Presented by Dan Walker. Kyle Walker looks forward to taking on Liverpool in the Premier League's big match of the weekend. David Moyes talks about West Ham's revival.
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Welcome to Football Focus -
back in the studio after our cup
travels and looking forward
to a bumper Premier League Saturday.
We have all this on the show for
Manchester City's Kyle Walker
on getting to know Sergio.
URL little bit starstruck, you
think, I have played with you on
Fifa, now I am playing with you in
Playing the West Ham way?
David Moyes has other
inspirations in mind.
I want is to play like Tottenham
Chelsea, say we are having a game
with you and see if we can beat you.
Huddersfield's Mathias Jorgensen
on when Zanka Claus came to town.
I thought, OK, it would be nice to
show that we appreciate them. What
would be better than buying
everybody a drink?
And when the Newport County manager
is being interviewed on the training
ground but just can't help himself.
When they keep giving me the efforts
they are giving me, I can't praise
them highly enough.
What a finish that is!
from South Wales later.
And we've a couple of big
dogs in the studio -
Joleon Lescott and Martin Keown
are here to provide some
After last weekend's FA Cup third
round, it's back to a packed
Premier League this weekend.
No early game today.
We'll be live at Stamford Bridge
to look ahead to Chelsea against
Leicester with Motty shortly.
And we'll be live at Palace
against Burnley too.
Bottom of the table Swansea
travel to Newcastle,
whilst West Brom will be desperate
for a first league win under
Alan Pardew against Brighton.
The late game is Tottenham
home to Everton.
are home to Arsenal,
while Stoke are Hughes-less
as they go to Old
Trafford on Monday.
We start with that cracker
at Anfield tomorrow, though,
as Liverpool try to dent Manchester
City's march to the title.
The City full back Kyle Walker
has been speaking to
5-0 last time out here, it will be a
different proposition going into
Anfield on Sunday?
As a defender, if we go to Anfield
and keep a clean sheet, I will be
over the moon. It is something we
are working hard on in training to
try and stamp on their striking
Their home record is pretty
phenomenal this season. Manchester
City's record at Anfield is not that
We have been told, the manager has
said numerous times in the meetings
that we need to change history,
really. We have not had a good
result at Anfield in a number of
years. Hopefully we are the team to
put that right and get the victory
I am liking what you are saying, the
manager wanting to change his to be,
I guess that
I guess that is a reason that you
came up north?
The manager, what he has won and how
he coaches people speaks for itself.
What he has done for me as an
individual bit season, it has
improved my game and hopefully I can
keep improving under him.
With the players I have managed, to
have to of my heroes, it was a bit
nervous for me to come here and work
underneath him. But I had to take it
in my stride. I knew he would
improve me as a player and I was
eager to learn and start the season.
With the move, I have
been somewhere for nine years. I was
part of the furniture, as they say.
I was not in my comfort zone, but I
knew the place inside and out. So
coming to a new team is like
starting a new job, I didn't know
anybody really except the England
lads. I was a little bit nervous,
but excited as well.
What was a lie, the Aguero movement,
first time? Nervous excitement? --
what was it like?
You are a bit
starstruck, you think, normally I
play Fifa with you but I am kicking
a ball around with you on a Monday
Who is Baghdad Fifa?
think outpace him.
into the box.
Daesh who is better at Fifa? What
type of impact has Pep had on you?
Basically, save your energy. We have
players in the team that can do
that, Raheem Sterling has been on
fire, Leroy is fantastic and can
only get better.
Sane will go for
It is controlling,
picking your times and not just
running for the sake of running, run
with a purpose. Make sure you will
get an assist auricle, which will be
very rare for me.
You have not
scored this season, one of the few?
I think I am probably the only
player in Manchester. I think
Edelson will score before me.
Do you rewind when you were younger
and think you almost quit? Your mum
wanted you to carry on?
I was 15 and I just said, I have had
enough. You see all your mates going
out and hanging around on the street
and going in at stupid o'clock in
the morning, there was me going in
at nine o'clock because I had a game
the next day. My mum said to me, we
can't quit now, we have come too
far. I was there since six. She made
a good decision for me and I am
probably forever in her debt.
There you have said you would like
to do the normal stuff?
Sometimes I miss it. When I am with
my friends I want to act
my friends I want to act stupid, you
have to real me in a little bit
What is the stupid stuff?
Simple stuff, I just want to walk to
the shop without people asking for a
picture. It is good because they are
looking up to me and they want a
picture of me, but sometimes I wish
I could have a magic coat and go and
do normal, stupid stuff.
your dog is at 11pm in short in the
That would be lovely,
I try to keep ground. There are
certain things I can't do that in
normal 27-year-old man could do, but
it is part and parcel of the job and
I would not change it for anything.
I love playing football and I am
loving playing for Man City at the
Comes across really well. Martin
Keown through one into the pot
earlier, you think you could be the
best full-back in Europe at the
None of them.
You have wrote
back a little bit?
I think he is. He
was going to be, if he is not
already. He has taken the directive
from his manager on board. Not to
bomb on too much, he will pick and
choose on this one against
Liverpool. May will test, he will
have to be sensible. Go and express
yourself and play, that is the
message from the manager. -- Mane
will test him. Picking up as is, the
approach play. He has had the pace,
people have said about his defensive
qualities, but look up the ball he
is putting in. He is now a winger.
You have been doing some work at
Manchester City, Joleon. The inside
we're getting from Kyle Walker into
the attention to detail that Pep
Guardiola has brought, that be
crucial this week. Martin mentioned
May, and with Mosul and Firmino, it
will be interesting to see how that
It will be interesting how
they combat Manchester City's
attacking full-back, Kyle Walker,
how he contains Mane. It will be
tough all individuals. It will make
an exciting game.
What about Philippe Coutinho, the
fact he is not there any more? He
will be a big miss for Liverpool?
doubt. Jurgen Klopp has been talking
highly about the player. He lost the
100% focus, it is about moving on. I
have been impressed with Jurgen
Klopp, he says look at the past but
do not let it affect the future.
Liverpool fancy their chances. It's
City drop their guard they will
lose, that is how good Liverpool are
Is this City's biggest
For me. If they can get
through this game, I think every
other team in the league will be
looking at them and saying if
Liverpool do not have enough
attacking players to stop them, they
I know you are fully
paid-up members of the centre-back
club, it will be interesting to get
your take on Virgil van Dijk. Uber
Man of the Match on his debut, was
he tested enough by Everton? -- he
won Man of the Match on his debut.
This is the winning goal, he
threatened to score from a couple of
set pieces. He was like a
Rolls-Royce. He has everything in
his game. He has been mothballed,
really, most of the end of last
Partly through choice.
went through the gears, looked for
the move and switched it on. I think
he is with the right club at right
Definitely, if you could
pick a game to be involved in in
your debut, it will be a derby. He
came at scoring the winning goal.
know he is trying to stop them going
in, but there are always goals in
this game. From a Man City
perspective, an interesting
statistic, they have not won at
Anfield since 2003, since Nicolas
Anelka scored those goals. The
record stacks up against them.
Timing, the way the fixtures have
come out, the fact Coutinho has just
left, is it therefore City to win?
They are that good, but this is a
head-to-head, a heavyweight, like a
heavyweight boxer. Whoever connects
buyers can knock out the opponent.
Liverpool can score in quick
succession, it will be interesting
to see it City can respond.
back to Kyle Walker, everybody we
speak to a Man City seems so content
and happy with life. Is that because
of the club set up because they are
I think a
combination. As players you buy
anything if you get results, if you
are winning you do not care what
time you train or how hard you
train, as long as you win on match
day. Speaking to the staff is the
key, knowing how much they enjoy it,
knowing how much Pep is involving
every member of staff.
be better when you are winning
games, everybody is making a
contribution. Lots of people have
played, that is the good thing. They
are up there because of the group.
A big game to look forward to
Some sad news this week
from Liverpool with the announcement
that their former Scotland
Tommy Lawrence had died aged 77.
He won two league titles and an FA
Cup in the great Bill Shankly side.
He was affectionately
known as "The Flying Pig"
because of his large
yet acrobatic frame.
A lovely nickname!
He played 390 times before making
the short move to Tranmere.
Three years ago, BBC
reporter Stuart Flinders
was on the streets of Liverpool,
asking for memories
of a game in the 1960s.
Look at this. I'm just wondering
whether you remember the derby match
in 1967 at Goodison, FA Cup, fifth
round, shown on a big screen at
I do, I played in it. I was
the goalkeeper for Liverpool.
That is a stroke of
luck on any meeting you. Can you
remind me of your name?
Nice to meet you, what do
It was a great game.
Tommy Lawrence was well loved, he
died this week at the age of 77.
Tommy's Liverpool and Manchester
City successfully negotiated the FA
Cup third round last weekend.
Mark Hughes has been sacked this
evening after his Stoke side were
knocked out by leaked to Coventry
The writing was on the wall
may be before Christmas, November
He dropped his allegedly best
players at Chelsea, fielded a
Chelsea five, Stoke Nel.
We were in difficult circumstances,
playing today with so many defensive
players missing. I take
responsibility, it was my decision.
We are in better shape for Monday.
If we win, which we intend to, we
have had a decent Christmas.
justifiable for you? About not
throwing a game, but saying they
will save it for the next one?
will only be right if they win on
Newcastle lead! Having almost turned
it into a must win, Mark Hughes'
side have been beaten by relegation
battling rival, you can see what the
supporters think of him.
Are you confident you can do it, and
Who else will do it? I made the
decision in the second tab at
Chelsea to say, OK, we can't win. I
am going to get criticised the lack?
I think it is unfair if I do. -- I
am going to get criticised for that?
It is in! A famous win for Coventry
City, and just how damaging a defeat
will it be for Mark Hughes?
When a Premier League side goes out
to a non-league side, it is news. --
to a lower league side.
Mark Hughes has gone after a double
century of games in charge. We heard
in the commentary he made that
Newcastle gain a must win for
himself by making the change at
Chelsea, then saying I have done
that because we need to play
Newcastle on Monday, and then they
More pressure on himself?
Definitely. He went into the game
hoping to win, but emphasised how
important it was by making the
changes. The way they have lost some
of those games, conceding seven Man
City, five at Chelsea, the fans can
accept that some players can accept
it if it is close, but by massive
margins, change needs to happen.
A brilliant win for Coventry, but
the Stoke win rate has been down
this season. Under Mark Hughes they
have finished ninth couple times,
13th, it feels like there has been
something different this season.
What has been missing?
Look at what
they bought in the summer, an ageing
group. Performances from the
players, I think they need to look
themselves in the mirror and ask if
they have done enough for Mark
Hughes? He seems to manage with a
great deal of dignity. Berahino came
in, scored no goals yet. They are
relying on 37-year-old Peter Crouch.
He has been good but you want to
regenerate and he does not seem to
come. To lose games like they did to
a division two team, Coventry, there
is only one way it would that end.
After they play Man United on
Monday, they have a good fixture
list coming up after that game on
Monday. In terms of the manager,
they are trying to bring in the
former Watford Barsky K Florence, he
is favourite at the moment if they
can get away from Espanyol. But it
is that crucial time of the season
where if they are to get away from
trouble and stay in the Premier
League it has that crucial time of
the season where if they are to get
away from trouble and stay in the
Premier League ties to start
Manchester United away on Monday.
We'll talk about the spat between
Conte and Mourinho. From a
Manchester United perspective and a
former Arsenal player, Alexis
Sanchez has been all over the papers
for the last few days. There were
rumours about the Manchester City
move. Is it because for the play-off
of that quality, it's hard to say we
shouldn't be going in for him?
That's right. Even Conte at Chelsea,
there's recriminations there.
Sanchez is causing a lot of
problems. He is a great talent,
there is no doubt. If Arsenal allow
him to go to Manchester United, he's
going to one of their rivals. If he
goes to City I'm not sure how much
is going to improve Man City but I
feel that's probably where he'll end
He is free in the summer, that's
their other issue. That might be
putting some people of because they
say they'll get him to virtually
nothing if they wait awhile.
good investment now because he can
play Champions League. A player of
that magnitude can obviously...
Cup as well. Jesus is coming back
from injury as well so I'm not sure
they need Tim.
Certainly want to
watch in the January transfer
Seven Premier League sackings
already this season.
David Moyes one of those
managers who's stepped in.
And he's enjoying life
at the London Stadium.
He's been speaking to Mark Scott.
COMMENTATOR: Great result the David
Moyes and West Ham. West Ham United
are ahead against Chelsea! 3-0, that
finishes it! What an unbelievable
strike! And West Ham United win it.
The recent upturn in form, the
question is what have you
implemented in the squad that wasn't
I don't think I've
done anything different than what
I've done before. I've said to the
players, don't be coming back
moaning when you find it too hard or
you want something else. If you
don't want to do it, you can see the
door. To be fair they have all
jumped on board.
jumped on board. Stuart Pearce,
Billy Allen have all made sure
they've done a great job behind the
atmosphere now inside the London
Stadium. STUDIO: How important was
to get the fans on board especially
It was really important to
me. Maybe a lot weren't sure about
David Moyes coming in. The stadium
has been rocking. I think they
realise that we've got to make sure
we get through trouble, support the
team, support them staff, give them
a real opportunity of getting the
job done as best they can. I think
in turn the players are responding
West Ham have
been defending and defending and
defending and got themselves ahead
with an absolute screamer from Pedro
You said yourself you're
still miles away from how you'd like
West Ham to play, I thought that was
I've got an idea
in my head of how I wanted to look.
I want us to be playing like
Tottenham, Chelsea. I want us to go
to those teams and say we are having
a game with you. At the moment we
have the same level of quality
players as those teams do. But
Burnley are the top six or seven.
Sunderland confirming David Moyes
You came in in you
felt you felt you had a point to
prove. I know it's early days but do
you feel already you've gone some
way to achieving that?
Of course I
had a point to prove because I've
had a bad year or two. I think
you'll never get through it always
doing well. There's been a couple of
years I'd have liked to go better.
You can only win by having good
players and getting the players to
work correctly and get results.
Sometimes that doesn't work, not
anything I'm doing differently.
Sometimes it doesn't work.
made you a better manager?
Experience of being in Spain has
given me a great insight...
the tough times as well?
know if there's any managers who
don't go through tough times. I hope
it makes me better with it. It's not
easy, because all your work is done
in the public. If you're not doing
so well when everybody knows about
Its David Moyes'
500th Premier League game, a
landmark only three other men have
To be in the Premier
League long time shows you've had
some level of success. Sometimes
people forget about the years you've
done and what you've done. I've
pleased I've done 500 games, I hope
I can get many more. I'm really
That seems like a very upbeat David
Moyes. Smiling a lot, enjoying
managerial life and hinting about
staying beyond the end of his
contract, planning for the future.
Yes, I think his main objective is
to stay in the league. After that he
can see himself as a long-term West
Ham manager. If he does keep them up
I think the fans will be happy and
the players will be happy.
sure some fans will be happy if he
says they want to play like Spurs
and Chelsea, you can see why that
would anger some West Ham fans!
course. Yes, choose but comparisons!
If you look at the statistics,
Martin, they are scoring more goals
than they did under Slaven Bilic and
conceding fewer goals. He's tidying
things up at the back, working with
Stuart Pearce and they are being
more fruitful at top as well.
think he's a really good manager and
they've done him a favour by giving
him six months. They've compress the
time for him to make quick
decisions. It seemed to take ten
years for his success to be
formalised at Everton. He watched
this man 54 times before he decided
to sign him.
When you were at
Wolverhampton, David Moyes scouted
you 54 times.
His career was nearly
It still took them two weeks
to confirm the signings.
he's got the strength of his
convictions. His confidence does in
the world of good. How good a
manager was he?
In terms of
attention to detail of opposition,
he's the I've worked with.
about you, isn't it. It's about
don't get obsessed with the
It's different with
Arsene Wenger and David Moyes
managing different teams. I think in
the greatest respect West Ham, that
objective now is trying not to lose.
There's a lot of teams in the
Premier League playing not to lose.
I think that's what their objective
is. Arsenal and Man City play to win
and that's what separates the great
Is he a better manager in
that situation than in the Arsene
I think so. I think
that's been proven over his career
as a manager.
He put three at the
back. He's changed the team around
and tactically they are stronger
West Ham are at Huddersfield
We'll be hearing from their defender
Zanka a bit later -
ever present and the man who bought
all their away fans
a pint over Christmas.
We've already seen how the FA Cup
ended Mark Hughes' reign at Stoke.
The Cup holders had
an equally miserable weekend.
I knew before the game that a game
like that away from home would be
Asked nor our FA Cup
winners a record 13 times and come
to the City Ground as
winners a record 13 times and come
to the City Ground as the holders.
He's got it! Off the
post, Per Mertesacker scores!
Defensively you cannot afford the
mistakes we made today, to get away
with a good result.
horrendous at the back, I'm afraid.
That might be the one
that seals Arsenal's fate. Smith
lost it and Danny Welbeck has rolled
it in! There is hope again for
Arsenal. Penalty Forrest again! Four
You've got to play
your strongest side. This is the
lesson Arsene Wenger needs to learn.
It was a massive gamble.
It would be
easy to just think that was the
problem today is.
The best thing
about today was the fact I couldn't
see any of the because I'm blind.
Arsenal out of the first round for
the first time since 1996. The big
story of the FA Cup third round
Just a focus on Forrest, one of the
goals of the week from Eric Lichaj.
His wife said they would get him a
dog if he scored a hat-trick in this
game. This has brought about a great
Twitter hashtag. We got
#GetEricADog. And then after this
picture, we got #GetEricHasADog and
he called the dog Gunner. Arsenal
Listen, I think it
started with the selection.
Listen, I think it
started with the selection. It was a
team that were really on a hiding to
nothing. Per Mertesacker has been
magnificent in the FA Cup. It was
his finest hour when they won it
last season against Chelsea. He was
totally exposed within the game. I
thought Forrest had some really good
youngsters on the day. To good
advantage of that. Brian Clough
would have been really proud looking
down on them, that's how good they
were. They rolled back the years.
Arsene Wenger is looking at another
challenge in the Europa League. He
feels it's going to be a long
season. The winner of that now goes
into that competition. The FA Cup
alongside that would have got in the
way. Looking at him since, I don't
think he's that perturbed about
going out of the FA Cup.
him in recent seasons.
used to that but I think now it will
be the Europa League, if we are
talking about saving his job at all.
This isn't Arsenal. One win in six,
fans are already upset with the way
they feel the team are moving. They
play a team like that and play like
that against Forrest and they aren't
having results in the league either.
It shouldn't be the way Arsenal go
about their business but it's the
state of Arsenal's last three or
four seasons. It slows a prize they
lost and Nottingham Forest. There's
a lot of players in that team that
belief before that game they should
have been playing more often. That's
going to confirm Arsene Wenger's
Per Mertesacker is at the
end of his career. Theo Walcott,
talking of him being up until three
o'clock in the morning partying,
After hearing that you would
expect him not to be involved.
think it was only allowed to play
because it was going to hurt Arsenal
more if he wasn't. He looked like he
was playing to a higher level
against Chelsea than he did against
Forrest. That would concern me.
Bournemouth are unbeaten since
Christmas but scoring goals has been
a problem for them. There are
Christmas but scoring goals has been
a problem for them. There are ten
fewer goals than at this stage last
season. Is that a big issue for
Yes, I think that's an
issue for the majority of teams. Not
scoring enough goals. Obviously they
signed Jermaine in the summer to try
to help that situation.
Unfortunately he's injured at the
moment but they've got enough
goal-scorers in that team.
going to test them. We talked about
how good the manager is. It's about
sticking together in these difficult
moments and keep believing in the
moments and keep believing in the
group. You can quickly fall out of
love with your players. Jermain
Defoe is out and we need to get him
Everyone can bring in
players in the January window. We
talked about some of the big players
involved. Theo Walcott will be one
to keep an eye on. In talks with
Everton. Strange that no start for
him this season. 49 minutes he's
played in the league from five
substitute performances. Where is he
at the moment?
He cannot be happy. When you are
playing football every week, if
you're at the bottom of the table
the top, you have to play football
each week. He does not get that
reward each week. It seems like
Wenger does not believe in him any
more and it might be his chance to
take the exit door. Everton is a
great club to play for, by the way,
maybe he is trying to come to terms
Would it be a good move for
Definitely. He wants to go
somewhere he feels loved, Sam
Allardyce has done that in the past,
got the best out of players into
situations. Theo is one of them.
Tottenham against Everton
is at 5.30pm today,
in two weeks' time they'll be
travelling to South Wales
to face Newport County
in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.
The League 2 team's win over Leeds
last Sunday capped a remarkable
turnaround under manager Mike Flynn.
Mark Clemmit has been to see him.
Go longer! There it is! Great ball!
Has this been the
key, being so hands-on?
We get the
information across to them all the
time, but Wayne Hatch will does most
of the coaching, if I'm honest. He
is off today, I make sure I keep the
points across. Keep playing!
Just organise, just talk to them.
It is remarkable the pace at which
they are playing, they are really
working hard? Football fans do not
They are like this every
day, I have an outstanding group of
players. They take everything on
board. When they keep giving me
these efforts, I cannot praise them
What a finish that is!
I can't get over the contrast
between this, and the feeling here,
and this time last year when you had
just lost seven in a row.
Big turnaround. The boys
are smiling. A good time to be part
of Newport County.
And the lift this week must have
the draw on Monday evening,
obviously after the result against
Leeds. Lots of excitement. We are
onto the big game on Saturday
against Grimsby, then we will worry
about top very soon.
2-1 to Newport County! Newport are
in sight of a famous, famous FA Cup
How on earth did you get that high?
It was just brilliant! To be honest,
I can't even remember most of it. I
threw my body at it and hoped that I
had got connected to the ball.
did not cover the back post. We show
them on the analysis the day before
Get in there with your
He does not score
in training, he says that for the
Get a drink! The Reds are more
interested in your positions when we
lose the ball, so concentrate on
Don't take this the wrong way, but
ten months ago when you took over,
were you the last resort?
Probably, I will not dress it up. I
had no managerial experience. I have
done my badges, they knew I had a
good rapport with the players. I
think they saw how much I have come
on over the last 18 months, two
You have quite a famous alum live
from the coaching course he went on,
Thierry Henry, Mikel Arteta, all
Arsenal, you're playing Spurs in the
next round. Have you had texts of
I have had texts back
and forth. Thierry is such a
gentleman, he has always been
approachable and we kept in contact.
There were some fantastic people on
You both can get too advance.
You will increasingly rise in the
public eye and, you know, somebody
might come knocking for you?
the nature of the beast. That is not
for me to concentrate on, that is
for other people to look from the
outside in. On the flip side, if we
start struggling, I am sure I could
get sacked as well. I am not
thinking of it. I am just thinking
of doing wealthy Newport County. --
doing well for Newport County.
A real buzz about the place. Mike
Flynn goes around Newport, he enjoys
being part of the community. That
was filmed on Thursday and you both
said how close was that to the FA
Cup win over Leeds, they are still
buzzing five days on?
Maybe he has that X Factor, he might
be a great manager in the making. He
is full of enthusiasm, shouting out
brilliant, he could not do the
interview, by the way, without
encouraging his players. It is
What a header this was?!
That is natural ability.
jumped out of the ground.
to the manager, you can see his
enthusiasm and passion, that rubs
off on the players, hopefully that
They were 11 points adrift at the
bottom when he took over, and he
Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy have
been interviewed about the Wales
job, Michael O'Neill is into edge
about the Scotland job, and it
looked like Phil Neville 's could be
the New England women's boss. He has
spoken to the FA and he is keen.
That would be an interesting move?
He is passionate about being a
coach, manager, hopefully he gets
the role and can enhance the women's
side for the national team.
Staying with the EFL
and there was a rather big game
in the Steel City last night.
Sheffield United at home
to Wednesday, who were being managed
by Jos Lukuhay for the first time.
It ended goal less so a point
for both the blue and red supporters
in Sheffield this weekend.
Let's turn to Chelsea next,
where head coach Antonio Conte has
been involved in a simmering feud
with Jose Mourinho.
The final whistle blows. Mourinho
talking into the ear of Antonio
What did Jose Mourinho say to
It is a private conversation, I
would like to remain private.
don't talk about it.
I was demanding a different kind of
Are they quite a negative
I think they are very good
got under the skin of Conte?
so, the reaction was unbelievable.
Because I don't behave as a clown, I
don't think you had to behave like a
crazy guy on the touchline.
I think someone forgets.
What never happen to me is to be
suspended for match fixing.
He was a little man in the past,
here's a little man in the present,
he will be a little man in the
When a person insults another, you
can expect a proper response.
I won't forget this.
And I am content. That means for me,
and the story.
You don't often get public feuds
that go one for as long as this one?
Not often other than in panto! But
you get them involved with Jose
Mourinho. It is a great image -- not
a great image for either club. The
managers are used to being
outspoken, but neither will be
pleased with the way it has been
Scudamore should step in if
it goes another step. It looks like
it will end.
What did he say to
Behave yourselves, you are
ahead of the game, you have two
great clubs, act with dignity. When
it becomes this public spat that we
have seen, I don't think it is good
for the game. Mourinho has done this
before, Conte should not rise to it.
But he is a fighter, he wants to
make his point.
Conte, it is fascinating to see what
happens with Antonio Kante, we have
been talking about impossibly
leaving Chelsea. Is he acting in
this way because of that? ... We
have been talking about him possibly
Mourinho does not
like their tears in Manchester and
Guardiola will win everything before
him. -- does not like that he is in
Manchester. Conte realises that they
change their manager regularly. He
has another year left on his
contract, it does not look like he
They have a very busy January. They
have Leicester today. We watch them
make a raptor changes against
Fleetwood, lose any Premier League
momentum and failed to have a shot
on target. From a player's
perspective, how does that take you
into the next game?
Some of the changes were forced.
Vardy would have played if he was
fit. I am sure he will come back
into the team today and cause a
number of problems for Chelsea. The
momentum was important for a team
like Leicester, I am sure they will
be confident going into the game.
Let's go live to Stamford Bridge
to hear from a man who's seen a fair
few managerial feuds in his career -
Lovely to have you joining us, John
Antonio Conte seems in a bit
of a strange place at the moment.
He is. There are several reasons for
it. The fixture list and the size of
the squad is one of them, but I have
to be honest, I am here, never mind
the cold, I am in a confessional
because for the first time on the
air I had to tell you how often I
watched Chelsea in my younger days.
I have with me two of the heroes,
Stamford Bridge icons, who I saw
play at that time. First of all, Ron
Harris, I will take you back to
1963, Chelsea versus Stoke, a big
promotion match, 70,000 in the
bridge that day. I was here with my
dad and 17-year-old Ron Harris was
marking 49-year-old Stanley
I try to market, but for a
fellow 49 years of age she was
lightning quick over the first
hundred yards -- I tried to mark
him. They beat as 1-0 or 2-1, at the
time, at one stage we were ten
points and friends when you got two
points for a win. With this losing
here we had to go to Sunderland,
practically assured unless we beat
them, and we beat them. Then we
still had to come back here on the
Tuesday or Wednesday and beat
And the manager
Tommy Docherty were celebrating in
the directors box. Bobby Tamblyn, a
real Chelsea hero, record
goal-scorer for so many years. You
played in that game?
I did. We got
off to a great start, we scored in
the first minute. I think it was
Derek Cavlan's one and only goal for
You won 7-0. I got
promoted. Bobby, I was a big fan of
yours, I once went into a ticket
agency in London and bought a ticket
for an international, England versus
Wales in the afternoon at Wembley.
Did you make your debut?
Very, very belated. I came in on the
Monday for a bit of treatment, just
felt like a Monday morning. Tommy
Docherty came through the door and
said I didn't know you were injured.
I said, it is only a bit of a
strain, Tom. He said, God, that is
hard work. I said why? He said
Walter Winterbottom has been on the
phone and says he wants you to join
the party at Wembley, because you
are playing on Wednesday, if you are
Fantastic. They will always
remember your five goals at Aston
Villa, that is an old Ken
Wolstenholme commentary that we do
not have time to show that I
remember back. Ron, Jimmy Greaves
was around when Bobby was scoring
goals? Before he went to Tottenham.
Chelsea have had some great
goal-scoring heroes and it really
took Frank Lampard bringing things
up to date to overtake the
long-standing record of this man?
think Bob and Aussie scored some
fantastic goals when, no disrespect
to the modern-day players, when
defenders could tackle and tackle
from behind. Whether these lads
would have scored as many goals,
don't forget that years ago, when I
first came, we used to man mark
people. I follow Jimmy everywhere.
Tommy Docherty used to say to me, if
he goes to the toilet, go with him.
That was my job.
They are quick on
our programme, they have just shown
your goals explanation Bobby, the
fans still love you, you had them
ill-health, I have met your sister
over year from Ireland, how are you?
I am very good. They come over from
every home game, it is fantastic.
is my privilege to be here with you
two today. I will hand you back to
Dan Walker, I am getting quite
emotional about the 60s. Thank you
STUDIO: John, enjoy your final, Jude
Stamford Bridge today. Thank you
very much. Great to hear so many
memories. 1963, marking a
49-year-old Stanley Matthews.
You can see that FA Cup third
Round Replay between Chelsea
and Norwich live on BBC One
on Wednesday night at 7.30pm.
Alongside Gary in the studio -
Alan Shearer, Dion Dublin
and Gianfranco Zola.
Also making an appearance
at Stamford Bridge will
be the Video Referee.
VAR is on trial for the next few
months at some Cup games -
and it was used for the first time
on Monday night.
Brighton play Crystal Palace in the
FA Cup. Video technology will be
used in a competitive match for the
first time. COMMENTATOR:
first time. COMMENTATOR: He shoots!
Bride to lead 1-0. That is a rarity.
24 minutes gone, Brighton take the
lead. What a shot! He's drawn
Crystal Palace level! 25 yards out
and inside the right-hand post. It's
1-1. Bending it around the back.
Header across goal. It is in!
Brighton had scored and who's got
the goal? Glenn Murray.
I think he
went to VAR to see if he's offside
No handballs or anything
like that. He might have just
questioned it there.
like that. He might have just
questioned it there.
STUDIO: Martin Kearney is ready to
tee off on VAR. I'll come to you
first. That's a good indication of
VAR working and working well, isn't
it? They checked it and it's fine.
Working, yes. Working well, I'm not
sure. It's still not that clear. For
me it's a lot of unnecessary
Like anything new,
there's a few teething problems but
once we are into it and we know how
I think it will get
better but is it needed at this
moment in time and is the game that
bad that we need to monitor
decisions and potentially cause more
problems? Surely clarity?
referees get 96% of decisions right,
if we can get to 98%, that's got to
be good for football.
Will it affect
the spectacle? There was a challenge
from Danny Welbeck. I thought it was
a penalty, first incidents, and Cesc
Fabregas. The referee allowed to
play. In that time I asked myself,
that a player sent off, what's going
Let's say there was
something that happened in that
minute and then the referee had to
take playback and make the decision.
If it was a goal, that would be
disallowed because it would go back
to the original decision. The only
thing that would stand would be a
red card offence, serious foul play,
or bile and conduct. Let's say in
that extra minute, you are playing
and sent off for denying a
goal-scoring chance. That is not
serious foul play, spitting of
violent conduct. That red card
I understand that
but what I don't understand is why
the play wasn't stopped there and
then because there was so much
doubt. All those possibilities
wouldn't have happened. The ball
went out of play at that juncture in
any way. It was either a minute
before it was allowed. The Nick
stopped the game for the corner
which lost some of the momentum. We
at home had no idea what was
happening. In cricket, in rugby,
there is an explanation. Maybe there
needs to be some sort of rule
change. Maybe the referee needs to
be coming forward and letting us
know why he's making those
decisions, or the guy who sits 60
miles away making that decision.
think that's the next step. I think
referees need to speak up.
problem for those in the crowd who
don't understand. That such an
important connection in football.
That's what we're trying to clarify,
is for the fans.
Now you've retired
you're lucky enough to go to
Twickenham and watch rugby match,
you can buy the headset and listen
to the referee. Why can't we do that
We've only just started
But we're doing it
in a proper competition. For me it
compromises the FA Cup as well.
player gets injured in that time and
has to miss the rest of the season,
how is that resolved? If Arsenal's
most important player gets injured
and misses the rest of the season?
How would the crowd have reacted at
Stamford Bridge? I think we should
stop the game at that moment if
there is a serious concern. They
should be getting that information
I feel there's quite a few
issues to resolve! I'm sure it will
After losing in the Cup,
Crystal Palace will be hoping
to keep up their cracking League
form at home to Burnley
They've lost only one
of their last 11 league matches,
and Steve Bower will be hoping
for some of the usual
Selhurst Park drama today.
They are a good team to
watch. You have to go back to the
start of the season. The
corresponding fixture back in
September against Burnley was Frank
De Burgh's fourth and final match in
charge of Pallas, that dreadful
start to the season with four
straight defeats. Roy Hodgson came
in watching them at the Etta had and
speaking to him afterwards. That was
their second game in charge and he
was saying the size of the challenge
he had ahead of him. Seven without a
win, without a point or without a
goal. Since then, he's picked up 22
points from 18 games which really is
a remarkable record. You mentioned
one defeat in 11. Only six teams
have a better form in that period.
But Crystal Palace, they still have
to keep that going. They are still
only two points above the drop zone.
There is much needed light at the
end of the tunnel. He has quite an
injury list but here is where it's
going to be won or lost as far as
Palace are concerned. Much, much
more optimism than there was the
last time they played Burnley.
just saw Christian Benteke behind
you! I want to ask you about
Burnley. He watched them last week
against Manchester City. There he
is! They lost by some distance but
Burnley did well for a while.
certainly did. After 55 minutes they
were towed to toe with Manchester
City. They were in front. They
worried the Premier League leaders.
Sean Dyche made four changes. Then
in a blink of an eye, two goals in
two minutes from Sergio Aguero and
the rest is history. They can take a
great deal of heart from that.
People making a loss of the fact
they've gone five games without a
win but let's remember where Burnley
are and how far they've come since
that Palace game. They are the best
of the rest, top of the best of the
rest, sitting there in seventh
place. What will be really
interesting is how both teams react
in the January transfer window.
Nkundu will be involved in the squad
today. A slight worry for me is that
Crystal Palace are being linked with
another Sako in the Crystal Palace
squad, that would make three Sakos
in their squad!
Keep up-to-date with that match on
final score. Frank Lampard making
his debut for this season alongside
his debut for this season alongside
Ian Wright at 10:30pm.
Let's head to Huddersfield next.
Terriers fans will be happy
to be sat in mid-table
in the Premier League at this
point of the season.
And top of their thank you list
will be Mathias Jorgenson.
Not only has he played every
minute in the league,
he also bought their away support
a pint at Christmas.
Rachel Stringer went to meet the man
they're calling Zanka Claus.
Your name is actually Mathias
Jorgensen, white Zanka? -- Zanka? .
I was coming home from training and
I was sat in front of the passenger
seat. I felt like it resembled a
bobsleigher. Therefore Zanka was
born, snowball effect. When I was 18
everyone called me Zanka.
Olympics is coming up next month.
You have an eye on the Bobsleigh?
The fans have taken to you after
six months, do you think it has
something to do with your Zanka
I think so. What spurred out
of a moment of chilling and using
Twitter for what I think Twitter is
supposed to be and just getting out
there and talking with the fans.
I've had a look on Twitter and I've
picked a few. Who is the best player
you have faced in the Premier League
Mesut Ozil probably was
the one that had the best game.
Beating Man United. I think that's
similar for all of us.
someone who obviously wants to give
back to the fans. Tell everybody
about Zanka Claus.
Which had a bad
run of games away from home. But the
support we got was really good. In
Bournemouth we lost 4-0. They were
clapping us and I thought it would
be nice to show that we appreciate
them. What would be better than
buying everybody a drink. Somebody
came up with the Zanka Claus thing
and it was to show the gratitude and
appreciation we feel every time we
step out there. I hope you like the
Can you explain from inside
the dressing room, what it's like
We might not be the best team
in the Premier League with regards
to individual quality, but we might
be able to be the best team as a
team. Basically all that, this
Yorkshire area is all about. It's
about working hard and taking care
of each other. I think this team
stands for those values.
Next up you
have West Ham at home. You lost 2-0
to them away in September.
that might be one of the worst games
we played this season. I think when
they come up here we'll see what we
can do especially way from home,
they'll get a surprise.
This game at
the weekend, they are calling it
town for all. It's in line with the
kick it out campaign.
moving towards becoming, like rest
of society, we need to take a stance
at certain points of the year. I
think the Kick It Out campaign is a
great feature in the world of
football and I think we should only
aspire to make it bigger and better.
There's only five black managers in
the top four divisions in English
football. Does it need to change?
I'm sure things will change. You see
it in America, with their sports
over there in the NFL. The NBA is
following as well. There has been
that many people of colour playing
in the Premier League. It's only a
question of time before more people
of colour come into the ranks of
being the head coach or a manager in
the Premier League
or top five divisions.
interesting discussion. He's been a
superstar at Huddersfield but on
that broader point
that broader point of the Rooney
Rule, sporting authorities have two
interview a BAME candidate. They
will enforce that within the England
setup as well. Is it the right way
forward for you?
I think it needs to
happen but more black and ethnic
coaches are involved in football at
the highest level. In terms of that
ruling and how it is dictated, I'm
not sure it's the right way to go
about it. Are we forcing people into
interviewing people for the sake of
it from different backgrounds? I
think it's a level of qualifications
that needs to happen to be able to
get an interview, I think that
should be the first and foremost
thing that needs to happen.
doing about at the moment, and you?
Yes, slowly! That's not the reason
why I'm not pursuing badges but it
is the reason why other bigger names
in the game, I know Ian Wright has
said he doesn't feel he'd get the
England job. People like that need
to be in the game from the things
he's had to face in the past blue I
think it's a step in the right
direction. I think it's a shame we
need that role. I didn't see, in the
dressing rooms, as a player that
racism doesn't exist. Patrick Vieira
was my friend, it didn't matter what
colour he was. It's a shame people
from the ethnic community feel they
can't go on and be managers and
I do think the issue is
with players. I think it's the whole
concept of being given equal
opportunity. I know there's a real
issue with fans and racism that is
still alive and active in the game.
But we are to obviously squash it.
feel there is much more we could say
and maybe we will at a future date.
Thank you very much.
That's it from us this week.
You can see a couple of NBA stars
taking on Premier League
predictions on the website.
But in a week when Phillippe
Coutinho was unveiled
as a Barcelona player,
we leave you with the updated list
of world record transfers.
COMMENTATOR: He's done it again!
Paul Pogba is back and back with a
Barcelona have completed the
signing of Ousmane Dembele for
has agreed to join Barcelona for a
British record fee, £142 million.
Neymar again! Where would they be
without the golden boy?
Dan Walker and guests preview the weekend's football action, including champions Chelsea at home to Leicester City and Tottenham hosting Everton in the late kick-off.
Manchester City and England full-back Kyle Walker looks forward to taking on Liverpool in the Premier League's big match of the weekend. David Moyes talks about West Ham's revival, whilst the Huddersfield defender Zanka explains why he bought a drink for all his club's away supporters.