Football Focus features interviews with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen and Juventus defender Sami Khedira.
Browse content similar to 10/02/2018. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Hello, welcome to Football Focus.
It's cold out there and we have
plenty of reasons to stay cozy
on the sofa this Saturday lunchtime.
The North London derby
takes centre stage.
We hear from Tottenham's main Jan.
Looking forward to this game, always
a great atmosphere, it's very
Can Leicester derail
the Manchester City juggernaut?
Schmeichel Junior is
expecting a busy evening.
It's going to be a tough game but we
have one there before and we go
there with confidence.
Last season's champions seem to be
coming off the rails.
Chelsea in crisis?
Lowest point of the season, lowest I
have felt for a while.
And we're on our travels
to Turin where Juventus
are preparing for Spurs,
and to Brora Rangers
in the Scottish Highlands,
who take on Kilmarnock
in their first ever fifth
round Scottish Cup tie.
In the studio we have Kevin Kilbane
and a Football Focus
debut for Garry Monk,
formerly of Middlesbrough,
Leeds and Swansea.
Lovely to have you here.
We start with some
terribly sad news.
Last night it was announced
that the former Republic of Ireland
midfielder Liam Miller has died
at the age of 36.
He was suffering with
We're not showing you the right
Liam started his career at Celtic
in 2000 before moving
to Old Trafford four years later.
He also played for Leeds,
Sunderland, QPR and Hibernian.
He won 21 caps for the Republic
between 2004 and 2009
and was someone Kevin knew well.
This was him scoring for Sunderland
later in his career.
When we got
word that he was suffering with
cancer in the last month or two,
devastating news for all of Senrab
played alongside him but when the
news filtered through last terribly
sad -- who had played along side
him. You think of his family, his
wife and three children, that hits
home more than anything. Playing
alongside him, we have seen the
ability he had as a play, excellent
at Celtic and Man United and
Sunderland, all of the clubs, but
terribly humble as a lad.
A lot of
fans have said that, shocked by the
news, but they had so much affection
That was the thing with
him, he was very unassuming and
quiet, just got on with things.
Around the squads, when he first
came into the Irish setup, he just
got on with it, there were no airs
and graces. I think it will be
devastating news to everybody who
had played with him over the years.
Just our thoughts are with his
family on his wife and children.
agree with that.
agree with that. Celtic are playing
against Partick Thistle today. There
will be a minute 's silence before
that game and the players will be
wearing black armbands, in memory of
Liam Miller who has died aged 36.
He would have been 37 on Tuesday.
Let's turn to the weekend's
Premier League fixtures, which kick
off with the North London derby.
More on that in a moment.
There are five 3 o'clock games.
Swansea will want to keep up
their recent upturn against Burnley.
Top of the table Manchester City
are at home to Leicester
in the early evening game.
Three tomorrow, with second-placed
Manchester United and third-placed
Liverpool in action,
and Chelsea again
play on Monday night.
Let's start with Tottenham,
who host Arsenal this lunchtime.
Jan Vertonghen has been speaking
to some school children taking part
in the PlayStation Cup,
and Mark Clemmit.
I have prepared our lesson, the
topics are on the board and first up
is the term report. What do you
reckon of your season so far at
We had some great games and
moments. We had a little dip in
October and November but apart from
that, we have played some great
Especially the last couple of games
against United and Liverpool, we are
on top of our game.
second. At what point does this
group of players, to have fulfilled
their potential, have to win some
I think we're ready for
it. We have the team and the manager
and the technical staff, the medical
staff obviously not the new stadium
yet but definitely the players the
mentality in the team. We are ready
to reward ourselves.
Do you discuss
it within the group? Clearly you
have the French goalkeeper, the
Belgian centre-half, the spine of
the England team, a lot of momentum?
Definitely, we have enough quality
to win something and we feel that.
It is not like we discussed it every
day but we know we had to reward
ourselves for the hard work and the
great football we played.
to me that the Spurs squad is built
on a certain character as well, that
the manager has been careful with
his recruitment, having the right
values and beliefs.
You have seen
very well, with the discipline, he
selects the players and the new
players and it starts with
discipline and work ethic and
respect. Those are the main values
he is looking at. If you look across
the team, everybody is hard-working
and respectful. He sees that as the
base of a team and it is paying off.
You don't need me to tell you you
have one heck of a big week with
Juventus in the Champions League and
before that the North London derby.
How have the squad looked at the
comings and goings at Arsenal in the
last few weeks?
It looks a bit like
a different team, obviously it is
not but they have signed two great
players. We have played against both
of them before four different clubs
but great players. They won their
last game quite comfortably so we'll
can thought to it, always a great
atmosphere, the players on the pitch
very respectful but just a big fight
and that's what you want to see and
why you play football.
Vertonghen to the rescue here.
There is no rest for the next six
months because you have the World
Cup and you are in England to's
group and there is that classic
conundrum, goodbye to Harry Kane at
the end of the domestic season and a
few weeks later... It must be a
Very strange, it
will be the last game in the group.
A lot will depend on the previous
results. The first time in my career
that I will face my Spurs team-mates
and it's going to be very special. I
watched the draw with Eric Dier. Oh
We have spoken about it the next day
but ever since no one mentioned it
No one has mentioned a word?
I think we are a bit, not scared,
but if you have a big mouth now you
have to show up! We know that
England can beat us and they know we
can beat them.
Mr Vertonghen was encouraging
the youngsters of John Warner School
in Hoddesdon as part of the first
ever National Schools Football Week,
staged in association
with the PlayStation Schools' Cup,
which some 2,000 schools
across England are
currently taking part in.
I am sure you will know that if you
are one of them. 39 Premier League
games for Spurs, 98 international
caps as well. He is misty dependable
for them. You know what you get with
Jan Vertonghen and his is real
Exactly, and the pleasing
bit with that type of player, it is
the leadership qualities that the
manager looks for, not just what he
can do with the ball and his ability
but the leadership he brings to the
team and you want as many of those
as you can add a manager and in that
position as well, it comes out on
top, including the player he is.
overall, qualities from Vertonghen
but it's throughout the team. There
seems to be a great team spirit
instilled by Pochettino. One through
11 they are as good as anybody in
the league, it is in the depth of
the squad, but with Vertonghen and
now Alderweireld back in the squad,
it makes them a huge prospect
particularly with their weak,
Arsenal and then Juventus.
debate about diving this week, but
Edina said that football is about
trying to trick your opponent and
Arsene Wenger has said that the
English are becoming masters of
diving -- Pochettino this week.
was hardly masters! We think it is a
new thing but this has been
happening for 20, 30, 40 years,
before we even started. It is just
becoming more prevalent.
nowhere near any contact.
and Dele Alli knows himself when he
gets up. But it will continue, and
the only problem is how broad or how
far we take VAR.
Anthony Taylor is
the referee for the Spurs Arsenal
game, both managers talking about
it, he will be under the spotlight.
And it is difficult for the
referees. Situations like that are
not helping. We have spoken about
it, the key is the punishment for me
on the severity of it.
you do, with that incident?
He got a yellow card.
There is a retrospective views of
it, but the punishment has to be
severe enough where the player as to
have that doubt in his mind, I'm not
going to do it because I will end up
losing my place in the team for
three or four games. The key is
always the punishment.
retrospective ban that comes around
it is if you have deceived the
referee. You do feel like it has to
start happening broadly.
After beating Newport County
in their FA Cup replay on Wednesday,
Tottenham will travel
to Greater Manchester for the fifth
round after League One strugglers
Rochdale beat Championship Millwall
in the battle of the beach
on Tuesday night.
Ian Henderson scored the only goal
of the game to set up that
home tie with Spurs.
62 league places between them,
and we'll have that match live
from the Crown Oil Arena,
or Spotland, BBC One
a week on Sunday.
On the issue of the surface. In
defence of Rochdale, they have had
289 days of rain in the last year
and almost five feet of rainfall on
the pitch. Pochettino has raised
genuine concerns. Would you want to
take a team to a surface like that?
I might tell them to play on the
right side where the grass is! Of
course it is in a terrible
condition, but it is part of the FA
Cup. It could be a leveller for
Rochdale and you have to get on with
It is serious, the game against
Fleetwood has actually now been
postponed because of the quality of
Garry is right, it will
be a leveller. When I was at Wigan
we stayed up under Steve Bruce and
our pitch was in a terrible state
and Steve Bruce was saying to lead
it. When we had Arsenal and Man
United and Chelsea come on, we were
not bothered, we knew it would give
is a better chance because it was a
leveller. Looking at that next week,
Wachtel have played on it.
imagine the pitch is perfect at
Wembley -- Rochdale have played on
Steve Bower is settling
into his seat and has
the early team news.
Thank you, the first north London
derby at Wembley for almost 25 years
Arsenal winning an FA Cup semifinal
that date thanks to a goal from Tony
Adams and the Gunners had been
victorious on the last nine
appearances at the National Stadium
but they are winless away from home
against any of the current top five
since January 20 15. Spurs are
buoyed by their victory here against
Manchester United and he was up
against Liverpool last weekend and
Mauricio Pochettino names the team
that started at Anfield with Harry
Kane scoring six goals in six
Premier League matches against
Arsenal, new signing Lucas Moura is
on the bench. Toby Alderweireld is
not in the squad. Arsenal's
hat-trick hero against Everton Aaron
Ramsey has been ruled out with a
groin injury so Mohamed Elneny is
starting, Jack Wilshere is preferred
to Iwobi behind Ozil, Mkhitaryan and
Aubameyang, and Badou Jack has
recovered from a calf injury. And to
add to the usual high-stakes, it is
hugely significant in the Champions
League chase -- Petr Cech has
recovered. And Arsenal debate would
leave them seven points behind
Neither team in the top four at the
moment. That is the Spurs team. We
said it is one of the best, that is
a strong team but a fascinating
contest for them.
They would have
loved to have had Alderweireld back
alongside Jan Vertonghen. Danny Rose
not playing, Ben Davies selected
ahead of him but a very strong team
and it will be a class game.
sure you have been in that position
as a manager in massive games, you
look at it and everybody is excited
to watch it but how do you see these
teams this season?
teams this season?
The way, what
Spurs have done in the last couple
of seasons, being close to the
title, they would like to be closer.
The top four is always important for
both teams and they are outside it
at the moment so it is huge for
various reasons but always an
interesting one between Arsenal and
Spurs. Everybody will want to watch
And in terms of new recruits,
Lucas Muller on the bench for Spurs,
this is the Arsenal team. -- Lucas
Moura. So exciting going forward,
yes they have problems at the back
but Mkhitaryan can bring you the SS
which he has always had and he was
brilliant for Arsenal in the last
-- of the assists. He can play
as number ten or off the right-hand
side comedienne drift inside
readily. His ability to pick out a
pass, he was offside, Aubameyang,
but it is the position he gets into
to create the chances and the
through balls. Three assists last
week and a great performance and if
you are Aubameyang, you make the
runs and he will pick you out. That
relationship could be key for
Arsenal at the end of the season.
And as we heard, Aaron Ramsey not
available having scored a hat-trick
in that game.
Chelsea are the team currently
clinging on to fourth place,
but they are involved a spot
of crisis management after two
terrible league performances
which have put manager Antonio Conte
firmly under the microscope.
Strange to put your finger on the
last two games. We have the second
highest number of clean sheets. We
were high in the table
were high in the table
half was a disaster. Junior
Stanislas to make its two, and he
He comes down like
Ladbrokes on your head.
You need to take the
right path and you need to do that
collectively put together, work hard
The pressure is building
on Antonio Conte. He and Chelsea
cannot afford to lose this game.
It's a second yellow card and
Chelsea are down to ten men.
to show character and get back on
Oh, it's a penalty! And
Chelsea's season gets worse!
terms of performance, I see
ourselves. It was an abysmal
It's a tough
Unbelievable stuff at
Really the lowest
point of the season that I've felt
for a little while.
player knows we have to try to
improve, to play better than the
game against Watford. Also against
Bournemouth. It was totally
negative, our performance. I'm not
thinking for only one moments the of
going away from this club, but when
you have this with soap or a result,
you have two divide the
responsibility with the players and
They are in a spot of bother. What
on earth has happened to Chelsea?
This is Premier League top six since
Christmas. They've gone from having
the best joint defensive record in
the Premier League to conceding
seven goals in two games and looking
shambolic at the back. Is that just
a mental thing? What happened at
I think a lot of it is
mental but in terms of the manager,
in terms in the media, how he's
speaking, you look from season to
this season, it does seem a little
unsettled in the way he's speaking.
He seems more guarded than he was
last season. There the pressure of
being champions and defending your
title and at Chelsea they'll always
be that pressure, but I think just
that unsettling feeling seems to
have transferred a bit into the
players and in the confident side of
it and into the games and
When you are a manager
under pressure, is it hard not to
become a bit defensive? You've been
in that situation your self. Do you
try to hide that from the players?
Try to talk openly about it with the
players but I cant you cope?
the players, every manager is
different. In situations like that,
from my experiences, be open with
the players. Football is football at
the end of the day. Whatever happens
outside the training ground or the
match or whatever it is, the job is
exactly the same. You try to keep
that balance. The way I dealt with
it was to be very open with them.
Not talking about that situation or
what they hear in the press, but
about what the job isn't we're doing
together and create more of that
siege mentality and really try to
use that as motivation to prove a
There are issues obviously,
Kevin. Champions last season. Look
at who they try to bring in to
upgrade. Those summer signings.
Supper cost, Drinkwater, cameo role.
Are they better from those recruits
than what you saw last season?
and when you look at Chelsea last
season, it was a settled side. You
can't underestimate the impact that
had on the squad and how the
The red card against
. And he hasn't worked out
for them, Bakayoko. In goal, Kante
could continue to use his attributes
around the pit. They always had an
ace and they don't have that.
Warning sign that I felt were there
towards the back end of the season
with Kante's demeanour, the way he
was Dobby, that's came across in the
summertime and that's has taken over
Eight macro managers in
the last six years have left the
club after playing West Bromwich top
two Chelsea managers in that! Want
to watch out for on Monday.
Winning the title and then
sacking the manager
the very next season -
Leicester fans will
remember it well.
The Foxes face
Manchester City today.
Riyad Mahrez returned to training
this week and Rachel Stringer had no
difficulty tracking down Kasper
Only five losses since he took over.
Eight in the Premier League table
and through to the fifth round of
the FA Cup. Things are going pretty
His obvious change the style
of play, change the formation. A lot
of his thinking was that we had
potential going forward but we went
for the killer pass probably to
early. We didn't probably take as
much care as we could do. He's
encouraging us to take a pass extra
sometimes to open up the space and
will probably find a more accurate
pass. It's been positive, a good
experience. Whether playing from the
back a bit more now. He's testing
others and challenging others. He's
a quiet guy who kind of gets on with
the job on the pitch. He's very
vocal. He talks a lot individually
to players, he's multilingual so he
can deliver his message in different
Leggett is to players who maybe
understand it better in their own
language. When he's not happy, we're
left in no doubt that he's not
happy. His demeanour and way
speaking is obviously a very calm
way and it is good because it
influences the team to play more
You haven't taken him out
for a party or a dinner was Tremarco
We have a dinner. It
was nice. He saw a different side to
the players, which was good. He's so
the players and how they are outside
the football club. You have your
work face and your private face. I
think it was good for him to see, he
enjoyed it. We saw a different side
I saw recently, a couple of
weeks ago, you put on Instagram,
using the best tekkers in the club.
Undoubtedly, definitely. There's a
few that will try to take the
mantle, but I try and it's something
I've always done, I've always
enjoyed the banter and the little to
touch games. That time it was only
two us, but usually there is seven
or eight involved in a little circle
in the dressing room and it's good
fun. When I was young, football was
something I enjoyed, but I kind of
went off it a little bit. The circus
that surrounds it, all these things,
that kind of got too much. We
couldn't really go anywhere as a
family without it being a bit crazy.
As a youngster, that was a point
where it may be got too much. As I
got older, I kind of understood
the... Around the game and a bit
more. I don't know, but I think my
love of football just kind of took
over and I was like, well, that's
what I wanted to do, I want to play
football and I have to accept and
learn how to deal with the
Manchester City this weekend. A club
where you started your career.
was a club I was at for eight years
and it was a club that helped me in
so many ways. It's always nice to go
back and it's going to be tough, I
think. It's going to be a very tough
game. But we won there before and we
go there with confidence.
He's always been a good talker.
Claude Puel, when he came, fans were
particularly happy. That often
happens. With Schmeichel, they're
playing real tribute with the way
he's gone in there, micromanaged
various areas and generally
difference to the way they play.
Quietly and assured is the way he
comes across. The way they're
playing, we were talking before,
it's exciting to watch them at the
moment. They've got a slight
difference change to just been
counterattacking and that directness
to Vardy. Obviously from the players
and listening to them, they're
enjoying that, as well. The way he's
managing them. Credit to them.
interview was done before Riyad
Mahrez return. A statement from the
They take on Manchester City, which
is of course still macro team hoping
to buy him and this issue in the
first place. Coming back into a team
like that, do you think players will
just laugh about it, have fun in the
dressing room and get on with it?
think that's what'll happen. The
problem will be more for the manager
and how he's trying to integrate him
back into the pitch himself. In
general, the dressing room, unless
there's a problem personally was two
players, I can't see any issues at
all I think you'll be fine. I think
for him, after it fell through, the
magister city made, it was important
for him to get back on the training
ground. He hasn't necessarily have
that training ground time yet, but
once that comes around in the next
couple of weeks, you'll be fine. He
has to show that consistent form.
With regards to Manchester City, we
were talking about diving earlier.
This story is doing the rounds this
weekend. This is about Manchester
City have sought sent nine
challenges to the referees
Association and what they're trying
to say is, we're now looking at
diving retrospectively in other
areas of the game and they think all
those challenges they've mentioned,
which were yellow card challenges,
should retrospectively have the
ability to be turned into red card
challenges. Now, I see the face on
both of you. Is this a can of worms
that shouldn't be opened, or do they
have a point?
They definitely have a
point, but I think you'll find...
That's open to every single team,
the amount or volume of coming into
the guys after a game at the
weekend, it'd be impossible to do. I
understand his point but I don't
think that's really going to be a
feasible thing to do.
How many times
do we get this that's challenges on
this time? They look bad in the
still pitch or in slow motion.
There's no malice the majority of
times players are going for a
challenge. It's innocent hobby you
want to win the ball, help your
site. If you look at every sort of
challenge back, I don't see this
The video analysis man
will spend Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday looking at them.
and we are talking at the eight are
inside of the game itself. By and
large, it has been right up to now.
It's not perfect, but in general,
it's right will stop all of a
sudden, this incident will have to
be checked and this incident, and I
don't agree. I'd rather keep the
game as it is.
We have to be
careful. We don't want tackling and
physical contact to go. Well, I
don't comment at obbligato the game.
It makes the game, as well. The
serious challenges and dangerous
ones, of course. Being a former
defender, it's actually an art to
defend and make tackles in certain
ways. I think if we take that
completely out of the game, this is
the way it seems to be progressing,
we have to be very careful with what
we choose to do.
Mahrez was the Player
of the Year two seasons ago.
This man has to be high
in the voting this time around.
Another two for Mo Salah
last weekend against
Tottenham - he's red hot.
# The strong, the mighty
# The forces of evil can never
COMMENTATOR: Does he go for it? He
does! He scores! He's Mohammed
Salam. Sala is there and he scores.
-- Salah. Devastating!
scored for Liverpool!
scored for Liverpool! First touch of
a Salah and brilliant. Mo Salah is
amongst the goals yet again! How, oh
how, did Mohammed Salah do that?
Wink-macro quite a few people
From the point of view of a manager,
I will try to get round to it! How
do you stop somebody like this? Goal
number 20 and 21 of the season.
difficult, he is playing with
confidence and his movement is
excellent. The shot in the arm for
Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, the
recruitment of it, you are buying a
player, you know what he is capable
of but the excitement is the
potential. I think they did not
expect him to fulfil it so quickly
come to the club, showing these
things, finishing and movement and
technique. The thing that impresses
me is his physicality, he can handle
the ball against physical players.
He has the whole package.
difficult, he will shift onto his
right foot, predominantly left
footed but as a defender when you
are square up against him, it is
which way you show him. Vertonghen
was almost anticipating he would go
to his left but he goes inside and
it is how quickly he recognises the
situation and a goal-scoring chance.
Virgil van Dijk going back to St
Mary's for the first time since
moving to Liverpool. Since scoring
this goal against Everton on his
debut in the cup it has been two
defeat and a draw for Liverpool and
they have conceded six goals. He
came in at a huge sonic lot of
money, it shows you that there an
issue which just not one man can
address -- a huge signing.
He is a
fantastic defender and he will be a
huge asset for Liverpool also be has
every attribute and leadership in
that position like we were talking
about earlier. It is a matter of
time they get the relationships
right, whoever his partner is, if
they bring someone in in the summer,
to form that relationship as a back
For about 75 minutes last week
it looked excellent with him
alongside Lovren but when they went
to five at the back and Spurs put
them under pressure, they fell
apart. That is what has to be
addressed. Conceding one and it is a
glut of goals.
A quick word on
Southampton, that win against West
Brom was their first since the end
of November and they needed it, a
long time without three points.
looked at the game, and the same
today, so many intriguing games at
the bottom and when they went one
down against West Brom, it was the
bounce back they needed. Because
Pellegrino was under serious
pressure, we looked at that, if they
could get some respond and they did
last weekend and the manner as well
with three goals, that is to take
And talking about
taking them forward, it took them
outside of the bottom three, now in
15th place with 26 points but it is
incredibly tight down there. No team
is really falling away.
And nearly all the teams
who've sacked their managers this
season are picking up more points
per game under their new leaders.
It just hasn't gone for Frank de
Crystal Palace have their
first goal of the season!
Puel has made pretty much the
Ronald Koeman is a
manager under pressure.
goal, Everton 2-1 Swansea.
Moyes has made such a difference to
West Ham United ahead
Things are looking
a little bleak for Paul Clement.
Successive victories against
Liverpool and Arsenal and this man
has simply transformed them.
feel-good factor returns to the bet
What a brilliant goal
and the Paul Lambert era is up and
Only one win in 11 games
and Silva has a lot to think about.
That is an absolute cracker from
Roberto Pereyra! The points are
The bounce has not been
there so far.
That is wide from
Rondon and what a miss.
Only West Brom other team who have
not had the pick under Alan Pardew
but I suppose that is why teams
change managers. But it is so tight
and so much pressure on so many
It is unbelievably tight. Any
of those teams in that situation,
the pressure and the importance of
every game will get heightened. It
is pretty much the team who can
handle the pressure and keep the
confidence, even if they have
disappointments in between them that
they can maintain the confidence and
get enough points.
You look at the
home form always, but in that
position, playing at home can be
pressure. You don't have the luxury
of being able to sit in and soak up
pressure, you're constantly under
pressure from supporters to attack
teams. That is why it might be best
going away from home and grinding
West Ham have a big
game against Watford and I'm sure
you will have seen that we separate
-- Patrice Evra. This was his launch
I'm for ever blowing bubbles! I love
this game! Come on you irons!
that! 36 years old, Zabaleta on the
other side is 33, almost 70 years
between the full-backs.
It is what
he can bring. Aaron Cresswell will
be looking at him, how he has
conducted himself from a
professional point of view, it is
for players to look up to and it is
a shrewd signing from David Moyes.
Let's go to a match featuring two
of the teams who have changed
managers, and brought in two former
England bosses to boot.
Everton against Crystal Palace
at Goodison Park and John Motson
is there for Match of the Day today.
Lovely to have you on the programme.
Sam Allardyce said Everton
were pathetic in their last game.
They have to improve.
Yes, he had calmed down by the time
I spoke to him this morning, talking
about the second-half performance at
Arsenal being better than the first
and he called their current run a
blip. It is that it is going on a
long time, only one win in nine
games for effort and and the
worrying thing is 15 goals conceded
in six games which has not been good
for Jordan Pickford apart from
anybody else. What Allardyce has
said is that Everton will only get a
respectable position in the league
if their home form goes the way it
should. Very important for them to
collect three points at home today.
And from the Crystal Palace point of
view, it is almost an entire
first-team out injured?
right, I counted them last night and
they are missing ten players and the
most important is Wilfried Zaha who
looks like being out for between
four and six weeks which will be a
real blow. They started the season
very poorly when he was also
injured. Since Roy Hodgson took
over, the great improvement, only
losing two games in the last 15 and
both of them were to Arsenal but
they now have to make sure they
don't drop back into that danger
area. One player who can help them
is Christian Benteke 17 league goals
last season but this season only
We do love a statistic. Great
to talk to you. More from John on
final score. It might be his last
game at Goodison, his first ever
radio commentary was at Goodison
Park in 1969! Still going strong 48
years later. Someone is jabbing that
you played in that game! That is
unfair, from the producer!
Could be an interesting handshake
between Allardyce and Hodgson.
Hodgson saying yesterday
that they used to be good friends -
that was before the recorded
conversation with Big Sam.
That did not go down too well.
Another team who've had a real
bounce under a new manager
are Swansea, and they were one
of the teams in action in fourth
round replays this week.
Advanced ball, he sit down and he
turns and shoots!
turns and shoots! It is across the
face and a great save by Stockdale
and it has gone in! Malone gets away
from his man and it is headed home
and it is 2-1. The ball through the
middle, Roberts does want to get on
with it and comments on the ground
and Van La Parra surely settles it.
-- tom Ince on the ground. Some
danger here. That is a terrific
finish from Tom Ince and it is
Huddersfield who will host
Manchester United a week on
This is a good run, Tammy Abraham,
1-0! Lovely ball in to Nathan Dyer
and that is a lovely finish. Here is
Narsingh and that is a good effort
and that is the third.
He stretches for it and Noor Husin
has brought Notts County back into
some sort of contention.
Abraham, pushed back to him and that
is a very good goal. Carroll, the
keeper got there but poorly and it
is slammed back in by Kyle Naughton.
That is through to Nathan Dyer,
Routledge sidesteps through and
scores the sixth. Carroll with the
give and go. That is a lovely goal!
Narsingh with the cross and what a
very good goal. They have beaten
Notts County 8-1.
One of those games, I know you did
that for the BBC that everything
that Swansea hit went in. It is not
like they have improved incredibly
with number of shots but far more
For sure and that is
the biggest factor with Carlos. They
become more energetic with more
intensity in how they are defending,
you look against the Arsenal and
Liverpool games, there was a real
feeling that they were getting
amongst them physically and in terms
of the shots, I don't think they
have changed the amount, just more
You talk about the
defending, you have looked at Alfie
Mawson. Talking about goals being
crucial but sometimes defensively,
you can save a goal.
In general they
have been a lot more clinical. But
at the top of the screen as he comes
into picture, what is happening with
them, you can see Alfie Mawson right
in the middle in here.
in the middle in here.
You are as
bad as I am!
But in general with
Alfie Mawson, we spoke about them
being clinical but he has stepped up
and is having an excellent season.
This block, you can see his
reaction, these are goal saving. It
was a certain goal and that was an
unbelievable challenge. You would
appreciate that, Garry. He is having
a good season. They look so much
more solid defensively.
And what I
like about him, it has been
highlighted, some of his mistakes,
but it does not seem to faze him. I
know that they like him at the club,
still very young with huge
potential, and it is a great signing
for Swansea. And going back to that
leadership qualities, speaking to
players who are still there, he had
that and I think they look at him as
a future captain.
Looking back at
your time there, when you became
permanent boss after being
caretaker, you won five games on the
trot over two seasons, the owners
have said that they have made some
poor transfer decisions, nobody gets
it right all the time. They said
that record has been mixed and last
summer was not very good. Do you
think they are still on the right
track to maintain their Premier
League future with a system that
worked well for a long time?
have given themselves a great chance
to maintain it this season with
Carlos, still a lot of work to do.
But obviously I thought the
disappointment and the last couple
of seasons have been difficult. I
think the club has enough to keep
progressing, I think that side of it
needs to be looked at and they will,
but with new owners and the
transition period, they have their
ideas and there are ideas from
before and it is making sure that
they are on the right path to
And stayed in the
Premier League which is crucial, and
be up to in result has helped that.
You left Middlesbrough just before
Christmas, they were in ninth place
when you left and they are still
there. How do you look back on it?
You go in with an expectation, every
manager, not knowing how long you
will be there but trying to do the
Of course. The pressure on
managers now in terms of owners
investing and wanting instant
success, I have always said, it is
best to judge a manager when he has
had one season minimum, that is the
time to judge him because it is hard
to go in and have the full product
in two or three weeks but the
Championship is very close. It is a
war of attrition at times and a long
season but from the table, up to
second place is up for grabs with a
lot of the season to play.
have you given yourself before you
go back in?
I'm ready to go. I love
this job, I have gained a lot of
experience in the four years and I'm
ready to go but it has to be the
right opportunity where you feel you
can go in and effect it well with
your work and you know you can get
them doing well.
feel we're -- does it feel weird
It does! But you don't
often get the chance to do this.
is sick of you already!
But it is
obviously about using this period
and then getting out and doing some
of the things you can't do when
you're managing but the main thing
is to get back in.
A nice debut so
far, we would love to have you again
if you don't get a job quickly!
We're also into the knock-out stages
of the Champions League next week,
with Tottenham away to Juventus -
where they will face their German
midfield star Sami Khedira.
The former Real Madrid man has
been talking to our very
own Juliette Ferrington.
After Madrid it wasn't easy to find
a new challenge. It was five years
and it was an amazing time. I
decided to go to Italy. I'm fit and
happy to join Juventus Stadium.
do you stay motivated, looking for
that new challenge, the fresh
I'm still young, I want
to win more things in my career and
with Juventus Stadium we didn't win
the Champions League so there are
Two finals, you
have to be strong contenders this
time around, as well.
Yeah, but it's
not easy in the Champions League.
There are many teams that are
getting stronger. Now in March,
April, May, this is the most
important part of the season. If we
are in a good way, if we take care
of that, we have the possibility.
Are you in a good way right now?
are not 100% but we're playing with
more confidence, more balance, so we
have to continue that, especially
now with this important game, the
Champions League game against
Tottenham. For me it's one of the
worst. I watched them a lot, even
this year, and I watched them
against Liverpool and Arsenal and
they are strong, but they are still
young. We have to be super focused
because it's one of the best teams
in Europe and England.
is made before me the best striker.
-- maybe for me. He's strong. He's
good with the head, he's fast, good
with the feed. He can score with one
touch, you can dribble. For me, he's
an amazing player and still young.
Tottenham is lucky to have him.
You've been linked in the past with
moves to the Premier League. It's
I'm always looking
for new challenges, so that's why I
left three years ago Real Madrid. If
in the future Juventus Stadium not
happy with me any more and I have
the possibility to play the Premier
League, of course I will never say
no because this will be one of the
most difficult challenges may be to
play in the Premier League and to
win the Premier League.
thought for Sami Khedira, injured in
the pre-match warm up.
Cup winner didn't quite go to plan
for you, in that World Cup final
four years ago.
It was not easy to
say that I'm out for the game
because maybe I can risk, but by the
end I was not 100% fit. You have to
be always honest to your team-mates
because it's not just a game, it's
the World Cup final, so you need to
play 100% fit on the pitch. The
success of the team is the most
important. At the end we won and I
was the happiest person after the
The pressure going into this
World Cup for Germany...
we say we want to win the World Cup
otherwise we could stay at home and
go on holiday and stay on the beach
and relax. To win the World Cup for
Germany, it's not a personal thing.
I wake up to play the big games like
the Champions League final, like the
World Cup final, of course. This is
a dream for everybody but it's never
happened that's someone has won the
World Cup twice in a row.
He is so
confident, isn't he, about what he
can achieve with club and country.
Juventus Stadium really playing some
good stuff. You've seen them
recently because you're covering the
Spurs game. Defensively...
Masterclass at the moment?
in 16 games they conceded. Bouffant
played his 500th game for them last
night. It's almost 50% clean sheets
he's had since he played for Japan
to this. The team in general are
playing so solidly. There are
excellent from an attacking point of
view. Without wanting to worry Spurs
They say they worry
about Spurs but there are real
You look at what they
did last season. 3-0 up against
Barcelona and they went to Barcelona
and shut up shop. They stopped any
sort of attack going forward. That's
the worry for Spurs going into these
two legs. Spurs have the players to
We have the fixtures
there for next week and then Chelsea
and Manchester United play the
following week. You can make a case
that there's five English sides in
that last 16. You can make a case
for a good season in the Champions
Very interesting and of
course the English clubs... I think
it's from both camps. From the
English side, they'll be looking at
a chance to progress. As a couple of
difficult ones in there but this is
the exciting bit, the knockout
stages. I believe the English clubs,
they'll be a good few will progress
to the next round and from there,
the business end, anything can
Is is an exciting part of
You can listen to that Tottenham
match on 5 Live on Tuesday
night and the Liverpool
match on Wednesday.
Before that, Final Score
is on BBC One this afternoon
at 4.30pm, Match Of The Day
is at 10.30pm tonight
and a three-game Match Of The Day 2
is at 10.30 on BBC One tomorrow
The FA Cup fifth round in England
is next weekend of course.
The Scottish Cup fifth
round is under way this weekend.
The Highland League team
of Brora Rangers take on Kilmarnock
of the Scottish Premiership,
having already clocked
up some 2,000 miles
on their travels to get this far.
Rob Maclean went to
see the part-timers.
Have you ever thought about how much
mileage you've clocked up?
really. I couldn't answer that one.
I'm sure it's quite a lot, yes!
I think over 2000 miles we've done,
give or take.
give or take.
That's probably some
sort of record.
Number 12 is killed
The ball is not been terribly
favourable to us.
The ball is not been terribly
favourable to us. They are a top six
Premier League team now. We don't go
there under any illusions. This will
be an extraordinarily difficult game
where we will be huge underdogs.
probably around further than I
thought we get. The chairman asked
me to get the team into the Scottish
Cup, the next round, after Christmas
and we're still here. We play in
How would you describe the
degree of excitement?
galvanised the team and the
community. Everyone is talking about
the long distances we've travelled
but it's brought us altogether.
much is it buzzing in Brora?
town, the village, I don't think
they'll be anybody left, Saturday.
Were all prepared for this game,
even those of us but don't like
football! We're delighted with the
team and what they've done this
year. We are all behind them.
not just a day out for me and the
players, were going to put on a
right performance. Everybody saying
have a good day out, but for me I
want the players to play their best
and give it 100%.
Another thing you
have to remind yourself is that a
lot of players behind you are
juggling with their jobs.
like a social worker at times. Boys
have families and two boys that
travelled down from Orkney on a
Friday night for the game on
Saturday and go home on Sunday.
Their commitments makes it
Training twice a week
and working nine to five, then
you've got to leave home and
straight down from training for two
hours and not getting home until ten
or 11pm some nights, Monday to
Wednesday a specially.
Into the life
of a part-time footballer. It's not
alien to us, were all used to it.
Saturdays are as likely -- Saturday
is a slightly different occasion so
hopefully we can prepare for it and
put in a good performance.
week bring back the infidel
Caledonian Thistle win with Zionism
is Blair. It maybe wasn't until a
few days that we realised.
COMMENTATOR: Will Inverness score
here? They do! Celtic have stumbled
to what surely is the most
humiliating defeat in their history.
I take a lot from that experience
but it is about making our own
history. I can only help them so
far. Once they step over the line
it's up to them.
Williamson! What a
header! Brora Rovers knockout East
Fife to head into the fifth round
for the first time in their history!
Nobody will expect us to do anything
so it's a chance for us to express
ourselves and see what happens.
the pressures on them so I look
forward to it.
We have to have some
look but you never know on the day.
Always travel in hope and I'm
optimistic that we might cause a bit
of an upset.
Loved a bit of Maises Daises.
So Brora - who set off
yesterday afternoon -
are at Kilmarnock this afternoon
for the fifth round game.
Killie beat Celtic a week
ago in the league.
There was one minutes of silent film
in silence for Liam Miller. Majesty
United have said they will do the
same in their game against Newcastle
tomorrow -- Manchester United.
Comedian Rhys James predicted 3-0.
He's taking on Lowro in the
I support Tottenham Hotspur because
I had a very privileged upbringing
and my dad thought it would be
writes to put in some hardship will
stop I've got a cat named. He used
to drive a Smart car, get the tube
to matches. Get the bus home from
after a haircut. He didn't care
about football, you saw it as a job.
I love it! Watford coming off the
back of a good win against Chelsea,
thank you very much. And obviously
West Ham don't have any strikers
except one bit so I'm going to go
2-0 to Watford.
2-0 to Watford. Liverpool Juniors
versus Liverpool, dads versus lads.
You have to fancy Liverpool to win
it. Whoever scores for Southampton
will play for Liverpool in 12
months. I think two Chelsea managers
have been sacked after the West Brom
game, so you've got to fancy it.
Third time lucky.
We'll see you at the Hawthorns next
And we leave you with what was
a stellar supply of thronkers
and plonkers from last weekend
in the Premier League.
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
how did Ben Tecate not score from
What a hit! What a hit!
Brilliant! A brilliant goal!
Oh, what a drive! What a thumping
goal that is from Victor Wanyama!
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.