03/01/2021
What role will fans play in football's future?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Dominic Fifield discuss the issues raised in 'Ours' , the latest BT Sport Films documentary, which will be shown on BT Sport 1 at 10.30pm on Tuesday. They base their optimism for the future of the game on the fans' resilience, passion and innovation. They also discuss t
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02/25/2021
Will the Moyes effect stop City in their tracks?
Mike Calvin, Anne Marie Batson and Jonathan Northcroft praise David Moyes for following his Everton blueprint at West Ham. They discuss the influence of Juanma Lillo, Pep Guardiola's mentor, and believe Steven Gerrard is proving why he will one day return to Liverpool as manager.See acast.com/privac
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02/22/2021
Can Manchester City's dominance extend to the Champions League?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and John Cross discuss the future of the Champions League, and the implications of City's current superiority. They refuse to write off Liverpool, regard Chelsea as potential European champions, and believe it is realistic to imagine Leicester City winning the Europa Leag
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02/15/2021
Can Jurgen Klopp find salvation in the Champions League?
Mike Calvin, Jordan Jarrett Bryan and Richard Amofa believe Jurgen Klopp deserves to retain the faith of fans as Liverpool seek a way out of their sudden crisis. They see Manchester City and Bayern Munich as Champions League favourites, but foresee problems for Barcelona against PSG. The panel also
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02/11/2021
Time to remember that managers like Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers are human beings?
Description Mike Calvin, Ade Oladipo and Glenn Moore focus on Liverpool managers, past and present before they meet at Leicester on Saturday. They hail the impact of Raheem Sterling at Manchester City, understand the sensitivity of Gareth Bale to potential injury, and relish Friday's night's Manches
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02/08/2021
Is Jose Mourinho lost without Harry Kane?
Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor believe Jose Mourinho has a responsibility to protect Harry Kane, despite his fundamental importance to the Tottenham team. They won't rule out a Manchester City quadruple, but see Leicester as potential FA Cup winners, Manchester United need to give
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02/04/2021
Is Liverpool's title defence already over?
Mike Calvin, Melissa Reddy and Dominic Fifield suspect Liverpool's priority will be to protect a top four place, and concentrate on the Champions League. They applaud Manchester City's relentlessness, predict Thomas Tuchel will be a success at Chelsea, and believe the current bottom three will event
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02/01/2021
Can Marcus Rashford lead football's fight against racial abuse?
Mike Calvin, Darren Lewis and Miguel Delaney hail Marcus Rashford's influence, but feel direct action by players, and concerted pressure on social media companies, is required to combat increasing abuse. They highlight a busy week of Premier League action on BT Sport, hail Ruben Dias as a title-winn
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01/28/2021
Is Thomas Tuchel the right man for Chelsea?
Mike Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and Art de Roche give their first impressions of Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea. They assess the impact of German coaches, predict this will be Pep Guardiola's greatest season, and foresee Julian Nagelsman as Jurgen Klopp's eventual successor at Liverpool.See acast.com/priv
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01/25/2021
Did Frank Lampard deserve to be sacked by Chelsea?
Mike Calvin, Jordan Jarett Bryan and Seb Stafford Bloor discuss Frank Lampard's sacking, and the suitability of his anticipated replacement, Thomas Tuchel. They see Steve Bruce's dream job turning sour at Newcastle, analyse the challenge facing Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, and condemn plans for a Euro
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01/21/2021
Are Leicester capable of fighting on three fronts?
Mike Calvin, Anne Marie Batson and Glenn Moore believe the FA Cup is more open than ever. They highlight an important opportunity for clubs like Everton, Southampton and West Ham, but also identify Blackpool, Doncaster and Luton as potential giant killers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-o
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01/18/2021
Pep Guardiola is 50 today, Could he win both the Premier League and Champions League this season?
Mike Calvin is joined by former players David Preece and Adrian Clarke, who foresee a special season for Manchester City. They feel it will take five years for Frank Lampard to rival Brendan Rodgers, doubt that Sam Allardyce will keep WBA up, and have mixed feelings about Wayne Rooney's move into ma
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01/14/2021
Are Manchester United contenders or pretenders?
Mike Calvin, Jordan Jarrett Bryan and Dominic Fifield assess the title race as Manchester United face a pivotal game at Anfield. They discuss whether Liverpool's trophy window is closing, how Phil Foden symbolises Manchester City's development, and if Jose Mourinho is his own worst enemy, Plus : is
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01/11/2021
How should football respond to the Covid crisis?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Glenn Moore believe,on balance, the football season should continue,but that the calendar is unsustainable. They disagree about the merits of the FA Cup, but are unanimous in suggesting that the European Championships should be postponed. In domestic terms, Manchester
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01/07/2021
Will Liverpool reboot their season in the FA Cup?
Mike Calvin, Melissa Reddy and David Preece consider Jurgen Klopp's options before Friday's televised third-round tie against Aston Villa. They highlight Spurs and Everton as potential FA Cup winners, but foresee problems for Brighton at Newport.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informat
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01/04/2021
Will Frank Lampard get the time he needs at Chelsea?
In this, the 300th episode, Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross and Seb Stafford Bloor. They discuss the pressure on Frank Lampard, dwell on Manchester City's title chances, but criticise Pep Guardiola's defence of Benjamin Mendy. They also focus on Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal, and football's
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12/28/2020
Who were the winners and losers in 2020?
Mike Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and Darren Lewis review football in 2020. They reveal their choices of player, young player and breakthrough player of the year, They also talk about memorable matches, the biggest disappointments, and the one thing in the game they would happily consign to the dustb
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12/21/2020
Can Manchester United challenge Liverpool for the title?
Mike Calvin, Darren Lewis and Jonathan Northcroft assess a title race that's suddenly at sixes and sevens, They caution against writing off Spurs, expect Manchester City to move for Erland Haaland, and fear for the future of Mikel Arteta.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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12/17/2020
Will Liverpool's mentality monsters retain the Premier League title?
Mike Calvin, Ade Oladipo and Richard Amofa consider the significance of the champions' consistency and character. They defend Jose Mourinho from charges that he employs anti-football tactics, but suggest WBA would have been better retaining Slaven Bilic, instead of bringing in Sam Allardyce.See acas
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12/14/2020
Can all three English teams reach the last eight of the Champions League?
Mike Calvin, Jordan Jarrett Bryan and Dominic Fifield assess the European draws. They foresee few problems for Liverpool and Manchester City in the Champions League and relish a return to Chelsea by Diego Costa. They predict more pain for Arsenal and Manchester United, this time in the Europa League
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12/09/2020
Which club is in greatest crisis, Manchester United or Arsenal?
Mike Calvin, Art de Roche and Jonathan Northcroft discuss deep problems facing Manchester United and Arsenal. They call for greater leadership from the football authorities on the issue of racial, and dwell on the lessons of Jean Marc Bosman, whose plight is featured in a BT Sport documentary.See ac
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12/07/2020
What can Manchester United learn from Liverpool?
Mike Calvin, Melissa Reddy and Anne Marie Batson preview another critical week for Manchester United. They assess what lessons Liverpool give them, and consider the title potential of Tottenham and Chelsea, before having a powerful discussion about racism in football and society.See acast.com/privac
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12/06/2020
Who's the best, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are due to face one another, for possibly the final time, on Dec 8. Mike Calvin is joined by Miguel Delaney and Adrian Clarke to decide which of the two icons of modern football is the best.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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11/30/2020
Has football got the will to tackle two of its biggest problems, dementia and racism?
Mike Calvin, John Cross and Jordan Jarrett Bryan are joined by Anton Ferdinand in a special edition of the Football Writers' podcast. They discuss Anton's documentary about racism in the game, and respond to the worrying news that Raul Jiminez has fractured his skull. Will football fulfil its duty o
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