Is the title race over?
The Game Football Podcast
by The Times
1w ago
Liverpool to finish fourth. Arsenal stumbling. Villa masterclass and City…back on top.   Liverpool and Arsenal lose at home - is that the final twist in the title race, or just the first? Tom Clarke is joined by Alyson Rudd, Gregor Robertson and a despondent Tony Cascarino who thinks Liverpool looked so bad they could even finish fourth behind Villa. Arsenal looked edgy but was that down to a masterclass from Unai Emery and his team? City sail on serenely, are there any potential slips in their run in. Was Spurs’ result a freak or a sign of things to come? How good is Alexander Isak and c ..read more
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Will it be a City v Arsenal semi final?
The Game Football Podcast
by The Times
1w ago
Fresh off the Eurostar having watched PSG v Barca Gregor Robertson joins Tom Clarke and Martin Samuel to review a thrilling set of Champions League quarter finals. Are Arsenal and Man City now favourites to meet in the semis? And is City v Madrid really the final everybody wanted? In the other half of the draw do any of the four have a chance, Gregor thinks Barca might… In the Premier League Everton face another points deduction, what does that do to the relegation battle? Is it fair for teams to go into the final day not knowing what they need to survive? We take another look at the titl ..read more
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Squad strength and who is the most adaptable player in the Premier League..?
The Game Football Podcast
by The Times
2w ago
Has Pep ruined football? Arsenal’s proper squad, the leagues most adaptable players and ‘treadmill to oblivion’.   Martin Samuel, Gregor Robertson and Henry Winter join Tom Clarke to reflect on a show of squad strength from Arsenal and City. Are the Gunners now at the same level as Man City and Liverpool in terms of squad depth? Who took their chance to shine and who didn’t? As Ben White stars, are traditional full backs now a thing of the past and who are the most adaptable players in the premier league…? Answers on a postcard… Referee Andy Madley decided to ignore VAR at the Brentford v ..read more
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Advantage Liverpool, will they hold on..?
The Game Football Podcast
by The Times
3w ago
Pep gave up, Thomas Frank is special, and goals galore…despite VAR.   Tom Clarke, Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tony Cascarino contrast the snooze fest at the Etihad with the and to end fest at Anfield. Arsenal proved a point to get a point, but City could be happy with the easier run in to come. Liverpool put in their best performance against Brighton, but with Alonso not available who replaces Klopp at Anfield…Alyson Rudd loves Thomas Frank. Goals galore at Newcastle, Stamford Bridge and Bramall Lane but oh VAR, why why why…? A whistle stop tour of all the other weekends games, plus ..read more
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Who starts for England at the Euros?
The Game Football Podcast
by The Times
3w ago
Tom Clarke, Gregor Robertson, Jonny Northcroft and Martin Samuel pick their England starting 11’s for the opening game of the Euros. There are some surprising omissions, Jonny has a left field suggestion and Martin has been swayed by recent performances. Kobbie Mainoo may have written his name on the team sheet, but will Henderson, Rashford or Grealish even make the squad? Following on from the focus on Mainoo the team recall the most impressive debuts they’ve seen, from Gascoigne and Rooney to Charlton and Shearer from the archive. Which is the toughest managers job in football? And finally ..read more
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How to make England better..?
The Game Football Podcast
by The Times
1M ago
England disappointed, but does it matter? Gareth Southgate and his team conspired to lower expectations after a lacklustre display at Wembley; Tom Clarke, Tony Cascarino, Gregor Robertson and Matt Dickinson discuss who played well, who didn’t and why England looked so blunt. After the break a look at the production line of new footballers – academies. Young players are now given a holistic programme which creates well rounded young men, not just footballers. Is the new battle ground of the elite at academy level, creating the stars of tomorrow? Finally, are footballers ‘thick’? Gregor respond ..read more
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Is Mainoo the answer to England's midfield issues?
The Game Football Podcast
by The Times
1M ago
Are points deductions fair, what's the point of a football regulator, and should Kobbie Mainoo start for England? Martin Samuel, Gregor Robertson and Tony Cascarino join Tom Clarke to ask if you’d rather have a good centre forward or a good lawyer? As Nottingham Forest fall foul of the regulator are points deductions the best way to tackle the problem? Should more money go to the wider football pyramid and what happens if it doesn’t? Back on the pitch have England found their midfield answer, will Kobbie Mainoo be the late edition that balances the team? If he makes the squad, then who misses ..read more
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The best game of the season...?
The Game Football Podcast
by The Times
1M ago
A pulsating game won in the 120th minute with a raucous atmosphere and ending their arch-rivals fairy tale in the process - has Eric Ten Hag suddenly seen what is possible at Old Trafford? Will the result be a turning point in Man Utd’s season or just another glimpse of potential? For Liverpool did tiredness catch up with them? Gregor Robertson thinks Mark Robins is doing some of the best coaching work in the country at Coventry and it’s paying off. They’ll fancy their chances against Utd in the semis. Tom Allnutt has been to meet Gerad Pique; he has some fascinating ideas on the future of foo ..read more
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The Dark Arts…
The Game Football Podcast
by The Times
1M ago
Are footballers stupid? Why do footballers cut holes in their socks? And how to write a match report in 2 minutes. Martin Samuel, Jonathan Northcroft, Gregor Robertson and Tom Clarke discuss the dark arts of football and sports writing. On the pitch they were exemplified by Porto on Tuesday night. But what are the dark arts of the press box? How do writers produce a piece when the result turns around in the final minutes?  Martin recounts the Nou Camp in 99’ – from “Poor old Fergie gets his tactics wrapped around his neck..." to "Arise Sir Alex!…” And facing a deadline, Jonny McNorthcroft ..read more
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The best title race in years – so who wins?
The Game Football Podcast
by The Times
1M ago
It’s a three-horse title race, the first in years, so who did the result at the weekend benefit the most? Tom Allnutt, Alyson Rudd and Gregor Robertson join Tom Clarke to predict who will win the league. Was a point at Anfield good for City, was Liverpool’s momentum stalled and will Arsenal handle the pressure of going top? Who has the tougher run in and who is each team’s most important player? Spurs love playing the top teams, but Villa seemed to lack belief. Either way, does the race for fourth even matter, if you qualify for the champions league and your team’s not ready? Plus, a rattle th ..read more
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