Episode #130 – Liverpool, Chelsea give up, say Manchester City won the league. Rangnick rights Manchester United’s ship.

In Episode #130 of the Squeaky Bum Time Podcast, Mike is out, but Laurent gives his breakdown of midseason players of the season and rants about the German Whingebag coaches in Tuchel and Klopp

  • Laurent’s Beloved Brighton and Hove Albion get a convincing draw at Stamford Bridge on a Danny Welbeck extra-time header.
  • City toy with Brentford, don’t really get out of gear in a 0-1 win at the Community Stadium to go 9 points clear of Liverpool, who have a game in hand.
  • Manchester United show some muscle in a 3-1 win over the VERY well rested Burnley

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Transcript

00:01

hello and welcome to the squeaky bum

00:04

time podcast with mike and laurent laura

00:07

mike is not here here here he is

00:09

watching american football it is friday

00:12

st the last day of:

00:16

terrible year that hopefully will get

00:17

better in this episode united get back

00:19

on track my beloved brighton are back

00:22

and i will give my

00:25

mid season best 11 best manager best

00:28

everything player of the year etc but

00:30

first

00:32

scores

00:33

okay the scores have been today today

00:37

today manchester united defeat burnley

00:40

3-1 burnley off after 18 days manchester

00:43

united trying to play after a tough game

00:45

against newcastle they were better

00:49

yesterday my beloved brighton

00:52

draw 1-1 at stanford bridge danny

00:55

welbeck you beautiful menk bastard they

00:58

get their first goal at stanford bridge

01:00

and their first points incredible work

01:02

for brighton they blew chelsea out of

01:05

the water my other beloved manchester

01:08

city are also in london all at the same

01:10

time saying hello to chelsea but they

01:12

beat brentford at the community stadium

01:15

one nil ho-hum the less talked about

01:17

this game the better

01:19

city

01:20

rested some players phil foden got the

01:23

goal grealish played uh this was a de

01:26

bruyne game aki played left back very

01:28

weird but city win to go

01:31

nine

01:32

points

01:33

clear

01:34

of eight points clear of chelsea nine

01:37

points clear of liverpool liverpool have

01:40

a game in hand wowie wow but but but we

01:44

still have more to go

01:47

that's where we are right now 20 games

01:50

for most teams 19 for others

01:52

i and with city winning their game

01:57

we are now in

01:59

crazy

02:00

narrative mode about

02:03

cities

02:04

buying the league city's got too much

02:06

money uh tucol and klopp are making

02:09

excuses but i don't want to talk about

02:11

that yet i will talk about that in one

02:15

minute first first first

02:18

here

02:19

are

02:20

here is my

02:21

best 11 for the season

02:25

and uh i'm gonna jump around i'm gonna

02:27

go with the traditional 4-4-2 nothing

02:29

crazy there some players moving around

02:31

some players moving around i'm going to

02:33

start with the best player

02:35

mo salah

02:37

mo salah is in my best 11. you put him

02:40

where you want

02:41

doesn't matter to me

02:44

another player in my best 11

02:47

joe alcancello

02:49

has to be in the fullbacks are easy

02:52

it's joel conselo

02:54

and trent alexander arnold gerard

02:56

concello is playing something

02:58

similar to to left back i don't know

03:02

trent alexander arnold is the most

03:04

lethal attacking fullback i've ever seen

03:07

in my life he makes liverpool go

03:10

uh his defense is bad but his offense is

03:12

so good it doesn't matter mo salah is on

03:14

a 30 goal

03:16

20 assist pace he won't get that but

03:18

he's insane there out on the wing

03:22

on the other

03:23

outside of the pitch

03:26

i thought about foden

03:28

but i like to be a little funky i'm

03:30

gonna give it to emmanuel dennis

03:33

of

03:34

watford

03:36

this guy

03:37

is

03:38

constantly keeping his team in games

03:40

when you watch watford

03:42

they have to be there he's second in the

03:45

league in goals he's

03:47

in the top

03:48

tier

03:49

of players

03:52

in goals and assists now is he on a good

03:54

team no

03:56

but

03:57

i like him i want to reward him he's

03:59

gonna go to the african cup of nations

04:01

this might be his only chance so

04:04

respect where respect is due

04:07

and mr dennis is gonna be

04:10

on my team

04:11

uh at at this time

04:14

because he's that good he'll be heading

04:16

to the club world cup he is on eight

04:19

goals and five assists a

04:24

and way over his expected goal so he's

04:26

getting lucky he's doing well and i like

04:30

him so respect to mr dennis a young guy

04:33

just23 uh who else is in my list

04:38

in the midfield

04:40

where it gets tough i have one definite

04:44

and if you watched listen to the pod you

04:46

know who it is

04:47

it's mr connor gallagher

04:49

what a player what an attacker what a

04:53

man

04:54

conor gallagher in the midfield for sure

04:57

an amazing player

05:00

that has to be there

05:01

then i go

05:03

bernardo silva

05:05

who's been playing midfield who's been

05:07

playing up for city he has been making

05:09

the team go he does everything but pass

05:11

the ball forward he presses he attacks

05:14

he score goal he scores goals and city

05:17

are the best team in the league so they

05:18

need to have someone uh represent them

05:22

up front

05:24

next i will go

05:26

with

05:30

the other midfield partner well i'm

05:32

putting silva up front in the as one of

05:34

the strikers rodri is going to go up in

05:37

the midfield for city he's been

05:39

incredible making the team tick

05:41

controlling the pace stopping counter

05:43

attacks rodri has now become the

05:45

fernandinho that we wanted him to be

05:47

took two years but rodri's been

05:49

incredible only only only um

05:53

city fans will see this and then

05:55

partnering up front

05:57

i needed

05:58

to

06:00

have a liverpool player jaego jata takes

06:02

that spot

06:03

just over ivan tony who i love a lot so

06:06

here's what i have for the midfield so i

06:08

don't know uh i have fullbacks conselo

06:12

arnold

06:13

i don't know the wingers are salah

06:15

dennis in the midfield i have rodri and

06:18

gallagher

06:21

then i have up front is my two silva and

06:24

jota

06:25

i'm bending the rules here letting silva

06:27

be a striker and then in my central

06:30

defense pairing this is where it gets

06:33

tricky

06:34

i'm going to give

06:37

chelsea a player because they deserve

06:39

someone so rudiger will go there or

06:42

silva it was between rudiger silva

06:45

um

06:46

i'm loathe to give the 38 year old uh

06:49

propped but it'll be thiago silva who's

06:52

old right now

06:53

and then the other

06:55

primary defender

06:58

after ruediger in central midfield to

07:00

complete my group

07:02

will be

07:07

i hate you virgil van dyke you are

07:09

good but you have not been good

07:11

this year i'm gonna give it to ruben

07:13

diaz who makes

07:15

city tick without diaz city are not the

07:19

defensive team that they think they are

07:21

he allows and creates a platform for

07:24

city's other defenders to go run like

07:25

conselo and and rodri he just is a glue

07:30

his numbers and stats aren't there if

07:32

you look at all his who scored he's not

07:33

really doing too much but reuben diaz

07:36

for city fans he is my guy so across the

07:39

back arnold rudiger silva cancello

07:43

across the four in the midfield salah on

07:45

the wing

07:46

rodrigue and central midfielder

07:48

partnered with gallagher and then

07:50

emmanuel dennis and then my upfront

07:52

partnership is jota and silva

07:57

honorable mentions

07:59

for ivan tony

08:02

phil foden

08:04

frankly joel matthip at liverpool and

08:06

then in goal for mike

08:09

i will give a shout out to hugo laurice

08:11

who's also been great this season also

08:13

david de gea who's basically saving uh

08:16

united but i didn't want to have any

08:18

united players so that is my

08:21

best 11 for the half

08:23

ramsdale

08:26

alexander arnold

08:27

ruediger

08:29

diaz conselo sala

08:33

rodri gallagher

08:35

dennis

08:36

jota

08:37

silva

08:38

that's my group uh the player of the

08:40

season it's this is the easiest thing

08:42

i've ever had to do mo salah is the

08:43

player of the season he's on 15 goals

08:46

and

08:48

nine assists

08:49

that's insane if he got to if he even if

08:53

he's if he goes to 28 and 15 that would

08:57

be an incredible season

08:59

um

09:00

my manager of the season

09:02

it has to be arteta

09:04

it has to be it's either arteta or pep

09:07

i'm gonna go with

09:09

arteta because he took

09:11

a very listless arsenal team that had

09:14

got the doors blown off them held them

09:16

together have they beat a good team no

09:19

but he's taking on the personalities in

09:21

the team and shaping the team in his

09:24

um

09:25

image i would go grand potter because i

09:28

love him but uh i think having arsenal

09:32

in the top four having passed west ham

09:35

we know that david moyes was the manager

09:37

of the season last season but arsenal

09:39

with a young group

09:42

moving up the table

09:43

now from where they were dead and buried

09:46

sure they have six losses which is as

09:48

many as more than half the teams in the

09:50

league i think art has done a good job

09:52

especially handling bam yang getting

09:54

locked as that back on the side bringing

09:57

through jacques after he was gone

09:59

getting all the young kids to buy in the

10:01

ramsdale purchase looks genius i thought

10:03

it was a disaster but he knew better

10:06

than i did that's why these foot people

10:07

do what they do

10:09

they see something we don't see

10:11

uh so i thought that i think that

10:13

arteta's had a good half and uh we'll

10:15

see where he ends up

10:18

with the rest of the season

10:20

my signing for the season

10:24

signing for the season

10:28

while it's just alone it's conor

10:30

gallagher or saw

10:33

uh ish or saw at um at wolves the

10:36

goalkeeper there who's been incredible

10:39

in keeping his team uh jose saw from

10:41

portugal shocking um

10:43

he's

10:44

he's been a great goalkeeper and these

10:46

are these sort of side things that you

10:47

don't really notice but saw's been

10:49

incredible and one of the reasons wolves

10:51

were terrible last season was um oh my

10:54

god his expected goal is different it's

10:56

the best in the league so sad has been

10:57

incredible keeping wolves at bay

11:01

no pun intended i don't know how we

11:03

treat loans if it's a straight signing

11:05

then it's sa if it's a loan signing then

11:07

it's gallagher um

11:10

worst signing of the season

11:14

the worst signing of the season that

11:16

actually plays i think it's sancho it's

11:19

so disappointing he's done nothing so

11:21

far the team is sputtering uh he didn't

11:24

play until today he had a good game but

11:26

jaden sancho was supposed to be one of

11:28

the great young players in europe and

11:29

he's done nothing i think it's maybe

11:31

because united doesn't have planning and

11:33

they probably shouldn't have bought him

11:34

but uh so

11:36

signing of the season is jose saw let's

11:38

just make a ruling of wolves worse

11:41

is

11:44

sancho

11:45

and best loan is uh gallagher

11:49

because i can't get enough of gallagher

11:51

uh from there so those are my player of

11:53

the season salah coach of the year so

11:56

far arteta best 11 of

11:58

arnold

12:01

rudiger

12:02

diaz consailo across the back a midfield

12:06

a four across the middle of salah roger

12:09

and gallagher

12:10

and dennis from watford and then up top

12:14

bernardo silva and joe gojolta not a

12:16

traditional striker uh with the

12:18

honorable mentions for tony

12:20

phil foden joel matip and thiago silva

12:23

but they didn't make it all right that

12:25

is my team of the season i like

12:28

it let's go let's go

12:31

next up

12:33

the narrative has shipped it has shifted

12:37

are like i said eight points clear

12:40

and the

12:42

same

12:43

narrative

12:44

about cities wealth

12:46

has come flying in

12:48

oh teams can't compete

12:50

oh city have ruined the league oh

12:53

they're eight points clear this is the

12:55

disaster

12:56

this league has 54 more points to play

12:59

for

13:00

we have

13:01

the two german coaches in tukel and

13:03

klopp

13:04

complaining incessantly about the

13:07

schedule

13:08

tukel is off the chain with his

13:10

complaining it's out of control now i

13:12

think at this point tukel is hurting his

13:14

team he's saying things like

13:17

we don't have enough players um we have

13:20

nine players in covid

13:23

we can't do anything

13:25

this is chelsea football club

13:28

this is a club

13:30

with the greatest

13:32

youth set up in the country conor

13:34

gallagher is a

13:37

chelsea player

13:38

um

13:39

you bring him back

13:42

they s uh gilmore is a chelsea player

13:44

they could bring him back

13:47

livermento they sold for nothing lampty

13:49

they sold for nothing these are players

13:51

they could use and that's not to mention

13:54

the players that are literally just

13:55

their under 23s what is the point

13:57

chelsea of winning all these

14:00

youth tournaments

14:02

and not using them when a once in a

14:04

generation pandemic comes in don't

14:06

complain

14:07

play your players

14:09

so uh we're getting from tucol and klopp

14:12

two german coaches if you don't know

14:14

this i'm going to explain to you in

14:16

england is the only league that plays

14:19

during the christmas break

14:21

most leagues just before christmas they

14:23

play their last game they come back

14:25

after the new year very normal non-weird

14:28

thing to do germany's is even longer

14:31

but in england not only do they play

14:33

during the christmas period they jam

14:35

four games in 10 days in so they play

14:39

boxing day the 26th they usually play

14:41

the 28th and the 29th and then they play

14:43

new year's day

14:45

uh and plus another one usually so it's

14:47

different and the german coaches and new

14:49

coaches just come in and complain tukol

14:52

is at another level

14:54

he is a chelsea coach chelsea have not

14:57

bottled this league they merely have

14:59

gone three draws and a loss uh in the

15:02

last few weeks they're fine

15:05

they're fine

15:07

they're just freaking out

15:09

right chelsea

15:11

last five

15:15

draw

15:16

win

15:17

draw

15:18

draw and a win

15:20

they're okay they're okay they need to

15:24

chill out

15:25

they're still

15:27

still

15:28

on about an 84 point pace the problem is

15:31

is cities on another planet we've taken

15:34

off

15:34

uh and the narrative around city is just

15:37

that we're ruining football

15:40

but let me just explain some things to

15:41

you

15:44

relative to each other did citi spend

15:46

money in:

15:49

to catch up

15:50

yes did chelsea do that in:

15:54

2006

15:55

yes

15:56

is liverpool a club that spends money

15:59

yes

16:00

are all these teams liverpool chelsea

16:04

west ham sorry not west ham man united

16:06

spurs do they all spend money

16:08

yes

16:10

relative to each other

16:12

it's close together

16:14

i found a stat that

16:16

i shared on the facebook group about the

16:19

relative net spend

16:21

when you take um

16:23

transfers into account so this is wages

16:27

plus

16:28

uh transfer fees transfer fees are

16:30

applied on a season-by-season basis by

16:32

taking the size of the transfers free

16:35

and the year is the contract so

16:38

if i do 100 million dollar transfer and

16:41

i stretch it out

16:42

over a five-year contract i book that

16:45

transfer fee as 20 million dollars a

16:47

season

16:48

okay so not too crazy to get understand

16:52

and get but here we go

16:58

the relative cost of these teams based

17:00

on that number

17:03

is the following

17:04

so this is the last six years

17:07

uh:

17:12

manchester you know what i'm not gonna

17:13

read it out just know that it's super

17:16

close okay

17:18

between the the five-year average for

17:20

liverpool and manchester city in total

17:22

cost is 300 3 million 226 mil 326

17:26

million

17:27

cities is 375.

17:30

spurs is 188. arsenal's is 290. man

17:33

united's is 385 million 385 million and

17:36

chelsea's is 353 million yes

17:39

manchester city's is really high no

17:41

one's denying that

17:43

but the idea that liverpool chelsea and

17:46

man united are

17:48

are three times less to have five times

17:50

less money or city has spent ten times

17:53

more money it's ludicrous it's not true

17:54

it's fake it's a lie

17:56

so

17:57

this and this information is public the

18:00

teams do publish their books for the

18:02

purposes of financial fair play i'm not

18:03

making something up did city spend

18:06

before:

18:08

sure but are there any players on the

18:10

team from:

18:12

no

18:13

kevin de bruyne

18:14

maybe

18:15

kevin de bruyne

18:16

fernandinho

18:18

so all those transfer fees are gone and

18:20

city

18:21

are competing in the same space what

18:24

does that break the narrative of

18:27

pep guardiola

18:28

is a great coach

18:30

city have a great team

18:33

and that's not to diminish liverpool

18:36

and chelsea

18:37

but

18:38

they're playing on a level playing field

18:40

it's the same the difference is

18:43

city have pep

18:45

and he has self-selected both the front

18:48

office between trigger giberstan and

18:51

eferon torres these are guys he worked

18:53

with at barcelona they have a vision

18:55

they have a system the whole thing is

18:57

connected

18:59

it's all on his personality and city

19:02

have the lead they have because they

19:03

play the best football any team has ever

19:06

played in england in history

19:09

they're on pace for 95 points because

19:11

they're better than you

19:12

not because of injuries not because of

19:14

anything and the fact is

19:17

city and guardiola and the team itself

19:19

planned for resting players planned for

19:23

rotation while other teams are running

19:25

the same guys out there and not getting

19:27

things in city developed foden and

19:30

developed uh cole palmer

19:36

don't like this narrative of:

19:38

of uh sheikh mansour those days are gone

19:42

this team is self-sustaining has the

19:44

best coach in the world has the best

19:46

players in the world and has a

19:48

eight point lead and no complaining from

19:50

tukula clop can change that

19:54

okay

19:55

i've had enough

20:00

i've had enough

20:01

of the other teams on the

20:03

accomplishments

20:05

when city win this league with 95 points

20:07

going away and they they win by 15

20:10

points

20:11

it's not because they outspent and out

20:14

maneuvered it's because they're better

20:16

they have the better players who fight

20:18

for the shirt and fight for points and

20:21

play the most the most compelling

20:23

football anyone's ever seen

20:27

methodical destructive powerful football

20:32

the narrative around

20:35

the narrative around liverpool and the

20:37

likability of klopp i can't control that

20:39

right

20:41

i can't control and field i can't

20:43

control for that but my teams play on

20:45

the field

20:46

pep controls and they win and

20:48

they're better than your team and you

20:50

can be pissed off about it but frankly

20:52

it's the best team in the world and it's

20:54

gonna win the league again

20:57

and i'm tired of klopp and two

20:59

goal and everyone else complaining and

21:01

going with a narrative from 20 years ago

21:05

15 years ago

21:12

so it's a little bit much around these

21:15

teams

21:16

a little bit much around these teams

21:18

in general

21:26

the newer the nouveau reached teams like

21:28

city and psg

21:30

and and chelsea to a lesser extent

21:33

we have to earn the right to glory

21:37

and suffer through this and i get it

21:39

we have to suffer through the barbs of

21:41

you don't you're not allowed to win

21:43

you're not allowed to have glory

21:45

and the legacy clubs

21:47

call them pre-premier league powers

21:50

liverpool

21:51

arsenal

21:52

spurs to a lesser extent

21:55

men united

21:57

real madrid around the world uh

21:59

barcelona around the world

22:01

juve etc ac milan inter the teams that

22:04

historically have history and have won

22:06

the champions league over years over

22:08

time multiple times

22:10

etc they

22:14

feel

22:15

as though

22:16

they have ownership of glory

22:19

and it's their teams that can control

22:22

and be glory hounds and who do you think

22:24

you are manchester city who do you think

22:26

you are chelsea who do you think you are

22:29

psg buying into glory you're not allowed

22:32

to have glory

22:33

well i'm sorry

22:35

as far as i know

22:37

the rules as they were set up allowed

22:40

for

22:42

the wealthy around the world to buy into

22:44

your club

22:46

that you

22:47

did not monetize properly that you did

22:50

not protect that you did not apply

22:53

um general business practices about how

22:55

to run a sports club for money

23:00

and we're gonna buy our glory and when

23:02

we have our championship leagues

23:04

trophies

23:05

and it's three it and it's five champion

23:08

and it's and city wins their fourth

23:09

league title in five years

23:11

you're going to respect our glory

23:14

and over time

23:17

fans who see city

23:19

are going to associate the premier

23:20

league with city whether kids

23:23

you know

23:24

hold on to that

23:26

we're playing on a longer timeline

23:28

glory

23:30

and brand

23:31

take a long time to develop especially

23:33

in football

23:35

and it takes a long time for it to

23:36

decline

23:38

arsenal is on year 20 without winning a

23:40

title

23:42

ac milan will enter just one ac milan is

23:45

on

23:46

10 years without winning anything

23:49

and declining but they still an

23:51

important club we still talk about them

23:54

so city will have to continue to win

23:57

and they may

23:59

have to

24:01

be more bold with their branding and

24:03

sign players who are bigger than a club

24:05

just to get that juice

24:08

to have their ronaldo

24:11

to have their messy

24:12

right now sport is very much about brand

24:15

and i think city's

24:16

goal and ethos has been if we play

24:20

beautiful football

24:22

with the best players who sacrifice for

24:23

the team then people have to love us but

24:26

people want stories and they want

24:27

narrative

24:28

and so city have to continue to build

24:31

that and have their moments they will

24:33

have their moments

24:35

it will happen

24:37

you've got to put yourself

24:39

into the tournaments

24:41

into the quarterfinals into the final

24:43

weeks of the season

24:46

and win big games that everyone watches

24:48

and create moments

24:50

the more moments you stack on each other

24:52

the more famous your club becomes

24:55

the more fans you have

24:57

the more you grow

25:00

and earn the right to glory

25:04

and so we'll see where city gets to

25:08

uh eventually

25:19

and we'll get there and we'll get there

25:21

um

25:23

that was kind of a big rant and just

25:24

something you know i feel passionately

25:26

about with regards to football and how

25:28

we treat

25:30

for lack of a better word the politics

25:31

of glory how does that work who who who

25:34

gets to have trophies who gets to decide

25:37

who's a big club

25:39

um

25:40

so that's pretty cool

25:43

and we're excited about that we still

25:45

have more games i need to pull myself

25:47

back into the reality of the sport

25:50

and pull myself back into the reality of

25:53

of where we are and get myself back into

25:56

the narrative

25:57

um games we had games

26:00

chelsea won brighton one

26:03

uh just quickly run through this this

26:05

was a great performance by brighton

26:08

one of their best of the season they put

26:11

18 shots

26:12

onto

26:14

on to chelsea

26:16

um

26:17

and

26:20

six on target

26:21

and that was this was basuma just

26:24

bossing the game

26:26

had so many chances uh mopey had one

26:29

mcallister put two on target uh danny

26:32

welbeck only put one on target and it

26:35

was the winner in the 95th minute

26:36

lallana had a chance but this was a

26:38

battering don't let chelsea

26:40

pretend that they were in this game they

26:42

got battered at home

26:45

by the great grand potter and the

26:48

wonderful

26:49

um uh brighton and holt albion

26:52

yes brighton didn't have a win through

26:54

two months

26:56

it was tough

26:57

i'll i'll admit it but uh

27:00

they got their draws and they weren't

27:01

losing they just weren't winning

27:06

and they really put a performance on

27:08

on on chelsea lukaku

27:11

we have to talk about he uh he did score

27:14

a goal early in the game and maybe that

27:16

was it probably was a foul but you know

27:19

he got his goal but then later on today

27:21

he just had a huge rant that's coming

27:23

out of italy about how he never wanted

27:25

to leave inter and he's having a hard

27:27

time at chelsea

27:29

i think it's fine i think you know

27:32

lukaku will

27:34

i think it's a contextual thing where

27:36

lukaku really loved italy and he really

27:38

loved inter and there was a big money

27:40

move to go to chelsea but i think tukol

27:43

is difficult

27:44

to be coached by

27:46

and lukaku's got a bit of a

27:48

brash personality and he probably said a

27:50

little bit too much uh i think they'll

27:52

get over it we'll go through the

27:53

narrative cycles

27:55

for all this whole thing and we'll see

27:57

where we are there but uh this is really

28:00

about brighton

28:03

and i think how much money they have in

28:05

players already

28:06

between robert sanchez the goalkeeper

28:09

between busuma

28:11

terry glamte

28:13

and

28:14

cucarella they may already have 150

28:17

million pounds

28:19

in players that they could sell on

28:21

and that is what that's where brighton

28:23

is they've got to find players sell

28:26

players show their worth sort of take

28:28

the brentford model that they were

28:30

moving players on and go from there but

28:32

this

28:33

kills chelsea they've now

28:35

you know they're now on

28:37

uh they're now nine points behind eight

28:39

points behind city and really in a

28:42

hurting

28:43

there but uh you know it's not the end

28:45

of the world like i said the league

28:46

isn't over

28:48

but chelsea need to ride the ship city

28:50

are just that good

28:53

right now

28:54

uh chelsea have

28:56

dropped

28:57

two four six points in their last

29:00

um

29:01

their last four

29:03

so they're sputtering a little bit

29:05

uh and and that's an xg problem right

29:07

they have an expect they have a goal

29:09

difference

29:10

girl differential of 29 with an xg of 18

29:13

xg goal differential so they were riding

29:15

their luck most of the season and that

29:17

luck is really coming back to roost to

29:19

the roost and it's more on the defensive

29:21

side they're not shutting people down

29:23

anymore

29:24

especially in the midfield where basuma

29:26

like i said uh bossed this game

29:29

we go on to city

29:32

and city just

29:34

ho-hum

29:36

blast brentford away this is not a

29:38

vintage performance and the less thought

29:40

about this the better uh foden and

29:43

grealish were back in the side uh

29:44

fernandinho was there ake played left

29:47

back so this was almost like a rest game

29:50

for city uh massive possession city just

29:53

controlled this game 76 possession got

29:56

their goal early like they always do and

29:59

really just

30:00

kind of did like the big brother thing

30:02

where you take your kid brother's head

30:04

and hold him and let him swing they

30:05

really just held

30:09

held brentford at arm's length and

30:11

avoided the danger

30:12

i'm not there was

30:14

one shot on target by wiesa

30:17

and one bioneca but you know i don't

30:19

think anderson had too much to do pretty

30:22

easy game

30:23

city avoided

30:25

the corners only gave up

30:27

only gave up three corners to brentford

30:30

so really

30:33

took care of business

30:34

made sure everything was fine controlled

30:37

the game they move on

30:39

and uh we play arsenal in the week on

30:42

the first

30:43

and that should be a good game there is

30:45

a really tricky story that just came out

30:49

uh jowl concealer was attacked

30:51

uh outside his home by four other

30:54

players by four assailants he fought

30:56

them off but they did steal his stuff

30:58

and he did

30:59

suffer some damage to his face so i

31:01

would expect that jiao consailo city's

31:03

player of the season so far will miss

31:05

the game and i'm hoping that it doesn't

31:07

affect him too much i remember being a

31:10

kid and getting bullied or getting beat

31:11

up

31:13

and it does affect you you you can have

31:15

bad dreams you can

31:16

you can not be in the game so hopefully

31:19

um

31:20

he can put that behind him and maybe

31:22

maybe playing will be the best thing for

31:24

him but a little bit scary that um jiao

31:26

quincello was attacked

31:29

uncomfortable not great bob

31:32

but city moo roll on and the machine

31:35

rolls on city eight points clear and

31:38

then we go to united

31:41

um

31:42

a big game for them

31:44

uh mctominay was fantastic

31:48

he scored a goal

31:50

his goal for ronaldo was

31:52

was on a deflection where he hit the

31:53

crossbar ronaldo put it in

31:55

um scored a goal sancho scored a goal

31:58

off ben mee

31:59

uh the lineup was funky it was still

32:01

that two two two two but it was

32:03

uh ronaldo and cavani up front no bruno

32:07

with sancho and greenwood and then the

32:09

holders were nomad the machich and

32:12

mctominay what was nice about that was

32:14

that it allowed mctominay who's not a

32:16

holding midfielder to play further up

32:19

the pitch

32:20

and he took three shots and got them all

32:22

on target he was really good

32:25

uh i'd say mctominay deserved the goal

32:28

he got and he probably should have had

32:30

an assist on a deflection but this was

32:32

better from uh united

32:37

sancho and shaw really combined on their

32:39

side of the wing that was good

32:41

a lot of running beyond

32:43

um

32:44

veron got some more time

32:47

neil neil lennon got a goal

32:50

was it neil lennon

32:51

aaron lennon excuse me aaron lennon

32:53

scored a goal for burnley it was kind of

32:54

an open game especially the first half

32:57

really up and down kind of fun

33:00

really petered out in the second half

33:03

with burnley only taking three more

33:05

shots

33:07

but

33:08

good good performance for united they'll

33:11

take it

33:12

for burnley this is

33:14

a bad performance after 18 days off you

33:18

would have expected them to be a little

33:19

bit tighter still no corn a for them

33:23

and i would have expected them to play a

33:25

little bit better show some metal show

33:27

some fight against uh united especially

33:30

burnley's

33:31

up the road it's uh it's not really far

33:34

away

33:35

it's right there

33:36

and uh it's exciting to see

33:39

uh teams playing they're still fighting

33:42

through the the covet systems right now

33:45

but

33:46

you know

33:47

we play again

33:50

and um we preview the next round of

33:54

games

33:54

headliner is city versus arsenal on new

33:58

year's day i love it

34:02

um

34:03

tottenham play watford

34:05

palace versus west ham should be a good

34:06

one galileo versus rice

34:09

and on sunday the big big game

34:12

is the battle of wingers liverpool

34:14

versus chelsea um at stanford bridge

34:20

should be really good

34:27

i have to sneeze so excuse me one second

34:31

if i sneeze i sneeze

34:33

and both coming in limping uh liverpool

34:36

off the loss from leicester

34:38

chelsea off the draw from

34:42

from

34:45

brighton

34:47

but it should be interesting uh i guess

34:50

it's a must win if you want to stay in a

34:52

title race

34:53

uh this is a game in hand for liverpool

34:57

or or i mean they still are have a game

34:59

at hand liverpool got to win to to stay

35:02

seven points behind city depending on

35:04

what city do if city beat arsenal they

35:07

will be

35:08

12 points clear of liverpool even with a

35:10

in hand so that pressure that:

35:13

season where they both went down the

35:14

wire we'll be back

35:17

but city

35:18

to lose this would be

35:20

really hard

35:23

essentially liverpool and chelsea have

35:26

to go undefeated

35:28

to win the league i'd say

35:32

not well yeah yeah yeah almost

35:34

undefeated

35:36

i mean uh you know what what can you do

35:38

this is what happens this is why you

35:40

play this is why you book your your

35:41

games you go and you try and win

35:44

games uh but i'll be i'll be up for that

35:47

game uh for arsenal versus manchester

35:49

city i will be watching uh with baited

35:52

breath watford vs tottenham uh trying to

35:55

see if the kante revolution continues

35:57

crystal palace west ham also a must

35:58

watch a big game on sunday newcastle

36:02

versus southampton these are games that

36:03

newcastle has to try and win and get

36:05

points uh everton brighton everton

36:07

haven't played in ages that might get

36:09

called off for all i know uh brighton's

36:11

still flying high stake i have to go to

36:13

the north burnley versus leeds a big six

36:16

pointer you'd expect leeds to pull this

36:18

out but this is a place for berlin to

36:19

get points the relegation battle is a

36:22

real battle uh burnley have three games

36:24

in hand and are in are in a good spot

36:26

but they've got to convert those games

36:28

into points and then the big one sunday

36:31

afternoon

36:32

uh chelsea first

36:34

liverpool

36:35

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