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What Storm? (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

If the weather is anything to go by then it is simple: predict storm – weather it. Feel good about it not being so bad. Plenty of managers might agree with that this weekend as they feel that things could be much worse for their side.

At this point in the season there is still hope, a chance that you can make it to your goal. For fans, players and managers alike this keeps many of them going. David Moyes will feel a sense of hope after this weekend and an interesting win over Stoke.

Liverpool had an imperious win over West Brom, whilst Arsenal went away to win at Selhurst Park. Even Palace might see the improvement though.

Elsewhere Spurs won by a penalty again and Swansea drew. To discuss it all: the pod. Let’s Talk Soccer, World:

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  1. goisles01

    October 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    To me, it seems, you guys are awfully critical of Liverpool even when they perform well. Lawrence says their match against West Brom would have gone very differently if Suarez didnt score 3. realllllly? This seems like the overstatement of the year. Isnt this the case of all sport teams who carry superstars? Im sure, last year, United would’ve had very different results if Van Persie wasnt putting in his bid for player of the year or would Tottenham have fought for relegation without Bale scoring every goal for them? Would Swansea without Michu? Would recent Miami Heat history be different without James MVP performances? Of course it would. These players wear the team colors success of these players lead to success of the clubs. You cant have one without the other. It goes hand in hand. Its not like a fan came running on to the pitch and scored a winner. Then u can say “if it wasnt…”etc.

    Kartik, u say its a 3 team race for the title ignoring Liverpool, a club that has been top 3 in the table all year. Mignolet has been solid except for 2 matches and its understandable, first match @ Anfield and first match against Sunderland which he won. Why do people look @ Liverpool and see mediocrity this year. Why couldnt the Reds stay on top or challenge for Champions league?

    They have 2 class strikers but…what? Is it formation? tactics? midfield? defense? what? I guess we’ll know more after saturday @ Arsenal when LFC add Coutinho back in the mix

    • Laurence McKenna

      October 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Hi goisles,

      thanks for the feedback and questions. LFC have some big games ahead and are in a great position but they don’t have a deep team and we’ve seen them come up short on one or two occasions. I think that leads to scepticism which we can’t voice every week on the pod.

      The point is more: if WBA had that penalty then the match may have gone in their favour. Fine margins etc. Suarez had a great game and you can’t take that away. It’s all too easy to faun over a side and say: they are great etc. Gotta look for ways to improve etc.

      Also, contextually: LFC aren’t the strongest side in the league and it will be seen if they need to last 38 games. I hope they can go the distance but want to be realistic.



      • goisles01

        October 30, 2013 at 12:45 am

        Hi Laurence,

        I dont mean to look at LFC through rose colored glasses and, of course,we all should look at ways to improve a squad. The club should always look to improve no matter their standing.

        Its just that sometimes I hear discussion about LFC and it sounds like the pod is talking about Sunderland or Palace and they’re 11th in the table. Now I am not an expert in football but I have been excited by LFCs start. Its been so much better than last year but everytime I read an article or analysis, it seems so negative that it squashes any joy I may have had after a prior match. I get that cynicism everyday here in NY with my other sports.

        I went to broadcasting school. I understand cynicism and skepticism brings in listeners and sparks debate which contributes to good conversation, but for me, I would like to see a club drop out of the top of the table before I declare they are out of a race.

        I feel if critics and pundits continue to dwell on negative aspects of teams, then they will miss the full effect and emotions when something magical happens and waiting for these moments is the whole reason we watch sport. isnt it?

  2. Brad

    October 29, 2013 at 8:09 am

    “Mourhino gets in the head of officials, gets in the head of opposing fans and gets in the head of opposing managers.” Apparently he also gets in the head of certain podcasters.

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