With half the season gone and the FA Cup claiming the weekend it’s the ideal time to take a look at the title race in the Premier League.
Our main focus lies on Manchester, naturally. We ponder Pep’s motives and approach, while rejoicing in United’s good run. (Of course, we always had faith in Mourinho.) The big question, though, is: With a Top 4 finish now looking reasonable for United, what two sides would they overtake by season’s end?
Here are the minutes in case you want to jump around:
02:00 Can Burnley plan for PL football in 2017/18?
06:30 What sort of impact will Joey Barton have at Turf Moor?
08:30 Is this the Man Utd of old?
12:30 Will we see Memphis Depay again for Man Utd?
16:00 Can Man Utd sneek into the top 4? What competition will they prioritize?
20:30 Do Arsenal suddendly have grit?
23:00 Is there defeatism setting in for the blue part of Manchester?
We didn’t find any postcards from Big Sam in the mail and concluded we were not invited to join the England squad during the international break. Instead we sat down and recapped the last few weeks of matches and overall goingons in the Premier League: Contenders for titles and relegation places assemble!
Topics include, but are not limited to:
0:01:30 Are Sunderland doomed already?
0:09:00 Can Stoke, West Ham avoid the relegation battle?
0:12:30 Too early to count anybody out of the relegation battle?
0:15:45 Have City been found out? Or is everybody overreacting?
0:19:45 Can Arsenal, Tottenham sustain their form? Wenger to ride off into the sunset?
0:22:00 Could this be Liverpool’s year?
0:25:45 Will the CL be Leicester’s competition this season?
0:29:00 How are our pre-season predictions faring so far?
0:34:00 Where are Man United headed? Would Rooney make the club’s All-Time XI?
0:40:00 Are Burnley able to grind out more results?
0:45:00 Should England just shut up shop at this point? Who should take over anyway?
0:55:30 How is Oliver Burke doing in Leipzig?
1:01:30 Has the time come for Hamburg to go down? Who are the alternatives?
Nevermind Under-19 Euros, International Champions Cups or Olympics, the Premier League is about to kick off again! We break down the wide open title race in the best league in the world as well as the relegation battle, breakout players of the season and other prop bets; all capped off by some fantasy goodness.
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Here are the minutes to the episode:
0:00:00 Intro, hype for the upcoming season, title picture
Change of plans: Turns out these episode tend to be longer than expected. Way longer. Going from episode one to two we nearly doubled the runtime. Our second ever episode clocks in at a whooping 2 hours and 35 minutes. Since we’d like to release more than a handful of episodes a year, we’re putting the video part on hold.
While recording that will also allow us to go into some rabbitholes without worrying too much about how that syncs up to video. Or where to even get highlights to random Bundesliga games from the early 90s.
Instead you’ll get extended shownotes, links to more background and maybe video highlights on this website. We’ll also embed the full games as long as we find them. Lastly we’re now on iTunes, so hit subscribe over there.
Without any further ado…
Milan are back with a vengeance. Having lost to Marseille in ’93 after dominating the early phase of the game the Italian champions are now facing Barcelona. However the Rossoneri are more reliant on their defence than ever as Marco van Basten missed the complete season. Other injuries and suspensions (Lentini, Baresi, Costacurta) saw Milan go into the match as underdogs. Especially when looking at the opposition.
The Blaugrana had re-emerged from 80s obscurity thanks in no small part to Johan Cruyff. The Dutch legend revamped the tactical approach as well as the club academy. A slew of Spanish players coming through the youth ranks and foreign stars Koeman, Romario, Stoitchkov and Laudrup formed an impressive team. In 1993/94 they seemingly peaked just at the right moment. Going into the final they had not lost a match in three months.
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The protocol to the episode:
0:02:00 Pop culture in 1993/94, including Academy Awards, celebrity power couples and Wrestlemania 10
0:08:00 Fallout of L’Affaire OM and rundown of first time participants
0:19:00 Linfield go to Tiblisi and Bulgaria eliminates Germany from the WC94
0:29:30 Van Basten was injured all along, Cruyff takes over at Barcelona in ’88
0:45:00 The finalists join the action against Kiev, A. Vienna and Aarau, Copenhagen respectively
1:00:00 Group stages rundown, who remembers Wynton Rufer?
1:15:00 Referee trivia, Semi finals and league run-ins
1:25:00 Your advertisement here?
1:28:30 Line-ups, match expectations, kick-off
1:42:00 Barca distribution from the back, Desailly, more Desailly, 1:0
1:57:30 Tactical observations
2:05:30 Milan break Barca physically (2:0) and psychologically (3:0)
2:16:30 Desailly secures MOTM award, 4:0
2:26:00 Final thoughts
Awards! Desailly won Man Of The Match by a landslide. Bakero got Best Hair through a lack of options. The match itself garnered a very favourable rating and a clear viewing recommendation.
If you watch anything from this match, make it the 3:0 of Savicevic. If you want to watch the whole match: