11/02/2017 Football Focus


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11/02/2017

Dan Walker is joined by Martin Keown and Danny Mills for a look ahead at the week's fixtures. Featuring interviews with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Clement and Antonio Conte.


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It is absolutely brilliant. Oh, this is getting better and better. A

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chance for Ronaldo! History boys indeed. They have won the cup, they

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have won the cup. He has done it! Welcome to Football Focus. Last

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weekend two managers sounded like they had conceded the title. Today

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we have all this on the way. Mkhitaryan at home in Manchester. He

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is even learning the lingo. From Munich to the Mumbles, the Manager

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of the Month is on the show. I have come into a team in January, in the

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middle of transfer window, a team that was bottom of the table, so

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there was a lot happening in a short amount of time. As Liverpool play

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Spurs, what interrupts the kip of Matip? I hate when I do mistakes and

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sometimes it takes me a long time too sleep. Even Conte struggles to

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keep his players' attention at Chelsea. After five minutes, ten

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minutes... They get bored. Very difficult. And Danny and Martin will

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assess all that for us this weekend when this is the fixture list in the

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Premier League. Let's have a look. Today early kick off sees Arsenal

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play Hull. One man who has hit form at

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Manchester United is Henrik Mkhitaryan. This week he visited a

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local school with the Manchester United foundation.

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You're nicknamed Mickey, where did you get it from? When I came first

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to Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp said, listen, Mkhitaryan, it is your

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family name, it is too long, so Henrik it is too long, let's call

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you Mickey. Are you OK? I said no problem. Since that day they started

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calling me Mickey. Henrik you're Armenian and it is a very different

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place to here, what was it like growing up? When I was in Armenia,

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we had a lot of problems with our neighbours, Azerbaijan, we were in

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war and until now we have this bad situation, but growing up in

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Armenia, to be a footballer and to go from Armenia is a bit hard. You

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come from a family steeped in football. Your dad was a striker?

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Yes he was a football player and I was always happy to go with him on

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training and he was my drive and my dream. I wanted to become a player,

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because being in this kind of family, you're supposed to continue

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the job that he is doing. Even until now I'm thankful for him that I

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choose this sport. Your father passed away when you were young,

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what impact did that have on your and your ambitions. At that time, I

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was very young. I maybe didn't feel the impact. But I knew that he is

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watching me from the sky and he has to be very proud. Who was your idol

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when you were growing up. Many lovely players, but I think the main

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one was Zinedine Zidane. That is a goal. Zinedine Zidane. I was in love

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with his way of playing football. I don't know why, but he impressed me.

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Of course like when I started watching football, I was just

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watching the games with Zinedine Zidane. You were brought to Borussia

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Dortmund by Jurgen Klopp. What was it like to play for him and how does

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his style contrast with Jose Mourinho? I'm thankful to him,

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because he picked me when I was in Ukraine. He worked a lot on me, like

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most of his work on my personality, on my psyche logic part, because I

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was really stressed after a few games and we were playing bad and

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I'm thankful to him. He was always supporting me, saying everyone is

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playing bad, but you don't have to bring your head down. You always

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have to keep your head up. To compare to Jose Mourinho, they're

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two different persons. They're very friendly, but a lot of them they're

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good in their jobs. Like two big managers. But the way of their work

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it is different. What is day-to-day life like under Mourinho? At the

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beginning we had not like problems, but a bit difficulties. But then

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starting from November we start winning. Mkhitaryan doesn't need

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anybody else. Day-by-day, he understands what he expects from you

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and you're trying to do your best to be involved in the training and the

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game he wants to see. He said that he was protecting you at the start.

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Did you understand his think something At that time, even when I

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wasn't playing, I had always a smile on my face. Because if I would be

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sad, if I would be mad, nothing would help me. So I was waiting for

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the time and I was sure my time would come and I would have one more

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chance. If I was like 23, 24 years old when I just came to Manchester,

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maybe I would suffer, I would have problems, because I would take

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things very like seriously. If I wouldn't play, I would be sad, I

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would be mad, I don't know. Maybe I wouldn't talk to friends and family.

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But I sad this is life. If you just smile through your life, the life

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will smile to you as well. So I just kept smiling and working. Now I'm

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happy. He is in here, Mkhitaryan, fabulous goal. Jose Mourinho said he

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needs more goals. Are you confident that you will be able to bring in

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more goals, maybe another scorpion? I don't know if I will be able to

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score a scorpion goal. What a finish that is! When I scored the scorpion

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goal, I couldn't even imagine in my life it would do that. It is not

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always about scoring goals, but what you're giving to the club. That is

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the main thing to win. He is a great talker. Looking at his stats from

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Dortmund. 140 appearances and 41 of goals and assists. Even at

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Manchester United the ratio is the same of goals and assists, and yet,

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as he said, when he came in, people asked why he spent ?27 million on a

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quality player and almost ignore him. Well, they bought him because

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of that quality. 82 involvement in goals, scoring and assists is

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phenomenal. But again some players take a bit of time. When they move

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countries and clubs, Manchester United is still one of biggest clubs

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in the world. Mentally, could he meet that challenge? I think that is

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what Alex Ferguson said, it is not about the ability to play for

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Manchester United, can you handle the mental side of game? Does

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Mourinho deliberately test people and test their resolve. I think he

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does without doubt. What he then gets is he guarantees a performance,

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because they know how they have to behave. He has been part of the

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improvement of Manchester United. They have had nine draws, six at

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home, if they could turn them into wins, they would be right behind

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Chelsea and he has played a part. He loves that central position and he

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can see a pass. He's great player to have. It is a mystery why he didn't

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come in until November. Two months ago, Manchester United looked like

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they didn't have a hope of the top four. But the league position has

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not changed, they're still in sixth and are desperate for Champions

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League football. Yes, but what we are seeing now is Manchester United

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or Mourinho, that Chelsea-style of play. Inter Milan style. Defensively

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strong. People see the wounded animals Arsenal ahead of him,

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Liverpool stuttering and Mourinho is on the chase. He wants to get into

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that Champions League. If they could win a couple of trophies this season

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and get into the Champions League it would be a good season. And we

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shouldn't ignore Watford. It is great to hear from Mkhitaryan, but

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Watford have had wins over Burnley and Arsenal. They're going through a

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good period and they're a side, who staying in the Premier League, they

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want that to be season on season. It was looking a bit precarious until

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two or three weeks ago. They have had a couple of great results and

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they almost look safe. They were brilliant that night and Niasse

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looks special. They made changes in the Cup and they profited from that.

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There was a freshness about them. Arsenal looked mentally not strong

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enough on the night. That is a huge difference, I saw them at Burnley

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and they didn't have a high tempo and didn't play particularly direct

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and it was a dull game. Now they're realising that they have almost got

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themselves out. But do you think United will win? Yes, they're almost

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safe and Watford have, it is a strange dynamic at the club. The

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manager's probably likely to go at the end of the season, however well

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he does. That is the one of three 3 o'clock kick offs. We are 15 minutes

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from the first game of the day, Steve Wilson is at the Emirates for

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Arsenal against Hull. Arsene Wenger whose future is the subject of more

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speculation this weekend has made one change to his eleven. Gibbs in

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for Monreal. Bellerin is fit. And Wenger completes his four-match

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touch line ban. Hull have Markovic in and Hernandez is injured and

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Niasse comes in. They're in credit after four points from games with

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Manchester United and Liverpool. Reasons to be cheerful certainly.

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And confirmation of the Arsenal line up.

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The man on the sidelines is interesting, if you were listening

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to Five Live, Mr Wright said this. I was with the boss last night and if

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I'm going to be honest, I get the impression that I think that's it. I

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genuinely believe, I was with him for a few hours and we were talking

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a lot, he didn't say I'm leaving at the end of season, but if... You get

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the sense. Yes, because I just get the impression in looking at him

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that... That's it. I think that's it. He mentioned while we were

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talking that he is coming to the end. I have never heard him say

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that. He looks winded like somebody hit him in the stomach. I feel if

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somebody asks do you think he will go at the end of season, I would

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say, I think he will. Ian qualified what he said last night on social

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media since then. But it is something Wenger has never

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discussed, when he wants to go. What tuning of the latest speculation?

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Listen, Wrighty is a good judge on how he is. It is almost becoming

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boring. If he goes out of the Cup to Sutton and they don't mean the

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Champions League and he will be leaving. But he will be the one that

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makes the decision. Because of what he has achieved. It is almost a

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unique situation at the club. He has got to got back to winning. But I

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get the feeling he is now coming to the end of it. He is not at the

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beginning of his career. You still think he is unsackable. Nobody above

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him at board level has sacked a manager, or appointed a manager,

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Arsene designed the ground, runs the whole club and sadly for the fans,

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those shareholders are not fans. So as long as they keep finishing

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fourth they're happy. It is a healthy situation for him to be

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deciding? No it is not. When clubs change the manager, it is a huge

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decision in the life of Arsenal and not one, it must be done in the best

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interests of Arsenal and not just Arsene Wenger. It will be a massive

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wrench for him. Don't forget how successful he has been and what he

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turns football into. He has been a huge part of a lot of good for

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Premier League and English football. But everyone has a shelf life. Have

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you Have you noticed a change in him. I have seen the opposite, maybe

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after losing the Chelsea game, but before that match he was the same.

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Really sharp mentally, mravening for the future -- planning for the

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future. The new training ground is on development. He won't let go of

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the club lightly. He has got to do, all the gre leaders decide the time

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to leave. Now the Hull team. Six of the seven players Mr

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silverback bought in start. Harry Maguire at the back but the way they

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are playing, we talk about Swansea later, they are dragging more and

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more teams into that relegation battle because they are picking up

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some nearby -- Mr Silva. It was a bit left-field. Not many of us knew

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about Marco Silva, his history, and they started to sell some of their

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best players. Snodgrass and Livermore. Then you are thinking is

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this for relegation? He has a contract until the end of the

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season. Suddenly all the players are buying into him. They look happier,

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they are energised and they are at a good run. They'd given themselves a

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chance. To get those results in the bottom three is outstanding but I

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don't think those players are good enough to stay up. If you will

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choose someone to go down, Hull will go down. Strong words. What do you

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think about Swansea? Paul Clement has been a Premier League boss for

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six weeks but already named Manager of the Month, despite taking over a

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Swansea side bottom of the league, four points from safety. What a

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turnaround in south Wales. Time for a bit of Clem and Clement. Sacked

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Garry Monk, the manager. Looks to be the last straw. Replaces Bob

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Bradley. Head coach, this season. I've always wanted to work at this

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level. Magnificent goal from Swansea. One

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of the best leagues in Europe, no doubt. Swansea get their first ever

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league win at Anfield. Any team can go to anywhere and get a good result

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and we've shown that already. From desperation to optimism at the foot

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of the Premier League. I've only been a Premier League manager for

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five or six weeks, it's very new to me, I'm a novice. But I'm working

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hard and enjoying it. Nice little marker to get Manager of the Month

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award for January. Of course. It was a surprise. Other managers and teams

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have good records in January but our situation was different. We were

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bottom of the table when I came here but got out of the bottom three at

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this point. Nice recognition for everybody, the fans, players,

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backroom staff. For the good work that has gone on in January. Three

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wins in 19 before you got here and three wins in five since you've been

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here, can you put your finger on what you've been able to change?

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Credit has to go to the players. The way that they've taken on board what

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I've asked them to do. They needed the organisation, they wanted it and

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they got it. Ultimately, they have to go out on the pitch and deliver.

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I gave them the confidence to do that. They were going into games

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well prepared. If we had been having this conversation just before

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Christmas, how would you have seen your own season panning out? Well, I

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would have been at Bayern Munich. And hopefully winning the

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Bundesliga. And maybe even getting to a Champions League final and a

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German cup final, who knows. That's part of the reason I'm sitting here,

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the background I've had, six, seven years as an assistant to Carlow,

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working at a high level with some wonderful players. And some great

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clubs -- Carlo. Different challenge, motivating players to effectively

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hang onto something, rather than to try and gain something. A bit. But

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ultimately, the objectives are the same comment is a game of football,

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11 versus 11, 90 minutes, the game is the same. I'm quite clear about

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how I want this team to play. There are players who have responded

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really well to the way that we are working. I'm fortunate we've seen

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some positive results that have come off the back of that. COMMENTATOR: A

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result of huge significance at both ends of the Premier League table. It

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has finished Liverpool 2-3 Swansea. When you went back in the changing

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room, for example, at Anfield, what a beast that must have given them.

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Not just the 11 boys that finished the game. -- what a boost. But the

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whole club. It was. It gave everyone a lot of belief. When we went to

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Manchester City last weekend, everyone felt different. 81 minutes,

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we went 1-1 and conceded 93, which was a massive blow. A real

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roller-coaster of emotion. The feeling in the dressing room

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afterwards real, real disappointment. I'm not sure that

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was the case a couple of months ago, that they would feel like that. But

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now we're going to man City away. Not picking up a point we thought we

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deserved. Feeling so, so bad about it. There's definitely been a mental

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shift here. COMMENTATOR: Absolute heartbreak of all Swansea, who were

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stubborn throughout. Do you think you will survive? I've got a lot of

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belief we will. But I can't say for sure we are going to. The direction

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we are moving is very positive. There's a lot of hard work to be

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done. Preparation for Leicester. As soon as our finishes, we will feed

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back on that. We are taking it one game at a time. My belief is that if

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the players focus at the level that they have been since I've been here,

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and apply themselves, but they have been, right until the last game

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against West Brom at home, we will OK. -- like they had been. Cheadle

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Hulme High School speaks strongly. A rather

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We talked about Marco Silva at Hull, like championship preparation

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appointment. Some people said that about Paul Clement because of Aix

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experience at derby. What a ridiculous turnaround at Swansea. --

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his experience at Derby. He was but just a few weeks ago. They were

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bottom when he came in. Without naming it, he said there was no

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organisation at the football club. The players now know what they have

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to do. Maybe a slight on Bob Bradley, which was clearly a strange

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appointment at the time. He's got great experience. Fantastic

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knowledge of the game. Top players he's worked with. Equally, it didn't

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go that bad at Derby. He didn't play the Derby way, that's why he got the

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sack. If the challenge, can you become a great coach, ten years, no

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doubt, lots of big clubs. Now he is proving he can be a great manager

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and he needs to keep that going. You can see in his eyes he wants to be a

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manager and probably always wanted to be a manager. Lots of good

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coaches in the past, it could do it but let's see if he can. The first

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step is a good one. He's got to keep doing it. A massive game against

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Leicester tomorrow. That is absolutely huge. We talk about who

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will go down but when you look at it, Leicester are in it. If Swansea

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were to beat Leicester tomorrow, wow. You've really got to start

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worrying. The Champions League is coming up and their focus will be

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taken away from the league. He knows his own mind. There is a clamour for

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him to play Sigurdsson through the middle but he stuck him on the left

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saying he wants him to cut in and that seems to be working. He's been

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working at Real Madrid with the likes of Bale and Ronaldo, they

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start in wide positions but they end up in the middle. Mkhitaryan does it

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at Manchester United. That is a starting position. Great players

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go... Sigurdsson is their great player. He has the players to get

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them out of the drop. You said Hull were going to go down, who are your

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other two? Swansea? No, I think Swansea will stay up, Middlesbrough

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will go down and Sunderland don't have enough to get out. Amazing

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resolve against Palace but that is the three that will go down. Swansea

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will be fine. -- amazing result. Speaking with authority. Paul

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Clement Saul Leicester in FA Cup midweek, the game went on so long

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they even delayed the kick-off for the 10pm news.

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they celebrated that win but in the league their form has been miserable

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this year. They are bottom of the league table for 2020 -- 2017. A

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statement, full backing for Claudio Ranieri, sometimes the kiss of

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death. He said they are in trouble and they can't seem to get things

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together and galvanise that team in the Premier League at the moment.

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It's really strange. Look at them two years ago in this sort of

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position, survived and went on, amazing. Unimaginable, what they did

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last year, they deserve all the plaudits for that but they've lost

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focus completely. There is no energy about the team. They are not dynamic

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any more, they are not working hard enough for each other, conceding

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sloppy goals. I really fear for them. You look at this, I was

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tempted to call them the dirty dozen last year because this was 11

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football players thrown together with a very difficult... Watt where

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does it come from? The manager. What Ranieri had did in terms of

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tinkering with the team, couldn't get it right, they were amazing last

:25:08.:25:10.

season. They don't want to be remembered for a team that goes

:25:11.:25:13.

down, addressing the needs to pull together as one. They are a set of

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individuals. -- that dressing room needs to pull together. They have

:25:17.:25:21.

new contracts, BMWs. Go back to what is important, winning games of

:25:22.:25:24.

football. They had the pretty penny to come together as a group. This

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stat can show you where that can be misleading. -- they have the ability

:25:34.:25:36.

to come together. Vardy is more, go this season than last season. It

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doesn't tell you that he was getting more than a chance a game last

:25:39.:25:42.

season but he is only getting one every two games. No supply for the

:25:43.:25:45.

likes of Vardy and he's not playing particularly well. Bring us together

:25:46.:25:51.

and it is not working. It's not that teams have worked him out a bit.

:25:52.:25:56.

Last year there was almost that arrogance, especially from the big

:25:57.:26:00.

clubs, it's only lasted. We know they want to hit balls over the top

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but it's only Leicester. Teams wouldn't let them have the ball.

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This game tomorrow at Swansea, the wake-up call could be there. They

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have lots of the ball, that might suit a Vardy ball over the top.

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Teams have dropped off, Vardy isn't as playing -- playing as well. Huth,

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Morgan aren't playing as well. They have to be careful. They are right

:26:23.:26:25.

in it at the moment. One other thing, you might have seen this in

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the papers this morning. Continued fallout from Saido Berahino leaving

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West Brom to go to Stoke. Ryan Shawcross suggested that the drugs

:26:35.:26:40.

test came from West Brom. Tony Pulis apparently has called Ryan

:26:41.:26:45.

Shawcross. Called him a loser. Did you ever have a phone call from an

:26:46.:26:49.

opposition manager or member of staff telling you to keep your mouth

:26:50.:26:52.

shut during your career? I don't remember ever getting a phone call

:26:53.:26:56.

from actual manager! No! Surely that must be banter! I can't believe Tony

:26:57.:27:02.

Pulis is bringing up a former player to give him a bit of stick. I don't

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understand why the FA just don't come out and say it in the first

:27:07.:27:09.

place, that would clear it up and we move on? A simple solution. Let's

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move on! 2017 can only get better for Liverpool, since beating

:27:18.:27:20.

Manchester City on New Year's Eve, Jurgen Klopp's side has lost just

:27:21.:27:25.

once. They prepare to face Spurs at Anfield later. One of those, there

:27:26.:27:27.

he is, has been speaking to us. How would you sum up your time here,

:27:28.:27:41.

so far? The beginning was not that easy. I had a few problems with my

:27:42.:27:47.

right foot. But I had a good time here once I came back. Really

:27:48.:27:53.

successful. It was really nice for me. And my other team-mates. The

:27:54.:27:57.

beginning of January was not too easy for me. I had problems with my

:27:58.:28:00.

ankle. When you are injured, you always want to be back on the field,

:28:01.:28:05.

you want to help. I hope now it's getting better. Matip will not be

:28:06.:28:11.

playing today. He is fit for selection. He hasn't played for

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Cameron since June 2015, he is considers himself a retired

:28:18.:28:20.

international. How would you sum up the frustration, the disappointment

:28:21.:28:24.

and the fact that you couldn't play, even though you decided you didn't

:28:25.:28:27.

want to be part of that tournament? It was really frustrating and

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disappointing. Because I don't really understand. At the moment, I

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don't understand it. I couldn't understand it. Now it's solved. Now

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I hope I can help my team-mates and the club to get back to where we

:28:42.:28:48.

normally stand. You seem quite a calm, collected person, is that your

:28:49.:28:52.

personality? Nothing much concerns you? I think I am more of a calm

:28:53.:28:57.

person but of course I get angry. What makes you angry? From time to

:28:58.:29:01.

time, the decisions which I don't understand. But, of course, they are

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emotions that sometimes help to stay clear in mind. It always helps. I

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hate when I do mistakes. And sometimes it takes me a long time to

:29:13.:29:17.

sleep. But when I'm on the field, you would do everything to do our

:29:18.:29:22.

best to win the game. You will fight against your opponent like... He

:29:23.:29:25.

tried to kill you, or something like this. Piazzi in on goal, to seal it,

:29:26.:29:34.

surely, for Hull City. Liverpool's title challenge is in tatters. It

:29:35.:29:40.

was a hard month for us. The last games was not like we... Hoped the

:29:41.:29:44.

games would be. Now we have to change that and get back to the old

:29:45.:29:49.

results. And get some points. And win games. You have a pretty good

:29:50.:29:52.

record against teams in the top six, what is it about the teams in the

:29:53.:29:56.

bottom half of the table that you seem to struggle so much with? Of

:29:57.:29:59.

course it's nice that you don't really lose a lot of points against

:30:00.:30:04.

these games but it doesn't matter. You'd get a few points against Hull,

:30:05.:30:09.

if you points against Tottenham, four example. Only points count. How

:30:10.:30:15.

do you deal with the defeat, the frustration that's going on now?

:30:16.:30:18.

It's always hard, not before self-confidence. But can I change

:30:19.:30:23.

the past? No, you always have influence on the future.

:30:24.:30:26.

Realistically, can you still reach that a Champions League? You never

:30:27.:30:30.

know who stands on the table at that level. There are a lot of games.

:30:31.:30:36.

We will try our best to win these games and then we will see. Talk

:30:37.:30:44.

about that game in a moment. These are interesting statistics again.

:30:45.:30:48.

What it does tell you is he is a big player for Liverpool. When he starts

:30:49.:30:52.

games, their results tend to be better. How do you rate him? I saw

:30:53.:30:58.

him at Spurs and thought he did OK. Not fantastic in possession. I look

:30:59.:31:04.

at Skrtel, a player that's gone and look at the acquisitions they make

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and how good is he really. He got rid of Skrtel, he was a big player

:31:09.:31:12.

who organised. Is Matip any better? He has youth on his side, but he

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still has a lot to do for me. He has decent quality. He's big man. I

:31:18.:31:23.

don't see him as world class. He is a steadying influence. Lovren was

:31:24.:31:26.

fantastic at Southampton and went to Liverpool and he was all over the

:31:27.:31:33.

shop. Skrtel was aggressive, red cards, bookings, Matip looks like a

:31:34.:31:38.

nice steady centre-half. He won't do anything flash, but Lovren maybe

:31:39.:31:42.

needs that alongside him. But it is the two midfield players in front

:31:43.:31:45.

that have caused them problem. They're not doing their job and

:31:46.:31:48.

protecting the back four as well as they should do. The sides that drew

:31:49.:31:54.

at Anfield in April last season, Coutinho scored for Liverpool that

:31:55.:31:58.

day. Jurgen Klopp said he is almost trying too hard. Do you understand

:31:59.:32:06.

what that position is? He never tried too hard! You have to trust

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yourself and let the ability flow out of you. There is a lot of

:32:12.:32:16.

factors with the Liverpool team. I manager Jurgen Klopp will be working

:32:17.:32:21.

with hearts and minds and reminding them how good they are. But against

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Spurs I think they will only make it easier for Chelsea. People say you

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can never try too hard. It is like in golf. If you try hard to hit the

:32:34.:32:39.

ball ten yards further, you start hooking it and slicing it. You have

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to be relaxed ed and when thins aren't going well and you're the

:32:48.:32:53.

main man, there is pressure. Like Torres at Chelsea, he couldn't score

:32:54.:33:00.

for love or money. You try too hard. Martin looked too confused by your

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golf anol Ji. Anol Ji. Still they have not won at Anfield or Old

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Trafford or the Emirates or Stock Stamford Bridge. Yes but Rose being

:33:26.:33:30.

injured will affect them. They're a team and you look at the midfield

:33:31.:33:35.

with Wanyama and Dembele, there is so much that is good. They can

:33:36.:33:41.

switch from a three to a four. But this is about feeling. If Liverpool

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can regenerate that feeling that Jurgen Klopp does and they're

:33:46.:33:51.

dancing to that heavy metal tune, they can do something special. But

:33:52.:33:55.

Tottenham can hurt you. They have got to switch from being safe and

:33:56.:33:59.

thinking about not losing the game and defensively they have been

:34:00.:34:04.

outstanding and they haven't lost many. But at some point you have to

:34:05.:34:10.

gamble and think, we have kept it tight, let's try and win the game.

:34:11.:34:14.

Maybe they need somebody off the bench with pace to win the game. You

:34:15.:34:20.

can stay across this afternoon's games from 2.30 in Final Score. That

:34:21.:34:33.

is on BBC two. That is because the Six Nations is on BBC1.

:34:34.:34:38.

Still to come on Football Focus before 1. Conte gets a grilling from

:34:39.:34:49.

Gary. No one's ever lost this kind of lead at this stage. And we will

:34:50.:34:58.

find out what the Hibs boss Neil Lennon has fallen out with a sturp

:34:59.:35:08.

star. Superstar. What did you think of the the draw, that Rod Stewart

:35:09.:35:13.

would be off my Christmas card list. And a few Sunderland players went to

:35:14.:35:22.

see a young fan, Bradley Lowery. He actually fell asleep on his football

:35:23.:35:29.

hero. Sunderland's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace has left Sam

:35:30.:35:41.

Allardyce's side at the bottom. And John Motson is there. Sam Allardyce

:35:42.:35:45.

said the players do serve to be booed. He has never been relegated,

:35:46.:35:50.

but he is in a bit of a fix isn't he? Yes, I spoke to him this morning

:35:51.:35:55.

and he sounded in got heart and he denied there was a trip to Dubai

:35:56.:36:01.

booked, although people think it was cancelled. But the chairman went in

:36:02.:36:11.

after the game and Sam Allardyce got the team in on Sunday morning to

:36:12.:36:16.

look at it as a punishment. But the Palace fans, they are restless, but

:36:17.:36:21.

one statistic tells the whole story, Crystal Palace have won five of

:36:22.:36:26.

their last 47 Premier League games. Obviously, the greater part of that

:36:27.:36:30.

time was under Alan Pardew. But as Sam Allardyce has said, they're now

:36:31.:36:34.

playing with fear and he has got to try and get that out of system if

:36:35.:36:38.

you like. This game at Stoke, it is a mixture of snow and rain here by

:36:39.:36:44.

the way, this fix xhur is one that Palace might not mind. They have a

:36:45.:36:49.

good record here, five wins in seven visits and earlier in the season at

:36:50.:36:55.

Selhurst Park nay beat Stoke 4-1 when Townsend was a key figure. I

:36:56.:36:59.

wonder if Sam Allardyce may recall him today. The other admission I

:37:00.:37:07.

have got to make as a comment commentator, a player they signed in

:37:08.:37:15.

January from Greece and he is Luka Milivojevic. I am sure I will get

:37:16.:37:23.

that wrong on Match of the Day and I can imagine you having a good laugh

:37:24.:37:27.

at that. Now in the House of Commons, there was a motion of no

:37:28.:37:32.

confidence in the FA. What is the mood in the governing body about

:37:33.:37:36.

where they go from here. Well, if you listen to Greg Clark, he thinks

:37:37.:37:41.

there there will be a slow revolution if that is the right

:37:42.:37:45.

expression. I'm getting confused, it is not all about the FA council and

:37:46.:37:50.

diversity, the big problem the Government have got with the FA is

:37:51.:37:54.

that they don't think they're governing the game the way they

:37:55.:38:04.

should. The other stake holders, particularly the Premier League have

:38:05.:38:09.

more power than they should. Three or four years ago, I interviewed

:38:10.:38:13.

Greg Dyke about the relationship between the FA and the Premier

:38:14.:38:16.

League and suggested to him that the FA could make a gesture about the

:38:17.:38:24.

crowded calendar and cancel FA Cup replays after the third round. Well

:38:25.:38:28.

they have cancelled they will in the sixth round. I said, if you make

:38:29.:38:33.

that concession, then the Premier League would have no option if

:38:34.:38:40.

people said, come on, move two of your January fixtures and now we

:38:41.:38:44.

have a mid winter break. He said, perhaps you should speak to our task

:38:45.:38:48.

force. Well I don't know whether Danny was on the task force, but I

:38:49.:38:53.

never got the chance to tell them. Diversity is one thing, but

:38:54.:38:58.

governing the game has wider implications. You cannot accuse John

:38:59.:39:04.

of not caring about football, thank you. He makes an interesting point,

:39:05.:39:10.

on the sort of FA council side of things, it is great to have

:39:11.:39:14.

commissioner Mills with us. Much-many lined! Of the 122, only

:39:15.:39:20.

eight are women. Only four aren't white. Is that a problem. He said

:39:21.:39:24.

there is problems elsewhere. How much of an issue is diversity in the

:39:25.:39:29.

FA council? I don't think that is a huge problem. The age is a massive

:39:30.:39:36.

problem. 92 are over 60. Yes, which is ridiculous. What do they do? Not

:39:37.:39:42.

a lot. If I'm honest and I will temper what I really want to say,

:39:43.:39:46.

realistically for the good of game they should hold their hands up and

:39:47.:39:50.

all resign. They should all walk away. Let the FA be run as a

:39:51.:39:56.

business. Put somebody at the top, two people under them and run it

:39:57.:40:01.

like a football club. Like Arsenal has been run. With chairman or like

:40:02.:40:10.

Manchester City is run. Put David Gill at the top. The lifetime

:40:11.:40:16.

membership is wrong. It is like Fifa. Everyone gets a vote and it

:40:17.:40:20.

doesn't work in business or football. I think if they have got

:40:21.:40:25.

the good of the game in their interest, give them their tickets

:40:26.:40:28.

and blazer, but all just step down and walk aWye from it. -- Walk away

:40:29.:40:35.

from it. Lovely to know what you think, get in contact with us.

:40:36.:40:38.

Chelsea play Burnley tomorrow and everyone is singing the place of

:40:39.:40:43.

Antonio Conte. He has been telling Gary Lineker why things have clicked

:40:44.:40:49.

this season. There are days in the late winter and early spring when

:40:50.:40:53.

you see champions in the making. You have a big lead, are you confident

:40:54.:40:58.

that you're going to win the league? No. It is a big lead, no one's ever

:40:59.:41:03.

lost this kind of lead at this stage? No, we are on top of the

:41:04.:41:07.

table. But the league is tough. For me, it is important to continue to

:41:08.:41:16.

push and to exploit this momentum. If you send the right signals it is

:41:17.:41:22.

very important. Boos from the Chelsea supporters. Plenty for

:41:23.:41:27.

Antonio Conte to go through. Why did you start with four at the back when

:41:28.:41:32.

you had been so successful with Juventus and Italy with three? I

:41:33.:41:39.

tried to start with... With the full-back and in my mind, this team

:41:40.:41:47.

could play with 4-2-4. We won three games in a row, but in that period,

:41:48.:41:54.

I don't feel the team in my hand, because sometimes you can win, but

:41:55.:42:00.

you can see that... It is not quite right? Yes. Why, was what miss

:42:01.:42:07.

something Because in every games we conceded many chances to score to

:42:08.:42:11.

the opponent. Then you changed the system? Yes I tried to change the

:42:12.:42:16.

system. I tried to give first of all a good balance. In my team. Don't

:42:17.:42:23.

lose offencively, but to have a defensive situation more correct and

:42:24.:42:27.

there were players with these characteristics. When you have a

:42:28.:42:33.

good winger and a good No 10 as Pedro and Willian, I knew in my head

:42:34.:42:37.

we can change and we can find this Su nm. -- is in new system. Do you

:42:38.:42:43.

analyse and discuss with the players? Honestly, my players...

:42:44.:42:52.

They're not used to... Do they like it? No, at the start we found a bit

:42:53.:43:02.

of difficulty, not because... After five minutes, ten minutes... They

:43:03.:43:08.

get bored. Very kift. Diftd. But when we -- Very difficult, but when

:43:09.:43:12.

we saw in the right way to see the game, not to find who the fault.

:43:13.:43:17.

Because we considered it good. No, only to improvement when the player

:43:18.:43:23.

understand this and he is more open to watch and improve and to ask why

:43:24.:43:30.

I have to stay in this position. And when you start to have this

:43:31.:43:34.

relation, you can build something important. Oh, what a sensational

:43:35.:43:41.

goal! From Diego Costa. Everything was going well and you had this big

:43:42.:43:46.

story about Diego Costa and possibly China, or whatever it was. Is

:43:47.:43:52.

everything calm down? Yes, but Diego Costa is an important player, but

:43:53.:43:56.

the situation is very clear and he is very happy to stay with us and he

:43:57.:43:59.

is very happy to fight for the title. Do you think he will stay

:44:00.:44:04.

here for some sometime? Yeah, I think so. I see him every day and I

:44:05.:44:11.

see his commitment, his behaviours, he is very involved in the team and

:44:12.:44:16.

yeah I think he loves the this club. Do you think China's a big threat to

:44:17.:44:21.

European football? Yes. It is funny how it changed. Because big wealthy

:44:22.:44:27.

clubs like Chelsea have been able to pluck players and pay a lot for

:44:28.:44:31.

players, now they're getting a bit of their own mid sin. But I think it

:44:32.:44:36.

is the not the right way to pay a lot of money also. I don't think it

:44:37.:44:40.

is a good example for the young player. For the people in general

:44:41.:44:46.

that work every day. Antonio Conte danced down the touchline and

:44:47.:44:53.

screamed at yelled. Do you look at yourself on the touchline hen you're

:44:54.:44:59.

getting angry. Yes, but I don't like to to watch me. Because I have a lot

:45:00.:45:04.

of pressure and you know that during the week you work a lot to prepare

:45:05.:45:10.

your team and a lot of time you don't sleep to prepare your team.

:45:11.:45:14.

You think of the right solution and when you score the goal, yeah, for

:45:15.:45:22.

me... It's... It is no normal to participate with my players in this

:45:23.:45:24.

joy. STUDIO: Another statistic to show

:45:25.:45:34.

you. Chelsea managers in charge for ten games or more, and he is

:45:35.:45:38.

currently top of the tree with Win percentage almost 80%. How much of

:45:39.:45:42.

an advantage has it been for Chelsea this season of playing European

:45:43.:45:48.

football? Absolutely huge. Especially the way he has

:45:49.:45:51.

transformed the system, he gets to work on it for five days before a

:45:52.:45:57.

game. Even with a rest day. Players are fitter, stronger, they don't

:45:58.:45:59.

have to worry about recovery so much. To change that system takes a

:46:00.:46:05.

lot of work, lots of work on the training ground. He can do that

:46:06.:46:09.

without the destruction of European football. It does help you but it's

:46:10.:46:14.

only part of the way. This manager has been outstanding. Is there a

:46:15.:46:17.

weakness? Will there be a period with that side where they lose

:46:18.:46:22.

enough games for others to catch them? I've played in the back three

:46:23.:46:25.

and it is in the wide positions you seem to get punished and they don't.

:46:26.:46:30.

I don't understand how people don't overload on the sides with Moses.

:46:31.:46:33.

Spurs put balls into the box and scored goals with their head. Dele

:46:34.:46:40.

Alli. Maybe that's a weakness. But he's been able to make them solid,

:46:41.:46:44.

strong but still have the Hazards, in really good positions and win

:46:45.:46:47.

games of football. He's been brilliant. They take on a Burnley

:46:48.:46:52.

side, the only team with a bed to record at home at Chelsea and Spurs

:46:53.:46:57.

bizarrely. -- better record. They have turned it into a fortress, Turf

:46:58.:47:02.

Moor, whatever you want to call it. Sean Dyche is amazing. Why he can't

:47:03.:47:07.

turn that into a waveform, it is so strange. Not like they are

:47:08.:47:09.

travelling halfway around the world every time, is it? Conte has done an

:47:10.:47:16.

exceptional job. To transform that. You have to say, with the players he

:47:17.:47:21.

has available this time round. The swing from last year and this year

:47:22.:47:25.

for Chelsea is enormous. I bet it isn't very dissimilar from two years

:47:26.:47:28.

ago when they won the title, that first part of the season they were

:47:29.:47:32.

outstanding. They lost to Spurs, like they have this time. And they

:47:33.:47:37.

shut up shop. Coverage of Chelsea at Burnley and Swansea- Leicester on

:47:38.:47:42.

much of the day two tomorrow. On BBC Two because of the BAFTAs.

:47:43.:47:46.

Award-winning performance from Martin because he is everywhere this

:47:47.:47:53.

week. Retallick is with Martin. The return of the Champions League to

:47:54.:47:55.

look forward to next week. -- Retallick is with Martin.

:47:56.:47:57.

COMMENTATOR: Oh! What an asset. Lahm Scores the first goal of the 2006

:47:58.:48:20.

World Cup finals. Look at that for a perfectly timed challenge.

:48:21.:48:23.

What a setting for a game that promises so much. Germany rules the

:48:24.:48:28.

world again. What a ludicrous career, 33 years

:48:29.:48:40.

old. Why is he stepping down at 33? He says he doesn't feel he can

:48:41.:48:44.

perform at that same level. The only thing I can think of, perhaps there

:48:45.:48:47.

is something in his personal life that he suddenly had second thoughts

:48:48.:48:51.

about and thought, actually, I've done everything. Something we don't

:48:52.:48:55.

know about, maybe we won't hear about. Maybe it is a more important

:48:56.:48:58.

than in football. Maybe it comes down to desire. Legend is used far

:48:59.:49:10.

too often in football but what he has done... Won everything. It can't

:49:11.:49:13.

be questioned. I wanted to hang on as long as I possibly could. We

:49:14.:49:15.

tried to change my game to develop to stay longer. Couldn't leave the

:49:16.:49:18.

money! He has to bow out. But he will come out in some other

:49:19.:49:21.

capacity. Guardiola saying he is one of the most intelligent ways he has

:49:22.:49:24.

worked with. A year earlier, he had another year left on his contract.

:49:25.:49:29.

Might come back as the sporting director at after a sabbatical.

:49:30.:49:34.

Hasn't he turned that down already? -- at Bayern There must be something

:49:35.:49:37.

else going on in his life that football has pale into

:49:38.:49:43.

insignificance at the moment. Bayern taking on Arsenal, you old boys gone

:49:44.:49:47.

in the Champions League. Top of the Bundesliga but they have got

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criticism for the way they played. Do you think Arsene Wenger can

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unpick Bayern Munich over two Blakes? No. They have quality.

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Watching them closely, they are back in good form. -- two legs.

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Lewandowski in the form. A formidable team with their manager,

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the experience, won this three times, the Champions League. It will

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be difficult for Arsenal a lot about Leicester struggling domestically.

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We forget they are still in the Champions League. They played the

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week after next with Sevilla. They are in fantastic form, Sevilla. It

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is Madrid not too long ago, doing brilliantly in La Liga. It is the

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first real test for Leicester in the Champions League. They played in the

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group and did incredibly well. This is the first real quality they face.

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So just ordered that season you could see them winning that and

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going through to the next... If they go out. Martin says Arsenal are

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going out and Leicester going through! Who knows. If that sort of

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performance from Leicester. They might be up for that next big thing

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that they want to do and achieve. They need to look after the bread

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and butter, staying in the Premier League. To pop back to Philipp Lahm

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at the moment, would he be in an all 11? What position? He has to get in

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there as a fallback somewhere along the line. He is so measured. We

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could talk about this for hours. Certainly in his period. At right

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back? Depends what sort of defender you want. He is a leader. You could

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play him centre midfield. You could play him in almost any position.

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That has to get him in the team. He would get in our squad. We will

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continue this discussion another time. Rangers. They are currently

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third in the Scottish Premiership, level on points with Aberdeen.

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Whopping 27 points behind Celtic. A bit of confusion with Rangers

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overnight. Mark Warburton is no longer the manager at Ibrox. I will

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explain it as best I can. He met with the club this week. Talking

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about how to possibly get out of contract. They agreed something to

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do with compensation that Rangers would get if he went to another

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team. There was a plan, it appeared. Then there was a movement back away

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from that plan and the club so we've agreed this bubbly, we will go ahead

:52:05.:52:07.

with it. And they almost resigned Mark Warburton for him -- agreed

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this verbally. Whatever the rights and wrongs, it's a mess, isn't it? A

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complete mess. We don't know for definite but let's assume he wanted

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to go to another club and said OK, lets rip up my contract at Rangers.

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If I go there, Rangers wanted compensation so they can get a new

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manager. And pay their new manager. Whatever it was. They should have

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stuck with him. 27 points starting hat does things strange things to

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people's minds. Rangers coming back. The club have gone, hang on a

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minute, you wanted to go elsewhere. You said you wanted to resign but we

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will not have you back. Maybe they've done the right thing in

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taking this on. Graeme Murty the under 20's coach will be in charge

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against Morton in the Scottish Cup. 27 points clear, Celtic, 1-0 up in

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their fifth round match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Let's

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show you this from the week. One of their many goals they scored. 24

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touches in this overall. The final few touches, against St Johnstone.

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Rabona, backheel, that finish from Mousa Dembele. That is a proper

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goal. One man looking on with interest is

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the former Hoops boss Niall Lennon, taking charge of his first Edinburgh

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derby tomorrow. We have been built spotting. -- boot spotting.

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Choose Edinburgh. Choose the Cowgate. Choose the whole dam famous

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five. Choose winning the league title. Choose letting out 114 years

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of bottled up pain in one joyous green and white explosion.

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What did you think when the draw handed you a meeting with Hearts?

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That Rod Stewart was off my Christmas card list. I just knew,

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you know, I was listening to it on the radio and ball number eight came

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out and I thought that's definitely us. Hibs away to Hearts. I was

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thinking, that's all we needed at this stage of the season. It's going

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to generate a lot of interest and we really want to focus on the league.

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But we are the cup holders and we want to defend the trophy. We have

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to beat anyone we face in the draw. Being honest, is it a game you could

:54:34.:54:40.

do without? No, but, yeah. No, but, yeah. Starting to sound like Little

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Britain. It's a distraction from what we are trying to do that we are

:54:45.:54:48.

the cup-holders. Like I say, we want to defend it. Now the week is here

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and the anticipation is building, looking forward to the occasion.

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What difference does it make that Hibs are the holders?

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Psychologically, it's a big monkey off the club's back. I never

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realised the significance of it until I've been in and around it. A

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long time, 114 years. That's been lifted. Now you are going in as the

:55:09.:55:13.

holders and there is still the attention. You want to defended

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vigorously. There's a lot of good teams left in the competition,

:55:20.:55:22.

Hearts being one of them. Pressure on him this season to get back to

:55:23.:55:25.

the big league, do you feel pressure to deliver question must -- on Hibs.

:55:26.:55:30.

Yes. We have been the favourite since the start of the season, top

:55:31.:55:35.

of the need for a long time. I want to deliver promotion and I want to

:55:36.:55:38.

take Hibs back. I am enjoying my time here. The people I work for at

:55:39.:55:43.

the people in the club have been fantastic. Really enjoying my time

:55:44.:55:46.

so far. Do you ever think back a couple of years and wonder about the

:55:47.:55:52.

wisdom of leaving Celtic? No, no, not at all. It was the right time to

:55:53.:55:57.

go. I had four years there and really enjoyed it. But there is an

:55:58.:56:02.

end point to everything and for me, the time was right. It wasn't a knee

:56:03.:56:06.

jerk decision. I thought long and hard about it for two, three, four

:56:07.:56:11.

months before then. No regrets. Does this feel like a kick-start for you?

:56:12.:56:16.

Yes. I feel reinvigorated but I'm not looking too far ahead. My focus

:56:17.:56:20.

is on Hibs and being successful here. Trying to build something here

:56:21.:56:25.

again. We've been in the Championship, our third season. It's

:56:26.:56:30.

a shame. You have to earn the right to get back into the Premier League.

:56:31.:56:33.

If we can do that, you just never know.

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STUDIO: Should be a cracking game this weekend. A common theme, isn't

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it? Bemoaning the cup getting in the way of concentration on the league,

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what's happened to cup competitions? I've no idea because winning

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football matches, it's great, you want to play as many as you possibly

:56:56.:56:59.

can. You don't really want to train, you want to keep winning. I don't

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know. The league and money has become so important. It's a massive

:57:06.:57:09.

shame. Champions League hasn't taken a back seat yet. If Hearts

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underestimate Niall Lennon, they could be in trouble. I believe he is

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a very good manager. Did well at Celtic and I was surprised there

:57:17.:57:24.

wasn't more takers. Ended up at Bolton in a difficult situation. He

:57:25.:57:27.

is a good manager on his way back and Hibernian running away with the

:57:28.:57:29.

championship. Tomorrow, that game and highlights 11:30pm BBC One on

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Scotland tomorrow. The Edinburgh derby and the huge Devon derby,

:57:33.:57:37.

Plymouth against Exeter, second against fourth in the two. Enjoy

:57:38.:57:41.

that if you are going to that. Thank you to Martin and Danny. Life at

:57:42.:57:44.

Huddersfield next Saturday for the fifth round of the FA Cup. A hip-hop

:57:45.:57:54.

star takes on Lawro in these positions -- for the Premier League

:57:55.:57:56.

predictions. # We spent all our money on those

:57:57.:58:12.

CDs. I became a fan of Michael Owen. I was watching England Argentina and

:58:13.:58:17.

ice -- I saw Michael Owen score a goal. I was like, who is that? My

:58:18.:58:22.

dad is sadly passed away a couple of years ago and I wrote this is true.

:58:23.:58:29.

My dad was my hero and it makes sense to pay homage. But I heard

:58:30.:58:32.

recently that Cantona has heard the song. I think it's cool. As much as

:58:33.:58:40.

I reckon Troy Deeney will probably bang in one goal, is going to be

:58:41.:58:47.

like 3-1 to United. Everton on a very good run at the moment. I'm

:58:48.:58:49.

going to say Everton 3-0, bang. Liverpool are crumbling at the

:58:50.:58:58.

moment, quite horrifically but fingers crossed, I have faith in

:58:59.:59:03.

Jurgen Klopp, the best thing to happen to Liverpool in a long time.

:59:04.:59:06.

Dan Walker is joined by Martin Keown and Danny Mills for a look ahead at the week's fixtures.

The programme features an in-depth interview with Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Premier League manager of the month Paul Clement discusses his start at Swansea, and Antonio Conte talks about Chelsea's rise to the top of the table.

There is also a preview of Liverpool v Tottenham with Joel Matip, and hip-hop star Loyle Carner reveals his score predictions.