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Welcome to a very special edition of the Premier League Show.
Over the next half an hour we'll show you our ten best moments
from this year narrated by an array of distinguished guests.
2016 has been a memorable year for so many reasons, good and bad. In
England's top division, it has been nothing short of remarkable. 2016, a
New Year, a new start. Goal! It's his moment! Sensational from Diego
Costa! Issue me, it is magnificent. Fantastic Mr Fox.
It is not sublime this game, it is totally ridiculous.
What a beauty! Absolutely astonishing! So, let's
get started. We begin back in February with the Premier League
debut to remember. I have been watching Rashford from
the age of 13, no, he just turned up. I remember the game against
Arsenal thinking, who the hell is this? Has Louis lost the plot
because it looked like he was doing it on a regular basis. Well done,
Louis, that was magnificent. It was a great team to be playing against
and on the daily looked pretty good. Louis van Gaal had few options and
he had to use him. He announced himself Inspector killer fashion. --
in spectacular fashion. Straightaway I'm thinking, I wish he
was playing for Arsenal. Rashford again! It is all going the young
man's way. All of a sudden he bangs in two goals. One of the most
remarkable stories of the season. Where did this young man come from?
To play centre forward for Manchester United, coming through
the ranks, that is one position where I would think it would be
difficult for me. Little bit surprised that he has not gone on
and played more games for United. A standing ovation and rightly so.
Rashford is one of those that you should give a chance. He has proved
he is capable of scoring against anyone. Here's a smile on his face,
joy in his Hart and magic in his boots.
In just seven seasons as a manager, Pep Guardiola has won six titles
in two countries and two Champions Leagues.
In August, he landed at Manchester City and they got off to a flyer.
It was the worst kept secret in football. When pep is announced as a
manager, you're going to be excited. Since I stopped playing football at
first time I have felt jealous. I would love to have a manager like
Pep Guardiola. I am so excited about it. Pep Guardiola got off to a
magnificent start at Manchester City and we thought he would run away
with the league. They could win the league by Christmas. From minute one
they changed the way that they played. You just have to admire it
and Manchester City have bought a hugely competitive team. He does it,
of course he does, he is the manager. For Pep Guardiola and
Manchester City, today is a time of misery. Then they are losing a few
games. I think we are seeing the human side. It is not easy in the
Premier League. We have to be competitive. You cannot expect a
team to change that much overnight. He is probably the best manager in
the world. I will try to play with the ball as much time as possible,
but I am sorry, I am not going to announce it. If they feels he has to
adapt the formation he will adapt it but his philosophy will always stay
the same. I think he is a tactical genius and it might prove successful
but I think it will take a bit longer than people thought. The
initial signs are positive. I think city moving forward quickly. I think
it will taking time that he will get time because he is the best. I don't
like to thought well of my neighbours that he seems like a good
man and he is trying to play football the right way and for that
you have to say well done. Pep Guardiola is looking for some advice
force someone who has played in the Grimsby area, it would be
goalkeeper, get the number nine, bang it in the goal. I am willing to
give that advice for free. When Jurgen Klopp arrived
at Liverpool he promised to bring his brand of "Heavy Metal"
football to Anfield with him. But it was at Carrow Road in January
where his side participated in a game that perfectly sums
up his reign. Jurgen Klopp is like your mate's
cool dad. He will let you stay up until ten o'clock night and he will
let you have beer at Christmas. That is what he is like. When he was
appointed, I don't care who you support they all went Liverpool got
a top manager. He brings a vibrancy and you can see the love and the
passion in the Liverpool fit. They fit. When you watch I think, what
are we going to get? That is unbelievable! Bournemouth have won
the game! They have become a very tense creative attacking side.
They're on the front foot, an attacking team. He has put that into
the team. He gets the supporters, he gets the history, he gets the
players. And when you see his antics like the way he was against Norwich,
the supporters love it. And it is in the net. Roberto Firmino puts
Liverpool in front. No one -- no offence to in on his supports
Norwich, but he is Norwich. Naismith scores on his debut. There are 3-1
up. It ends up being a nine goal thriller. Liverpool straight back
into it. The game was a bizarre game. Norwich were in front and
looked like they would cruise the match and then Liverpool galvanised,
whatever Jurgen Klopp had said, got them back in. It was just a more
football. Does for- four! -- it is for- four! This is a sensational
game, one of the best you will see in this era. Lallana steps up.
Lallana has scored for Liverpool! Surely that is the winner. Jurgen
Klopp lost his glasses and then he could not find his glasses to look
for the glasses that he lost. I think everyone in Liverpool and to
be fair the country just fell in love with him then. This game summed
up Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp in a nutshell. He has been a real
addition to the Premier League and a very likeable guy.
In May, West Ham United played their 2,398th
and final game at Upton Park - or the Boleyn Ground if you prefer -
The question was, could the game live up to the occasion?
I think whenever you play a last game at a ground, in this instance,
the Boleyn Ground, I think it is always a special moment. It was just
a real good, honest place to play football. It has still got that
smell in the changing rooms of liniment oil and sweat, tears. You
can feel it. The last game at the Boleyn Ground was incredibly
emotional. I am not a West Ham but it was the drama of the occasion. I
was at the match. West Ham invited all the players from over the years
of it was a really nice touch. Was a fantastic evening. There were
thousands of fans outside the game who could not get in. The tension,
the legends, the former players around the place. To wave goodbye to
such an iconic stadium and a big part of the community, it was
difficult for a lot of people. Was an incredible atmosphere. They gave
the team are really good send off and they gave Upton Park a massive
send. A magnificent finish by Sakho! Two goals to one and that was a
special goal. You could not have written that script. 2-2! When those
special moments need to happen, they tend to happen. It is Winston Reid!
A late winner against Manchester United of all teams, it does not get
much better as far as finale is go than that. They brought the London
taxis onto the pitch and one or two of the older legends. No one wanted
to go home. Whenever a team moves to a new stadium, it takes time to
adapt and get that familiarity that makes it feel like home. It does not
feel like home yet. Forget all the memories, forget all the wonderful
times at Upton Park, move on. In December, two of the Premier
League's superstar managers went head-to-head as third placed
Manchester City took on leaders This game promised
fireworks and delivered. I am a big fan of Antonio Conte, I
have been since the Euros. He got off to a tough start. Then he found
a system, three at the back, that suited all his players. He has
brought theatre, life, drama. I think he is a guy who really
connects with his players, suffers on the sideline with the players.
This was the moment in this game when everybody sat up and said,
right, now we can really consider Chelsea as top candidates. That game
epitomised everything about the Premier League. This is a proper
game. Two teams who do not like each other and by the way, a couple of
players hate each other. For the first half, Manchester City were the
better team. I can remember the chance, the de Bruyne miss. If that
goes in, it is a different story. I was sat there thinking they are
going to get punished here. A lovely touch from Diego Costa who is in and
schools. I think he has got Diego Costa back for him. And Willie the
scores. From the signals I saw, I thought that as a winning type of
spirit and determination. And he seals it for Chelsea. I think
Chelsea were lucky to win the game but at the same time they took their
chances. That was bad on David Luiz. It was an awful tackle. Towards the
end of the game it was like a scene from the 70s. It was like Liverpool
against Leeds. Chelsea have won eight games in a row. I think it is
one of the best games I have ever seen in the Premier League.
When Arsene Wenger was appointed as Arsenal manager in 1996,
Ruud Gullit was the only other foreign boss in the Premier League.
In October, The man dubbed "The Professor" celebrated
One of the Premier League's greatest managers. You know you will get
entertainment. They are always good to watch. Style, panache, trophies.
A legacy. I think what he has achieved at Arsenal is just
extraordinary. Manager has dominated a club to that
degree. I have seen managers getting sacked after months, games. 20 years
on, Arsene Wenger is just a few miles away from where his first
eight years happened. When he took over, it was a bit boring, 1-0 to
Arsenal, and he has brought a whole new wave of flair and style, really.
I was fortunate to be in the dressing room when that change came
about. A magnificent goal by the irrepressible Ian Wright. Everything
changed. The diet changed. Rather than have six or seven points, it
was stretching, extra training. That had never been heard of. Arsenal are
the champions. Unbeaten from start to finish. The great invincible
side. Thierry Henry, players like that, he shaped the whole club. He
had been in Europe for 20 years. His record is extraordinary. If this man
had done this at Tottenham, there would-be statues built already.
Arsene Wenger makes history, winning a sixth FA Cup. The consistency of
what he has produced at Arsenal has been phenomenal. Equally as
extraordinary as the time he spent there is the way in which the fans
have problems with them. People point out the fact that he has not
won the Premier League for the last ten years. Be careful what you wish
for. If Wenger is out and they bring in somebody else, it does not
automatically mean that he will be better than Arsene Wenger. Arsenal
have won it and on the 20th anniversary of taking charge of the
club, a huge smile worn on the face of Arsene Wenger. When he hangs up
his coat, people will appreciate what he has done for not only
Arsenal but English football. Sunderland spent 237 days of last
season below the dreaded dotted line and faced a future
in the Championship. Sunderland did what they do. If
anybody was going to turn it around, it was probably Sam Allardyce. What
he does is simple. He goes back to basics. He is a great manager to
avoid you getting relegated. If you do not win football matches, you get
relegated and I want to avoid that. They had a bad spell and I think he
was happy to go. I remember being at Tottenham early in the season. It
didn't look like a Sam Allardyce side. You cannot pull a rabbit out
of the hat at this time. I was questioning some of the moves,
putting me on the left wing for a number of games. I remember talking
to Jermaine, and he said, I am a striker, I don't go there. That was
when it clicked that he was his main man. Jermain Defoe! Jermain Defoe
could be the difference maker for Sunderland. With a guy like Jermain
Defoe on your team, if you create chances, he will score goals.
Sunderland now that they will be safe in the Premier League for
another season if they win this game tonight. The momentum from the start
of the night was with Sunderland, and you could sense that this was
the occasion they were going to do it. Patrick van Aanholt has the
Stadium Of Light lifting off. All of a sudden Sunderland were sending
down their local rivals, Newcastle. Obviously, it would have rocked
Newcastle to the core. It is in from Kone. He has got another. The fact
that it was Sunderland are sent them down, it does not get worse than
that. As a Sunderland fan, that is like your Christmas, birthday and
wedding day on the same day. There was one job, keep Sunderland in the
Premier League. Job done. I'm not sure what he was doing, it was a
form of Strictly Come Dancing. He gets teams organised and makes them
difficult to beat. He has had some issues since then. Some breaking
news, Sam Allardyce is leaving his position as England manager. Is that
your last job in football? Who knows. We will wait and see. If you
sack Sam Allardyce and you are in the bottom three, you know the
manager you want? Sam Allardyce. In his first spell in charge of
Chelsea, Jose Mourinho enjoyed unprecedented success.
But his second spell at Stamford Bridge ended
This summer he was named the new manager of Manchester United
and in October returned to his spiritual home.
Chelsea are champions, for the second year running. Jose Mourinho
has pulled it off again. In this country we have always associated
Jose Mourinho with Chelsea. Seeing him back in the dugout with
Manchester United, it looked a little strange. He would have wanted
to go there and show that he was still the man. It is like going back
with your ex, you don't want to look but you want to see what happens. I
was surprised he went in the correct dugout, to be honest. The words of
Jose Mourinho are so woven into the fabric of Chelsea. He knows them so
well. Generally, they got a really good reception but it was a pity he
forgot to tell his players that there was a match. They are in
trouble. Pedro has scored four Chelsea! At 31 seconds. How about
that? They might be further behind, and they are! Gary Cahill makes its
two and Jose Mourinho's mange United have been blown away. -- Man United.
I imagine it was humbling and possibly slightly humiliating. You
could see his face. He did not know what to do. What was really strange
was the fact that his team got a spanking. A lovely ball in, Eden
Hazard! A wonderful goal by Eden Hazard. Antonio Conte. He might get
one here. Defeat is becoming humiliation. We know it does not end
there with Jose Mourinho. What he said to Antonio Conte, celebrating
and all that kind of thing, Jose has never done that. We have seen him
slide down on his knees on the touchline so the audacity of him to
say that. I don't think we deserve this result at all. We're now
starting at a new club, what I consider to be the biggest club in
the world. It is all down to him now. How good is he at what can he
do? I think is amazing. -- I think he is amazing.
When Tottenham Hotspur visited under-performing Chelsea
at the beginning of May, they still harboured dreams
What transpired was a game that will go down in Premier League history.
Tottenham had been knocking on the door for a long time. They are like
a cat that keeps coming back for foot. More pandemonium for Spurs
supporters! When you have got a young squad, you get that boyishness
in terms of player. Harry Kane, a great chance. Brilliant goal! A
feeling that you can beat anybody. Lamela! Spurs are running riot. A
lack of experience of the high level is probably what cost Tottenham last
season. The Chelsea Spurs game at Stamford Bridge, I was there. That
was brilliant. It was fantastic. It was a slightly strange experience,
watching that game. Normally when I watch Spurs play against Chelsea, I
want them to win. And then it got to a situation where if Chelsea could
get a point, Leicester would win the title. Chelsea wanted to stop
Tottenham winning the league. That is how far Tottenham come. Watching
that game, Spurs were dominant. Harry Kane for Tottenham who have a
precious lead. It was a curious situation, having written Spurs off
season, suddenly believing that it was becoming real. It was nerve
wracking. It is 2-0 to Tottenham! And Spurs are on their way.
Especially when Tottenham went 2-0 up, you thought, they are going to
have to do it. It still might not happen. Something happened in the
last 15 minutes because the team that I saw going into the dressing
room after 45 minutes was different on the way out. Gary Cahill, 2-1.
What next for Tottenham, what next for Leicester City? Spurs definitely
had one or two mental issues during that game. The atmosphere was fiery.
In danger of toppling over completely and bursting into a
horrible fight. Tottenham got sucked in to playing the occasion rather
than the game. They were fighting a panicking and nervous and Chelsea
started to enjoy the moment. Then Eden Hazard's moment. It was just
something else. Wriggling between two. You know something is going to
happen. A lovely turn. And then, click, watch this. What a goal by
Eden Hazard! As a Spurs man, I was like, why? And all good enough to
win the title. And Eden Hazard has sunk Spurs.
When Claudio Ranieri took over at Leicester City
At Christmas, they were top of the Premier League
but their title credentials were still being questioned.
On the 6th of February 2016, everyone started to believe.
You can ask pundits over all the stations in the world, and if
somebody says, I put money on Leicester to win, they would have
been lying. Leicester winning the league was one of the most joyous
experiences of my life. And he has scored! I think it is the greatest
spoke King -- greatest sporting moment in Premier League history
because there is no way in the world they should have won the Premier
League title, no way in the world. What a screamer! That is amazing. A
staggering football story, for little old Leicester to come and
beat the big boys, without a shadow of the doubt, the story of the year.
The rest of us thought, they will slip up. They cannot keep doing it.
They went back to basics. Simplicity, sleeves up. Socks up.
Hard work togetherness. That is what it was. I think when Leicester won
at the Etihad, I started to think, maybe it was just possible that they
might win the league. I sort of knew they wouldn't but I thought it could
feasibly happen. This has been a fairy tale story but this is where
it is going to end. They will come up against the big boys and show
that you are there but you are not quite there. I remember before the
game thinking they could take it. They played with such belief and
domination at such a tough fixture. Robert Huth, and Leicester City are
in front. Leicester fought them, outplayed them, out for them. -- out
thought. Wonderful skill. A situation and an individual can turn
a season. No other player could have done that. That was the moment, I
think, where people stood up and went, hold on a minute, Leicester
might go all the way this season. Robert Huth with his second, and
Leicester's third. We started to think maybe, could it? I remember
texting one of the players after the game, saying I think you can do it.
From that game on words, this fairy tale was really going to happen.
They were going to go on and win the league. And they did. People were
still writing them off with six weeks of the season to go. No way,
it can't happen. Leicester winning the league in 2016 is the best
football story ever. And that includes England winning the World
Cup. It was just a wonderfully joyous moment. Tears did flow. Those
are our top ten Premier League moments of 2016.
We'll be back on Thursdays in the New Year beginning
on January 12th, so please tune in for that one.
Until then, have a wonderful Christmas.
We'll leave you with a few moments that didn't quite make the list.
Here we go again. A new season, new managers. Come on!
Ambitious. Goodness me. There was quite a drop behind there.
That is what is called taking everything and everyone out. But
apart from that, nothing much has really changed.