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Football Focus features interviews with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen and Juventus defender Sami Khedira.


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Hello, welcome to Football Focus.

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It's cold out there and we have

plenty of reasons to stay cozy

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on the sofa this Saturday lunchtime.

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The North London derby

takes centre stage.

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We hear from Tottenham's main Jan.

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Looking forward to this game, always

a great atmosphere, it's very

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respectful.

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Can Leicester derail

the Manchester City juggernaut?

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Schmeichel Junior is

expecting a busy evening.

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It's going to be a tough game but we

have one there before and we go

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there with confidence.

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Last season's champions seem to be

coming off the rails.

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Chelsea in crisis?

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Lowest point of the season, lowest I

have felt for a while.

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And we're on our travels

to Turin where Juventus

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are preparing for Spurs,

and to Brora Rangers

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in the Scottish Highlands,

who take on Kilmarnock

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in their first ever fifth

round Scottish Cup tie.

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In the studio we have Kevin Kilbane

and a Football Focus

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debut for Garry Monk,

formerly of Middlesbrough,

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Leeds and Swansea.

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Lovely to have you here.

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We start with some

terribly sad news.

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Last night it was announced

that the former Republic of Ireland

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midfielder Liam Miller has died

at the age of 36.

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He was suffering with

pancreatic cancer.

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clip.

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Liam started his career at Celtic

in 2000 before moving

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to Old Trafford four years later.

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He also played for Leeds,

Sunderland, QPR and Hibernian.

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He won 21 caps for the Republic

between 2004 and 2009

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and was someone Kevin knew well.

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This was him scoring for Sunderland

later in his career.

When we got

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word that he was suffering with

cancer in the last month or two,

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devastating news for all of Senrab

played alongside him but when the

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news filtered through last terribly

sad -- who had played along side

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him. You think of his family, his

wife and three children, that hits

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home more than anything. Playing

alongside him, we have seen the

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ability he had as a play, excellent

at Celtic and Man United and

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Sunderland, all of the clubs, but

terribly humble as a lad.

A lot of

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fans have said that, shocked by the

news, but they had so much affection

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for him.

That was the thing with

him, he was very unassuming and

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quiet, just got on with things.

Around the squads, when he first

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came into the Irish setup, he just

got on with it, there were no airs

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and graces. I think it will be

devastating news to everybody who

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had played with him over the years.

Just our thoughts are with his

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family on his wife and children.

We

agree with that.

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agree with that. Celtic are playing

against Partick Thistle today. There

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will be a minute 's silence before

that game and the players will be

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wearing black armbands, in memory of

Liam Miller who has died aged 36.

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He would have been 37 on Tuesday.

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Let's turn to the weekend's

Premier League fixtures, which kick

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off with the North London derby.

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More on that in a moment.

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There are five 3 o'clock games.

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Swansea will want to keep up

their recent upturn against Burnley.

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Top of the table Manchester City

are at home to Leicester

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in the early evening game.

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Three tomorrow, with second-placed

Manchester United and third-placed

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Liverpool in action,

and Chelsea again

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play on Monday night.

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Let's start with Tottenham,

who host Arsenal this lunchtime.

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Jan Vertonghen has been speaking

to some school children taking part

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in the PlayStation Cup,

and Mark Clemmit.

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I have prepared our lesson, the

topics are on the board and first up

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is the term report. What do you

reckon of your season so far at

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Spurs?

We had some great games and

moments. We had a little dip in

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October and November but apart from

that, we have played some great

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football.

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Especially the last couple of games

against United and Liverpool, we are

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on top of our game.

Fifth, third,

second. At what point does this

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group of players, to have fulfilled

their potential, have to win some

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silverware?

I think we're ready for

it. We have the team and the manager

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and the technical staff, the medical

staff obviously not the new stadium

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yet but definitely the players the

mentality in the team. We are ready

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to reward ourselves.

Do you discuss

it within the group? Clearly you

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have the French goalkeeper, the

Belgian centre-half, the spine of

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the England team, a lot of momentum?

Definitely, we have enough quality

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to win something and we feel that.

It is not like we discussed it every

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day but we know we had to reward

ourselves for the hard work and the

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great football we played.

It seems

to me that the Spurs squad is built

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on a certain character as well, that

the manager has been careful with

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his recruitment, having the right

values and beliefs.

You have seen

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very well, with the discipline, he

selects the players and the new

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players and it starts with

discipline and work ethic and

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respect. Those are the main values

he is looking at. If you look across

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the team, everybody is hard-working

and respectful. He sees that as the

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base of a team and it is paying off.

You don't need me to tell you you

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have one heck of a big week with

Juventus in the Champions League and

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before that the North London derby.

How have the squad looked at the

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comings and goings at Arsenal in the

last few weeks?

It looks a bit like

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a different team, obviously it is

not but they have signed two great

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players. We have played against both

of them before four different clubs

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but great players. They won their

last game quite comfortably so we'll

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can thought to it, always a great

atmosphere, the players on the pitch

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very respectful but just a big fight

and that's what you want to see and

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why you play football.

Jan

Vertonghen to the rescue here.

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There is no rest for the next six

months because you have the World

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Cup and you are in England to's

group and there is that classic

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conundrum, goodbye to Harry Kane at

the end of the domestic season and a

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few weeks later... It must be a

strange experience.

Very strange, it

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will be the last game in the group.

A lot will depend on the previous

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results. The first time in my career

that I will face my Spurs team-mates

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and it's going to be very special. I

watched the draw with Eric Dier. Oh

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my God!

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We have spoken about it the next day

but ever since no one mentioned it

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again.

No one has mentioned a word?

I think we are a bit, not scared,

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but if you have a big mouth now you

have to show up! We know that

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England can beat us and they know we

can beat them.

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Mr Vertonghen was encouraging

the youngsters of John Warner School

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in Hoddesdon as part of the first

ever National Schools Football Week,

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staged in association

with the PlayStation Schools' Cup,

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which some 2,000 schools

across England are

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currently taking part in.

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I am sure you will know that if you

are one of them. 39 Premier League

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games for Spurs, 98 international

caps as well. He is misty dependable

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for them. You know what you get with

Jan Vertonghen and his is real

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quality.

Exactly, and the pleasing

bit with that type of player, it is

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the leadership qualities that the

manager looks for, not just what he

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can do with the ball and his ability

but the leadership he brings to the

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team and you want as many of those

as you can add a manager and in that

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position as well, it comes out on

top, including the player he is.

And

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overall, qualities from Vertonghen

but it's throughout the team. There

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seems to be a great team spirit

instilled by Pochettino. One through

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11 they are as good as anybody in

the league, it is in the depth of

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the squad, but with Vertonghen and

now Alderweireld back in the squad,

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it makes them a huge prospect

particularly with their weak,

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Arsenal and then Juventus.

A big

debate about diving this week, but

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Edina said that football is about

trying to trick your opponent and

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Arsene Wenger has said that the

English are becoming masters of

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diving -- Pochettino this week.

This

was hardly masters! We think it is a

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new thing but this has been

happening for 20, 30, 40 years,

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before we even started. It is just

becoming more prevalent.

There was

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nowhere near any contact.

Exactly

and Dele Alli knows himself when he

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gets up. But it will continue, and

the only problem is how broad or how

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far we take VAR.

Anthony Taylor is

the referee for the Spurs Arsenal

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game, both managers talking about

it, he will be under the spotlight.

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And it is difficult for the

referees. Situations like that are

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not helping. We have spoken about

it, the key is the punishment for me

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on the severity of it.

What would

you do, with that incident?

I would

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increase it.

He got a yellow card.

There is a retrospective views of

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it, but the punishment has to be

severe enough where the player as to

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have that doubt in his mind, I'm not

going to do it because I will end up

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losing my place in the team for

three or four games. The key is

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always the punishment.

The only

retrospective ban that comes around

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it is if you have deceived the

referee. You do feel like it has to

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start happening broadly.

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After beating Newport County

in their FA Cup replay on Wednesday,

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Tottenham will travel

to Greater Manchester for the fifth

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round after League One strugglers

Rochdale beat Championship Millwall

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in the battle of the beach

on Tuesday night.

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Ian Henderson scored the only goal

of the game to set up that

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home tie with Spurs.

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62 league places between them,

and we'll have that match live

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from the Crown Oil Arena,

or Spotland, BBC One

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a week on Sunday.

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On the issue of the surface. In

defence of Rochdale, they have had

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289 days of rain in the last year

and almost five feet of rainfall on

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the pitch. Pochettino has raised

genuine concerns. Would you want to

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take a team to a surface like that?

I might tell them to play on the

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right side where the grass is! Of

course it is in a terrible

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condition, but it is part of the FA

Cup. It could be a leveller for

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Rochdale and you have to get on with

it.

It is serious, the game against

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Fleetwood has actually now been

postponed because of the quality of

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the pitch.

Garry is right, it will

be a leveller. When I was at Wigan

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we stayed up under Steve Bruce and

our pitch was in a terrible state

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and Steve Bruce was saying to lead

it. When we had Arsenal and Man

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United and Chelsea come on, we were

not bothered, we knew it would give

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is a better chance because it was a

leveller. Looking at that next week,

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Wachtel have played on it.

I would

imagine the pitch is perfect at

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Wembley -- Rochdale have played on

it.

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Steve Bower is settling

into his seat and has

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the early team news.

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Thank you, the first north London

derby at Wembley for almost 25 years

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Arsenal winning an FA Cup semifinal

that date thanks to a goal from Tony

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Adams and the Gunners had been

victorious on the last nine

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appearances at the National Stadium

but they are winless away from home

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against any of the current top five

since January 20 15. Spurs are

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buoyed by their victory here against

Manchester United and he was up

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against Liverpool last weekend and

Mauricio Pochettino names the team

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that started at Anfield with Harry

Kane scoring six goals in six

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Premier League matches against

Arsenal, new signing Lucas Moura is

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on the bench. Toby Alderweireld is

not in the squad. Arsenal's

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hat-trick hero against Everton Aaron

Ramsey has been ruled out with a

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groin injury so Mohamed Elneny is

starting, Jack Wilshere is preferred

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to Iwobi behind Ozil, Mkhitaryan and

Aubameyang, and Badou Jack has

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recovered from a calf injury. And to

add to the usual high-stakes, it is

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hugely significant in the Champions

League chase -- Petr Cech has

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recovered. And Arsenal debate would

leave them seven points behind

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Spurs.

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Neither team in the top four at the

moment. That is the Spurs team. We

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said it is one of the best, that is

a strong team but a fascinating

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contest for them.

They would have

loved to have had Alderweireld back

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alongside Jan Vertonghen. Danny Rose

not playing, Ben Davies selected

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ahead of him but a very strong team

and it will be a class game.

I'm

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sure you have been in that position

as a manager in massive games, you

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look at it and everybody is excited

to watch it but how do you see these

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teams this season?

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teams this season?

The way, what

Spurs have done in the last couple

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of seasons, being close to the

title, they would like to be closer.

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The top four is always important for

both teams and they are outside it

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at the moment so it is huge for

various reasons but always an

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interesting one between Arsenal and

Spurs. Everybody will want to watch

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it.

And in terms of new recruits,

Lucas Muller on the bench for Spurs,

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this is the Arsenal team. -- Lucas

Moura. So exciting going forward,

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yes they have problems at the back

but Mkhitaryan can bring you the SS

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which he has always had and he was

brilliant for Arsenal in the last

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game.

-- of the assists. He can play

as number ten or off the right-hand

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side comedienne drift inside

readily. His ability to pick out a

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pass, he was offside, Aubameyang,

but it is the position he gets into

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to create the chances and the

through balls. Three assists last

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week and a great performance and if

you are Aubameyang, you make the

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runs and he will pick you out. That

relationship could be key for

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Arsenal at the end of the season.

And as we heard, Aaron Ramsey not

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available having scored a hat-trick

in that game.

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Chelsea are the team currently

clinging on to fourth place,

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but they are involved a spot

of crisis management after two

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terrible league performances

which have put manager Antonio Conte

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firmly under the microscope.

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Strange to put your finger on the

last two games. We have the second

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highest number of clean sheets. We

were high in the table

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were high in the table

the second

half was a disaster. Junior

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Stanislas to make its two, and he

has done!

He comes down like

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Ladbrokes on your head.

Its three!

Remarkable!

You need to take the

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right path and you need to do that

collectively put together, work hard

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together.

The pressure is building

on Antonio Conte. He and Chelsea

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cannot afford to lose this game.

It's a second yellow card and

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Chelsea are down to ten men.

We need

to show character and get back on

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track.

Oh, it's a penalty! And

Chelsea's season gets worse!

In

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terms of performance, I see

ourselves. It was an abysmal

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performance.

Its 3-1!

It's a tough

moment.

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moment.

Unbelievable stuff at

Vicarage Road!

Really the lowest

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point of the season that I've felt

for a little while.

Every single

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player knows we have to try to

improve, to play better than the

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game against Watford. Also against

Bournemouth. It was totally

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negative, our performance. I'm not

thinking for only one moments the of

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going away from this club, but when

you have this with soap or a result,

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you have two divide the

responsibility with the players and

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the club.

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They are in a spot of bother. What

on earth has happened to Chelsea?

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This is Premier League top six since

Christmas. They've gone from having

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the best joint defensive record in

the Premier League to conceding

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seven goals in two games and looking

shambolic at the back. Is that just

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a mental thing? What happened at

Chelsea?

I think a lot of it is

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mental but in terms of the manager,

in terms in the media, how he's

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speaking, you look from season to

this season, it does seem a little

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unsettled in the way he's speaking.

He seems more guarded than he was

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last season. There the pressure of

being champions and defending your

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title and at Chelsea they'll always

be that pressure, but I think just

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that unsettling feeling seems to

have transferred a bit into the

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players and in the confident side of

it and into the games and

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performances.

When you are a manager

under pressure, is it hard not to

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become a bit defensive? You've been

in that situation your self. Do you

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try to hide that from the players?

Try to talk openly about it with the

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players but I cant you cope?

With

the players, every manager is

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different. In situations like that,

from my experiences, be open with

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the players. Football is football at

the end of the day. Whatever happens

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outside the training ground or the

match or whatever it is, the job is

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exactly the same. You try to keep

that balance. The way I dealt with

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it was to be very open with them.

Not talking about that situation or

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what they hear in the press, but

about what the job isn't we're doing

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together and create more of that

siege mentality and really try to

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use that as motivation to prove a

point.

There are issues obviously,

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Kevin. Champions last season. Look

at who they try to bring in to

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upgrade. Those summer signings.

Supper cost, Drinkwater, cameo role.

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Are they better from those recruits

than what you saw last season?

Know

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and when you look at Chelsea last

season, it was a settled side. You

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can't underestimate the impact that

had on the squad and how the

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difficulty...

The red card against

Watford.

. And he hasn't worked out

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for them, Bakayoko. In goal, Kante

could continue to use his attributes

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around the pit. They always had an

ace and they don't have that.

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Warning sign that I felt were there

towards the back end of the season

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with Kante's demeanour, the way he

was Dobby, that's came across in the

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summertime and that's has taken over

this season.

Eight macro managers in

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the last six years have left the

club after playing West Bromwich top

0:21:300:21:34

two Chelsea managers in that! Want

to watch out for on Monday.

0:21:340:21:39

Winning the title and then

sacking the manager

0:21:390:21:41

the very next season -

Leicester fans will

0:21:410:21:43

remember it well.

0:21:430:21:44

The Foxes face

Manchester City today.

0:21:440:21:46

Riyad Mahrez returned to training

this week and Rachel Stringer had no

0:21:460:21:49

difficulty tracking down Kasper

Schmeichel.

0:21:490:21:56

Only five losses since he took over.

Eight in the Premier League table

0:22:090:22:12

and through to the fifth round of

the FA Cup. Things are going pretty

0:22:120:22:16

well.

His obvious change the style

of play, change the formation. A lot

0:22:160:22:20

of his thinking was that we had

potential going forward but we went

0:22:200:22:25

for the killer pass probably to

early. We didn't probably take as

0:22:250:22:30

much care as we could do. He's

encouraging us to take a pass extra

0:22:300:22:35

sometimes to open up the space and

will probably find a more accurate

0:22:350:22:39

pass. It's been positive, a good

experience. Whether playing from the

0:22:390:22:44

back a bit more now. He's testing

others and challenging others. He's

0:22:440:22:52

a quiet guy who kind of gets on with

the job on the pitch. He's very

0:22:520:22:58

vocal. He talks a lot individually

to players, he's multilingual so he

0:22:580:23:03

can deliver his message in different

Leggett is to players who maybe

0:23:030:23:07

understand it better in their own

language. When he's not happy, we're

0:23:070:23:11

left in no doubt that he's not

happy. His demeanour and way

0:23:110:23:14

speaking is obviously a very calm

way and it is good because it

0:23:140:23:18

influences the team to play more

calmly.

You haven't taken him out

0:23:180:23:24

for a party or a dinner was Tremarco

welcomed him?

We have a dinner. It

0:23:240:23:30

was nice. He saw a different side to

the players, which was good. He's so

0:23:300:23:33

the players and how they are outside

the football club. You have your

0:23:330:23:37

work face and your private face. I

think it was good for him to see, he

0:23:370:23:43

enjoyed it. We saw a different side

to him.

I saw recently, a couple of

0:23:430:23:49

weeks ago, you put on Instagram,

using the best tekkers in the club.

0:23:490:23:57

Undoubtedly, definitely. There's a

few that will try to take the

0:23:570:24:03

mantle, but I try and it's something

I've always done, I've always

0:24:030:24:06

enjoyed the banter and the little to

touch games. That time it was only

0:24:060:24:13

two us, but usually there is seven

or eight involved in a little circle

0:24:130:24:17

in the dressing room and it's good

fun. When I was young, football was

0:24:170:24:25

something I enjoyed, but I kind of

went off it a little bit. The circus

0:24:250:24:34

that surrounds it, all these things,

that kind of got too much. We

0:24:340:24:38

couldn't really go anywhere as a

family without it being a bit crazy.

0:24:380:24:44

As a youngster, that was a point

where it may be got too much. As I

0:24:440:24:49

got older, I kind of understood

the... Around the game and a bit

0:24:490:24:53

more. I don't know, but I think my

love of football just kind of took

0:24:530:24:57

over and I was like, well, that's

what I wanted to do, I want to play

0:24:570:25:01

football and I have to accept and

learn how to deal with the

0:25:010:25:04

surrounding world.

Up against

Manchester City this weekend. A club

0:25:040:25:08

where you started your career.

It

was a club I was at for eight years

0:25:080:25:12

and it was a club that helped me in

so many ways. It's always nice to go

0:25:120:25:19

back and it's going to be tough, I

think. It's going to be a very tough

0:25:190:25:23

game. But we won there before and we

go there with confidence.

0:25:230:25:29

He's always been a good talker.

Claude Puel, when he came, fans were

0:25:290:25:36

particularly happy. That often

happens. With Schmeichel, they're

0:25:360:25:40

playing real tribute with the way

he's gone in there, micromanaged

0:25:400:25:43

various areas and generally

difference to the way they play.

0:25:430:25:46

Quietly and assured is the way he

comes across. The way they're

0:25:460:25:49

playing, we were talking before,

it's exciting to watch them at the

0:25:490:25:53

moment. They've got a slight

difference change to just been

0:25:530:25:56

counterattacking and that directness

to Vardy. Obviously from the players

0:25:560:26:02

and listening to them, they're

enjoying that, as well. The way he's

0:26:020:26:06

managing them. Credit to them.

The

interview was done before Riyad

0:26:060:26:11

Mahrez return. A statement from the

man himself.

0:26:110:26:21

They take on Manchester City, which

is of course still macro team hoping

0:26:250:26:30

to buy him and this issue in the

first place. Coming back into a team

0:26:300:26:34

like that, do you think players will

just laugh about it, have fun in the

0:26:340:26:38

dressing room and get on with it?

I

think that's what'll happen. The

0:26:380:26:41

problem will be more for the manager

and how he's trying to integrate him

0:26:410:26:44

back into the pitch himself. In

general, the dressing room, unless

0:26:440:26:49

there's a problem personally was two

players, I can't see any issues at

0:26:490:26:52

all I think you'll be fine. I think

for him, after it fell through, the

0:26:520:26:57

magister city made, it was important

for him to get back on the training

0:26:570:27:00

ground. He hasn't necessarily have

that training ground time yet, but

0:27:000:27:03

once that comes around in the next

couple of weeks, you'll be fine. He

0:27:030:27:06

has to show that consistent form.

With regards to Manchester City, we

0:27:060:27:10

were talking about diving earlier.

This story is doing the rounds this

0:27:100:27:13

weekend. This is about Manchester

City have sought sent nine

0:27:130:27:22

challenges to the referees

Association and what they're trying

0:27:220:27:24

to say is, we're now looking at

diving retrospectively in other

0:27:240:27:28

areas of the game and they think all

those challenges they've mentioned,

0:27:280:27:31

which were yellow card challenges,

should retrospectively have the

0:27:310:27:35

ability to be turned into red card

challenges. Now, I see the face on

0:27:350:27:39

both of you. Is this a can of worms

that shouldn't be opened, or do they

0:27:390:27:42

have a point?

They definitely have a

point, but I think you'll find...

0:27:420:27:48

That's open to every single team,

the amount or volume of coming into

0:27:480:27:52

the guys after a game at the

weekend, it'd be impossible to do. I

0:27:520:27:55

understand his point but I don't

think that's really going to be a

0:27:550:27:58

feasible thing to do.

How many times

do we get this that's challenges on

0:27:580:28:04

this time? They look bad in the

still pitch or in slow motion.

0:28:040:28:07

There's no malice the majority of

times players are going for a

0:28:070:28:12

challenge. It's innocent hobby you

want to win the ball, help your

0:28:120:28:14

site. If you look at every sort of

challenge back, I don't see this

0:28:140:28:19

carrying.

The video analysis man

will spend Monday, Tuesday,

0:28:190:28:25

Wednesday looking at them.

Exactly

and we are talking at the eight are

0:28:250:28:29

inside of the game itself. By and

large, it has been right up to now.

0:28:290:28:34

It's not perfect, but in general,

it's right will stop all of a

0:28:340:28:39

sudden, this incident will have to

be checked and this incident, and I

0:28:390:28:42

don't agree. I'd rather keep the

game as it is.

We have to be

0:28:420:28:46

careful. We don't want tackling and

physical contact to go. Well, I

0:28:460:28:50

don't comment at obbligato the game.

It makes the game, as well. The

0:28:500:28:54

serious challenges and dangerous

ones, of course. Being a former

0:28:540:28:58

defender, it's actually an art to

defend and make tackles in certain

0:28:580:29:01

ways. I think if we take that

completely out of the game, this is

0:29:010:29:05

the way it seems to be progressing,

we have to be very careful with what

0:29:050:29:08

we choose to do.

0:29:080:29:11

Mahrez was the Player

of the Year two seasons ago.

0:29:110:29:13

This man has to be high

in the voting this time around.

0:29:130:29:16

Another two for Mo Salah

last weekend against

0:29:160:29:18

Tottenham - he's red hot.

0:29:180:29:26

# The strong, the mighty

# The forces of evil can never

0:29:260:29:30

destroy...

COMMENTATOR: Does he go for it? He

0:29:300:29:34

does! He scores! He's Mohammed

Salam. Sala is there and he scores.

0:29:340:29:43

-- Salah. Devastating!

Salah hasn't

scored for Liverpool!

0:29:430:30:00

scored for Liverpool! First touch of

a Salah and brilliant. Mo Salah is

0:30:000:30:04

amongst the goals yet again! How, oh

how, did Mohammed Salah do that?

0:30:040:30:13

Wink-macro quite a few people

wondering.

0:30:130:30:17

From the point of view of a manager,

I will try to get round to it! How

0:30:190:30:25

do you stop somebody like this? Goal

number 20 and 21 of the season.

Very

0:30:250:30:34

difficult, he is playing with

confidence and his movement is

0:30:340:30:36

excellent. The shot in the arm for

Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, the

0:30:360:30:43

recruitment of it, you are buying a

player, you know what he is capable

0:30:430:30:47

of but the excitement is the

potential. I think they did not

0:30:470:30:51

expect him to fulfil it so quickly

come to the club, showing these

0:30:510:30:56

things, finishing and movement and

technique. The thing that impresses

0:30:560:30:59

me is his physicality, he can handle

the ball against physical players.

0:30:590:31:05

He has the whole package.

It is

difficult, he will shift onto his

0:31:050:31:13

right foot, predominantly left

footed but as a defender when you

0:31:130:31:18

are square up against him, it is

which way you show him. Vertonghen

0:31:180:31:23

was almost anticipating he would go

to his left but he goes inside and

0:31:230:31:28

it is how quickly he recognises the

situation and a goal-scoring chance.

0:31:280:31:32

Virgil van Dijk going back to St

Mary's for the first time since

0:31:320:31:37

moving to Liverpool. Since scoring

this goal against Everton on his

0:31:370:31:40

debut in the cup it has been two

defeat and a draw for Liverpool and

0:31:400:31:44

they have conceded six goals. He

came in at a huge sonic lot of

0:31:440:31:50

money, it shows you that there an

issue which just not one man can

0:31:500:31:55

address -- a huge signing.

He is a

fantastic defender and he will be a

0:31:550:32:01

huge asset for Liverpool also be has

every attribute and leadership in

0:32:010:32:06

that position like we were talking

about earlier. It is a matter of

0:32:060:32:10

time they get the relationships

right, whoever his partner is, if

0:32:100:32:14

they bring someone in in the summer,

to form that relationship as a back

0:32:140:32:20

four.

For about 75 minutes last week

it looked excellent with him

0:32:200:32:25

alongside Lovren but when they went

to five at the back and Spurs put

0:32:250:32:30

them under pressure, they fell

apart. That is what has to be

0:32:300:32:35

addressed. Conceding one and it is a

glut of goals.

A quick word on

0:32:350:32:41

Southampton, that win against West

Brom was their first since the end

0:32:410:32:44

of November and they needed it, a

long time without three points.

You

0:32:440:32:49

looked at the game, and the same

today, so many intriguing games at

0:32:490:32:54

the bottom and when they went one

down against West Brom, it was the

0:32:540:32:59

bounce back they needed. Because

Pellegrino was under serious

0:32:590:33:03

pressure, we looked at that, if they

could get some respond and they did

0:33:030:33:07

last weekend and the manner as well

with three goals, that is to take

0:33:070:33:11

them forward.

And talking about

taking them forward, it took them

0:33:110:33:16

outside of the bottom three, now in

15th place with 26 points but it is

0:33:160:33:22

incredibly tight down there. No team

is really falling away.

0:33:220:33:34

And nearly all the teams

0:33:340:33:35

who've sacked their managers this

season are picking up more points

0:33:350:33:38

per game under their new leaders.

0:33:380:33:39

It just hasn't gone for Frank de

Boer.

Crystal Palace have their

0:33:390:33:42

first goal of the season!

Claude

Puel has made pretty much the

0:33:420:33:47

perfect start.

Jamie Vardy!

Spectacular!

Ronald Koeman is a

0:33:470:33:55

manager under pressure.

Sensational

goal, Everton 2-1 Swansea.

David

0:33:550:34:05

Moyes has made such a difference to

West Ham.

West Ham United ahead

0:34:050:34:10

against Chelsea!

Things are looking

a little bleak for Paul Clement.

0:34:100:34:18

Successive victories against

Liverpool and Arsenal and this man

0:34:180:34:22

has simply transformed them.

The

feel-good factor returns to the bet

0:34:220:34:28

365 Stadium.

What a brilliant goal

and the Paul Lambert era is up and

0:34:280:34:36

running.

Only one win in 11 games

and Silva has a lot to think about.

0:34:360:34:41

That is an absolute cracker from

Roberto Pereyra! The points are

0:34:410:34:48

Watford's.

The bounce has not been

there so far.

That is wide from

0:34:480:34:57

Rondon and what a miss.

0:34:570:35:00

Only West Brom other team who have

not had the pick under Alan Pardew

0:35:000:35:06

but I suppose that is why teams

change managers. But it is so tight

0:35:060:35:11

and so much pressure on so many

teams.

It is unbelievably tight. Any

0:35:110:35:18

of those teams in that situation,

the pressure and the importance of

0:35:180:35:23

every game will get heightened. It

is pretty much the team who can

0:35:230:35:26

handle the pressure and keep the

confidence, even if they have

0:35:260:35:31

disappointments in between them that

they can maintain the confidence and

0:35:310:35:36

get enough points.

You look at the

home form always, but in that

0:35:360:35:42

position, playing at home can be

pressure. You don't have the luxury

0:35:420:35:46

of being able to sit in and soak up

pressure, you're constantly under

0:35:460:35:50

pressure from supporters to attack

teams. That is why it might be best

0:35:500:35:56

going away from home and grinding

out results.

West Ham have a big

0:35:560:36:01

game against Watford and I'm sure

you will have seen that we separate

0:36:010:36:05

-- Patrice Evra. This was his launch

video.

0:36:050:36:18

I'm for ever blowing bubbles! I love

this game! Come on you irons!

I love

0:36:250:36:32

that! 36 years old, Zabaleta on the

other side is 33, almost 70 years

0:36:320:36:41

between the full-backs.

It is what

he can bring. Aaron Cresswell will

0:36:410:36:45

be looking at him, how he has

conducted himself from a

0:36:450:36:48

professional point of view, it is

for players to look up to and it is

0:36:480:36:53

a shrewd signing from David Moyes.

0:36:530:36:54

Let's go to a match featuring two

of the teams who have changed

0:36:540:36:58

managers, and brought in two former

England bosses to boot.

0:36:580:37:02

Everton against Crystal Palace

at Goodison Park and John Motson

0:37:020:37:04

is there for Match of the Day today.

0:37:040:37:08

Lovely to have you on the programme.

0:37:080:37:10

Sam Allardyce said Everton

were pathetic in their last game.

0:37:100:37:12

They have to improve.

0:37:120:37:17

Yes, he had calmed down by the time

I spoke to him this morning, talking

0:37:170:37:21

about the second-half performance at

Arsenal being better than the first

0:37:210:37:25

and he called their current run a

blip. It is that it is going on a

0:37:250:37:30

long time, only one win in nine

games for effort and and the

0:37:300:37:35

worrying thing is 15 goals conceded

in six games which has not been good

0:37:350:37:40

for Jordan Pickford apart from

anybody else. What Allardyce has

0:37:400:37:44

said is that Everton will only get a

respectable position in the league

0:37:440:37:48

if their home form goes the way it

should. Very important for them to

0:37:480:37:53

collect three points at home today.

And from the Crystal Palace point of

0:37:530:37:59

view, it is almost an entire

first-team out injured?

Yes, you're

0:37:590:38:04

right, I counted them last night and

they are missing ten players and the

0:38:040:38:08

most important is Wilfried Zaha who

looks like being out for between

0:38:080:38:13

four and six weeks which will be a

real blow. They started the season

0:38:130:38:17

very poorly when he was also

injured. Since Roy Hodgson took

0:38:170:38:22

over, the great improvement, only

losing two games in the last 15 and

0:38:220:38:28

both of them were to Arsenal but

they now have to make sure they

0:38:280:38:31

don't drop back into that danger

area. One player who can help them

0:38:310:38:36

is Christian Benteke 17 league goals

last season but this season only

0:38:360:38:43

two.

We do love a statistic. Great

to talk to you. More from John on

0:38:430:38:50

final score. It might be his last

game at Goodison, his first ever

0:38:500:38:53

radio commentary was at Goodison

Park in 1969! Still going strong 48

0:38:530:38:59

years later. Someone is jabbing that

you played in that game! That is

0:38:590:39:06

unfair, from the producer!

0:39:060:39:08

Could be an interesting handshake

between Allardyce and Hodgson.

0:39:080:39:12

Hodgson saying yesterday

that they used to be good friends -

0:39:120:39:15

that was before the recorded

conversation with Big Sam.

0:39:150:39:18

That did not go down too well.

0:39:180:39:21

Another team who've had a real

bounce under a new manager

0:39:210:39:24

are Swansea, and they were one

of the teams in action in fourth

0:39:240:39:27

round replays this week.

0:39:270:39:30

Advanced ball, he sit down and he

turns and shoots!

0:39:380:39:47

turns and shoots! It is across the

face and a great save by Stockdale

0:39:480:39:51

and it has gone in! Malone gets away

from his man and it is headed home

0:39:510:39:59

and it is 2-1. The ball through the

middle, Roberts does want to get on

0:39:590:40:06

with it and comments on the ground

and Van La Parra surely settles it.

0:40:060:40:13

-- tom Ince on the ground. Some

danger here. That is a terrific

0:40:130:40:20

finish from Tom Ince and it is

Huddersfield who will host

0:40:200:40:23

Manchester United a week on

Saturday.

0:40:230:40:29

This is a good run, Tammy Abraham,

1-0! Lovely ball in to Nathan Dyer

0:40:310:40:43

and that is a lovely finish. Here is

Narsingh and that is a good effort

0:40:430:40:52

and that is the third.

0:40:520:40:56

He stretches for it and Noor Husin

has brought Notts County back into

0:40:560:41:03

some sort of contention.

0:41:030:41:09

Abraham, pushed back to him and that

is a very good goal. Carroll, the

0:41:090:41:16

keeper got there but poorly and it

is slammed back in by Kyle Naughton.

0:41:160:41:23

That is through to Nathan Dyer,

Routledge sidesteps through and

0:41:230:41:28

scores the sixth. Carroll with the

give and go. That is a lovely goal!

0:41:280:41:39

Narsingh with the cross and what a

very good goal. They have beaten

0:41:390:41:48

Notts County 8-1.

0:41:480:41:52

One of those games, I know you did

that for the BBC that everything

0:41:520:41:55

that Swansea hit went in. It is not

like they have improved incredibly

0:41:550:42:01

with number of shots but far more

clinical now.

For sure and that is

0:42:010:42:06

the biggest factor with Carlos. They

become more energetic with more

0:42:060:42:13

intensity in how they are defending,

you look against the Arsenal and

0:42:130:42:16

Liverpool games, there was a real

feeling that they were getting

0:42:160:42:20

amongst them physically and in terms

of the shots, I don't think they

0:42:200:42:24

have changed the amount, just more

clinical.

You talk about the

0:42:240:42:29

defending, you have looked at Alfie

Mawson. Talking about goals being

0:42:290:42:36

crucial but sometimes defensively,

you can save a goal.

In general they

0:42:360:42:41

have been a lot more clinical. But

at the top of the screen as he comes

0:42:410:42:47

into picture, what is happening with

them, you can see Alfie Mawson right

0:42:470:42:55

in the middle in here.

0:42:550:43:01

in the middle in here.

You are as

bad as I am!

But in general with

0:43:010:43:06

Alfie Mawson, we spoke about them

being clinical but he has stepped up

0:43:060:43:13

and is having an excellent season.

This block, you can see his

0:43:130:43:20

reaction, these are goal saving. It

was a certain goal and that was an

0:43:200:43:25

unbelievable challenge. You would

appreciate that, Garry. He is having

0:43:250:43:30

a good season. They look so much

more solid defensively.

And what I

0:43:300:43:36

like about him, it has been

highlighted, some of his mistakes,

0:43:360:43:42

but it does not seem to faze him. I

know that they like him at the club,

0:43:420:43:47

still very young with huge

potential, and it is a great signing

0:43:470:43:53

for Swansea. And going back to that

leadership qualities, speaking to

0:43:530:43:58

players who are still there, he had

that and I think they look at him as

0:43:580:44:02

a future captain.

Looking back at

your time there, when you became

0:44:020:44:06

permanent boss after being

caretaker, you won five games on the

0:44:060:44:11

trot over two seasons, the owners

have said that they have made some

0:44:110:44:16

poor transfer decisions, nobody gets

it right all the time. They said

0:44:160:44:19

that record has been mixed and last

summer was not very good. Do you

0:44:190:44:24

think they are still on the right

track to maintain their Premier

0:44:240:44:28

League future with a system that

worked well for a long time?

They

0:44:280:44:32

have given themselves a great chance

to maintain it this season with

0:44:320:44:36

Carlos, still a lot of work to do.

But obviously I thought the

0:44:360:44:41

disappointment and the last couple

of seasons have been difficult. I

0:44:410:44:43

think the club has enough to keep

progressing, I think that side of it

0:44:430:44:48

needs to be looked at and they will,

but with new owners and the

0:44:480:44:52

transition period, they have their

ideas and there are ideas from

0:44:520:44:56

before and it is making sure that

they are on the right path to

0:44:560:44:59

maintain it.

And stayed in the

Premier League which is crucial, and

0:44:590:45:04

be up to in result has helped that.

0:45:040:45:10

You left Middlesbrough just before

Christmas, they were in ninth place

0:45:100:45:14

when you left and they are still

there. How do you look back on it?

0:45:140:45:20

You go in with an expectation, every

manager, not knowing how long you

0:45:200:45:24

will be there but trying to do the

best job.

Of course. The pressure on

0:45:240:45:30

managers now in terms of owners

investing and wanting instant

0:45:300:45:33

success, I have always said, it is

best to judge a manager when he has

0:45:330:45:40

had one season minimum, that is the

time to judge him because it is hard

0:45:400:45:43

to go in and have the full product

in two or three weeks but the

0:45:430:45:49

Championship is very close. It is a

war of attrition at times and a long

0:45:490:45:52

season but from the table, up to

second place is up for grabs with a

0:45:520:45:57

lot of the season to play.

How long

have you given yourself before you

0:45:570:46:00

go back in?

I'm ready to go. I love

this job, I have gained a lot of

0:46:000:46:07

experience in the four years and I'm

ready to go but it has to be the

0:46:070:46:10

right opportunity where you feel you

can go in and effect it well with

0:46:100:46:13

your work and you know you can get

them doing well.

The

0:46:130:46:18

feel we're -- does it feel weird

being here?!

It does! But you don't

0:46:190:46:24

often get the chance to do this.

He

is sick of you already!

But it is

0:46:240:46:29

obviously about using this period

and then getting out and doing some

0:46:290:46:33

of the things you can't do when

you're managing but the main thing

0:46:330:46:36

is to get back in.

A nice debut so

far, we would love to have you again

0:46:360:46:41

if you don't get a job quickly!

0:46:410:46:44

We're also into the knock-out stages

of the Champions League next week,

0:46:440:46:47

with Tottenham away to Juventus -

where they will face their German

0:46:470:46:49

midfield star Sami Khedira.

0:46:490:46:50

The former Real Madrid man has

been talking to our very

0:46:500:46:53

own Juliette Ferrington.

0:46:530:46:56

After Madrid it wasn't easy to find

a new challenge. It was five years

0:47:010:47:08

and it was an amazing time. I

decided to go to Italy. I'm fit and

0:47:080:47:16

happy to join Juventus Stadium.

How

do you stay motivated, looking for

0:47:160:47:23

that new challenge, the fresh

motivation?

I'm still young, I want

0:47:230:47:27

to win more things in my career and

with Juventus Stadium we didn't win

0:47:270:47:32

the Champions League so there are

many challenges.

Two finals, you

0:47:320:47:36

have to be strong contenders this

time around, as well.

Yeah, but it's

0:47:360:47:40

not easy in the Champions League.

There are many teams that are

0:47:400:47:46

getting stronger. Now in March,

April, May, this is the most

0:47:460:47:49

important part of the season. If we

are in a good way, if we take care

0:47:490:47:54

of that, we have the possibility.

Are you in a good way right now?

We

0:47:540:47:59

are not 100% but we're playing with

more confidence, more balance, so we

0:47:590:48:04

have to continue that, especially

now with this important game, the

0:48:040:48:11

Champions League game against

Tottenham. For me it's one of the

0:48:110:48:14

worst. I watched them a lot, even

this year, and I watched them

0:48:140:48:18

against Liverpool and Arsenal and

they are strong, but they are still

0:48:180:48:21

young. We have to be super focused

because it's one of the best teams

0:48:210:48:28

in Europe and England.

.

Harry Kane

is made before me the best striker.

0:48:280:48:39

-- maybe for me. He's strong. He's

good with the head, he's fast, good

0:48:390:48:44

with the feed. He can score with one

touch, you can dribble. For me, he's

0:48:440:48:49

an amazing player and still young.

Tottenham is lucky to have him.

0:48:490:48:53

You've been linked in the past with

moves to the Premier League. It's

0:48:530:48:57

never happened.

I'm always looking

for new challenges, so that's why I

0:48:570:49:01

left three years ago Real Madrid. If

in the future Juventus Stadium not

0:49:010:49:09

happy with me any more and I have

the possibility to play the Premier

0:49:090:49:12

League, of course I will never say

no because this will be one of the

0:49:120:49:16

most difficult challenges may be to

play in the Premier League and to

0:49:160:49:20

win the Premier League.

Spare a

thought for Sami Khedira, injured in

0:49:200:49:24

the pre-match warm up.

Your World

Cup winner didn't quite go to plan

0:49:240:49:31

for you, in that World Cup final

four years ago.

It was not easy to

0:49:310:49:36

say that I'm out for the game

because maybe I can risk, but by the

0:49:360:49:40

end I was not 100% fit. You have to

be always honest to your team-mates

0:49:400:49:47

because it's not just a game, it's

the World Cup final, so you need to

0:49:470:49:52

play 100% fit on the pitch. The

success of the team is the most

0:49:520:49:55

important. At the end we won and I

was the happiest person after the

0:49:550:50:02

final.

The pressure going into this

World Cup for Germany...

Of course,

0:50:020:50:07

we say we want to win the World Cup

otherwise we could stay at home and

0:50:070:50:11

go on holiday and stay on the beach

and relax. To win the World Cup for

0:50:110:50:15

Germany, it's not a personal thing.

I wake up to play the big games like

0:50:150:50:21

the Champions League final, like the

World Cup final, of course. This is

0:50:210:50:25

a dream for everybody but it's never

happened that's someone has won the

0:50:250:50:33

World Cup twice in a row.

He is so

confident, isn't he, about what he

0:50:330:50:40

can achieve with club and country.

Juventus Stadium really playing some

0:50:400:50:45

good stuff. You've seen them

recently because you're covering the

0:50:450:50:50

Spurs game. Defensively...

Masterclass at the moment?

One goal

0:50:500:50:54

in 16 games they conceded. Bouffant

played his 500th game for them last

0:50:540:50:59

night. It's almost 50% clean sheets

he's had since he played for Japan

0:50:590:51:05

to this. The team in general are

playing so solidly. There are

0:51:050:51:09

excellent from an attacking point of

view. Without wanting to worry Spurs

0:51:090:51:16

too much...

They say they worry

about Spurs but there are real

0:51:160:51:21

propositions.

You look at what they

did last season. 3-0 up against

0:51:210:51:26

Barcelona and they went to Barcelona

and shut up shop. They stopped any

0:51:260:51:30

sort of attack going forward. That's

the worry for Spurs going into these

0:51:300:51:34

two legs. Spurs have the players to

hurt them.

We have the fixtures

0:51:340:51:38

there for next week and then Chelsea

and Manchester United play the

0:51:380:51:40

following week. You can make a case

that there's five English sides in

0:51:400:51:47

that last 16. You can make a case

for a good season in the Champions

0:51:470:51:51

League.

Very interesting and of

course the English clubs... I think

0:51:510:51:56

it's from both camps. From the

English side, they'll be looking at

0:51:560:51:59

a chance to progress. As a couple of

difficult ones in there but this is

0:51:590:52:02

the exciting bit, the knockout

stages. I believe the English clubs,

0:52:020:52:07

they'll be a good few will progress

to the next round and from there,

0:52:070:52:10

the business end, anything can

happen.

Is is an exciting part of

0:52:100:52:14

the season.

0:52:140:52:16

You can listen to that Tottenham

match on 5 Live on Tuesday

0:52:160:52:19

night and the Liverpool

match on Wednesday.

0:52:190:52:21

Before that, Final Score

is on BBC One this afternoon

0:52:210:52:23

at 4.30pm, Match Of The Day

is at 10.30pm tonight

0:52:230:52:26

and a three-game Match Of The Day 2

is at 10.30 on BBC One tomorrow

0:52:260:52:29

night.

0:52:290:52:30

The FA Cup fifth round in England

is next weekend of course.

0:52:300:52:34

The Scottish Cup fifth

round is under way this weekend.

0:52:340:52:36

The Highland League team

of Brora Rangers take on Kilmarnock

0:52:360:52:38

of the Scottish Premiership,

having already clocked

0:52:380:52:40

up some 2,000 miles

on their travels to get this far.

0:52:400:52:42

Rob Maclean went to

see the part-timers.

0:52:420:52:50

Have you ever thought about how much

mileage you've clocked up?

Not

0:52:540:52:58

really. I couldn't answer that one.

I'm sure it's quite a lot, yes!

0:52:580:53:06

I think over 2000 miles we've done,

give or take.

0:53:090:53:17

give or take.

That's probably some

sort of record.

Number 12 is killed

0:53:170:53:20

one!

The ball is not been terribly

favourable to us.

0:53:200:53:25

one!

The ball is not been terribly

favourable to us. They are a top six

0:53:250:53:27

Premier League team now. We don't go

there under any illusions. This will

0:53:270:53:31

be an extraordinarily difficult game

where we will be huge underdogs.

Is

0:53:310:53:36

probably around further than I

thought we get. The chairman asked

0:53:360:53:38

me to get the team into the Scottish

Cup, the next round, after Christmas

0:53:380:53:43

and we're still here. We play in

February.

How would you describe the

0:53:430:53:49

degree of excitement?

It's

galvanised the team and the

0:53:490:53:51

community. Everyone is talking about

the long distances we've travelled

0:53:510:53:56

but it's brought us altogether.

How

much is it buzzing in Brora?

The

0:53:560:54:02

town, the village, I don't think

they'll be anybody left, Saturday.

0:54:020:54:06

Were all prepared for this game,

even those of us but don't like

0:54:060:54:10

football! We're delighted with the

team and what they've done this

0:54:100:54:13

year. We are all behind them.

It's

not just a day out for me and the

0:54:130:54:20

players, were going to put on a

right performance. Everybody saying

0:54:200:54:23

have a good day out, but for me I

want the players to play their best

0:54:230:54:26

and give it 100%.

Another thing you

have to remind yourself is that a

0:54:260:54:31

lot of players behind you are

juggling with their jobs.

I feel

0:54:310:54:36

like a social worker at times. Boys

have families and two boys that

0:54:360:54:40

travelled down from Orkney on a

Friday night for the game on

0:54:400:54:42

Saturday and go home on Sunday.

Their commitments makes it

0:54:420:54:45

successful.

Training twice a week

and working nine to five, then

0:54:450:54:49

you've got to leave home and

straight down from training for two

0:54:490:54:54

hours and not getting home until ten

or 11pm some nights, Monday to

0:54:540:55:00

Wednesday a specially.

Into the life

of a part-time footballer. It's not

0:55:000:55:04

alien to us, were all used to it.

Saturdays are as likely -- Saturday

0:55:040:55:08

is a slightly different occasion so

hopefully we can prepare for it and

0:55:080:55:11

put in a good performance.

Does this

week bring back the infidel

0:55:110:55:18

Caledonian Thistle win with Zionism

is Blair. It maybe wasn't until a

0:55:180:55:24

few days that we realised.

COMMENTATOR: Will Inverness score

0:55:240:55:33

here? They do! Celtic have stumbled

to what surely is the most

0:55:330:55:37

humiliating defeat in their history.

I take a lot from that experience

0:55:370:55:44

but it is about making our own

history. I can only help them so

0:55:440:55:46

far. Once they step over the line

it's up to them.

Williamson! What a

0:55:460:55:51

header! Brora Rovers knockout East

Fife to head into the fifth round

0:55:510:56:00

for the first time in their history!

Nobody will expect us to do anything

0:56:000:56:05

so it's a chance for us to express

ourselves and see what happens.

All

0:56:050:56:08

the pressures on them so I look

forward to it.

We have to have some

0:56:080:56:13

look but you never know on the day.

Always travel in hope and I'm

0:56:130:56:21

optimistic that we might cause a bit

of an upset.

0:56:210:56:24

Loved a bit of Maises Daises.

0:56:240:56:25

So Brora - who set off

yesterday afternoon -

0:56:250:56:28

are at Kilmarnock this afternoon

for the fifth round game.

0:56:280:56:34

Killie beat Celtic a week

ago in the league.

0:56:340:56:40

There was one minutes of silent film

in silence for Liam Miller. Majesty

0:56:400:56:45

United have said they will do the

same in their game against Newcastle

0:56:450:56:49

tomorrow -- Manchester United.

0:56:490:56:56

Comedian Rhys James predicted 3-0.

He's

0:56:560:57:07

He's taking on Lowro in the

predictions.

0:57:070:57:11

I support Tottenham Hotspur because

I had a very privileged upbringing

0:57:110:57:16

and my dad thought it would be

writes to put in some hardship will

0:57:160:57:20

stop I've got a cat named. He used

to drive a Smart car, get the tube

0:57:200:57:26

to matches. Get the bus home from

after a haircut. He didn't care

0:57:260:57:31

about football, you saw it as a job.

I love it! Watford coming off the

0:57:310:57:35

back of a good win against Chelsea,

thank you very much. And obviously

0:57:350:57:39

West Ham don't have any strikers

except one bit so I'm going to go

0:57:390:57:44

2-0 to Watford.

0:57:440:57:49

2-0 to Watford. Liverpool Juniors

versus Liverpool, dads versus lads.

0:57:500:57:52

You have to fancy Liverpool to win

it. Whoever scores for Southampton

0:57:520:57:56

will play for Liverpool in 12

months. I think two Chelsea managers

0:57:560:58:02

have been sacked after the West Brom

game, so you've got to fancy it.

0:58:020:58:06

Third time lucky.

0:58:060:58:11

We'll see you at the Hawthorns next

week.

0:58:140:58:16

And we leave you with what was

a stellar supply of thronkers

0:58:160:58:19

and plonkers from last weekend

in the Premier League.

0:58:190:58:22

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

Oh,

how did Ben Tecate not score from

0:58:250:58:35

there?

0:58:350:58:36

What a hit! What a hit!

0:58:420:58:44

Brilliant! A brilliant goal!

0:58:490:58:50

Oh, what a drive! What a thumping

goal that is from Victor Wanyama!

0:58:550:59:05

Raheem Sterling

0:59:050:59:05

Football Focus features an interview with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, as he faces a busy week with Saturday's North London derby followed by a Champion's League last 16 clash with Juventus. There's also an interview with Juventus defender Sami Khedira, whilst domestically Kasper Schmeichel looks ahead to Leicester's match away at Manchester City.