchester City's Butler Serves Up a Treat

Manchester City trumped Liverpool in the crucial top-of-the-table showdown, ending Jürgen Klopp’s side unbeaten run since the start of the season. Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane scored the goals, but it was the performance of Fernandinho that impressed Matt Pearson.

Fernandinho: Manchester City's Butler Serves Up a Treat