Episode #126 – The Premier League’s Very COVID Christmas

In Episode #126, Mike and Laurent lament the growing number of recently postponed matches in the Premier League, and discuss how England is handling things in relation to some of the American sports leagues. Remember: it’s not about sides for more than 90 minutes at a time, friends.

Also, in the games that did take place:

  • Chelsea drop points again, at home to Everton
  • Man City thrash Leeds, Liverpool keeps pace with come-from-behind victory over Newcastle
  • West Ham show us who they really are against Arsenal, maybe now we’ll all listen?
  • Looking ahead to another abbreviated matchweek, headlined by Tottenham hosting Liverpool
  • A roundup of the remaining results: Norwich 0-2 Aston Villa, Brighton 0-1 Wolves & Crystal Palace 2-2 Southampton
  • Laurent cries over wonderful career of Sergio Aguero after the he announced his retirement. We wonder about COVID vax issues?

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Transcript

00:00

hello and welcome to the squeaky bum

00:03

time podcast with mike laurent it is

00:05

tuesday december 14th oh my god in this

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episode you get a penalty you get a

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penalty you get a penalty and conspiracy

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theories about in the champions league i

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have

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a new extra man crush and his initials

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are cg

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but first mike

00:23

our spurs ever going to play another

00:25

game this season the covet crisis crisis

00:27

crisis is hitting the premier league

00:29

again we've got cancelled games what are

00:31

you feeling on spurs you're getting

00:33

better in the table without playing

00:35

yeah we are it's funny we've got games

00:37

in hand and we're feeling awesome about

00:38

it we're starting to get our respiratory

00:40

activity back which is good uh the

00:43

reports i've heard say that spurs are

00:46

uh going to be among the 99.9 percent of

00:49

people who have not died from this virus

00:51

which is nice and uh we're going to

00:53

continue on

00:55

playing i think what might be a weak in

00:57

leicester side look say what you will

00:59

about the fact that yes they were ill so

01:01

they didn't exactly get uh to rest per

01:04

se but these are not miles that we're

01:06

putting on these legs right so yeah in

01:08

some way i still like to think that

01:09

we'll be will be fresh for not just

01:12

thursday but saturday

01:13

the games are coming thick and fast

01:15

right and this is the best right

01:17

this is where you kind of separate the

01:18

men from the boys but one interesting

01:20

note on spurs as we talked about last

01:22

time that they were going to forfeit

01:24

their last conference league game which

01:26

we still don't know

01:28

the incompetent waifu still doesn't know

01:30

what to do

01:31

right and so there's a lot of

01:32

incompetent uefa going on and that's

01:34

going to be a theme among this episode

01:35

but

01:36

the latest news

01:38

that the yuri uefa conference league

01:40

draw

01:42

included

01:43

a supposedly eliminated tottenham

01:45

hotspur in it

01:47

and everybody's kind of like but but i

01:49

thought we were hold on a second you

01:50

said we weren't going to because of the

01:52

thing and with the stuff and the forfeit

01:53

well hold on what actually is happening

01:56

is last thursday tottenham's game with

02:00

uh ren was cancelled which meant they

02:03

were going to likely result they were

02:06

unable to reschedule it for before the

02:09

deadline which i believe is new year's i

02:10

don't remember who knows and again games

02:13

are coming every three days so it's very

02:15

difficult for spurs to be able to get

02:17

another game in um but they were unable

02:19

to agree on a time so because tottenham

02:22

were the

02:23

inspiration for the postponement shall

02:25

we say um they were going to uh have to

02:29

forfeit they were going to be suffered a

02:31

three nothing loss which would mean that

02:34

they would drop to third and vitesse

02:37

would take the second spot in the group

02:39

um

02:41

again most spurs fans myself included

02:42

were psyched about the idea uh that we

02:45

wouldn't have to play in the nit's nit

02:47

anymore and uh we would be able to focus

02:52

completely on the league schedule well

02:54

enter uefa

02:56

what's effectively happening is they

02:58

haven't ruled yet

03:00

they're supposed to

03:02

this is you can't make this [ __ ] up

03:04

they're supposed to rule that it's a

03:06

three three no forfeit and spurs are out

03:09

and in the event that that happens the

03:11

test will take that spot what they're

03:12

doing right now is they're having their

03:14

accounting team figure out how many

03:16

people in london might watch this game

03:18

and whether the tv ratings will be

03:19

affected if they lose tottenham which

03:22

in the premier league are a

03:26

not a power i won't insult them but to

03:29

the rest of europe they're a top person

03:32

big deal they're a big deal right it

03:33

counts to have spurs uh as you're

03:35

looking at this this this drawing

03:38

marseille is a big deal psv eindhoven

03:41

leicester city celtic

03:45

that's it right by the way by the way by

03:47

the way brendan rodgers with the classic

03:49

quote when he found out he was going to

03:51

this he was like i don't even know what

03:53

that tournament is yeah yeah yeah no is

03:56

it nor does anybody brandon nobody knows

03:58

what's going on and they're making up as

04:00

they go so it's likely classified that

04:02

tottenham will face rapid wean wii n

04:05

wiener uh

04:07

somewhere in australia possible that

04:09

they will still i actually think the von

04:11

trapps own that team that's yes that's

04:13

correct thank you

04:14

uh

04:15

well done that's a good one well well

04:18

not seeing jason it's nazi and chase

04:20

well that's a raj and devo throwback too

04:23

i like i like that that was a nice job

04:25

shout out to the men in blazers one time

04:27

wait wait a minute

04:28

there you go there's your men in blazers

04:30

mug well i had a blue one but we are

04:32

great friends of the pod and former

04:34

blazer con attendees back in the day the

04:36

one that they did yeah the one they did

04:38

where they were like oh this is really

04:40

expensive people don't want to do this

04:41

again yeah that one um but yeah

04:45

yeah go through the scores and then

04:46

we'll dovetail into the other

04:48

inefficiencies

04:50

it seems the kids are into this rapid

04:52

scores in the order that they were

04:55

played manchester city won wolves nil

04:58

city never have the dominance that they

05:00

expect they'll never be anfield and

05:03

that's why liverpool are the best team

05:04

in the world but they get a penalty on

05:05

an armpit handball against

05:08

moutinho the red card was stupid but it

05:12

was dumb on ximena's he think he he he

05:15

he got a yellow in a slew of yellows and

05:17

then stopped the free kick from

05:18

happening the red happened city were

05:20

going to win this game anyway they

05:21

dominated even though city looked weak

05:24

they had 25 shots and 10 on target so

05:27

they get the narrative that they can't

05:29

finish they completely batter wolves uh

05:32

chelsea three leads two hard done leads

05:36

lee's had the draw in the bag chelsea

05:39

get two [ __ ] penalties narrative

05:41

continues

05:42

two more goals given up by chelsea

05:44

where's the defense i know it's in the

05:46

pocket of angola conte where it always

05:48

is uh arsenal 3 southampton nail

05:52

southampton are the weirdest team in the

05:54

league they can appear to be incredible

05:56

and then appear to be the worst defense

05:58

in the league chel arsenal have a really

06:00

good goal where they build off her back

06:02

16 passes right into the net southampton

06:04

didn't lay a hand on him very very weird

06:06

goals liverpool huff and puff and blow

06:10

aston villa's doors in

06:12

um gerard does get the heroes welcome uh

06:16

tyrone ming's with his obligatory

06:18

penalty and mistake and then the wha

06:20

i didn't do anything uh

06:23

ings

06:24

feels like he could have had a penalty

06:26

gerrard was salty about not getting the

06:28

draw i think villa were good for the

06:30

draw they hung on

06:32

but liverpool at anfield are nearly back

06:34

to unbeatable i [ __ ] hate it norwich

06:37

nil manchester united won united we're

06:40

back to oleish united norwich we're good

06:43

should have won this game at least good

06:45

for the draw ronaldo draws and takes the

06:47

penalty because

06:49

it's a penalty he's taking it has anyone

06:51

noticed that uh bruno fernandez has no

06:53

goals now he doesn't take penalties

06:55

some fantasy owners of his certainly

06:57

have i'll tell you that we're gonna talk

06:58

fantasy when i get to crystal palace uh

07:00

on sunday leicester city for

07:03

newcastle united nil i didn't even watch

07:06

this i just know that newcastle are

07:08

falling apart they're gonna go down uh i

07:10

don't think um

07:12

all the money i don't think anytime you

07:13

know all that much i like that daca is

07:15

playing i like that tilamid is back i

07:18

don't know if tilley was was injured but

07:20

i hadn't heard his name for a while he

07:21

was so and and he's comfortably the most

07:24

underrated player in the league uh he

07:26

had a great year great year last year

07:28

yeah and it kind of got swept under the

07:30

rug and everybody is so fast i don't

07:32

mean to interrupt the whole scores thing

07:34

so fast to talk about vardy so fast talk

07:36

about barnes

07:37

it's always these holding midfielders we

07:39

were talking about it with kante yes

07:40

these guys that but don't do things but

07:42

dude

07:43

he's having and and last year too a

07:45

gunda von gunagan-ish year yeah both

07:48

last year and this year anyway sorry in

07:50

a battle of claret and blue and a total

07:52

of point

07:54

1.3 goals expected goals nil nil west

07:57

ham burnley that's a barn burner uh west

08:00

ham dropping points slowly but surely

08:03

getting pulled away they're now one

08:05

point ahead of united and eight and six

08:08

points wait wait hold on i can't do the

08:09

math eight points behind chelsea the top

08:11

three are indeed the top three i didn't

08:13

watch that game and then of course

08:15

oh

08:18

my lord and savior [ __ ] conor

08:19

gallagher completely boss and destroys

08:22

everton 3-1 to the palace oh we support

08:26

the palace palace palace i love conor

08:29

gallagher he's my new um uh jack

08:32

greelish and i would trade draculaus for

08:34

conor gallagher right now i i love him i

08:37

want him to be my mother's son's uncle's

08:39

brother that i can hang out with he's as

08:41

handsome as fierce as strong he actually

08:45

might be better for city than grealish

08:48

because grealish likes to stand on the

08:49

ball and geillager just gets rid of it

08:51

and goes running and goes kick someone

08:53

in the [ __ ] face like i said all

08:55

[ __ ] day i want to love connor

08:57

gallagher i want to love him so bad he's

08:59

chelsea chelsea i remember he's part of

09:01

the chelsea army and by the way he loves

09:03

chelsea he's chelsea all the way yeah he

09:05

eviscerated us uh like he did everton

09:08

because he hates tottenham because he's

09:10

chelsea so i have problems

09:12

with with my ability to enjoy

09:14

objectively that's really what my

09:16

problem comes down to conor gallagher

09:17

[ __ ] rules and i don't like him

09:20

secretly will hughes was the guy who

09:22

actually made it all work he sat beneath

09:24

the the two

09:26

uh he sat beneath and did all the

09:27

running so gallagher can get up and down

09:29

and you're not getting terrified

09:31

not to get tired you need the legs to

09:33

let these guys do good stuff but i'm in

09:35

love with conor gallagher he's secretly

09:37

along with mo salah winning me the

09:39

fantasy league that we're in

09:41

scores

09:43

you're in second place all right even

09:44

though you beat up you beat me

09:46

you beat me three weeks ago because i

09:48

was at the michigan iowa state game and

09:50

i didn't set my lineup and i lost my

09:51

what's going on on our team you know

09:53

what

09:54

i don't care because michigan can go

09:55

higher steve cucarello

09:59

whatever the [ __ ] his name is that

10:00

longer guy from

10:01

brighton i think i'm he's in that left

10:03

back half of our descents was from

10:04

brighton brighton hasn't played in 14

10:06

days yeah they're in the lineup i don't

10:08

know what's happening to them mendy's

10:09

been terrible he's still our goalkeeper

10:11

so uh chari are you listening will you

10:14

get back to work you [ __ ] coolly

10:16

indian

10:17

get it done that's for those i've

10:18

initiated uh we have like a steinbrenner

10:21

cashman

10:22

uh dynamic here where laurent's the

10:25

[ __ ] owner of the team and our good

10:27

friend of the pod chari um

10:30

our former co-worker and a good friend

10:31

uh he's basically the man on the ground

10:33

running the team right but i do

10:36

i do make some signings i do review the

10:38

championship and connor gallagher

10:41

gallagher was one of them and he won you

10:42

the game this week however it is

10:45

important to say that when they won the

10:46

championship last year i sent chary the

10:48

money to decide how much he was giving

10:50

laurent not vice versa

10:53

yes that's true okay that was the

10:55

scorers rundown

10:57

oh my goodness all right so let's go

10:59

back to uefa's ineptitudes no but

11:01

there's one wait there's more it wasn't

11:03

just the [ __ ] weird spurs thing that

11:05

you went two minutes too long on it was

11:07

also the champions league

11:10

which was a [ __ ] disaster oh god

11:12

i wake up this morning and i get some

11:15

text messages from friends

11:16

basically saying they [ __ ] up the

11:18

champions league draw

11:20

they have to do it again and i went

11:22

isn't it televised live they're like

11:24

yeah

11:25

[Laughter]

11:27

so god i mean talk about must-see tv

11:31

holy [ __ ]

11:33

so what but here's the thing let's let's

11:34

use the stage though right if there is a

11:36

sport that thinks there's more

11:38

conspiracy theories it's i guess the nba

11:40

with the balls and the frozen ball and

11:42

the ewing like people in the nba think

11:44

the refs are out to destroy their team i

11:46

think more than any other there was a

11:48

time where they actually worked they

11:49

actually did have one ref that did but

11:52

soccer is way over the top beyond

11:54

basketball like people think literally

11:57

that this whole weekend was rigged

11:59

because for the big three teams all won

12:02

their games on penalties

12:04

so when united win it's because they get

12:06

penalties when liverpool win it's

12:08

because they get penalties when chelsea

12:10

win it's because they get penalties and

12:12

by the way if you look at the data the

12:14

number one team uh in penalties receives

12:17

is leads so

12:18

uh not so much uh it's actually not true

12:21

that these teams get extra penalties

12:24

but it feels that way it feels that way

12:26

because attacking teams get penalties

12:29

right because they're attacking speaking

12:31

um

12:32

over the course of this season because

12:34

of the new rule changes penalties have

12:36

been way way way down way down right

12:38

yeah that that's all that's stopped that

12:40

kind of they've they're back to normal

12:43

yeah yeah well nonetheless it's still on

12:45

average relative to the last three years

12:46

right yes um especially and like you

12:49

said though

12:51

the kickoff here was really weird they

12:53

called it yeah well right but the reason

12:55

why is because packing teams have the

12:57

ball they're in and around the danger

12:58

area they're making you know

13:00

different plays and they're they're

13:02

taking risks they're frankly they're

13:04

putting themselves in position to get

13:06

lucky unless you're raheem sterling when

13:08

you don't get caught

13:10

i mean that's conspiracy theory take

13:12

your take your hat off take your tinfoil

13:14

no they he really doesn't get calls it's

13:16

real i promise you all right but

13:19

he uh

13:20

so so all of this basically they go

13:22

through how much did they get through

13:23

like two-thirds of it

13:25

before they went through a lot of it

13:26

like they had no there was a full draw

13:29

and someone went oh wait a minute

13:32

how come athlete and and united weren't

13:35

so they literally they they take all the

13:37

balls they put them in the appropriate

13:39

places because there are rules around

13:41

which teams can play which you can't

13:43

play someone from your group you can't

13:44

play someone from your own country etc

13:46

etc in the round of 16. that goes away

13:48

after this round so you can only get

13:50

certain teams in your bowl basically and

13:54

they're picking them out and someone

13:55

figures out that

13:56

united doesn't have athlete in their

13:59

bowl

14:00

or something like that

14:01

and so because they did the whole draw

14:04

and everything was already picked and

14:06

not in the right

14:08

bowls they then have to redo the whole

14:10

thing so of course the draws come out

14:13

there's teams playing teams everyone's

14:15

ready like oh ah cause this is i think

14:17

there's a little another step to take

14:19

back

14:20

these

14:21

draws are part there's very little

14:24

actual content that goes on in soccer

14:26

like one of the things that's so starved

14:27

about it is there's really no coverage

14:30

right so these draws like the fa cup

14:32

draw is famous because it decides where

14:35

you're going to go on a trip so you

14:37

might have actually watched it and

14:39

started looking for tickets i was going

14:41

to say not only tickets but like flights

14:43

hotels it's not just the teams yeah

14:45

teams don't have to worry about it

14:46

because they have private charters and

14:47

they have hotels and whatever right

14:48

before but

14:50

i can tell you firsthand yeah i've woken

14:53

up at 5am eastern that it was the year

14:56

that spurs went to the final and and we

14:58

drew city and i was thinking about going

15:01

to that city game i ended up not but

15:03

nonetheless i was like i started looking

15:06

up flights at six o'clock in the morning

15:08

immediately after the draw yeah right

15:11

it does affect things like

15:13

it's one of the things that i think so

15:14

let's take another step back it's one of

15:16

the things that on the one hand makes

15:18

soccer really interesting and exciting

15:20

it's also on the other hand like

15:22

are you this is a billion dollar

15:23

industry you don't have a schedule you

15:26

don't know where you're playing what the

15:28

[ __ ] are you doing right like you could

15:30

plan it out a little bit better like nfl

15:33

playoffs at least they kind of know

15:34

who's gonna be in they have seeds it's

15:37

locked you're like you're gonna play

15:38

this person or this person right like

15:41

they don't do that it's [ __ ] random

15:44

right at least you can make contingency

15:45

plans right sure so you know ultimately

15:48

you know they have no brackets they

15:50

don't do it all planned out basically

15:51

the only thing they know is where the

15:53

finals gonna be and they [ __ ] move

15:55

that thing half the time

15:58

well kovid moved things but you know

16:00

baku and they put him in like who gives

16:03

you the biggest brown bag of cash is

16:05

where the champions league final is like

16:08

it's in saint petersburg this year

16:12

that's stalingrad folks

16:15

no it's like followed by its property

16:17

it's it's leningrad it's leningrad

16:19

but uh you know that's

16:21

not

16:22

really a cosmopolitan city lovely why

16:26

why is it there yeah

16:28

well where was it last year when when

16:29

you guys played chelsea it was something

16:31

something ridiculous it was in porto

16:33

because it was they were covered it was

16:34

covered open oh i thought it was wasn't

16:37

it originally planned for like turkey or

16:39

some [ __ ] yeah but turkey was just like

16:42

they had as many cats as they had

16:43

covered like because it's known for

16:45

covid let's be clear before it was known

16:48

for covet it was known for civil war oh

16:51

that that problem too so

16:53

what the [ __ ] are you guys doing

16:56

like yeah but istanbul is famous right

16:58

it has chris it has it has been famous

17:00

because of liverpool for [ __ ] sake

17:02

right oh and leeds fans getting knifed

17:05

yeah

17:06

not a great track record for istanbul

17:08

right like like all right the super bowl

17:11

rotates every year right between

17:13

like 10 years in advance

17:15

yes

17:16

but if it went from pasadena and jerry

17:19

world and dallas and miami

17:22

and uh meadowlands a few years ago that

17:24

was interesting they'll never do that

17:25

again they'll never do that again but

17:28

and then they're like

17:29

we're gonna go to lincoln nebraska what

17:31

the [ __ ] are you doing no you're not

17:33

you're not taking the super no it would

17:35

be like if they did it at the big house

17:37

because just they have a big stadium

17:40

yeah but at least ann arbor is nice like

17:42

it's it's not

17:43

and it can handle that amount of people

17:46

it's taking these these smallish crazy

17:49

war tools the crazy one is the baku one

17:52

right hey we're gonna play the oakland

17:54

a's

17:55

converted football stadium

17:57

and uh we're gonna have the super bowl

17:59

there what the [ __ ] are you talking

18:00

about that's the [ __ ] it would be more

18:02

like if they had it at like

18:05

costa rica

18:07

yeah yeah yeah right

18:09

what are you doing hey guys leave this

18:10

island and uh you're gonna get robbed

18:12

you should just have it at wembley all

18:14

the time anyway that's my

18:15

english-centric thing so basically

18:17

uefa's draw is all [ __ ] up uh they do

18:20

solve it but it does get the tinfoil hat

18:22

teams on and it does make for lots of

18:25

funny stuff does get everyone thinking

18:27

of conspiracy theories

18:28

folks

18:29

you're giving these people too many

18:31

credit

18:32

they're morons

18:34

they [ __ ] up everything that they

18:35

explained we just explained why there's

18:38

they're

18:39

they're just

18:40

reckless with this industry right i

18:43

think that's the the great the best word

18:45

to use it's not a sport so much as it's

18:46

a worldwide conglomerate right

18:51

do you just yeah you've got like

18:54

you've got uh

18:56

hunter biden running this [ __ ] just hey

18:58

wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait

18:59

wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait

18:59

wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait

18:59

wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait

18:59

wait wait wait wait wait wait wait

18:59

where's the uae where's the guy it was

19:01

his laptop that was picking the balls

19:03

there you go

19:06

yeah it's a [ __ ] nothing of the

19:08

government but that guy is a [ __ ]

19:09

[ __ ] right so he's like

19:12

yeah yeah it's it's it's it's it's it's

19:14

you know it's it's roger clinton it's

19:17

jeb bush and it's [ __ ] hunter biden

19:20

like these are the people running wafer

19:22

i mean they how about the which kennedy

19:24

which kennedy's involved

19:26

whatever the one who's the anti-vaxxer

19:28

the son joe joe jr

19:31

[ __ ] weirdos anyway so they're

19:33

they're incompetent but we do have draws

19:35

for the round of 16. now this is where

19:38

coming in second makes a difference psg

19:41

draws real madrid

19:43

city draws sporting it's not to

19:45

disrespect these teams but when you

19:47

finish top of your group it makes a

19:49

difference right liverpool get inter who

19:51

barely hung on

19:53

bayern in an all anxious uh game byron

19:57

vs red bull salzburg they're bringing

19:58

them back together you know it's like

20:00

1938 all over again um

20:03

chelsea get lil i uh twice

20:06

twice they got them in two they got them

20:08

twice right they got them both time

20:09

that's kind of fun lil jonathan david of

20:11

canada shout out to the canada soccer

20:14

he's gonna score a goal and beat chelsea

20:16

uh you gonna get villarreal i'm not sure

20:18

that uva is better than villa villarreal

20:20

but that's a good one and then the blood

20:23

the blood death hole of atletico madrid

20:26

versus men united this is not who men

20:28

united needed they're not going to be

20:30

able to break athletic down uh unless no

20:32

no

20:34

change it the beautiful one though is

20:36

iax get a good draw in benfica not to

20:39

disparage the portuguese teams but and

20:42

they did get two through which is pretty

20:43

interesting but i acts have been

20:45

secretly top of the group led the

20:49

in goal difference sebastian hallier

20:51

formerly of west ham set the record for

20:53

goals in a group stage so they might get

20:55

through we've got we've got the royalty

20:57

here you'd expect

20:59

you'd expect real to beat psg frankly uh

21:02

city to beat sporting

21:05

psg is dysfunctional and i'm not saying

21:08

that there of course

21:10

but they show up

21:12

they don't crumble until

21:13

two more rounds in the champions league

21:15

right they have not played well for

21:17

months but that's okay and so here's the

21:20

difference because we talked about it

21:21

with united before we before we started

21:23

recording

21:24

it is um

21:26

what the hell day is it december 14th

21:29

when you're listening to this yes these

21:31

games will not happen until middle of

21:33

february

21:34

and within that three months

21:36

you've got

21:37

not just time to heal from injuries you

21:40

buy that unless you're still you have

21:42

time you have wrong you have time to get

21:44

hurt as well so that's fair but you have

21:47

uh time to to really get yourself out of

21:50

whatever rut you're in currently and

21:53

there's a whole transfer window between

21:55

here and there

21:56

so

21:57

i i'm

21:58

really not as bullish on real and that's

22:00

not to say maybe they go out i've won

22:02

ten in a row

22:03

but again

22:05

okay that

22:06

talked to me in february i'm not all

22:08

yeah i mean i i had an argument on

22:09

twitter with these folks that are like

22:12

look at madrid and benzema i'm like

22:14

it's the worst league in the world yeah

22:17

right now la liga sorry it is this is an

22:19

actual fact i don't know how this

22:21

translates to quality it is the lowest

22:24

scoring league in the world with the

22:26

oldest average age and the least

22:29

shots created league

22:32

i don't know if that says anything about

22:33

quality

22:34

but it does say maybe it's

22:36

slow

22:38

and good for old players and and i think

22:41

psg's

22:42

again

22:43

a dysfunctional runaway train

22:46

but they can put it together oh on a day

22:48

on a day they can beat anybody

22:50

and and i i i just i can't bet against a

22:53

team with him a neymar and and messi in

22:56

it messy by the way right now

22:59

i'm not even being funny

23:01

i think messi probably has like

23:04

real depression like he's not doing well

23:07

then you know what will help him seeing

23:08

the real madrid crest for old time's

23:11

sake maybe that might drive him i think

23:13

that i think the barsa thing

23:15

you know i it this year

23:18

we can we can go into our shout outs for

23:19

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23:21

has shown me that ronaldo

23:25

he's not better

23:26

as a player i don't think i haven't i

23:28

don't think skill wise but mentality

23:30

wise

23:33

ronaldo's the the beast ronaldo's the i

23:36

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27:14

let's talk about something we didn't

27:16

love which is

27:18

last week's games it was just a news

27:21

festival it was pretty it was pretty

27:23

dire it was pretty diverse what we told

27:25

you would be we said this is hopefully

27:27

the worst match week of the year and

27:29

hopefully it was yeah

27:32

i mean good news

27:36

yeah no i'm gonna talk about i'm gonna

27:38

talk about city just to use the word i

27:40

was listening to some podcasts and

27:43

just they found the right word and it's

27:45

city are just robotic

27:47

it just is the same and goes and goes

27:50

and goes it's incredible it's amazing

27:53

wolves have the one of the best defenses

27:55

in the league they weren't giving up

27:56

[ __ ] connor cody

27:58

i love him i love his [ __ ] scouse

28:01

craziness of being in the middle of that

28:03

portuguese team and then of course what

28:05

do we say englishness in the premier

28:07

league you need englishness

28:09

and he gives them that and uh you know

28:12

this was like

28:14

a man like 45 at least 45 minutes yeah

28:16

it was it was pretty long i mean i could

28:18

probably just i could probably look it

28:20

up really quickly but yeah probably

28:21

somewhere

28:22

has got a red card late first half i

28:24

believe or

28:26

36 seconds from when he got right yeah

28:29

right at the half yes we got

28:31

41 got the red on 40 on 45 plus two

28:35

right right and yeah i mean this is um

28:38

you know this is a good fight from a

28:40

good wolves team and i was i was

28:43

sad to see them not get a point out of

28:45

that i thought they absolutely deserved

28:46

at least one for that for that effort

28:48

but it reminded me a lot of

28:51

um

28:52

chelsea early on at anfield uh down a

28:55

man and just fighting like all hell and

28:57

they ended up getting them they did get

28:59

their draw um but but

29:02

um

29:03

that was the one where georginio missed

29:05

no no i don't know i think so anyway so

29:07

but i mean the thing is is like the

29:08

narrative will say that

29:11

that uh wolves are incredible city had

29:14

nine shots on target

29:16

and jack reelish missed a [ __ ] sitter

29:19

and i mean

29:21

open goal shoots it over the bar he

29:23

needs those really bad i mean city

29:26

huffed and puffed and they couldn't

29:27

break through but 23 shots nine on

29:29

target that's plenty plenty plenty to

29:32

deserve the win so city

29:35

get their win that they deserve uh let

29:38

me tell you the one moment in this game

29:40

is

29:40

raheem sterling stepping up to take the

29:43

penalty

29:44

holy [ __ ] if there is a moment of of

29:47

heart and mouth like what are you doing

29:49

you terrible fat

29:52

but he's on form and he did it he he he

29:54

takes the softest shots i've ever seen

29:56

they never seem like they're gonna go in

29:58

every time he shoots it feels like i'm

30:00

shooting uh clearly

30:03

he cannot get power behind his shots

30:05

it's that little kipper arm that he has

30:07

i think he has it on his foot he has a

30:09

little kipper foot that i think

30:12

doesn't really work character or

30:13

something yeah yeah so i mean city go

30:15

through that's fine uh the less talked

30:18

about that game the better just one of

30:19

those games then

30:23

leeds chelsea is that a five goal

30:25

thriller

30:26

chelsea get two penalties on ruediger

30:29

[ __ ] [ __ ] housing to the point that

30:31

i'm ready to have the debate whether the

30:33

penalty box should be [ __ ] round and

30:36

not a rectangle because the corners of

30:38

the penalty box are [ __ ] yeah right

30:41

if you're in that top corner and you're

30:43

facing away from goal and someone knocks

30:44

you over that's not a [ __ ] penalty

30:46

right you should not be because the xg

30:49

of that spot is like point one look this

30:52

there's there's one very simple

30:55

rule change that sort of already exists

30:59

was he

31:00

denied a goal scoring opportunity yeah

31:02

that's objective though okay but we know

31:05

it's not objective you know someone in

31:07

the box

31:08

right but thank you you know what's not

31:10

subjective i followed you right down

31:11

that path um what's not subjective is

31:14

like you said if you're just sitting

31:15

there and you're in the literal postage

31:17

stamp corner of the box and you just

31:19

fall

31:20

or if somebody fouls you that's not a

31:22

goal scoring opportunity that's a direct

31:25

free kick in the danger it could be a

31:26

free kick it could be what yeah exactly

31:29

or you could even i don't even care let

31:31

it be a throw in where you could throw

31:32

it in the car i don't give a [ __ ]

31:35

oh my goodness we just lost everybody we

31:37

just lost everybody from fan hub that's

31:38

blessed

31:39

but maybe maybe it's something more

31:40

absurd maybe you can have the penalty

31:42

but it's from 18 yards like it's from

31:44

the top

31:45

of the of the box like actually you're

31:47

further away you gotta shoot it from

31:49

further away

31:51

i like that

31:52

that would be

31:53

that would be a little craz you might

31:55

not get them you might be like you know

31:56

what i'm not gonna take this

31:59

we'll take the ball

32:00

no because that would create so many set

32:02

plays or it should

32:03

uh to have a guy like run off anyway it

32:05

doesn't matter it doesn't matter stupid

32:07

things are never gonna happen get the

32:09

two goals the rafinha one

32:11

is a little bit harsh he comes in he

32:14

sort of slides and gets the ball it was

32:15

a it was a striker's tackle but what the

32:18

hell was he doing and then the other one

32:20

is you know rudiger is a beast a man who

32:23

smashed kevin de bruyne's face with his

32:26

look he didn't even hit him he just

32:28

looked at his [ __ ] eye socket and it

32:30

got smashed into pieces and he goes down

32:32

like a sack of potatoes like i get it i

32:35

understand but it's rudiger in the

32:37

corner what are you doing what is he

32:39

gonna do from there

32:40

what is he gonna do

32:42

yeah

32:43

it's the end of the game and penal and

32:45

chelsea literally get the win at the at

32:47

the death i mean at the 95th minute and

32:50

leeds are just so hard done they're

32:52

injured banford's out again calvin

32:55

phillips is out again they just can't

32:57

get a break maybe b also runs them too

32:59

hard hmm

33:01

well maybe bielsa runs him too hard and

33:02

doesn't you know they're basically

33:04

taught him in disguise at this point

33:06

right like

33:08

they run out of gas and they don't have

33:09

any other people right it's late it's

33:11

late pochettino yes uh it's late

33:13

pachatino and it's it's a direct

33:15

correlation to be also because you know

33:17

as a [ __ ] disciple of him yeah so

33:20

yeah yeah yeah so i mean you know the

33:23

big boys are getting penalties so

33:25

city get a penalty everyone gets a

33:27

penalty chelsea get two liverpool get

33:30

one on steven gerrard's return to

33:32

anfield he gets the cheer steven gerrard

33:35

god

33:36

he's

33:38

he's [ __ ] charismatic that's what it

33:40

is that's the word right like he's on

33:42

the sidelines you're like

33:44

i what let's i'm

33:46

okay let's do this

33:48

and i think his team are playing like

33:51

they have a charismatic leader yeah

33:53

right it's sort of

33:55

i mean klopp has that too like i i watch

33:57

klopp on the sideline okay where are we

33:59

what are we doing i'm going let's do it

34:02

no

34:03

charismatic isn't the word i would use

34:04

for klopp co-op is more like whimsical

34:07

and like

34:08

oh but crazy you know how i i always

34:10

judge things by by lisa lisa sees klopp

34:13

she's like oh what's he up to i'm like

34:16

i got you

34:17

she sees pep he's like oh he's he's a

34:19

little intense isn't he he's an [ __ ]

34:21

yeah he's a little intense well sorry

34:24

the way that i would look at it is like

34:26

gerard but gerard what i'm saying is

34:28

gerard's got the thing he's cool

34:32

yes absolutely i'm not disagreeing with

34:33

you i'm just saying that i don't think

34:34

klopp and him

34:36

and it's not it's not the same it's

34:37

different yes

34:39

yeah but uh you know gerard's got his

34:41

team playing hard i mean they hung on

34:44

they were in trouble

34:46

to be fair like i said pull the best 11

34:49

in the

34:50

in europe at least absolutely we'll see

34:52

how they do uh later on but salad gets

34:55

his

34:56

draws his penalty

34:59

it's [ __ ] annoying i have to say that

35:01

since fabinho and thiago have been in

35:03

the midfield yeah the liverpool don't

35:05

give up [ __ ] yeah they're looking solid

35:07

yeah exactly super solid and you're not

35:10

what i've noticed is they're not you're

35:11

not able to isolate alexander arnold on

35:14

the fence which is the way to beat

35:16

liverpool it's to get over to him

35:18

quickly so if that through ball's got to

35:20

get through that midfield because

35:21

usually fabinho's there to cut it out

35:23

because they know and they and i think i

35:25

think alexander arnold knows but the

35:27

amount of good ball he delivers you're

35:29

just like you are [ __ ] incredible

35:31

well so let's let's stop right there

35:33

because

35:34

that's exactly where it is

35:36

the idea is not go down the right and

35:39

beat him down the right it is to bring

35:42

the ball from the middle of the park

35:44

over

35:44

basically put it into space behind him

35:47

and let your wingers go get it right so

35:48

that he's back there and not up here

35:52

sure

35:53

but the problem with that is that

35:55

there's basically a brick wall in

35:57

between where that that more or less

36:00

[ __ ] highway was last year right and

36:03

so that's where the main difference with

36:05

thiago and fabinho really yeah they just

36:07

stopped they stopped

36:08

they're preventing things from happening

36:11

it's yes and in preventing they're

36:13

realistically they're in the headspace

36:15

of the opponent because they're they're

36:17

trying it less as well right so so it's

36:20

a combination of yes they've been

36:22

stopping those balls going by but also

36:24

at this point it's like uh find a new

36:26

way you know so so and that's kind of

36:29

the game plan originally has been like

36:31

you said this is how this is the way to

36:33

at least keep liverpool honest

36:36

not necessarily beat the [ __ ] up keep

36:38

them honest this is their their weak

36:39

link as we always say and we kind of

36:43

he's incredible but also a weak link

36:44

right

36:45

no he's in he he is a literal defensive

36:48

achilles heel and i don't think

36:49

anybody's running that yeah he is as

36:51

good offensively as he is a liability

36:53

defensively right yeah and so you should

36:55

go okay cool come on in it's almost as

36:57

if you sucker him in and then you just

36:59

basically run right run right by him but

37:01

now

37:02

there's

37:03

okay well how do we beat liverpool and

37:05

everybody sort of looks around oh [ __ ]

37:07

yeah exactly and while you're saying oh

37:09

[ __ ] the midfield the middle of the park

37:11

is taking the ball and while you're

37:13

basically caught with your pants down

37:15

they're passing it out to diego jota to

37:18

monet and most importantly to mohamed

37:20

salah who is for my money the most

37:22

dangerous man in the world right he's

37:24

he's incredible so he gets the penalty

37:26

that makes now to be fair like villa

37:29

would have been lucky to get anything

37:30

they had no shots on target but they had

37:33

one penalty shout it was a little bit of

37:35

a sloppy ball ing's into allison allison

37:39

is not where he should be he takes

37:41

things down

37:42

i think this is one of those where if

37:44

ings goes nuts he gets the call but he

37:47

kind of just goes oh i guess i fell down

37:48

like what are you doing you you just

37:51

pretend he bit you anything anyway so

37:54

but i liked i like that gerard was

37:56

pissed off i liked gerrard as a manager

37:59

i think i i secretly not secretly i just

38:01

like gerard i don't know there's

38:03

something good about him there's

38:04

something about the fact that when he

38:06

was late in his career he came on as a

38:08

sub against uh against united one game

38:10

and he got a red in 90 seconds i [ __ ]

38:12

love that

38:14

yeah no like we said he's cool he has it

38:17

yeah and uh i think i i think i want to

38:19

see him succeed at villa but i want to

38:22

see him have sustained success at villa

38:24

yeah he need i think to if he does two

38:26

years he'll be he'll be good it's one

38:28

year is not enough it's got to be at

38:29

least two it depends on the amount of

38:31

success it really does and it also

38:33

depends on when liverpool is ready for

38:35

him right yeah um

38:37

it depends on how long klopp is

38:39

interested in doing this

38:41

um

38:42

i think he got rid of his glasses

38:44

right right it's really i think

38:47

i don't think that that's imminent i

38:48

think that's on

38:50

uh like a year ago maybe a year and a

38:52

half it was on them it was way back in

38:54

the mind of every liberal liverpool fan

38:56

but now having seen gerard managing in

38:59

and field against them

39:02

it's a lot closer to the top of mind so

39:04

the big one though yeah i'm curious how

39:06

the next two years go for liverpool as

39:07

far as the manager's perspective the

39:09

coach that has to live

39:11

in post van dijk sala

39:14

that's going to be tough

39:17

those are not replaceable players no no

39:19

no i didn't i i would never say that

39:21

they would yeah i mean like if if i'm

39:24

clop i'm like oh you guys are going i'll

39:26

go with you i'm let's go yeah yeah cool

39:29

see you later yeah oh we're going other

39:31

party's over yeah let's go to the other

39:33

party time holy [ __ ] it got late

39:37

i would say um

39:40

it's gonna be a lot down to fenway

39:42

sports group by the way new uh owner of

39:44

the pittsburgh penguins uh so they did

39:47

yeah they did buy them um

39:49

but it's gonna be really down to the

39:51

first bad later on

39:53

this is the difference and by the way as

39:54

soon as crosby and balkan leave that's

39:56

your van dyke and and salah

39:59

uh which is coming soon as well but um

40:01

my my thinking is how do you you they've

40:04

already tried to start with guys like

40:07

diego jota right so um

40:09

no you're not going to get another

40:11

masala i know you're not going to get

40:12

another virgil van dyke but you can get

40:15

close-ish if you keep the rest of that

40:17

squad pretty close together uh

40:21

lucky

40:22

what do you mean with both of those

40:25

scientists well van dyke they played a

40:26

lot

40:27

they didn't pay that much they didn't

40:29

know salah was going to be no way they

40:30

got him from fiorentina for like 20

40:32

million

40:33

yeah no they didn't in fact i would say

40:35

oh it was roma it was roma it was roma

40:38

are you sure yeah i thought it was

40:40

fiorentina but anyway he was at he went

40:42

from chelsea to fiorentina to roma

40:45

i was close because he beat you know i

40:47

said fiona he beat spurs in the europa

40:49

league one year um

40:51

yeah but no i mean it's very similar to

40:54

sunny uh sunny was an 18 million dollar

40:56

signing and look at him now um obviously

40:59

having different seasons but last year

41:01

you could have had the exact opposite

41:02

argument about sunny being a world

41:04

leader in salah being pretty good but on

41:06

not on his level right so i think you

41:08

know it's funny

41:10

it's not the right age but i think

41:13

sunny and liverpool could do what

41:16

what he does but from the other side

41:18

he's as good

41:20

sometimes oh you mean like it's

41:22

if you put like if you were in the team

41:24

yeah

41:25

instead of stella yeah absolutely yeah i

41:27

would agree i think that you know

41:29

turning to alexander arnold is special

41:31

and does a lot of things exactly and

41:35

it's just a good team it's just an

41:36

amazing team yeah and salah is now on

41:38

fourteen and nine which is [ __ ]

41:41

ridiculous um

41:43

i i could stop talking about him well i

41:45

was gonna say let's dovetail into uh

41:48

this coming week's games because as i

41:50

said we're going to be playing we're

41:51

going to have like a day and a half off

41:54

every week okay for the next two to

41:57

three i don't i don't need to talk about

41:58

united they got a penalty to win but i'm

42:07

should have got a draw i just i need a

42:10

moment

42:11

yeah take your

42:13

you guys can't see this his pants are

42:14

not on by the way uh it's conor

42:16

gallagher time yeah

42:17

he

42:19

wears 23 like don manningly a man i

42:21

loved

42:22

and he's a new man that i love he's 21

42:25

he's handsome

42:27

he's wears a headband his hair is sort

42:29

of scraggly i'm not sure if it's dyed

42:31

it's not quite dyed but who who's this

42:34

[ __ ] from norwich who he's like he

42:35

looks like but he's waiting well can't

42:37

well it's a [ __ ]

42:39

that dude can't well is is in transition

42:42

he's not enclosed he's not a man conor

42:44

gallagher is a man god damn it

42:49

i mean he's gonna get up

42:51

accidentally insulting conor gallagher

42:53

just to watch you freak out just an

42:54

amazing amazing player who

42:57

when you watch

42:58

and really pay attention he's running

43:01

constantly trying to get in another

43:03

space trying to get on the ball and he

43:05

gets on the ball gets goals he's got a

43:08

very his favorite player is frank

43:10

lampard i heard because i read about it

43:11

it's in wikipedia maybe i'm not sure um

43:15

and he's very frank lampard asking that

43:17

he is a midfielder who can who's as

43:19

comfortable coming showing for the ball

43:21

from the defense as being in the box as

43:24

an extra man uh along with the strikers

43:27

so he's just an incredible player the

43:30

the selhurst park fans if there's a

43:32

stadium that comes through on television

43:34

as a place to go it is selhurst park i'm

43:37

sure it's in the deepest ghetto of hell

43:40

uh but it's also

43:41

afc richmond's ground the dog pound uh

43:44

from uh ted lasso so it's it's known on

43:48

television more and more as the home of

43:50

of richmond probably more people have

43:52

watched ted lasso than then i bet you

43:53

that's probably why they are filming

43:55

there because it has such good it's

43:58

known for such good acoustics yeah yeah

44:00

so

44:01

um he won them the game and the final

44:03

goal in the last minute after running

44:05

all day on a steal on a [ __ ] up from

44:07

sheamus coleman a secret another guy i

44:10

love but that everton team is in the

44:12

unwatchable pile of death uh another one

44:15

for the dinosaurs rafa

44:19

can we can we trade him for eddie howe

44:21

i'm going to make that i'm going to will

44:22

that into existence oh my god that's

44:24

what needs to happen eddie howe to

44:26

everton

44:27

rafa to newcastle does rafa save

44:30

newcastle

44:31

rafa would save newcastle

44:33

and anyhow would unlock everton

44:36

while they give up lots and lots and

44:38

lots of goals

44:40

um the less said about brentford the

44:44

better but they get a win thank god uh

44:46

in bueno gets to win no tony in that

44:49

game so no brian

44:52

turning it around that was the friday

44:54

game

44:54

uh so

44:56

we the less we talk about that game as

44:58

well but we're just happy about it

44:59

because now brentford are in the top 10

45:01

where they belong they're on 16 games

45:04

with 20 points you know what that means

45:05

they're well on their way to 40. oh yeah

45:08

they'll be okay they're not going down

45:10

they'll be okay yeah um

45:12

whether you said 16 points i didn't i

45:14

have the table up 16 games

45:16

20 points yeah 20 points they're

45:18

literally doubling up the relegations

45:20

off they'll be fine um

45:22

but yeah i mean and and i don't think

45:24

that that's the bar for them anyway but

45:26

let's switch gears because we've got

45:28

some time left here but um let's run

45:30

through what's going to happen starting

45:32

today uh it's tuesday wednesday thursday

45:35

friday off saturday sunday so

45:38

like i said

45:39

get ready to be unproductive at work get

45:42

ready to enjoy

45:45

pretty much more european football than

45:47

you can handle in the next three weeks

45:49

not possible i can always handle it i

45:51

love it yeah yeah well i'm firmly in the

45:53

i've had enough category but i haven't

45:55

had to um get frustrated about spurs and

45:58

like oh yeah they're doing well not

46:00

playing it's amazing

46:01

undefeated uh so it's been great but uh

46:04

so they look like they will be back in

46:05

action against leicester which i think

46:07

is going to be one of the big games of

46:08

the week uh leicester coming thursday

46:11

against against uh newcastle spurs

46:15

going to the king power where generally

46:17

this game does have a lot of goals in it

46:18

so i would

46:20

i'll hit the over here's the thing

46:23

lester are one of the worst defensive

46:25

teams in the league they are falling

46:27

apart i've called it here

46:29

i will say it again

46:31

it's schmeichel schmeichel's shitty

46:35

yeah here you are kane

46:37

gets off the mark spurs win too no off

46:40

the schneid

46:41

spur i'm sorry lester our bottom

46:44

five defensive team they're there with

46:47

everton watford

46:49

uh newcastle they're in the bottom they

46:51

are now we think we think spurs will be

46:53

healthy enough to play this game i think

46:54

as i said in the open um but we'll see

46:56

that's still to be determined that's the

46:58

thursday game there's time between here

47:00

and then hopefully everybody's feeling

47:01

well enough to do that um one game that

47:04

has been canceled unfortunately already

47:05

is today's brentford united game sounds

47:08

like uh the you know juan is going

47:10

through the united camp and that's not

47:12

great so we wish everybody was all there

47:13

united are [ __ ] lucky that would have

47:16

been tuesday night

47:18

in branford

47:19

bouncing they would have branford would

47:22

have come and punched them in the

47:24

[ __ ] mouth

47:27

especially coming off a great game on

47:28

friday if tony was able to play i would

47:31

agree with you if not then he's a big

47:33

miss i mean you can get past watford

47:35

without him but i don't think you can

47:36

really hold a candle to united right now

47:38

united's defense is not good they barely

47:40

barely hung on because de gea saved

47:43

their ass but in buemo and so much as he

47:45

won the game this weekend oh he'll hit

47:47

the post he'll hit everything but the

47:50

back of the net so uh tony is is so

47:53

important to that team's success long

47:55

term and i don't know this could be a

47:58

a win for brentford down the line

47:59

because you know they're still gonna

48:00

play united at home and they're probably

48:02

still gonna have a night game so

48:04

um that's something if they're going to

48:06

reschedule it they'll probably schedule

48:08

it in like february and midweek during

48:10

an fa cup week when they're both out or

48:11

some [ __ ] and then they'll get their

48:13

night game maybe on the day of the

48:14

league cup final or something weird like

48:16

that nora justin villa is only has

48:18

narrative because dean smith is playing

48:20

aston villa i would expect aston villa

48:22

to win that game but weird [ __ ] happens

48:24

and then the game that is a is tasty uh

48:29

city versus leeds

48:30

last season leeds took four points off

48:32

of city so

48:34

scary stuff for city well the way city

48:37

are playing right now they should at

48:38

home

48:39

blow the complete doors off of leeds

48:41

well you said it'll be a finishing

48:43

problem no calvin phillips no bamford um

48:47

yeah that's i'm not i'm not feeling

48:49

really good about what leeds has right

48:50

now right so i mean in so much as if

48:53

they had their full 11 yeah it'd be a

48:54

great game to watch but this should be

48:57

city to the races um again so we'll see

48:59

if city score in the fifth first 15

49:01

minutes you can bank them for three if

49:03

they don't they'll win one nothing yep

49:05

that's fair uh but enough about them

49:08

let's talk about the the game that

49:09

you're really excited about this week

49:11

which one brighton versus wolves why

49:14

would i be excited about that because

49:16

you love brighton and i think that

49:18

wolves are going to give them a hell of

49:20

a run right now i'm more interested in

49:21

arsenal west ham london darby's baby

49:23

we'll get there in a second but i think

49:25

that i think that wolves are smarting

49:26

over

49:27

uh that the the shitty turning points

49:32

you know armpit handle and the red card

49:33

right so they're not going to have

49:34

jimenez which is a big miss

49:37

but yeah i mean he

49:40

yeah i mean if he's feeling well enough

49:42

to kick out something and maybe he's

49:44

feeling well enough to hit a ball once

49:45

in a while but um

49:47

yeah

49:48

my friend

49:49

my friend neil mope and his wool and his

49:51

and his wipes he's gonna

49:53

he's gonna go after wolves

49:56

he loves a dog oh

49:59

he doesn't give a [ __ ]

50:00

[Laughter]

50:02

all right let's talk about the london

50:04

darby uh uh west ham wolves west ham are

50:07

better

50:08

i mean sorry

50:10

marshall yeah west ham are better

50:12

arsenal are inconsistent

50:14

i see this as a classic game

50:17

where arsenal

50:19

this is another measuring stick game

50:21

every time arsenal have played someone

50:23

in the top of the league like city or

50:26

liverpool or chelsea they get the doors

50:28

blown off them

50:29

this will be another test and united to

50:33

for that matter this will be another

50:35

moment where

50:37

is arsenal's playing

50:39

as good as west ham's grafting

50:42

and can arsenal take a real punch

50:45

uh they have historically not been able

50:47

to take a punch they've been able to

50:48

take punches within their own realm of

50:51

things like a crystal palace punch or a

50:53

brighton punch

50:54

but can they take a west ham david moyes

50:57

glasgow kiss punch uh

51:01

we'll see we'll see how that goes uh for

51:04

them i mean west ham are struggling a

51:06

little bit lots of injuries um

51:09

mcaalantonio hasn't scored in a while

51:12

he's scored six goals i think in the

51:13

first five games and hasn't scored since

51:15

the depth is being is now being tested

51:18

uh they've no like bana they'll have to

51:20

figure out ways to manufacture and get

51:23

their defense going but i like west ham

51:25

in this game if they're going to

51:26

stay in that top four sport they've got

51:28

to beat arsenal uh if not they're going

51:31

to slide even further and arsenal will

51:33

actually jump them

51:35

uh it could be that this is the last

51:37

weekend with uh west ham in the top four

51:40

if if manchester united win we went

51:42

through united's schedule remember

51:44

united don't play a team outside of the

51:48

of the bottom 10 currently

51:50

until

51:51

march

51:52

5th yeah that's how good a run united so

51:55

i mean they can go undefeated they're

51:58

going to surpass west ham it's a

52:00

question of when not if but yeah but

52:02

yeah i mean and it could be this weekend

52:04

you could find west ham and all the way

52:05

in sixth you could find them all the way

52:07

in seventh by the end of thursday uh and

52:10

by the way they would be

52:12

in seventh behind spurs or sorry they'd

52:14

probably be still beyond spurs um on

52:17

goal difference but spurs having two

52:19

games in hand on them so tied for for

52:21

seventh place so yeah uh and then we do

52:23

we do have the we do have the transfer

52:25

window opening uh i'm gonna i'm gonna

52:27

will this into existence anthony martial

52:30

is gonna go to brighton

52:33

or lindegaard lingard maybe we'll go to

52:35

brighton i'm just looking for one of

52:37

these

52:39

classy finishers to to really be a tag

52:42

team partner for moped

52:52

or is he going to share wipes uh this

52:54

he's a real bareback he just uses

52:56

newspaper

53:07

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