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The Preferred Side Of A Nil-Nil (Mid-Week Show): EPL Talk Podcast

Which side of a nil-nil would you rather be on? It’s a serious question, because in Champions League, after one leg, it matters. Taking a 0-0 on the road has entirely different implications than coming back home with one. Yet there’s still debate as to which situation is preferred. Jos

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EPL Talk Podcast Logo draftWhich side of a nil-nil would you rather be on? It’s a serious question, because in Champions League, after one leg, it matters. Taking a 0-0 on the road has entirely different implications than coming back home with one. Yet there’s still debate as to which situation is preferred. José Mourinho has said that he doesn’t mind the 0-0 at home to open a tie. Alex Ferguson clearly doesn’t mind returning to Old Trafford with the same.

On this episode of the podcast, in the wake of Manchester United’s 0-0 in Marseille, we talk about the strategies behind playing for the second leg. We also talk about Chelsea’s performance, a 2-0 win in Copenhagen. Should the first win since Fernando Torres was bought be considered a step forward?

We also reflect back on mid-week Premier League action, look forward to this weekend’s fixtures, and then shift our focus to Sunday’s League Cup final, where Birmingham City has a chance to earn a spot in next year’s Europa League. Should the Carling Cup grant entry into Europe? And how important is it that Arsenal’s kids finally claim some silverware.

All that on this, the mid-week edition of the show.

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  1. Pat in Austin

    February 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I hate to be “that guy” who whines about his team not getting enough attention, but your apparent preference for Man U and Chelsea has come to the point of warranting a mention.

    After Spurs and Arsenal both won last week in two of the most exciting Champions League matches involving English teams in years, those games weren’t even discussed in the most recent weekend review podcast, MUCH LESS getting the majority of a midweek podcast devoted to them (you didn’t even do a podcast last midweek). This week, Man U and Chelsea played games that were essentially interchangeable with countless other marginal Champs League games they’ve played over the last decade, and you devoted a major section of a podcast to them. To be fair to EPL Talk, I wasn’t actually surprised, because throughout the season you’ve spent at least half of the aggregate time on your podcasts talking about Man U (either their unbeaten streak, Shrek Rooney, their title chances, or their upcoming games), and probably half of the rest talking about Chelsea.

    Granted, there are more Man U fans in England and the States than there are fans of any other team. Not the case for Chelsea. There are certainly more Arsenal fans than Chelsea fans, and Tottenham is, if nothing else, the flavor of the week. Talk about Man U and Chelsea as much as you want. I can tune it out like white noise the way I do when my girlfriend talks about shoes for the thousandth time. But don’t blatantly disregard other BIG clubs, especially when they assert themselves on a global level. If nothing else, you missed an opportunity to weigh in on the major topic in global soccer on the week. You may have alienated portions of large, powerful fan-bases as well.

    • Richard Farley

      February 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      From the post that distributed this weekend’s podcast:

      “A programming note: The second segment of this show – on in which Kartik and I focused on Champions League – had to be cut from the show for technical reasons. For those looking for the take homes: we both patted ourselves on the back regarding Spurs but also noted the continued slide of Serie A; we both admitted we undersold Arsenal while noting they seemed too self-congratulatory for taking a lead out of the first half; we both feel Chelsea’s match with Copenhagen will be an important confidence-boosting opportunity, and neither of us expect Manchester United to deviate from their typical, Champions League, opening leg approach: play conservatively and take the tie back to Old Trafford.”

      • Laurence

        February 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

        Thanks for the feedback. The pod is obviously not long enough concentrate on everything.

        Post a few question/discussion topics are for the podcasts and we always look to incorporate them. We are moving towards an interaction based podcast. If we can be more positive in dialogue then we’ll put it in.

        Let me know what you think: laurencemckenna@epltalk.com

        • Pat in Austin

          February 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

          Richard – I didn’t see that programming note. Obviously technical difficulties can’t always be fixed.

          Laurence – I will definitely look forward to submitting questions for future pods.

          I didn’t mean to come off as negative. I really like the show and the website. The incongruity just seemed odd to me. Thanks for taking it into consideration.

  2. RocknRolla

    February 23, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    This is the worst football show my ears have heard and i duly apologise to the pair of ears of mine for treating them with such ridiculous, so called, “expert view”, Just one point off the top, United with the most pathetic away record away ever having to play chelsea, liverpool, us, WestHam, wigan, haha lol Arsenal will win the title, and yes RocknRolla will be back to hear to what you say that day and by the way, I’ll give you a joke if you really wanna laugh, if you are a spud fan, well you wouldnt know what it is like looking at us from the top since you have never been there, its quite fun to be honest, if you are a chelsea fan, 3-1 Emirates :), if you are a Liverpool fan, I have gone from school to high school to university and you still havent won the League 🙂

    Cheers!
    P.S: I am thinking of launching my own podcast, surely i can do better 😛

    • The Gaffer

      February 24, 2011 at 6:22 am

      RocknRolla, why is it “the worst”? Just because the predictions don’t align with yours??

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Troy

        February 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        Gaffer, I wouldn’t even waste my time trying to rationalize with someone after a post like that. Cleary there’s some sort of drug abuse or daddy issues involved.

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