Dan Walker, Kevin Kilbane and Paul Clement preview the weekend's action with interviews from Everton's Wayne Rooney and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.
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getting better and better.
for Cristiano Ronaldo.
History boys indeed.
History boys indeed.
The biggest Chelsea celebration of
Ladies and gentlemen we are in the
thick of the awards season but never
mind the Bastos, the Oscars, all the
stars are out in force for the a
list this week.
It is winning, that is what I always
wanted to do.
He has done it again.
It is a dream for me to win the
Premier League here.
When you say football, you mean
Definitely football focus. We also
hear from the Brighton goalkeeper
Matt Ryan and Clem visits from.
Plenty to talk about with these
couple of A listers. Cable -- Kevin
Qaboun and Paul Clement. These are
your Premier League fixtures this
weekend and today is a big day at
the bottom. Newcastle make a 700
mile round trip to Bournemouth.
Brighton host Swansea and it is West
Brom against Huddersfield at the
Hawthorns. Mourinho and can't meet
at Old Trafford tomorrow and there's
also the League Cup final at Wembley
between Arsenal and Manchester City.
But with start with the man who has
spent half his life scoring goals at
the top level. We sent former
team-mate Kevin Gill banned for a
glimpse into territory. What is it
like being Wayne Rooney?
boring. Putting the kids to bed.
Then training the next day.
done it again!
I'll just want to congratulate you
on your new baby boy.
How are you
feeling question great. A new
addition to the family. And another
boy. It is great, the other lads
have enjoyed having him around the
last few days.
And just settling
back down now. How do you feel when
they watch you play for Everton, is
it important to you?
growing up I was an Everton fan
going to the games with my dad.
Always something I wanted to do to
let my kids see me play for Everton
and in the future going to games
with them as well. It is a big part
of my life and always has been. And
great to be back here and for the
kids to be able to watch me play.
What do they say to you after games
when they have watched you?
eldest, really, if I do not play
well or whatever he reminds you. He
is clued in now? Onto everything in
football, obsessed with it. So if
you do not have a good game he is
the first to tell me.
Do you feel
less pressure coming back to Everton
because you're in a unique
situation, how you burst onto the
scene, you left, now you have come
More or less pressure? In the
summer when I left Manchester United
it would be easy for me to go
abroad, to go to China or else. See
out the last few years of my career
earning money. That is just not me,
I need that pressure, that desire to
play. It been lost if I've chosen
the other option. So to come back to
Everton, there was no more pressure
on me than anywhere else. I almost
wanted to prove myself again. To the
Everton fans and help the club move
forward and when trophies. It was
the perfect fit for me and hopefully
we can do that in the next couple of
years. The start of the season, the
fixtures were tough. But as a group
of players, I just do not think we
applied ourselves in the right way
during the games. Why do you think
that was? I don't know, it was
tough, it was my first few games
back and it was tough to put your
finger on why that was happening. We
had to get it together quick. We got
better results and if we can sort
out the away form, a couple of
points off seventh place has got to
be realistically the goal for the
What can you achieve over
however long you have left playing?
Everton for too many years has been
a club that has been finishing
sixth, seventh. What hits home, when
you see Leicester winning the
Premier League, which they deserved,
but Everton is a much bigger club
than Leicester. And Everton has to
move forward and I want to be part
of that. We have owners in place
willing to back the club and I think
Everton can be a major force in
English football again. And
hopefully I can be here to see that
Wayne Rooney has done it
again! Given the amount of games you
played do have a field there has to
be some time in your head when you
think I cannot necessarily do that
Obviously that time will
come, I am an honest player, if I
feel I'm not good enough to play
then I would not put myself in the
position to keep trying. If I'm not
good enough to blame the team that
will be would be the time when I
probably would finish playing. I'm
not going to be explosive player I
was. And of course my game will have
to change. I think the best role for
me and for the team is me playing in
the middle of the pitch. I think it
is the best for me and also will
benefit the team.
What is it that
motivates you every day to continue
to play at the level your act?
winning, but I've always wanted to
do obviously as a 16-year-old when I
came through, I'm playing to win. I
want to try to help Everton move
forward as a club and hopefully I
can be part of that.
really well. 208 Premier League
goals and counting. You turned up at
Everton the season after he had
burst onto the scene. You had a chat
again this week. How have you seen
him develop over that long time?
is how mature and he is now, of
course that happens in life but the
pressure and scrutiny he has been
under through his whole playing
career. It was almost a bit of a
buzz for me when I first went to
Everton to be playing with this
superstar. Everyone was talking
about him. Exactly, and it was a
name that David Moyes mentioned to
me as soon as I came through the
door, wait until you see him
training, his attitude. Of course he
had everything. Look at the calibre
of the goals he scored his workrate,
everything. That class and skill he
possesses. But the way he has mature
it has been the most impressive
thing given the scrutiny he has
always been under.
If you are an
opposition manager playing against a
team with Wayne Rooney in it.
Midfield these days. Would you be
more concerned now of seeing him in
He's a different type
of player to where he was aged 16,
17, where he was leading the line is
number nine. He playing in the
position is now, off the striker or
midfield and that is where he sees
his strengths. And some managers see
him being more influential in a
slightly deeper position. Because as
you get older you lose that dynamic
Well Wayne Rooney in his
assessment of what Everton have did
this season, it has been a strange
season. How do you assess where they
are at the moment?
Clearly they had
a difficult start and in quite a bit
of trouble at the bottom of the
league, then they made a change and
they have that period where they
could not find the manager. The
results were up and down in that
period and then Sam came in. Got
some great results early on. Now it
is about pushing onto the end of the
season and having a really good top
I think they're
targeting seven and realistically
that is where they're at. It is
about the next couple of seasons
trying to push on from there.
about him as an individual, you have
known him for a long time. Many
people have been impressed with him
recently as a pundit. He could do
that if he wanted to but he seems to
have a passion to be involved in
day-to-day basis in football.
he be a coach? I can see that with
him, he has a love for Everton, what
it means to him. You could see him
may be progressing into some kind of
coaching capacity straightaway. And
then who's to say could not manage
the club and future years. He is
definitely mature enough, he has a
lot to learn and certainly the
intricacies of coaching management.
But he's now at the stage where he
could go to that level.
You think he
could make that jump? You have seen
this in your managerial career, it
is their only a small portion of
players that can make that step into
being a successful manager?
first thing is you really need to
want to do it and you have to have
that drive and determination to put
in the hours to ultimately make a
change in your career. Because
managing and coaching is not
playing, it is very different. But
he has a great head start because of
all the experience he's had. 16
years old, up until now. You end up
thinking he is older than he is but
he is 32, good years ahead of him.
He has mature incredibly. Made some
mistakes along the way as we all
have. But he has a lot to offer now
and I'm sure in the future as well.
Well they take on Watford this
weekend. And we switched to the
other side of Merseyside and the
player who looks like the best 30
odd million you could ever spent.
Simon Crabtree has been to see Mo
Salah. One man meant -- went to mow.
Mohamed Salah, he is through and
scores brilliantly! He finds the
back of the net! Mo Salah has done
Mo Salah has scored for
Liverpool full stop every game the
goal for Mo Salah.
So far so good
this season. What has changed to
bring this fantastic Mo Salah?
know for a long time I tried every
day to improve myself. And I think
that has worked every year if you
see my goals and everything I did
the last four or five years, every
year is better than the year before.
Has Jurgen Klopp had an influence as
Of course, since I came here
he change something in me. More than
in any other club. But now the
difference between me and five years
ago, everything has changed.
Mentally and physically and
everything. I'm trying to improve
every day. I like to play in the
Premier League, I like the Premier
League a lot. And now I'm playing
here and enjoying my football.
here and enjoying my football.
he go for it? He scores and
Manchester City are surely going to
be beaten here at Anfield today.
When I was younger I used to go for
the half hours from my village to
play in Cairo and come back. It was
not easy. I suffered a lot for that.
I used to leave school, nine o'clock
in the morning and did not go back
until 930 in the evening. The day
after the same. I gave football all
my life. I only think about
football. That is what is in my mind
all the time. I work hard every day
in the gym. I sleep good, ie it
good. You know, I try to be
professional. -- ie eat good.
Bellerin, and Mo Salah away for
Liverpool. Can he finished this
time? Liverpool three, Arsenal will.
With this kind of quality they make
things easier for me, they helped me
a lot. I'm enjoying my moment here
and enjoying playing football for
What can Liverpool
achieved between now and the end of
the season, at least 12 more
matches. Champions League as well,
what are you thinking?
anything can happen, you never know
what is going to happen. But if you
do not have a dream, if you do not
sacrifice and work hard to achieve
something, you will never get it. So
we will work hard for the Champions
League to do something special. I
came here to win titles. I came here
to help the club win titles. I know
everyone here works hard to win
something for the club, for the
fans, for ourselves. It is my dream
to win the Premier League, honestly.
I want to win it with this club.
Ito about being very careful of what
he eats, but we have got some
footage of him in a chippy! In his
defence, it was an advert for
Egyptian TV, I doubt he went home
with a battered sausage, but really
enjoying his football at the moment,
and some of the statistics, he
averages a goal or assist every 64
minutes in Aprilia league game at
Anfield this season. I mean, to play
against, he must be terrifying.
got a fantastic scoring record,
playing in a great front three at
the moment - dangerous in all
positions. But he has
the moment - dangerous in all
positions. But he has got pace,
power, technically strong, and I
think what I like about him as well,
the way he interviews, and I bumped
into him once in London, this
season. He has got a great
temperament, really nice young man.
It is a nice story, with the
difficulties he had at Chelsea, he
went away, reinvented himself,
comeback here, one of the best
players in the league.
Was it in a
fish and chip shop in London?! He
talks, Kevin, about winning trophies
with Liverpool, and he has taken a
bit of flak for that, but it shows
the desire - not just personal
desire to be the best he can be, but
to achieve things with that side.
Hwyl fawr off title winning and a
trophy winning team are they? --
they have got a real chance
because of that front three. What he
has brought to the side,
has brought to the side, they didn't
have an option for people who could
double in tight situations. When
sides are deep against them, he has
got the ability to beat them.
sides are deep against them, he has
got the ability to beat them.
Liverpool have got a chance to go
all the way in that competition.
have played against the best teams
this season, how good are Liverpool
in comparison to Manchester City,
United and the others?
It is a good
question, because Tottenham have got
good front players as well. As a
three, manual are the best, very
close to Man City. --
close to Man City. -- Man United.
Klopp has to take credit for the way
he has deployed Salah. Sometimes you
can end up deep against the
opposition full-backs, but they
press very high and they win the
ball is high up the pitch, so they
are in a position to score. It is a
fabulous record for a player who is
not a striker.
On to West Ham, the
25th anniversary of the death of
Bobby Moore, a commemoratives mural
has been unveiled at the London
Stadium today, there it is for you,
and they are taking on Liverpool
today. In terms of the current crop,
Arnautovic, Hernandez, David Moyes
has turned things around, and many
people thought it wouldn't work out.
Certainly Arnautovic started this
season, was not quite added, and I
think Hernandez has scored two in
his last two, hasn't he? He is
getting the best out of
his last two, hasn't he? He is
getting the best out of the most
creative players. Always a difficult
thing to do in football, but
Arnautovic has been the standout
performer, just seeing how he has
grown in confidence, now we are
seeing him as the player we know he
is. All of a sudden, he is getting
the best out of those players, and
going to Liverpool today, Anfield
will be difficult. I think we know
going to Liverpool today, Anfield
will be difficult. I think we know
that. They may have to play a
different style today, but you can
rely on them to get you in the game
when you are up against it.
turn our attention to the lunchtime
kick-off in the Premier League,
under way shortly at the King Power,
where Steve Bower will be watching
Leicester take on second bottom
Stoke, the worst away record in the
division. Let's find out what is
happening with the teams.
it? They did only six points away
from the potteries, and this is a
far from straightforward task to try
to improve that form, Leicester have
lost only twice here since Claude
Puel succeeded Craig Shakespeare in
October. There have been chinks of
light for the visitors since Paul
Lambert's arrival, five points from
12, one more than the previous 24
under Mark Hughes, but today they
have to stop Jamie Vardy scoring for
the sixth match in a row. The lesser
team shows two changes from their FA
Cup victory over Sheffield United,
Marc Albrighton and Matty James
start, as does Riyad Mahrez.
Interesting news from Stoke, three
changes in all, Ryan Shawcross and
Darren Fletcher are out, Erik
Pieters is on the bench, so a full
Premier League debut for the Greek
international Kosta Stafylidis, and
recalls for Martins Indi and
Cameron. 18-year-old striker
Campbell, son of Kevin, who scored
17 goals for the undo 23s so far
this season. -- under-23s.
you, looks like lovely weather
today. Stoke were denied last time
out by a last-minute penalty stop by
Maty Ryan, the Aussie has become a
key factor in their survival plan,
and Mark Schwarzer has been to the
south coast to collar his
Ryan has made an exceptional save!
Good save by Ryan!
Good save by Ryan!
Maty, thank you
for having it had with us, how are
you finding life on the south coast?
Pretty good, away from football it
is very pleasant, everyone refers to
it as a little London down here,
always things going on, enjoyable
place to live.
Have you brought your
To be fair, it gets a
bit of a swell when the wind is
going, but the rocky beaches is
enough to turn me off and stay
The first six games of the
season were probably the toughest
for you. How did you deal with that?
Obviously, past experience is that
you make mistakes and you have to
deal with it, but if you show a
little bit of weakness or you can't
handle that sort of adversity and
whatnot, perhaps it is not the sport
for you. When you made a mistake, it
is all about how you bounce back and
It seems to have coincided
with Tim Krul arriving, I was at the
game at Newcastle at home, and all
the talk was that he would play
ahead of you. Did that galvanise
you, make you more determined to
perform well? That was your best
game up to that point.
Unfortunately, as you know, only one
of us can play, but whenever there
is competition. Some it lifts a
player's performance, obviously him
coming in, I guess it started me off
on that little run where perhaps I
got a few good performances under my
belt, started to grow, and I have
been Brighton's number one bit
The Stoke game was probably
the highest point for you at
It was a bit of a funny
game to be honest, I didn't really
have much to do the whole game.
There was not shot on target from
Shaqiri, which was frustrating for a
goalkeeper, and then that crazy last
five minutes happened.
Mat Ryan, can
he keep it out?! He can, and on the
rebound he cannot finish! What
Obviously, saving a penalty
is close to the pinnacle moment for
any goalkeeper, very nice that I
could contribute in that moment.
about momentum, undefeated in three
games, is it the point of the season
where you might look back and think,
that is where it began?
I guess our relegation rivals at the
moment, if they beat us today, they
would go to the same points as us.
Focusing on the positives, we are
into the quarterfinal of the FA Cup
as well, so trying to ride that wave
at the minute, and we have got
another massive game this weekend
against Swansea, and we are under no
illusion that it is just because we
are at home, views will come. You
touched on it already, the momentum,
Swansea coming unbeaten, Liverpool
and Arsenal at home, and hopefully
we can do what is needed to get
So the World Cup in
Russia, what are the expectations
going into this World Cup?
under no illusion that we will have
to play the three biggest games of
our lives if we want to progress in
the tournament. I wouldn't be a
footballer is, you know, I wasn't
confident in my personal ability and
the team that I was playing for,
that we can be competitive, but
saying it and doing it are two
different things. It will be up to
us at crunch time, you know, go and
walk the walk.
Brighton are one of
11 teams, have a look at this,
involved in a fascinating battle at
Kevin, from a Brighton point of
view, they are on a bad run, but
unbeaten in five, which is a really
good time to get a bit of
solidarity, isn't it?
It is, and
with Mat Ryan, we talked about his
defensive record, sorry, stopping
sides scoring. I will get it out for
you, don't worry! The defensive
record is excellent, you look at
Duncan and Duffy in front of him, as
a back four, very well organised.
Chris Hughton has done a great job
from the structure of the side and
how they stop side scoring against
them. It might be about how little
they concede whether they stay up.
Only teams in the top seven have
conceded fewer goals than Brighton.
When you look at Swansea now, how do
you reflect on your time there? Is
it still a frustration to you? That
he didn't get more of a chance?
look at it in a number of different
ways. First of all, my period last
season when I went in, the team was
on 12 points, difficult situation,
you know, we picked up some great
results, and in the end maintained
our position in the Premier League,
so a very special time. This season,
start of this season, it was clearly
more frustrating. You know, the club
itself, this is the third relegation
battle that it has been in, and that
takes its toll on everybody.
Sometimes, when you change the
manager, the players get an
opportunity to hit the reset button
and go again. You know, the team has
picked up some really good results,
you know, particularly the result
against Liverpool and Arsenal at
home. And belief has come back into
the side, and they are very much
playing with confidence.
on last season, just to drill down
into those statistics, you won four
of your first six games in charge,
Manager of the Month in January,
February? And then short-listed for
Manager of the Season as well last
time round. This is what happened at
the end of last season, tremendous
effort, and yet, within a few months
at the start of the next season, you
are seen as not the right man to
take the club forward. I wonder how,
personally, you reflect on that, not
wanting it to damage your own loss
of the anti-thoughts you have of
taking that into the next job you
are going to go for. -- and the
Yeah, of course, and this
is the life of a manager. I have had
seven clubs in nine years, this is
the life of the modern coach, modern
manager, that you will have an
opportunity somewhere for maybe a
year, 18 months, two years, and then
you will move onto the next place.
You have to, you know, of course,
when you lose your job, there is a
certain amount of hurt, but then you
go through a period when you look
back in a more logical way at things
that might have affected you, things
that you had control of, things you
didn't have control of, and you try
to take those things in a positive
way for experiences that you have in
the future. I mean, I had a great
experience at Swansea, I liked the
players a lot, the chairman, Huw
Jenkins, passionate fans, and I
really hope they do well - I have no
bad feeling about what happened
there, another experience in my
When you go in, you are
under so much pressure and scrutiny,
how you set the side up from the
defensive structure, yes, but you
had Gylfi Sigurdsson to provide
something different for you, you had
Jack Cork, big personalities and big
players, so was that the difference
from last season, that you have lost
big players and you couldn't replace
them with maybe players at that sort
of calibre to take you forward? Was
that the difference for you as well?
Maybe, it is always difficult to
say. If you knew the answers and
they were easy solutions, you do
them. Often in management, it is a
very complex situation, you are
dealing with a lot of different
moving parts. Clearly, Gylfi
Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente
were key players in the squad last
season. But they went, we got
replacements in - for different
reasons, some worked initially, some
of those didn't. When I look back at
the results, the actual results that
we had were very, very close. I
think eight games out of the 12, 11
or 12 that I lost would just by one
goal. The margins are so fine.
those margins in mind, I don't want
is a social media is to blame for
everything, but eight managers gone
in the Premier League already, does
the modern-day obsession with social
media contribute to somebody like
you and other managers losing their
jobs? Because clubs panicked?
I would like to think that owners
and chairmen are not affected by
that but the power of social media,
the media in general, it has an
effect on the fans and repercussions
that go through the football club.
In terms of my own position when I
first went to the club I did very
well but one thing, I did not think
I was the greatest manager and did
not get too excited. At the same
time I lost my job I do not all of a
sudden think I'm the worst manager.
That is how you're scene sometimes,
and it is the same with players
going from there today. It is
important to keep that middle ground
in these situations.
More about your
future later. But onto another
whopper at the foot of the table,
bottom side West Brom and 17th
placed Huddersfield. John Motson is
at the Hawthorns. Bring us up to
date, how are West Brom preparing
for this today?
Well the sun is
shining and I think the programme,
has he got a sense of humour or
sense of destiny? The front cover
today reflects the in 2005 when
Albion survived on the last day the
season, do you remember, with Bryan
Robson as manager. Some people here
think it could go down to the wire
again this season. Well you are fed
back to the last fortnight and it
has been turbulent at the Hawthorns.
Sackings at top level, chief
executive Gong, German gone.
Original chief executive Mark
Jenkins who had a good combination
with the old chairman, he is back
now. In addition to that upheaval
the Barcelona incident, I understand
that has been dealt with internally
now. Jonny Evans captain again
today. And then of course Alan
Pardew, his position. Having thought
about that and yesterday he said in
his press Conference, I have a bag
and a half packs. Albion might think
about making a change again, he has
only been here since November and do
they really want to go through the
whole process again, the Chinese
owners? Alan Pardew, his record here
is not great but look at the record
of West Brom over the last 12
months, not just Alan Pardew but
Tony Pulis as well. One win in 25 in
the Premier League and only three in
36. Almost a whole season. So you
could see the dilemma and understand
why this is more than just your
average six pointer. Huddersfield
themselves of course need points.
But this is West Brom desperately
needing to perform in front of their
own supporters today. I'm not a
geologist but people tell me that
the Hawthorns is the highest ground
above sea level in the whole of the
country. If that protects this clap
from fire and flood all well and
good. But I tell you what if they do
not win today there is nasty waters
of relegation is lapping around
Magnificent, thank you
very much. Geology, geography, facts
as well. Well if Huddersfield stay
up this season, with the players
they have, that could be one of the
great Premier League achievements.
Right up with the best and until a
few weeks ago, the last game against
Bournemouth, you are thinking
they're going to go again but
another great performance than
against Bournemouth and right back
in it. A huge game today. I feel
West Brom need to win today to stay
And you can
see how it
You can see how it all unfolds
at the bottom over the course
of the afternoon on Final Score.
Big day of sport.
That's followed by the Calcutta Cup
clash at Murrayfield -
not to be missed.
Match of the Day will round
everything up at 10 30 tonight.
And after a couple of crackers last
weekend, there's more live FA Cup
football on Tuesday as Swansea
and Sheffield Wednesday fight it out
for a place in the Quarter Finals.
Before that Sunday's match
of the day features Tottenham's
trip to Crystal Palace,
and a rather enticing
one at Old Trafford.
Manchester United and Chelsea need
each other for the first time since
all that verbal jousting between the
Because I do not behave as
a cloud on the touchline I have lost
my passion? You do not have to act
crazy to have the passion.
was speaking about himself.
made mistakes in the past. What ever
happened to me is to be suspended
He was a little man in
the past, he is a little man in the
present and maybe he will be a
little man in the future.
insulted me for a second time. But
now I am content. And Premy content
means end of the story. This is not
a problem for the club, it is a
problem between me and him. I will
not forget this.
It was two draws in two very
different Champions League games for
these two. A late one from Lionel
Messi Fort Hood Chelsea while
Manchester United had David De Gea
to thank for their stalemate in
Seville. You have faced both those
men in the opposition dugout. They
both tried to play down that kind of
fiery debate they had a few weeks
ago. What are they like to go toe to
For me it was a great
experience to go up against those
clubs and those managers. At Chelsea
when I worked in the Academy Jose
Mourinho was the manager and I got
to know him briefly and always
enjoyed watching his training.
Intrigued by him as a personality. A
couple of times I've come up against
Antonio and Chelsea. Both winners,
both very determined characters.
Antonio very passionate on the
sidelines. Jose Mourinho a little
bit calmer these days. A bit of a
war of words going on between them.
I'm going to the game tomorrow and
look forward to seeing the match of
course. I'm sure that will be quite
A lot of talk as well about
Paul Pogba, ill last week, dropped
in midweek, Jose Mourinho says
players need to end his trust. Where
are Manchester United with Paul
Pogba at the minute?
not have all -- not happy with the
role he has been playing, just look
at the substitutions against
Fans could say
he has not been playing in the right
I think with the way he has
come through he should be able to
play a disciplined role and play
from the base, midfield and
necessary for that I think he is
playing may be left of the three
midfield and sometimes I think
modern-day, with tactics you need to
adjust and play in a different way.
Maybe he needs to learn what Jose
Mourinho wants from him. But
whatever has happened between them,
and something has been broken
between them, and this needs to be
sorted quickly. Because it could go
on and on and then that fracture
that has happened is beyond repair.
If Paul Pogba was to star for
Manchester United, and again he was
great midweek and proved his worth
in recent games. 26 games for
Chelsea this season and half of them
as a substitute. But he can be a
He was fantastic
against Barcelona the other night.
Scored a crucial goal. Looked strong
and powerful. In other games I've
seen before, he is a talent. I
remember him at Schachter Donetsk, a
matchwinner. I'm surprised looking
back those statistics that he has
not been a more regular starter in
team. Along with one of the others,
Pedro or Morata.
I think that is the
way to do it because Eden Hazard the
other night, he was not in the game
enough. Well Jose Mourinho got a bit
of grief this week. He would say his
style of football is not
appreciated. But does he have more
pressure put on him because of the
way that city are playing, the
number of goals Liverpool are
scoring. It might go through and be
successful but not, is that the
style of football thing cause
Possibly with Manchester
City doing so well just up the road
and playing such an attractive
style. Jose Mourinho has know-how,
he knows how to get the job done.
Inter, they went all the way and
took the trophy not playing very
the League Cup final at Wembley
between Manchester City and Arsenal.
A first outing for Pep Guardiola and
his side since that Wigan wobble.
Do Wigan have any chance of
achieving their goal tonight?
achieving their goal tonight? Away
we go. Will Grigg, he might not need
it! It is Fabian Delph, all kicking
off. The debate goes on between the
two managers. Nice little backheel.
City starting to wrap it up now.
Great goal in! Here is will Grigg.
He has scored! I do not believe it!
They have knocked out the best side
in the land. City, daydream of four
is no war.
That was a great game. And one of
the field story, Pep Guardiola has
been charged for wearing a political
message, specifically the yellow
ribbon, by the Football Association
Vostok he said in November that he
was wearing the ribbon to support
imprisoned politicians in his native
Catalonia. He has until a week on
Monday to respond. So looking for
his first trophy in English
football. You spent some time with
him week. How do they bounce back
from Wigan and look at this Cup
Final against Arsenal?
I'm sure they
will bounce back positively. That is
what you have to do after a tough
victory. They were competing in four
trophies and now it is down to
three, the focus will be on the
final. A great chance I think in the
Champions League. And in a dominant
position in the Premier League. So
pretty unravelled this week? It was
a pleasure for me to go in there and
see them training and spend a bit of
time with Pep Guardiola afterwards.
Someone I admire a lot. Going back
to last season, Arsenal beat
Manchester City in the semifinal.
Where do you think this game will be
one of lost. In terms of the games
city have lost this season,
Liverpool pressed them higher. What
to think Arsenal will do?
just change the system, going to
back three and now they're playing
recently with the back four. I think
playing, as they did the other
night, they could seriously
struggle. I think changes will come
in. Arsene Wenger does not
necessarily set his side up to
defend. At some time in the game
they will try to press, they have
quality in behind. But the way city
played, they did not change their
style of play going down to ten men.
I think they will have just a little
bit too much for them. If and when
Arsenal do go to press them.
city side of things, spending time
with Pep Guardiola, they've already
won the league so no anticipation
for their side. But do they see the
Champions League is the real test of
whether they are one of the best
sides in Europe this season?
fighting on all fronts and they did
that until the other night in the FA
Cup as well. The focus is not to
deliver that trophy on Sunday. A
great position in the Premier
League. In the Champions League they
have the ability, no question, to go
far. The form they are in, that
suggests they could go far. The
question would be about Manchester
City, can they go to the latter
stages and handle the big games
against the teams that had been
their year in and year out over the
past five or six seasons. Juventus,
Barcelona, Bayern Munich. That's a
different thing that they have not
really been through. And canny deal
with the mental side of the game.
Knowing the way to win. So Arsenal,
27 points behind Manchester City in
the league. So time to hear from the
former Manchester City man who left
the Etihad for Borussia Dortmund at
the start of the season. 17-year-old
Jadon Sancho has been telling Simon
Stone all about life in the
I know one thing for certain.
I know one thing for certain. Better
keep your eyes lurking.
I learnt in a good way, how to say
thank you. Are you enjoying life in
Dortmund? I love it, nice and
relaxed. It is what I wanted from
the start. Just to focus on
football. There's a real mix out
here. When I train I go home then
and just relax. Anything you miss?
My mum and her cooking.
In terms of coming to Dortmund, they
made a big statement in giving you
that number seven shirt. When did
they tell you they were going to
give you it?
On the day, you have
got number seven. I was like, yeah,
please. It shows the club as big
faith in me from the start. But the
number didn't really faze me, it was
just coming here and proving myself
What is the aim?
team, that is what I have wanted all
my life, playing in front of the
yellow wall, it is a dream come
true. I remember watching Dortmund
in the Champions League, seeing
everyone, now it is happening. It is
mad, you know?
You went to Watford,
then moving to Manchester, then
another country altogether. These
are major steps for a young person.
At first, it was difficult, when I
left home and I went to Watford. But
then I got used to it, because I
lived in digs, I got used to my
family not being there. I think that
has helped me Midge Ure. It is a
long journey I have been on. But
this is the sacrifice you have to
make to get here. You have got to do
what you have got to do.
what you have got to do.
can begin now! Under 17 World Cup
When we won the World
Cup, I was not there due to them
calling me back, but it felt nice.
Everybody wants to play for their
country, that is one of the biggest
things if you play football. But
yeah, the group is really special,
the question now is will we keep
that up? It is down to us, really.
Have you thought, if I can stay in
the borough sea Dortmund side, there
is even an outside chance I could
end up at the World Cup?
don't know! It is a big one
obviously, I would be
obviously, I would be honoured, I
would happily go to the World Cup if
they picked me, but I haven't
thought about it.
You see me very
I am a happy person, I
just miss my mum's cooking
misses their mum's cooking! You have
seen a bit of him, he is some
I saw him play in the youth cup
semifinals against Stoke, and he is
an incredible talent, right side of
players on the left wing, all the
tricks of maybe an early Cristiano
Ronaldo, the ability to beat players
and go both ways. Yeah, certainly
one that City will be gutted to have
lost, but we will see how he
develops in Dortmund, certainly a
It is exciting, but quite a
few young players playing in Germany
at the moment, learning so much,
expanding their cultural horizons as
well. It can only be good for the
game, can't it?
Absolutely, and with
what England have done at under 17
and under 20 level, some of those
big talents going out to experience
football in Europe, it is a good
experience for them and the national
team moving forward.
Take us back to
a young de Bruyne, taking on the
number seven shirt, understanding
about the yellow wall. -- Kilbane.
didn't know anything about German
football, nothing about La Liga,
just Premier League football, so I
remember Brian Deane scoring for
Sheffield United! I wouldn't have a
clue about the yellow wall! It shows
the cultural changes, the young
players developing, watching all
European football, all European
leagues, they know everything about
the big clubs.
You spent plenty of
time abroad, do you think it is the
same for the managerial point of
view, you have so much more to draw
on when you get your next job in
It gives you great
experience, widens your knowledge of
football across Europe. It is great
to see someone like that, very brave
and courageous to go and play in a
foreign country where the language
is different, the culture is
different, he will earn a commend
this amount and become a better
player, but he will develop a lot of
great life skills as well.
there's mum sends some food over as
well and Michael Neville has named
his first as England women's
manager. -- fill
manager. -- fill Phil Neville. Casey
Stoney will be joining his backroom
staff. England start their campaign
on Thursday against France.
on Thursday against France. We will
hear from the England camp next
week. Fulham are the form team in
the Championship, unbeaten in 11,
they have won seven in a row at
home. They are in the play-off spot
at the moment, and tonight they take
on Wolves. Time for a visit from
Well, first things first, we are
talking you about 16 hours after the
final whistle, the draw at Ashton
Gate. Are you not tired out? Are you
not knackered? You have been in for
three or four hours already.
Just a Hazard of the
job, the boss is so meticulous, he
has got everything he wants to do
with you mapped out, it doesn't
matter what time you arrive home?
Yeah, we just cannot follow along
and do what we are told.
you gave me suggested what I feel
looking at the gaffer, truly
terrified! He has got that look,
Quite a cold look,
strict, I know what you mean.
More intense than cold.
When you look at your team, what do
We are more confident, we
know but each other, we trust each
other more, we are more competitive
To think you will be
promoted this season?
I don't know,
I'm talking only about the next
game, I believe we can win against
Wolves, it is a fantastic test for
us. We will see where we finish with
27 points from the last
possible 33, it is a phenomenal
Is that all we have?!
thought it was more, to be honest
with you! I think we go into every
match thinking, you know, I wouldn't
say unbeatable, but very close to
that. You know, confidence is key in
this division, and you put a few
good results together and it just
snowballs, and teams start to fear
you, and that is what we are
starting to achieve, talking about
relegation six pointer is, these are
all promotion six-pointers. We
usually thrive under pressure.
Everybody thrives under this
pressure? The dressing room is made
up of a mix of personalities, is it?
Of course, I think the next couple
of weeks, whether we can catch
second or not...
Do you think
automatic is a possibility?
definitely a possibility, I don't
see why not, 27 out of 33, initial
space of time it is a possibility,
but in the next couple of weeks we
will literally know what the
situation is. So to have fresh legs
going into the end of the season,
which I don't think we had last
season at all, is key.
distracted before my final question,
he was looking at his phone, he was
going to walk through the shot until
somebody told him! Are you OK? No
problem, you are all right, that is
great, fantastic! I want a sentence
or a word to define the feeling in
your dressing room.
Fantastic. The only
thing you are not ready for is a
trip to London Fashion Week. I have
got to show you, with the best will
in the world, mate!
It is comfy!
Great to see you both.
Only acceptable in the club, socks
and sandals. What about that stare?!
Clem was frightened to death, he
wanted Dumoulin walk out of shot!
Terrifying. Are you working on your
You need to look
like that sometimes, keep them on
I didn't realise you
spent so long at the Fulham academy.
They have timed their
run really well, I know they are
taking on the best side in the
division tonight, but you see them
as having a real chance of going up?
Absolutely, and that is the key, 13
games to go. If you can find the
momentum at the right time, you can
shoot out that lead. It is looking
like Wolves will go number one, then
one of the others, Aston Villa are
strong, experienced in Steve Bruce.
Derby are pushing, Cardiff, all
experienced sides. Fulham would be a
good bet, even if it is for the
I know you saw Wolves
last week, but we have to mention
Sunderland, one of your former
sides. A horrible start, in 1985
Wolves went from the top tier, the
bottom of the top tier, down, bottom
of the second tier, and Sunderland
could be the first time to do that
It is not looking good
at all. Interesting seeing Chris
Coleman this week, he was talking
about the whole picture at the
football club, talking about Ellis
Short, what Ellis Short, maybe his
reluctance to really care about the
club, he said, look, we all care
about the club, but really the guy
at the helm, this is what he is
alluding to, this guy does not care
what is best for the club. It has
been one mess after another. What
Chris Coleman is suffering now, that
has gone from Simon Grayson, Martin
O'Neill, David Moyes, a lot of
managers before him.
Are you sure
you want to go back into
management?! Hearing all that! You
have put yourself through some
punishment. As soon as possible?
Weighing things up?
I am ready to
go, I have got energy and
enthusiasm. You know, I am just
waiting for the right opportunity.
Listen, great to have your the
programme, fascinating insights on
loads programmes. Kevin Connolly
always nice to spend the day with
you. We will be back on BBC One, and
we will be on the iPlayer if you
have just switched over from the
Olympics. We will leave you with
predictions from two of Hollywood's
finest, Allison Janney, not sure how
much she knows about football, and
Fulham van Margot Robbie. Thanks for
watching, so UNIX week. -- see you
When you say football,
you mean soccer?
Everyone has their own truth... I
play Tonya Harding.
I play her
It is a film about her life,
you see from the age of four to 44,
and everything that transpired in
1994, the incident!
We also judge on
presentation. Her life is messy,
corrugated, tragic, funny.
has a great soundtrack! I pledge my
allegiance to Fulham, I want them to
I'll say Brighton,
cos of the Aussie love.
2-0 to Brighton.
To Brighton, OK.
That score will be 4-4.
That will be an exciting game!
Oh, that is going to be a good game!
Manchester versus, um...
I think I'm going to
go with Man United.
I am going to go with Arsenal all
the way, 3-2.
Dan Walker, Kevin Kilbane and Paul Clement preview the weekend's action with interviews from Everton's Wayne Rooney and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Dortmund's 17-year-old winger Jadon Sancho talks exclusively to the programme and Hollywood stars Margot Robbie and Alison Janney provide Premier League predictions.