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Quality divide or divisive? (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

When it comes to second impressions then the Premier League had a good chance this weekend, with matches of quality both Saturday and Sunday. United got a chance to play at 3pm, rare. Man City were supposed to crown the weekend off with Liverpool. Anfield will be the pods initial focus. They can’t stay there for long…as Swansea, Everton and Chelsea impress.

United looked markedly improved without Wayne who will be out for a while with a gash on his leg. When it comes to challenges, Sir Alex is rotating the squad like he doesn’t know his best lineup. Good or bad for United?

Citeh were pegged back in Merseyside by a buoyant Liverpool, who looked impressive against a top side. Nullified or Numb? City didn’t impress enough, especially against a side who lost 3-0 in the opening weekend.

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  1. Gerald

    August 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

    you also mentioned you dont want teams spending more then they generate well if any team has a right to spend this year its chelsea as they won the champions league and have gotten many new sponsors. If you ever want to talk about ridiculous amounts of money being spent look at city who have players like roque santa cruz on 120 grand a week and aren’t even named in the squad

  2. Gerald

    August 28, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Hey just letting you know that your comments on Chelsea spending money and it being unfair is naive. The premier league has been that way forever each team who won the premiership had the highest payroll or second highest. in addition you said there were times when more then one team would win it there was never times like that the one bogey team was dalglish’s blackburn who won it by spending the most that year. its always been united and arsenal then united and Chelsea now city have joined so your points are all wrong

  3. COYS

    August 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the timely reply Laurence. I will take you up on your offer and inbox you As for who I support? There is only one club to support right? Come on you Spurs!

    And for what it is worth, I do agree that Liverpool, at the moment, are an interesting case study as you point out. I am quite interested to see what impact Rodgers will have. I am also quite interested to watch the “Being Liverpool” series on Fox Soccer channel in the coming months.



  4. COYS

    August 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    As much as I enjoy listening to the pod most weeks, I simply can’t take another episode with 1/3 of the time devoted to Liverpool. The opening 26 minutes were devoted to the LFC vs. MCFC game. If this trend continues, as it did for most of last season, you should seriously consider renaming it to the LFC Talk Podcast.

    I fully understand that this might have been your ‘game of the weekend,’ but LFC got the same treatment last season. To be honest, I stopped listening to the pod a little more than halfway through the season last year because I simply couldn’t handle hearing 15+ minutes on Suarez and King Kenny week after week.

    I am not trying to be overly critical. Again, I genuinely enjoy the pod most weeks and have recommended it to all of my mates that are EPL fans. So please Laurence, I beg you, show some restraint when it comes to covering your beloved Reds.



    • Laurence

      August 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Hey Greg,

      I really appreciate the honest feedback. I’m aware of the time that we spent on Liverpool over the last two weeks, though it isn’t motivated by what you might think. We’ll share the light around as we try to do. It does happen that Liverpool are an interesting case study for a lot of football’s troubles right now. Frankly, last season I was sick of talking about Liverpool, I don’t often find people coming to pleasing conclusions for the club very often though.

      I agree, we got stuck in LFC v MCFC this week. Too long was spent on it, again I think that’s because there weren’t enough satisfying conclusions in part one. I’m working hard to improve the quality and analysis on the podcast. It would be great to get some more of your feedback on the podcast and see who you support. Maybe drop me an email if you have the time or inclination.



  5. Will

    August 27, 2012 at 1:09 am

    As usual, love the pod. Please gimme the preview pod this Thursday. Didn’t see one last week.

  6. Spurs1974

    August 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Rumor is Dempsey to Sunderland is almost a done deal.

    • Dm

      August 27, 2012 at 1:04 am

      So all that trouble just to get to another midtable side?

      • Spurs1974

        August 27, 2012 at 6:26 am

        Betting odds have strengthened on Sunderland and lessened on Liverpool now. So it may be true. O’neill may have a huge week up north.

  7. dust

    August 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I haven’t listend to the podcast in a while..and now I remember why…

    Spurs have had finishing issues these first 2 games of this season, but it has been terrible since our 1 win in 10 from last season. So, to attribute it to AVB’s “ideology” and even bring up the stat of how many premier league games he has won including his chelsea tenure is just ridiculous.

    Yes, it is widely known that he made mistakes with how he handle certain egos at chelsea, he lost the fight for the dressing room with those bigger egos, the team weren’t playing for him…its been established.

    It’s also been established that he earned more points for chelsea in the league per game than Di Matteo did…Anyways..

    It’s like you watched match of the day or sky highlights to get your opinions from. I have watched the game twice now, and we dominated the first 60 mins, it wasn’t even close, (as we did against Newcastle in the first 45) we just didn’t take our chances, yes we have issues finishing but to not recognize the movement and the opportunities themselves is just poor, especially when you are trying to say that AVB “Ideology” is the reason.

    Yes we have shown concentration issues, perhaps take some time and watch the last 15 minutes of the game on fox soccer2go, and see how poor BF was, see Gallas scream at him for not taking charge and standing there like a statue and don’t make it sound like he made great saves but the defense for spurs is just awful, if you are gong to review games actually watch it and call players out. Vertonghen made some great challenges on the rare occasion WBA made it through.

    Or instead of watching match of the day highlights, perhaps just read out what the Guardian wrote next time.

    I’m sick of people jumping on the bash AVB bus with out watching the games and seeing the very evident positive changes from last season to this season already. It’s lazy and easy to bash AVB.

    Poor poor poor poor podcast

    • Laurence

      August 27, 2012 at 5:01 am

      Hi dust,

      Thanks for your comment. I like the depth you go into. I’m not an AVB basher…anyone on the podcast and people who listen regularly will tell you that I’m quite the opposite, last season and in the off season I spent a reasonable portion of my time defending him because I like the way that he gets teams to play. I was one of the first to bring up his Chelsea stats and how his time was better than Di Matteo, I suppose you wouldn’t be to know because as you say, you haven’t listened in a while.

      I think this comment kinda shows how people hear different things in the podcast. My point about AVB ideology was more that he’s only got Jermaine Defoe to execute that upfront and that leaves him undermanned when it comes to fire power. He needs Ade and maybe one other striker if THIS current play is to continue. I don’t expect it to…but surely you agree that he needs some more clinical finishing.

      No one way bashing AVB on the podcast, we were commenting that what is being done there right now hasn’t worked in the first two games. If you want to discuss it further or you’d like a platform on the podcast then email me:

      Poor poor poor poor,


      • dust

        August 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        Hey Laurence,

        I appreciate the response. I was referring to Morgans comments not yours, I should have pointed that out.

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