03/03/2018 Football Focus


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03/03/2018

Dan Walker and guests Danny Murphy, Martin Keown and Ryan Mason preview the weekend's action, with interviews from Virgil van Dijk, Leroy Sane and Ryan Bertrand.


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# Live by faith

# Keep believing

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# It is the season

# Keep on dreaming

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# Keep on fighting

# If my only fear is what might

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happen

# I can find a way #

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That's fantastic eggs Willian rifles

in. Mo Salah has scored! What a

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goal, Jesse Lingard! My goodness! Is

there anything he can't do? Quality

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goal! What I hit?

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goal! What I hit? Wilfried Zaha

still going. Newcastle lead!

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Unbelievable! Blackburn Rovers are

champions. In for Cole who has

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scored. Hepeats West Bromwich Albion

in the top-flight! Aguero! What a

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screamer!

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Yes, it's chilly but the warmest

of welcomes to Football Focus -

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ten games to go in the Premier

League.

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A lot to chat about this

week so we've gone for

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a three-pronged attack.

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As you can see.

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Danny Murphy and Martin Keown

are here and we are delighted to be

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joined by Ryan Mason too.

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Lovely to have you all with us.

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The cold snap is causing

issues all over the UK.

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We'll give you details on that

in a moment but grab a brew,

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sit tight and settle in for all this

between now and 1pm.

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The world's most expensive defender

on his Anfield awakening.

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I think everyday here is tough, we

work very hard and we learn a lot.

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It's been quite a week

for Manchester City.

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We'll catch up with lethal Leroy.

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It's a lot of fun to play with such

players as Aguero, Raheem Sterling.

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Clem braves the beast on a visit to

high flying Blackburn.

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I've come as an emissary for the

players, with decided would like to

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train inside, possible?

That is

possible.

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And Phil Neville on England's camp

America.

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If we want to win a World Cup we've

got to beat USA, Germany, France,

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because these are our rivals.

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We'll also look back at the week's

FA Cup action and World Indoor

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Pentathlon Champion Katarina

Johnson-Thompson takes on Lawro in

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predictions.

But first, let's bring you up to

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date.

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Full programme in the English

Premier League, and the FA Cup draws

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have survived the beast from the

East.

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The pest from the West -

Mark Clemmit - is in the studio and,

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Clem, some signigicant disruption

today.

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The football kind has been decimated

this weekend.

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I'm afraid I'm the Grim Reaper when

it comes to Tfl matches. Setting

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aside Middlesbrough's win over Leeds

last night at the top of the

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Championship and Blackburn against

Wigan at the top of League 1, of the

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34 matches due to take place this

afternoon only ten survived and

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that's down to the hard work of the

ground staff and also an army of

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volunteers who have been turning up

with shovels and brushes and Verran

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wheelbarrows to clear the snow. This

is the situation in the

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Championship, these are the games

that are on, Bolton at Bristol City,

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Derby, Millwall, and Nottingham

Forest. The Championship teams have

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undersoil heating service will

undoubtably be due to concerns over

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safety in and around the stadium is.

I should also say as well that the

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Ipswich- Hull game has already been

rescheduled on our screens and it's

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one of the ones that has bitten the

dust. In League 1 just three remain.

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MK Dons have undersoil heating.

Scunthorpe and also Southend have

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made good use of state-of-the-art

industrial sheeting to get their

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games on. Oxford against Fleetwood

among the games that have gone. Just

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two remain in League 2. The leaders

Luton's trip to Cambridge United and

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incredibly Carlisle, more on

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Luton's trip to Cambridge United and

incredibly Carlisle, more on which

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in a minute. Coventry against

Lincoln went this morning. If you

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think we have it tough this money,

1963, West Winter for a long time,

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FA Cup third round took 66 days to

complete and a game between these

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two teams was postponed 15 times.

Can you believe? Cheltenham against

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Notts County has bitten the dust. We

have been asking for your photos,

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#bbcfootball. This has been a

typical scene, this was at Crewe

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this week and there is the scene at

Carlisle, eight inches of snow, they

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kept it on as long as possible to

act as installation. The Duke team

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helping at Nottingham Forest. One

beneficiary, Brentford giving away

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the food to a homeless shelter they

would have used in today's match --

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the youth team. A lot of people say

why don't you get on with it, it's

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only a bit of snow? That's what they

did in Denmark this week on Thursday

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night. Nobody in the stands, the

game going on, and suddenly you will

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notice three ladies in a hot tub

with some mulled wine at the bottom.

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As I look at it one of the ladies

doesn't seem to have any clothes on

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so I'm going to keep my hand on

there and say if you are heading out

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to a game this afternoon stay safe,

it's very dangerous out there.

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to a game this afternoon stay safe,

it's very dangerous out there. Thank

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you for the pre-watershed report.

These three warmed up for today.

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One game that does go ahead is a bit

of a Premier League classic taking

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place this evening as Liverpool face

Newcastle at Anfield.

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Juliette Ferrington this week went

for a chat with a fella who cost £75

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million and certainly knows

his numbers.

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Could you say a few words please?

One, two, three, four, five, Virgil

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van Dijk on the microphone.

Khaoui

rewrite to your debut? COMMENTATOR:

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Virgil van Dijk on debut!

I wasn't

supposed to start the game but on

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match day the manager came to me and

said I would start so I was

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definitely looking forward to it, I

had a bit of excitement going on in

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my body. I wasn't nervous. Scoring

the winner in this game was massive

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and it was a great introduction to

my Liverpool career.

You kind of

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take it all in your stride. You talk

about being relaxed and laid back.

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Hadi hit fifth gear, sixth gear yet?

I think it looks like it but

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definitely everyday here is tough,

we work very hard, we run a lot and

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there is a big difference from what

I've been used to. I need to step up

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my game and I think now it's getting

better every day and I'm getting

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used to everything as well, the way

we play, the intensity of our game

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because it's a lot higher to what I

was used to.

There seems to be a lot

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of unity amongst the squad and the

group of players.

The boys have been

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amazing to me, great guys, and I've

got to know them pretty good. And if

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you win that helps even more. I

think it's just a great group and a

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great environment to be in.

How

would you describe life on the

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Jurgen Klopp?

I think he's very good

and an amazing guy as well. All of

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the attributes he has got, that

makes us achieve hopefully good

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things in the future. But you see

how we play the games and how he is

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on the touchline. I think it

motivates everyone to keep going.

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But also outside the pitch, the

technical sessions we do, the

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analysis we have got on everything,

it is perfect.

With his character

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and his personality, is he your kind

of guy to work for?

Otherwise I'm

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not here! Definitely. I made the

decision to come here based on

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everything. Obviously the manager

plays a part in that as well.

Mo

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Salah has got it into the net yet

again! Mane. Four for Liverpool.

Is

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the target second now? We want to

achieve the maximum and I think City

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will stay at the top but you never

know.

Newcastle coming up this

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weekend, it has produced so much

entertainment in the past.

Barnes is

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there and this it up for Collymore!

Miracle for Liverpool! My word.

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Robbie Fowler wins the game, surely,

for Liverpool.

Do you have any

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memories of the Liverpool -

Newcastle games?

Not really.

Fine.

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For me it's going to be a good game

again and a great atmosphere and we

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just want to keep going. We have a

couple of good games played so far

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and we just want to keep going and

the next weeks are going to be very

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important.

Virgil van Dijk on the

mic.

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He

says there he's never worked as hard

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before and here's some numbers that

might back him up.

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He's been running more. Why have you

made of him since arriving at

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Anfield?

He started really

positively. Their recent run of form

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has helped him because settling into

a side that is winning games and

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playing football is

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playing football is easier whatever

position. He missed a few months not

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playing regularly and he's going to

get better and better. I see him

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trying to organise and lead those

around him, fantastic in both boxes

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aerially. We haven't seen his

quality on free kicks yet and that

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will come as well. He deserves

credit the way he conducted himself

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throughout the transfer process

because it dragged out and we never

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saw him moaning in the press. He

never once refused to play for

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Southampton. By all accounts the

other lads spoke highly of him and

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the way he conducted himself during

that period and that is credit to

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him and he will be a big player for

Liverpool.

He's part of the

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organisation Danny was talking about

Mo Martin.

I see him as the

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Rolls-Royce of central defenders.

Important signing for Liverpool

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because if he'd come to City, look

how well they are playing, they

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could perhaps win everything for the

next ten years. Really important

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player for the Premier League.

Ryan

Bowman you've played against him.

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What's it like to come up against a

player like that? In the peace we

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looked out there, is it as an

organisational force and good in

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both boxes?

Obviously, just

physically to look at he is a beast.

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I've always felt that playing

against him and watching him he's

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almost coasting through games, not

that it is too easy but physically

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and technically he is at the highest

sort of level. I know that going to

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Liverpool he is going to be demanded

so much more week in and week out

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because playing for a top club like

that you need to put it in on the

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training pitch and the levels of

performance every week are demanded.

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I think he's going to improve as a

player.

Are Liverpool the

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second-best team in the league?

They

certainly are and it's unfortunate

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for them, they are brilliant at

times, Mo Salah and Mane, the goals

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score and the football they play,

the manager gets everyone to express

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themselves and I would love to play

for him, must be fantastic, and that

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was a big influence in Van Dijk

going to the football club. Mo Salah

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is being played on the right and

looks inspired and he's much better

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when he comes on to the left foot.

They are playing great football, we

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see it with City and Liverpool also

and they might still win the

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Champions League, or do something

bigger than City, everyone is

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talking about City but this is a

good Liverpool team and they are

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purring. I think he is a player in

the comfort zone and he came back

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from an injury that he had and was

out for a long period and it might

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be that eventually there is a big

game for him that he needs to show

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the fitness in.

Interesting that

Rafa Benitez has been battered

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Liverpool a number of times and has

never lost with three different

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clubs playing against Liverpool and

it takes Newcastle. Mac -- he takes

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Newcastle. How do you go about

stopping the front three that Martin

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talked about that have caused so

much damage to so many teams?

It is

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difficult but you need to eliminate

the space in behind. Mo Salah and

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Mane thrive on having space and the

transitions from defence to attack

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sits Liverpool the most. That's

probably why in recent games when

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they played the big boys like City

and Tottenham is when they thrive.

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Rafa will go into the game and

probably try and play on the

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counterattack, and like I say,

eliminate the space.

Keep the

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fingers crossed as well. Martin

Putze but silverware this season. --

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Martin talked about silverware.

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Manchester City won the first trophy

of the season at Wembley last

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weekend. Four days later they were

facing Arsenal again. This time in

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the league. Would things end

differently at a freezing cold

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Emirates?

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Here we are four days on from

Manchester City's Trophy winning

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Sunday at Wembley. The final that

Arsenal would rather forget. Here is

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Sane who skips away from two

challenges and away from the third

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from the Xhaka and place it into

Bernardo Silva, right side of the

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penalty area, the shot and it in and

it's 1-0 to Manchester City and it's

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a superb finish from Bernardo Silva.

Sane did all of the spadework.

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Brilliant play from the young

German.

Petr Cech has absolutely no

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chance, wonderful finish. It was a

flash of brilliance from an

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outstanding team.

Arsenal 0-1

Manchester City and the problems

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have begun for Arsenal.

Here is David Silva on the left-hand

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side looking for Sane. Sane turns

back on his left foot and then goes

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around the outside of Mustafi, pulls

it across, Aguero, David Silva,

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lovely touch and lovely girl, touch

with his right and finished with his

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left, 2-0 to Manchester City and it

goes from bad to worse for Arsenal.

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2-0 down.

It is Sane again, and on a

night when it is so cold he is white

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hot. He really is so pretty to

watch. The movement, almost as if

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he's in his own back garden, it's so

easy.

Kompany passes it away towards

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David Sonboly, takes a touch and

passes it to Bernardo Silva, the two

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goal-scorers together. Arsenal tried

to press there.

The touch is

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outstanding.

Lovely touch as well,

Aguero, squirt to De Bruyne, plays

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it into the penalty area, driven

across, Sane almost walks it into

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the net to make it 3-0. Cut open

again, Arsenal's defence, and

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Manchester City absolutely ruthless

here. Its Arsenal 0-3 Manchester

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City.

It's so easy now for City and

now it is becoming embarrassing for

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Arsenal. We talk about leaders,

where is the organisation in the

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Arsenal back four?

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Now the ball from the right-hand

side. Inside the penalty area,

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Mkhitaryan, he has fouled him. The

challenge on Mkhitaryan who went

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down, it is a penalty to Arsenal.

Hands on his hips. Ederson to beat.

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So up he comes and he has saved it.

Ederson leaping to his left.

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Athletically so, parries the ball

away and now Arsenal have missed a

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penalty. These are low timers for

Arsenal and Arsene Wenger and for

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the second time in the space of a

few days Arsenal have been

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outclassed

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few days Arsenal have been

outclassed by Manchester City

We

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were clinical in front, it is an

amazing result for us.

I feel we put

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a lot of effort in tonight, you

know. It is physically our highest

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game of the season and them as well.

We played with low confidence, and

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we lost against a team, the best in

the country at the moment.

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We will get to Manchester City in a

moment when we hear from Lee row

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Sane. You have had a few days for

that result to settle in. The

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manager talking about low on

confidence. It is probably right to

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say they have played the best team

in the country in the space of a few

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days, and that maybe doesn't help,

but how bad are place are Arsenal

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in?

It is as low as I can remember

it for a number of year, and there

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is a lifeline in the Europa League

cup to win that, but it is the poor

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performance, the way that City over

two games I suppose last year it was

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Bayern Munich, the difference in

quality between the two team, they

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went toe to toe with City midweek in

their own backyard and were found

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wanting. Every compartment of the

team looks as if there is no real

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partnership, you are looking at

Mkhitaryan and Obiang, there is no

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link up there. Ozil, he is not

turning up in the big games and the

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leadership at the back, they are all

over the place. City are brilliant,

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there is no doubt. But Arsenal could

have made a better fist of it.

The

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manager says players are low on

confidence. How do you turn that

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round when people are screaming

there needs to be a change? Can they

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bring themselves out of this rut, do

you think? A

It is difficult. They

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need to start winning games but if

the manager is saying they are low

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on confidence, it will be difficult

for the players in the dressing room

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to change that, you know, because

like Martin said, they have come up

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against a City team that are

unbelievable. They are best in the

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country by a mile. It wasn't just

losing the game, it was the manner

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in which they lost, they didn't look

like an Arsenal team, they had no

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method, in and out of possession, I

thought they looked a bit lost.

It

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is the 3rd March. They have lost

seven games this year, they are

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closer to West Brom in the division,

at the bottom than to Manchester

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City at the top. As Martin says this

is the worst situation Arsenal have

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been in in some year, what do you

think is the way out?

Well, I mean,

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the way out is change. They have to

change the manager and the

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structure, and the philosophy of the

way the team play. You talk about

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getting results and the way you get

results is digging in and having a

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fight and scrap and playing

percentages, they don't know how do

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that very well. They haven't got the

personnel or the coach that sets up

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that way but their problems aren't

about the last two games where they

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are been beaten by the best side in

Europe. Bournemouth, Tottenham, how

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many games where they haven't turned

up, shown fight. It is the manner in

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which you lose matches, the players

are so flat at the moment, that, the

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manager can only do so much. They

have to take some responsibility.

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But they are flat because of the way

the manager has managed them, for

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however long it has been like this.

He can't get a tune out of them. You

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have to change it. Do you change it

now? I don't think they will but the

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summer there has to be a change.

We

are close to change now, it is a

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defining moment of the game, the

players he sold in the transfer

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window, he played 11 players in 90

minute, how does he turn to? It is a

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problem of his own making, they play

Brighton tomorrow, we can't be sure

0:20:310:20:35

Arsenal will get any points, if they

lose that, the game in the Europa

0:20:350:20:39

League is bigger and the pressure is

coming on to Arsene Wenger now.

0:20:390:20:43

#12k3

Milan to come next week. Let

us hear from the man of match.

0:20:430:20:46

Scored one, a hand in the other two.

Leroy Sane.

0:20:460:20:55

It is a brilliant one. Curling shot,

it's in. Lovely touch, lovely ball.

0:20:570:21:04

Sane is there.

The Premier League title, how close

0:21:040:21:10

does it feel?

Yes, it feels of

course that it's like it is getting

0:21:100:21:17

closer and closer but we always say

we want to go step by step, from

0:21:170:21:21

game to game

Of course Manchester

City now have quality all over the

0:21:210:21:25

pitch, but what it is like to play

in that front three, how does Pep

0:21:250:21:30

Guardiola get the best out of you?

Makes it a lot of fun to play with

0:21:300:21:37

such players like Sterling, Gabi,

you can enjoy to play with them, the

0:21:370:21:42

coach tries always to get the best

out of us and help us like how we

0:21:420:21:49

find the space behind the defender,

in front of them, give us advice,

0:21:490:21:53

how we should play, and yes, we can

also go back to that what he is say,

0:21:530:21:58

and it helps us a lot.

Considering

the way he is, is it possible to

0:21:580:22:03

please Pep Guardiola?

He is a really

good coach. I think he does a really

0:22:030:22:11

good job with us, and yes, I am

really happy, I think the other

0:22:110:22:15

players are happy we have hip him as

a coach. Everyone can see we

0:22:150:22:21

improved a lot with him.

Kyle Walker

is coming on and Sane is coming off.

0:22:210:22:28

There was reports of an incident

after the Wigan FA Cup game about

0:22:280:22:32

him not being happy with you

particularly, can I ask you what was

0:22:320:22:37

said?

This what, the newspaper, I

don't know who was saying this, but

0:22:370:22:41

that he was saying that isn't true,

like, it wasn't the reason, it was a

0:22:410:22:49

tactical thing, anything else stays

in the dressing room.

Off the pitch,

0:22:490:22:53

how far does it go, what you eat,

what you do at night, he is not

0:22:530:22:58

telling you which music to listen

to?

I listen to my own music.

Is

0:22:580:23:02

that the only thing you can decide

with him?

No, it's not the only

0:23:020:23:08

thing.

Sane is taken out.

When you

suffered the injury in the FA Cup

0:23:080:23:17

against Cardiff, did you fear the

worst?

Yes, of course, I was just

0:23:170:23:21

hoping that I'm not like out like

for months, and that my injuries not

0:23:210:23:30

so bad, how it looked like also, and

how it felt. Yes I was kind of

0:23:300:23:34

lucky.

How did you return so

quickly? Even your manager expected

0:23:340:23:38

a period of six to seven weeks out?

Yes, after the scan the doctor say

0:23:380:23:44

you count for a certain time, but

like it depends on you, how you

0:23:440:23:48

recover, how your ankle is

recovering and from this day I just,

0:23:480:23:53

I tried to do so much treatment, and

to do all the stuff what is good for

0:23:530:23:59

my ankle where I can recover really

quick.

Finally, I read in a recent

0:23:590:24:04

interview, that if you win the

Premier League Champions League and

0:24:040:24:07

World Cup you would retire, were you

serious?

No, I wasn't serious, in

0:24:070:24:13

the first, they knew it was just a

joke, and with 22 to retire, I think

0:24:130:24:19

makes no sense. I would not retire

if it happened. I want to keep

0:24:190:24:28

playing and to win more trophies.

I think he will be round for a

0:24:280:24:34

while. Only De Bruyne, Messi and

Neymar have more assists, there was

0:24:340:24:40

an interesting debate on 5 Live

where they were arguing that Pep

0:24:400:24:43

Guardiola has tried a number of

players on the lnds, De Bruyne has

0:24:430:24:47

played out there. Sterling, Silva,

but Sane gives themselves a good

0:24:470:24:51

balance across the middle because of

the way he approaches the game and

0:24:510:24:55

the way he integrates in that side.

Definitely. They tend to like come

0:24:550:25:01

in inside the field and get in the

pocket, Sane, he is almost old

0:25:010:25:06

school, he stays wide and he can

take them from defence to attack in

0:25:060:25:09

a matter of seconds, he is a special

player, I think a lot of players,

0:25:090:25:13

that have that amount of pace,

technically they don't tend to have

0:25:130:25:17

it, but he has got everything.

They

can do everything at pace. Let us

0:25:170:25:21

see the footage from midweek,

Martin, where he is frightening to

0:25:210:25:25

watch this.

It is the

0:25:250:25:27

Martin, where he is frightening to

watch this.

It is the change of

0:25:270:25:27

pace. Look at the defenders round

him. He floats across the ground. He

0:25:270:25:32

picks a pass at the end of it. That

is a wonderful goal here, Arsenal

0:25:320:25:36

should have depended it better but

he is now, you are talking about how

0:25:360:25:40

good is he going to be in the

future? Can he become like a

0:25:400:25:45

Ronaldo, Messi, maybe he needs a big

moment in the Champions League

0:25:450:25:48

final. A lot are assists, the next

step is for him to score more goals,

0:25:480:25:54

he plays wide, Sterling usually

plays on the other side. He pins

0:25:540:25:59

full Babs backs and gets his goal.

-- full-backs. I think he was wrong

0:25:590:26:05

to take him off against Wigan. He is

that good now, he has to play in

0:26:050:26:09

that team.

I know you want to talk

about somebody else, more generally,

0:26:090:26:13

are they the best we have seen in

the Premier League this... I know

0:26:130:26:18

they haven't won much, are they the

best we have seen in terms of the

0:26:180:26:23

football they are playing.

Aesthetically they are the best. I

0:26:230:26:29

love watching them play. It is like

watching Barca without Messi in

0:26:290:26:33

effect. To compare them to the

United teams of the past, the

0:26:330:26:37

Arsenal teams of the past, they need

more success because that is the

0:26:370:26:42

only way to judge. Don't get me

wrong, the Arsenal side and United

0:26:420:26:46

side at its best was playing

wonderful stuff, but not like this,

0:26:460:26:49

and the one thing I think with this

Manchester City side, we talk about

0:26:490:26:54

Sane, we talk about Sterling, nearly

20 goal, Silva, incredible season.

0:26:540:26:58

De Bruyne. It doesn't matter which

one is not at it, one of the others

0:26:580:27:03

turn up. Their variation and the

amount of individuals they have got

0:27:030:27:06

who can hurt you is unbelievable.

To

play like that four days after

0:27:060:27:13

winning a Cup Final, is that

testament to the manager or the

0:27:130:27:16

players other both?

I think both.

When you play in a team like that,

0:27:160:27:21

that dominates football match, I

think it would have been more

0:27:210:27:25

difficult for Arsenal to go up

against them again after chasing the

0:27:250:27:29

ball for 90 minutes at Wembley. They

dominate matches. It is brilliant to

0:27:290:27:32

watch.

0:27:320:27:33

dominate matches. It is brilliant to

watch.

What is interesting is them

0:27:330:27:36

coming up against Chelsea, a

defining moment, Conte, he is a

0:27:360:27:42

great tactician, he was pragmatic,

won 30 games, I felt that the

0:27:420:27:46

manager who had the artistic

ability, the bit of freedom. It

0:27:460:27:50

would take longer,er when it came it

would be a greater success, they

0:27:500:27:54

have to keep winning trophies and

that is, they have one in the bag,

0:27:540:28:00

Guardiola didn't win anything last

year, he is in the mood to do it. We

0:28:000:28:02

could sigh the best team we have

ever seen. I would say the 99

0:28:020:28:07

Manchester United team was slightly

better, to be honest.

That is a

0:28:070:28:11

debate we can have for a while.

They

won three Premier Leagues on the

0:28:110:28:17

bounce. I thought we we are better

than them but recordses will say

0:28:170:28:21

otherwise.

We speak to the pun dis

in the week and we rang Martin and

0:28:210:28:26

he was an hour on the phone because

he wanted to talk about Ederson, you

0:28:260:28:30

think what he gives to that side is

huge.

He hardly has to do anything.

0:28:300:28:35

It is such a remarkable team but

what he does he makes it count. I

0:28:350:28:39

thought maybe that he had got this

wrong, but came out, he is positive,

0:28:390:28:45

and He his ability, this, he rang

Martin and he was an hour on the

0:28:450:28:49

phone because he wanted to talk

about Ederson, you think what he

0:28:490:28:52

gives to that side is huge. He

hardly has to do anything. It is

0:28:520:28:54

such a remarkable team but what he

does he makes it count. I thought

0:28:540:28:57

maybe that he had got this wrong,

but came out, he is positive, and He

0:28:570:29:00

his ability, this, he doesn't want a

wall. Rang Martin and he was an hour

0:29:000:29:03

his ability, this, he doesn't want a

wall. Rang Martin and he was an hour

0:29:030:29:03

on the phone because he wanted to

talk about Ederson, you think what

0:29:030:29:06

he gives to that side is huge. He

hardly has to do anything. It is

0:29:060:29:09

such a remarkable team but what he

does he makes it count. I thought

0:29:090:29:12

maybe that he had got this wrong,

but came out, he is positive, and He

0:29:120:29:15

his ability, this, he doesn't want a

wall. "I'm in charge of this, I'll

0:29:150:29:17

take the shot on, whatever is in

front of me." He is brave. We saw

0:29:170:29:20

that when Mane nearly took his had

off at the start of the season. --

0:29:200:29:23

head off. He gets back on his feet

and he has one thing in his mind. He

0:29:230:29:27

has the technique. Look at this for

a punt up pitch. Aguero, maybe a bad

0:29:270:29:30

touch, lets him down and they can't

say that very often. He just, look

0:29:300:29:33

at this one, he is saying here I'm

coming for this, I don't care who is

0:29:330:29:36

in front of me. Pick yourself up

because I'm coming for this.

I have

0:29:360:29:39

been so impressed with them. His

decision making and distribution,

0:29:390:29:41

sometimes he wants to play out all

the time. There is times when there

0:29:410:29:43

is pressure and he will go long,

ultimately, in some of the games I

0:29:430:29:46

have seen recently, really good

saves which is what he is there for,

0:29:460:29:49

he seems like the full package and

0:29:490:29:50

saves which is what he is there for,

he seems like the full package and

0:29:500:29:50

he is young. You are talking about

possibly, he could be there for

0:29:500:29:53

years ahead.

They would wrap up the

earliest Premier League title. It

0:29:530:30:01

could, I know Danny talked about the

Champions League, they have one

0:30:010:30:04

trophy, it could be an incredible

season. Season.

Like you say they

0:30:040:30:09

could break every record. Pep don't

seem the sort of manager to take his

0:30:090:30:13

foot off the pedal if they wrap it

it up early. You can't see anyone

0:30:130:30:18

stopping them.

It will be

fascinating to see what happens

0:30:180:30:21

against Chelsea tomorrow.

The weather has been wreaking havoc

0:30:210:30:25

across football this weekend but the

lunchtime kick off between Burnley

0:30:250:30:28

and Everton is on. Guy Mowbray has

made it to Turf Moor and bring us

0:30:280:30:32

the team news.

Good afternoon from

Burnley where the emphasis is on the

0:30:320:30:42

brrr but we can see the lush green

turf of Turf Moor where both teams

0:30:420:30:47

will have targeted a much-needed

win.

0:30:470:30:50

James Tarkowski replaces Kevin Long

at the back for Burnley while there

0:30:500:30:53

is a first game for Everton since

leaving them for Aaron Lennon.

0:30:530:30:57

Michael Keane is in the Everton side

to face his old club in a side

0:30:570:31:01

changed by three. Seamus Coleman fit

again to take over from Jonjoe Kenny

0:31:010:31:05

at right back and after Sam

Allardyce at Watford last week they

0:31:050:31:07

had someone who could finish and we

didn't, he has left out of money as

0:31:070:31:12

and Wayne Rooney. They are

substitutes with stats for Dominic

0:31:120:31:16

Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun. It was

12 cold long weekends ago since

0:31:160:31:22

Burnley last won and since Everton

last won away.

He was on the problem

0:31:220:31:26

last week saying how much of it

needed to improve their away form,

0:31:260:31:29

Wayne Rooney.

0:31:290:31:30

They've won just one of their past

22 away games and lost at Watford

0:31:300:31:34

last week where a late Troy Deeney

goal moved Javi Gracia's side

0:31:340:31:36

up into the top half.

0:31:360:31:38

Here it is for you.

0:31:380:31:39

The visitors to Vicarage Road this

afternoon are West Bromwich Albion,

0:31:390:31:42

who are now seven points from safety

after a fourth straight

0:31:420:31:44

league defeat against

Huddersfield last week.

0:31:440:31:46

Steve Wilson is at this one for us.

0:31:460:31:49

Steve, Alan Pardew has had another

one of those weeks where the

0:31:490:31:52

pressure is on and he has had to

defend what's going on inside the

0:31:520:31:56

club again.

Yes, hello. He has. You

wouldn't expect anything else from

0:31:560:31:59

Alan Pardew Alsop he's been a

manager for 20 years and he will not

0:31:590:32:04

just roll over and throw in the

towel. It's not like West Bromwich

0:32:040:32:08

Albion suddenly went off the rails

when Pardew arrived. He has not led

0:32:080:32:13

them out of the promised land into

some era of famine and pestilence,

0:32:130:32:17

has he? We won't know what would

have happened if they had stuck with

0:32:170:32:21

Tony Pulis, of course, we will never

know that because they didn't. It's

0:32:210:32:24

very easy to say they shouldn't have

sacked Tony Pulis. The fact of the

0:32:240:32:28

matter is Pulis had lost his last

four league games and taken four

0:32:280:32:35

points from his last ten league

games when he was sacked. Alan

0:32:350:32:38

Pardew has lost his last four league

games currently undertaken six

0:32:380:32:40

points from his last ten in the

Premier League. There has not been

0:32:400:32:43

abounds with the change of manager,

that much is for certain, but it

0:32:430:32:47

wasn't going very well before Alan

Pardew either. Gary Megson in his

0:32:470:32:51

two games as caretaker did pretty

well, perhaps he was the one they

0:32:510:32:54

should have stuck with but who

knows? What I would say is history

0:32:540:32:58

suggests if you sack two managers in

the same season you are almost

0:32:580:33:02

certainly going to go down. The only

incident I can find the Premier

0:33:020:33:06

League team going through two

managers and the third manager

0:33:060:33:09

keeping them up was your guest on

the last week Paul Clement who did

0:33:090:33:14

that last season for Swansea City.

It needs a drastic turnaround for

0:33:140:33:19

West Bromwich Albion. They really

need a win as soon as possible. It's

0:33:190:33:23

not impossible but it is unlikely

that West Brom will stay up. Whether

0:33:230:33:27

they stick with Pardew or not only

time will tell.

Thank you very much,

0:33:270:33:31

Steve. A brief word on a couple of

the teams above West Brom,

0:33:310:33:36

Southampton against second bottom

Stoke. Southampton actually, only

0:33:360:33:39

one defeat in nine games under

Mauricio Pellegrino so they are

0:33:390:33:44

finding that form and Stoke have

picked up, Shaqiri scoring a few as

0:33:440:33:47

well. Can you see one or both of

them surviving at the moment, Danny?

0:33:470:33:52

I don't know!

Come on, you are a

pundit!

It's fascinating, Swansea

0:33:520:33:59

winning the last four home games and

Stoke picking up. I think Stoke have

0:33:590:34:07

been the surprise for me, a lot of

draws, played some good stuff but

0:34:070:34:11

didn't quite have the points to

match their performances. I would

0:34:110:34:17

say Southampton for sure. Stoke are

still in it for me.

It's the most

0:34:170:34:20

difficult ever to read. Look at

Burnley, 11 games without a win, 36

0:34:200:34:26

points, they are looking over their

shoulder.

West Ham could get dragged

0:34:260:34:30

back into it.

They could. West Brom

looked doomed, Watford could make

0:34:300:34:35

sure of their safety today and it is

really how you view it, there are so

0:34:350:34:41

many teams involved.

Incredible. You

can follow the events in the Premier

0:34:410:34:44

League and keep up-to-date with

final school at 2:30pm.

0:34:440:34:53

Then watch the action on Match

of the Day this evening.

0:34:530:34:56

Match of the Day 2 Extra is back

tomorrow before highlights

0:34:560:34:58

of Sunday's games at 10:30pm.

And make sure you don't

0:34:580:35:01

miss the return of

the Premier League Show on Thursday.

0:35:010:35:03

Plenty still to come

on Football Focus including goals

0:35:030:35:05

from the midweek cup ties.

It's great to have Ryan

0:35:050:35:08

with us this week.

For those who might have

0:35:080:35:10

missed the news, Ryan

announced his retirement

0:35:100:35:12

from football last month at the age

of 26 after medical advice

0:35:120:35:15

following a fractured skull

from a game against

0:35:150:35:17

Chelsea last January.

0:35:170:35:23

Many people have followed what has

happened to you over the last year

0:35:230:35:26

or so and you had to make this

announcement at the age of 26. How

0:35:260:35:30

has life been since you've come to

that huge life decision?

Obviously

0:35:300:35:34

it's a big change. I moved out of

home at the age of 16 and I've

0:35:340:35:38

travelled all over the country to

pursue my career. Obviously, like

0:35:380:35:42

you say, I had to put a stop to

that. I'm back at home with my

0:35:420:35:47

family, which is a bit strange. It's

nice to be around everyone and to be

0:35:470:35:52

able to see my friends and my

family. It's been pretty nonstop

0:35:520:35:55

since I did announce the retirement.

But I'm excited, it's a new chapter

0:35:550:36:01

in my career.

Well, you've got your

whole life ahead of you. I can only

0:36:010:36:05

imagine what it must feel like. It's

really good that Pochettino has

0:36:050:36:10

offered you help back into the game

and that's what we need really, so

0:36:100:36:14

that you can still have a great

career, maybe as a manager and a

0:36:140:36:17

coach but to lose your career like

that, and to be honest it happens so

0:36:170:36:21

rarely, a head injury of that type,

the odds of that happening, it is

0:36:210:36:25

really very sad.

This was a picture

0:36:250:36:29

the odds of that happening, it is

really very sad.

This was a picture

0:36:290:36:29

that you put up a while ago, after

the operation itself. In terms of

0:36:290:36:34

the help you have had from the

0:36:340:36:35

the operation itself. In terms of

the help you have had from the

0:36:350:36:36

football family, has that encouraged

you to go down the coaching road?

0:36:360:36:39

What are you thinking with regards

to that at the moment, or are you

0:36:390:36:43

going to do something completely

different?

It is still so early but

0:36:430:36:46

like Martin said the gaffer at Spurs

has out and offered help and I have

0:36:460:36:51

some people there I have got on with

so well over the years, I was at the

0:36:510:36:54

club for 18 years. I think I'd be

silly not to go down that road. It

0:36:540:36:58

has always been my club and I think

in the near future that hopefully

0:36:580:37:01

will happen.

Don't let alone get you

involved in looking after the

0:37:010:37:06

younger players and staff.

That's

his job!

What was the point? Was

0:37:060:37:13

there one time when a surgeon or a

doctor said to you, Ryan, you can't

0:37:130:37:16

do this any more and you made the

decision, or did it take a long time

0:37:160:37:20

to come to terms with it?

I touched

upon it and spoke

0:37:200:37:28

upon it and spoke about it in the

last few weeks, the surgeon fact

0:37:280:37:31

that some issues with the brain,

before it was just about the skull

0:37:310:37:34

but when the brain came into it it

made the decision a lot easier.

0:37:340:37:38

There wasn't a decision to make to

be honest.

I'm reliably informed you

0:37:380:37:43

have taken up the piano.

I said that

confidentially!

That's really

0:37:430:37:51

interesting. You've become a bit

obsessed with playing the piano

0:37:510:37:54

because you need something else in

your life.

For my brain, for the

0:37:540:37:59

pathways, to keep challenging it.

I

didn't realise it was a big secret!

0:37:590:38:03

You cannot tell down anything!

I was

planning to give it a year and

0:38:030:38:07

surprise everyone.

It's interesting,

channelling your brain, and time to

0:38:070:38:16

something, any different way when

you retire from football, we got

0:38:160:38:20

extra time, Martin and I, in terms

of having a longer career but you

0:38:200:38:23

still have the same problems when

you finish. OK, we have come into

0:38:230:38:28

the media a little bit but I used to

laugh at people who played golf but

0:38:280:38:31

I became obsessed with it. I

channelled so many hours and energy,

0:38:310:38:36

because I needed something, because

I spent 20 years having to focus on

0:38:360:38:40

something. Otherwise, you can find

yourself in areas you don't want to

0:38:400:38:43

be at so it is great you are doing

something like that.

What we hope is

0:38:430:38:47

that somebody who has been a great

player when it's cut short as you

0:38:470:38:50

channel the energy into being a

great manager. Very often managers

0:38:500:38:53

and players who cut short do

something else. Playing until 38 or

0:38:530:38:59

40, this may inspire you to go on

and do some thing special, because

0:38:590:39:02

why not? You've got the education

and there may be a platform for you

0:39:020:39:06

at Tottenham and I'd love to see you

do it.

That's for sure, Cheers.

At

0:39:060:39:11

the age of 26 you could take a bit

of time and then decide what you

0:39:110:39:14

want to do.

I think that's the key.

Like I say, I have a head start on

0:39:140:39:19

everyone is retiring, lots of people

retire at 35 but I'm retiring ten

0:39:190:39:24

years earlier than everyone else so

the education I can get on the

0:39:240:39:27

coaching side, I'm keen to make the

most of it.

Referee?

Presenting? You

0:39:270:39:34

could freshen up this show.

I'll

behave or ten years and you can take

0:39:340:39:41

over. Thanks, Danny!

0:39:410:39:43

Ryan's former club Spurs

were in action in midweek

0:39:430:39:45

as Rochdale visited

Wembley for a snowy FA

0:39:450:39:47

Cup fifth round replay.

0:39:470:39:50

COMMENTATOR: We do have VAR tonight,

what could possibly go wrong? Son.

0:39:540:40:00

Llorente went for it. Lamela with a

tap in, Tottenham Hotspur go in

0:40:000:40:05

front. Now, the celebrations have

been stilled for a moment.

There was

0:40:050:40:10

no filed -- foul by Llorente.

Rochdale have won the ultimate. Son,

0:40:100:40:22

goes on and on and nobody is arguing

about that one.

0:40:220:40:28

# Too many people making too many

problems #

0:40:280:40:32

It continued in the box.

# Can't you see this as a realm of

0:40:320:40:38

confusion #

Tick tock tick tock.

0:40:380:40:43

This is where the criticism will

come, it is getting ridiculous.

0:40:430:40:46

Penalty.

Josh Lillis went right. But he is

0:40:460:40:54

getting a yellow card for hesitating

on his runner-up. He gets it under

0:40:540:41:03

control and tucks it home. Rochdale

have levelled at Wembley.

This is

0:41:030:41:07

the most bizarre first half I've

ever seen in my life.

The flag has

0:41:070:41:11

stayed down and the red tape at last

has got his FA Cup goal. -- you rent

0:41:110:41:17

a. This is lovely from Tottenham and

now Llorente makes it a 3-1 lead and

0:41:170:41:27

Llorente has a hat-trick in the FA

Cup. Thomson gets a run out at

0:41:270:41:32

Wembley, this young man who has

twice had treatment for cancer.

0:41:320:41:39

Lamela, brilliant ball in, tapped in

by Son who is on a hat-trick as

0:41:390:41:45

well. Walker-Peters. Tottenham's

six, Rochdale's remarkable adventure

0:41:450:41:51

comes to an end in round five.

0:41:510:41:53

six, Rochdale's remarkable adventure

comes to an end in round five. Here

0:41:530:41:55

we go, VAR, take 300. By the way,

football's authorities have paved

0:41:550:42:01

the way for VAR to be used at the

World Cup so certainly not going

0:42:010:42:04

away. What is that face all about?

There is the tweet put out just now

0:42:040:42:12

by IFAB, historic decision. Let's

look at those incidents, I want you

0:42:120:42:18

to discuss them and what you think

generally about VAR because it's a

0:42:180:42:20

big topic for the fans. Yes,

decisions are being made but it is

0:42:200:42:25

not being communicated to those

watching in the stadium and it is

0:42:250:42:28

removing fans from the game.

There

is lots of points for VAR and I was

0:42:280:42:34

for it initially and I'm going the

opposite way now. The reason is, why

0:42:340:42:38

do you go and watch football is a

supporter? Why do I go? The euphoria

0:42:380:42:42

of seeing your team score a goal.

Too often the goals are being pulled

0:42:420:42:46

back to see if there was an

incident, offside, foul, and that is

0:42:460:42:50

taking away from the supporters'

enjoyment.

The long waits like this?

0:42:500:42:56

The long wait is fine if you are

trying to get to the right decision

0:42:560:42:59

based on the decision being made. If

a linesman gives offside, or a

0:42:590:43:02

referee gives a penalty, fine, check

it but if you want to pull a goal

0:43:020:43:07

back to check if there was a target

or offside or whatever, you take

0:43:070:43:12

away the euphoric moment supporters

go and watch football for so it

0:43:120:43:15

can't work.

It is not working at the

moment. He makes the decision

0:43:150:43:21

himself without VAR, probably the

only one he made on the night and I

0:43:210:43:25

think the players were losing

respect. Lamela were struggling to

0:43:250:43:29

stay on the pitch. Tapping on the

air, he looked like a traffic

0:43:290:43:34

warden, didn't look like a referee,

was he refereeing the game or not?

0:43:340:43:38

We do it a disservice, we have great

supporters, I was watching at home

0:43:380:43:42

and as a viewer at home I didn't

know what was going on and nobody

0:43:420:43:45

knew. They are not sharing the

workings out, we must see the

0:43:450:43:48

pictures.

Is it a good system that

being poorly applied because it

0:43:480:43:51

works on other sport, or is it

peculiar to football?

Like Danny

0:43:510:43:55

said the emotion gets taken away

from the game, if your team scores

0:43:550:44:00

and you are in the stands waiting

for a decision to be made it doesn't

0:44:000:44:02

feel like football.

It's not good

enough.

It is almost embarrassed at

0:44:020:44:10

the moment, making a mockery of the

game, there are so many teething

0:44:100:44:13

problems almost as if they are

testing it out.

The time thing, if

0:44:130:44:17

it's about the time thing, let the

guy with the replays take more

0:44:170:44:21

control and tell the referee what

position is. Who doesn't need to go

0:44:210:44:24

and see it because the referee on

the pitch. The good thing about that

0:44:240:44:27

is the players will then stop going

up to the referee on the pitch and

0:44:270:44:32

crucifying him because it's not

actually his decision. He can say, I

0:44:320:44:35

will tell him later because he's the

one. He doesn't have to walk across

0:44:350:44:40

the pitch, Liverpool against West

Brom, perfect example, should review

0:44:400:44:45

it, walks over and looks at the

screen and it goes on for ever and

0:44:450:44:47

the fans go, what's going on was at

the time is not the issue, it's the

0:44:470:44:51

fans' enjoyment because without the

fans we have nothing.

It's not right

0:44:510:44:55

we are taking so long to get it

right, it's taking something away

0:44:550:44:59

from the game. Four goals in the

first half were chalked off but

0:44:590:45:03

after that every other goal the

referee was tapping his ear to say,

0:45:030:45:07

can we celebrate the goal or can't

we?

We have found out you don't like

0:45:070:45:12

a traffic warden, Martin. We have to

ask about Spurs who face

0:45:120:45:16

Huddersfield this afternoon and

Juventus next week, we talked about

0:45:160:45:19

Manchester City and trophies, could

this be a season with trophies at

0:45:190:45:22

last for Spurs?

You look at the FA

Cup and they've come into the data

0:45:220:45:27

form. They've only lost one in their

last 16, I think, and they look

0:45:270:45:32

strong and very good. The Juventus

game is massive, that's going to be

0:45:320:45:36

difficult. But for me the FA Cup,

they have got Chelsea and Man United

0:45:360:45:39

still in it. I look at Tottenham in

that and on current form I'd say

0:45:390:45:43

they are probably favourites for

that so hopefully for the club they

0:45:430:45:47

can get some silverware.

In effect

they are playing at home as well if

0:45:470:45:50

they get through. I know that sounds

unusual but it is a bit of an

0:45:500:45:55

advantage.

After that they will

definitely give you a job, Ryan.

0:45:550:45:59

Swansea were also trying to make the

last eight of the FA Cup and it was

0:45:590:46:03

another chilly night in South Wales

as they faced Sheffield Wednesday in

0:46:030:46:06

a replay. Following a cagey first

off Jordan Ayew scored the opener

0:46:060:46:10

after Tom Carroll's strike came back

off both posts and Nathan Dyer added

0:46:100:46:13

the second ten minutes from time to

set up a quarterfinal meeting with

0:46:130:46:17

Spurs at

0:46:170:46:22

John, we know that South Wales had a

red weather warning but the good

0:46:220:46:26

news is the game goes on.

Absolutely. The weather here, it is

0:46:260:46:30

very chilly but there is not a lot

of snow round the Swansea area.

0:46:300:46:34

Round Cardiff and the M4 it is

tricky. We had to come through from

0:46:340:46:38

the Severn Bridge all the way about

40mph which is the advised speed

0:46:380:46:41

limit. There is to problems here at

the liberty for what is a crucial

0:46:410:46:46

match. Swansea three points behind

West Ham. Swansea unbeaten in six,

0:46:460:46:50

six wins in a row here, including

three in the FA Cup. They are up

0:46:500:46:54

against a West Ham team who have

scored in the last 11 Premier League

0:46:540:46:58

games, just three points ahead of

Swansea, Swansea could move above

0:46:580:47:03

West Ham if they get an emphatic

result. I am kept piecing for Marty

0:47:030:47:10

off the substitutes bench.

West Ham will become the tenth team

0:47:100:47:15

to score 1,000 Premier League goals,

if they score here this afternoon.

0:47:150:47:21

Thank you. So Swansea into the last

eight of the FA Cup for the first

0:47:210:47:29

time since 1964. And England's women

got their second win ore France in

0:47:290:47:34

44 year, they did it in style with a

4-1 in the first game of the She

0:47:340:47:40

Believes Cup. Tony Duggan opening

the scoring. Scoring. Scoring. Jill

0:47:400:47:47

Scott doubled the advantage, Duggan

set up Fran Kirby for the fourth in

0:47:470:47:51

a convincing start to Phil Neville's

reign add head coach. Jo curry has

0:47:510:47:56

been to see the first England

training camp.

0:47:560:48:03

Columbus Ohio, a city named after

Cristopher Columbus, the man

0:48:040:48:09

attributed with finding the

Americaser. It is fitting that

0:48:090:48:14

England's women's footballers are

here as they embark on their own

0:48:140:48:17

journey of discovery.

We had a meeting where I set the

0:48:170:48:21

tone, the type of manager I would

be, the standard and discipline I

0:48:210:48:26

expect and they took it onboard

really well. They have an

0:48:260:48:30

unbelievable thirst for learning,

they have surprised me in terms of

0:48:300:48:33

the questions asked. If you have

players that are self driven it's

0:48:330:48:38

the best place you can be as a

manager.

He wants us to do

0:48:380:48:43

everything together. Discipline,

respect, the girls do as they are

0:48:430:48:46

told, he is coming in, making sure

we do everything how it should be

0:48:460:48:51

done. I think it is great. It is the

little things that are going to help

0:48:510:48:56

you win World Cups.

Last month Casey Stoney, capped 140

0:48:560:49:02

times for England announced her

retirement from playing to take up a

0:49:020:49:06

new role as Anelka assistant.

This

opportunity came up and you can't

0:49:060:49:11

turn it down. Phil Neville spoke to

me, asked me if I would be

0:49:110:49:17

interested and work alongside him.

That for me was incredible because

0:49:170:49:21

the thought of retiring frightened

the life out of me.

The respect she

0:49:210:49:26

has is phenomenal. She is the link

between me and the team. She is an

0:49:260:49:30

outstanding young coach. Driven at

types, you have to pull her back a

0:49:300:49:35

bit, because she, she reminds me of

myself when I joined David Moyes's

0:49:350:49:40

staff where you want to do

everything yesterday rather than

0:49:400:49:43

keep going, she is doing fantastic.

We shouldn't come to this tournament

0:49:430:49:48

with any fears we can't compete or

win, what I have challenged the team

0:49:480:49:53

is, look let's win all three game,

and looking at the record in past

0:49:530:49:57

tournament, we have only won one, if

we want to win a World Cup, we have

0:49:570:50:04

to beat USA, Germany, France, these

are our rivals.

0:50:040:50:08

Is that new era for the Lionesses?

I

feel like it is. We have been to two

0:50:080:50:15

semifinals. Phil Neville wouldn't

have took this job if he didn't

0:50:150:50:18

think he could be successful.

Success is going further than that,

0:50:180:50:21

so it is a few era, we are looking

forward, we are massively about

0:50:210:50:28

qualifying for the World Cup, doing

well in this tournament. You know

0:50:280:50:33

and see what the rest holds.

What

does a lioness's team look like

0:50:330:50:38

under Phil Neville?

I wanted us to

play with style but retain the

0:50:380:50:42

characteristics that are here

already, there is a great spirit and

0:50:420:50:45

togetherness, regardless of what has

happened over the last 12 months,

0:50:450:50:49

and we need to keep those, those

found tastings strong and just build

0:50:490:50:53

on that, and that is the challenge

-- foundations. Some people are

0:50:530:51:00

scared of challenge, I'm not.

The

She Believes Cup continue tonnes BBC

0:51:000:51:04

in the coming days with England set

to faces Germany and the USA on BBC

0:51:040:51:10

Two on Wednesday night.

Watching that, you two, Martin and

0:51:100:51:15

Danny, you have both known Phil

Neville a long time. It is

0:51:150:51:19

interesting the player, the sta and

he himself talks about the regime he

0:51:190:51:24

has brought in to England's women's

set up. It is a great result against

0:51:240:51:27

France to start things off.

Very

good. It is important to get result,

0:51:270:51:32

to back up what he want, he set out

his goal, the Nevilles have been

0:51:320:51:37

professional, they are in bed at

9.00. I remember knocking on Phil's

0:51:370:51:41

door one night, fast asleep, with

Paul Schole, they were so

0:51:410:51:46

professional.

What did you want?

I

was returning something back to his

0:51:460:51:51

room. They virtually knocked

themselves out, they were that

0:51:510:51:55

professional. They did everything by

the book. Applying thats a a

0:51:550:52:00

manager, Casey Stoney, don't

estimate her, she has a big future.

0:52:000:52:05

I think, the good thing is, when he

came into the cob, he got grief for

0:52:050:52:12

things he said in the past. -- job.

He faced it head on, and, now, he

0:52:120:52:17

has come to a situation where he

knows he will be tested on result,

0:52:170:52:21

so it is a great way for him and the

team to start things off with a win

0:52:210:52:26

over France, a team they have

struggled against in the past.

One

0:52:260:52:30

thing he doesn't need to do is

justify himself, to whoever. Get on

0:52:300:52:34

with the job, he is a good coach, he

is stickler for detail, he will do a

0:52:340:52:39

good job. He doesn't need to respond

to negativity, show it on the pitch,

0:52:390:52:44

he will over time. That was a great

start for him.. I am pleased for

0:52:440:52:47

him.

From America's mid west to the

north-west, where there is a large

0:52:470:52:53

League One encounter taking place.

Blackburn host Wigan and Clem put on

0:52:530:52:57

his thermals to pay them a visit.

0:52:570:53:06

I've come as an emmisery on behalf

of the players, we would like to

0:53:060:53:11

train inside today, is that

possible?

That is possible, yes.

I

0:53:110:53:15

am guessing training inside is

something you would frown upon, from

0:53:150:53:19

where you come from you would want

to be out there on the ice?

No

0:53:190:53:23

chance.

Really? OK.

I'm waiting for

my boots to warm up.

I'm waiting for

0:53:230:53:31

my boots to warm up. Good Lord.

Only

took 38 games.

0:53:310:53:39

I can already smell the vibe round

the place, much different to last

0:53:390:53:42

season.

Any, the spirit is good, the

place is bouncing a bit. The players

0:53:420:53:49

are having fun, laughing. Since the

Gaffer came in we started to see

0:53:490:53:54

signs of what we could do, we have

carried that over, he has made good

0:53:540:54:00

signings in the summer and January.

Things are starting to look

0:54:000:54:02

positive.

It is always Danny Graham,

he is climbing on top of something,

0:54:020:54:06

he is pulling some face.

In a perverse sort of way, might

0:54:060:54:14

relegation turn out to be a

long-term benefit?

I'm not sure, I'm

0:54:140:54:19

not sure relegation is ever good. I

think the form last year, the last

0:54:190:54:24

15 games, only three defeats in 15

games, it was about trying to change

0:54:240:54:29

the mentality.

Change the mentality,

what did you do?

The team gets used

0:54:290:54:35

to losing games and almost an

acceptance of losing it, and yes,

0:54:350:54:39

you have to get a winning mentality

back in the group. It is

0:54:390:54:46

unacceptable not to work hard.

Is

the thing you are most proud of,

0:54:460:54:50

that you have given a bit of soul

back to the club?

I just do the same

0:54:500:54:54

I do at every club. I bring my

personality, it might seem dour to

0:54:540:54:59

people in front of the cameras, that

is...

Don't do yourself down. For

0:54:590:55:04

all you had a great season with

Gillingham last year, do you feel as

0:55:040:55:07

though you have gone up a level? You

only have to look at the poster

0:55:070:55:12

behind you to see the club you have

joined

It is a massive club. It has

0:55:120:55:17

helped me play with top player, I

feel like I am going to score every

0:55:170:55:22

time.

That must be a lovely place to

be.

It's a good feeling. I couldn't

0:55:220:55:27

do it without my team-mates.

You

need a raw hunger.

I have a set way

0:55:270:55:33

of doing thing, my first job at

Hibernian, not just guys going out

0:55:330:55:40

on Tuesday night, watching on at the

back of the stand, young lads

0:55:400:55:44

watching game after game, we are

trying to put the foundations of a

0:55:440:55:51

strong club moving for -- forward.

Hopefully we will be hard to stop

0:55:510:55:56

There is a good feel-good factor

round the club at the minute. It is

0:55:560:55:59

a joy to play football.

Sunday is a

big game for us, we are hugely

0:55:590:56:04

looking forward to. It is against a

team we are competing with at the

0:56:040:56:08

top end of the table. The last time

was Shrewsbury Town. We would hope

0:56:080:56:14

for more of the same against wig.

I

think the last time I was in here

0:56:140:56:19

Owen Coyle left some sweets in here,

no? OK.

0:56:190:56:23

I am sure he took those with him.

Thanks for your hard work Clem.

0:56:230:56:28

Ryan, I know Blackburn and Wigan

trying to get into the Championship,

0:56:280:56:31

one of your former teams Hull are

trying to stay in, they picked up,

0:56:310:56:37

beat Sheffield Wednesday, drew with

Barnsley, do you think they are

0:56:370:56:40

turning the ship round a bit?

I hope

so, their home form, they are

0:56:400:56:44

unbeaten at six or seven at home. He

stopped them conceding goals and if

0:56:440:56:48

you look at the goal difference, it

is better than everyone below them,

0:56:480:56:53

that counts for an extra point.

I

have had loads of comments about you

0:56:530:56:56

coming on the programme. Many wishes

you all the west best for the

0:56:560:56:59

future. You play the piano, Martin,

do you play any musical instruments

0:56:590:57:06

No.

Danny

Six guitar lessons is and

couldn't do it.

Is Ryan inspiring

0:57:060:57:15

you

Maybe.

What are you going to

play, a tuba?

No idea.

Wish you all

0:57:150:57:23

the best for the future.

0:57:230:57:24

Wish you all the best

for the future.

0:57:240:57:27

That's all we've got time

for on Football Focus today,

0:57:270:57:29

but plenty more sport in store.

0:57:290:57:30

World Triathlon series follows us

after the news on BBC 1,

0:57:300:57:33

and a reminder you can watch

the World Indoor Athletics

0:57:330:57:35

Championships over on BBC 2.

0:57:350:57:40

We leave you this week

with the predictions of the newly

0:57:400:57:42

crowned World Pentathlon Champion

and Liverpool fan,

0:57:420:57:44

Katarina Johnson Thompson.

0:57:440:57:47

Goodbye.

0:57:470:57:55

My grandad is a huge Liverpool fan,

and we didn't have a choice. I had

0:57:570:58:03

trialled for Everton and turned them

down because I was such a Liverpool

0:58:030:58:06

fan, they wanted me to go in goal, I

didn't want to be in goal.

0:58:060:58:16

I remember my grandad, he was, we

went 3-0 down, he was laid on the

0:58:160:58:23

couch and looked sad. After one goal

he had his head up and two goals he

0:58:230:58:28

sat up on his bellow and after three

he was screaming ready to go, and I

0:58:280:58:33

think that affected me as a person

so much, and I think I've said it in

0:58:330:58:38

the past, it is why I never give up.

Liverpool and Newcastle, sorry for

0:58:380:58:44

all the Geordies but I believe that

Liverpool will win 3-0.

0:58:440:58:53

Manchester City Chelsea. Good game,

sometimes overhyped so maybe

0:58:530:58:58

Manchester City will win

0:58:580:58:59

Dan Walker and guests Danny Murphy, Martin Keown and Ryan Mason preview the weekend's action, with interviews from Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, Manchester City's Leroy Sane and Southampton's Ryan Bertrand.