The Squawka Talker

The Squawka Talker

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Welcome to The Squawka Talker podcast, where we attempt to answer the big questions in football each week. What are the stats behind the stories and stars dominating the game?


"You're not special anymore"  

A humiliating weekend for Jose Mourinho is the main talking point for Greg Stobart, Muhammad Butt and Rory Briggs as they discuss the Premier League results from the weekend and review the biggest games from all around Europe.

Interview with Howard Webb - The Man In The Middle  

Former Premier League referee Howard Webb joins Greg Johnson to talk about his new book "The Man In The Middle" as well as video technology, which players are most difficult to manage and what's the one rule he'd drop from the game?

"Mkhitaryan is still the player to solve Man United's problems breaking teams down in the final third"  

In a week that saw Leicester become only the fifth club to ever win all three of their opening Champions League group stage games, Tottenham Hotspur draw 0-0 away to Bayer Leverkusen, Pep Guardiola return to Barcelona to watch his Manchester City side get soundly beaten 4-0 and Arsenal slay Ludogrets 6-0, the Squawka Talker pod review the week's action and look ahead to both the Europa League and the weekend's Premier League action. Host Greg Johnson is joined by George Elek, Natasha Henry and James McManus to talk over the results and fixtures to come, with their matches of the weekend to watch, a preview of Southampton and Manchester United's games in the Europa League and Premier League, and more.

"Liverpool have the attacking arsenal to tear United to shreds"  

There's a big game on tonight, in case you hadn't heard, and Nic English is joined by Felix Keith, Greg Johnson and Amar Singh to preview it along with a little phonecall from FullTimeDevils' Adam McKola. There's also time to review the weekend's Premier League action as well as Mauro Icardi's difficult week. Player of the Weekend and Story of the week also appear as usual.

"Conte can't do anything if Chelsea don't give him the players"  

The return of the Premier League is long overdue but Greg Johnson is joined by Oli Young-Myles, Rory Briggs and Greg Stobart to look at 10 things you may have missed during the international break. There's also a look ahead to the Premier League fixtures and a quick whistlestop tour around Europe

Debate - Who is the best playmaker in the Premier League?  

Ozil? De Bruyne? Coutinho? Eriksen? The level of playmakers in England's top division has skyrocketed over the past few seasons and Nic English is joined by Muhammad Butt, Squawka Dave and James McManus to discuss exactly who is top dog. There's also time for a very special interview with Rob Minto - author of Sports Geek - to discuss some of the myths in sport and why he's on a mission to debunk them.

"Ironically, Klopp has instilled the character Rodgers never could" - 12 Months of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield  

It's one year since Jurgen Klopp took over Liverpool Football Club and Greg Johnson is joined by Amar Singh, Sanjit Atwal and James McManus to assess his first 12 months in charge.

"Spurs are showing that last season wasn't a fluke" - Title race wide open and United problems run deeper than Rooney  

Man City hit a big bump in the road this weekend as Pochettino's well-drilled Spurs charges made them pay for their possession obsession. Nic English is joined by Felix Keith, Oli Young-Myles and Natasha Henry to discuss Spurs' huge win and the rest of the Premier League action. There's also time to moan about the England squad as well as Player of the Weekend and our story of the week which is a brief love story between Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola

"It's hard to think of what more one man can do for a football club" - 20 years of Arsene Wenger, a Squawka Talker special  

A special feature-length podcast on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Arsene Wenger's appointment as Arsenal manager featuring Gilberto Silva, Amy Lawrence, Stuart MacFarlene, James Benge and Squawka Talker regulars Greg Johnson, Nic English and Hush Kerai.

"Pep Guardiola has a gap in his armour" - Arsenal and Celtic impress, United face Zorya and the best games of the weekend  

Was Brendan Rodgers the perfect man to blunt Pep Guardiola's winning start at Manchester City? Are we seeing a different, more exciting side to Mesut Ozil's game? And how can Wayne Rooney hope to get back into a team with Paul Pogba thriving in midfield? All these questions and more are answered as Squawka Talker host Greg Johnson is joined by Rory Briggs, Nic English and James McManus.

"Gary Cahill is not fit for purpose" - EPL review & UCL preview  

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United humiliate Chelsea, Hull and Leicester respectively and Nic is joined by Felix Keith, Greg Johnson and Natasha Henry to pick apart the big talking points from an breathtaking weekend of Premier League action. There's also time to look ahead to the Champions League fixtures, our first player of the weekend vote and a delve into Daniel Amokachi's new job. #football #premierleague #soccer #championsleague

"Costa's battle with Mustafi will be decisive" - Arsenal vs. Chelsea, EFL Cup and the biggest games of the weekend  

After a week of EFL Cup fixtures that saw Cesc Fabregas and Granit Xhaka find the net, Arsenal take on Chelsea, Leicester City head to Old Trafford to give Jose Mourinho more headaches at Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur adjust to life without Harry Kane, while Ryan Giggs is linked with a move to Swansea City. Host Greg Johnson is joined by Adrian Kajumba from the Daily Mirror, Hush Kerai and Greg Stobart to chew over the mid-week fixtures and look ahead to another big weekend of Premier League and European football.

Mourinho's demise and Merseyside on the rise  

After Jose Mourinho's first run of three straight defeats in 14 years, a weekend of wins for Liverpool and Everton, and four teams scoring four goals in the Premier League, the Squawka Talker digest all the big talking points after another big batch of games in the English topflight. Host Greg Johnson is joined by regulars Muhammad Butt and Rory Briggs plus the returning Amar Singh who gave his thoughts on the players and teams who have impressed most this season, with eyes on Europe and the big results across the continent too.

"This result is embarrassing for Mourinho" - European review and preview of the weekend's action  

Nic English is joined by Squawka Dave, James McManus and Natasha Henry to discuss United's disappointing start to their European campaign, all the upcoming Premier League action and farther afield in Europe

"This whole year is the De Bruyne story" - EPL review and Champions League preview  

Nic English is joined by Muhammad Butt, Greg Johnson and Rory Briggs to digest a huge weekend of football starting with the Manchester "Narrative" derby and ending with two goals for Mario Balotelli on his Nice debut.

"It's not unfair, it's life." - Super-agent reveals the truth behind the beautiful game  

Nic English is joined by super-agent Jon Smith to talk about the astronomical finances in the modern game and how football agents are involved in every aspect of the players' lives, their contracts and transfer negotiations.

Manchester derby preview and how Arshavin changed transfers forever  

Where will the Manchester derby be won or lost? How will Pep Guardiola's first visit to Old Trafford as Manchester City boss pan out and why does Jose Mourinho need to win with Manchester United? Squawka Talker host Greg Johnson is joined by Muhammad Butt, Squawka Dave and Greg Stobart to preview the Manchester derby, Arsenal vs. Southampton, Liverpool vs. Leicester, Stoke vs. Spurs and Sunderland vs. Everton. Nic English also drops by to chat to the original super agent, Jon Smith about his new book, "The Deal", and how Andrei Arshavin's transfer changed football forever.

Big Sam's Debut: "He's done exactly the same as the others"  

Nic English is joined by Hush Kerai, Natasha Henry and Squawka Talker debutant Felix Keith to discuss Sam Allardyce's first game as England manager. Who impressed, who disappointed and what on earth are we to do about Wayne Rooney? There's also time to talk about which players have lit up the Premier League so far and why.

"Gold for United, silver for City, Liverpool take bronze" - transfer window review  

After a busy transfer deadline day, the Squawka Talker reviews the whole window, picking our signings of the summer, stinkers to watch out for and previewing the most interesting action during the international break. Host Greg Johnson is joined by Muhammad Butt, James McManus and Greg Stobart to chat about all the business and deals of the summer, who did the best in the window and what to expect from the players and clubs who made moves prior to the window slamming shut.

Last minute transfers, Wilshere departs and Big Sam begins  

Can Tottenham Hotspur make a late play for signing of the season by moving for Isco? Where will Jack Wilshere head to on loan from Arsenal for the season? And what should England fans expect from the dawn of the Big Sam Allardyce era. Squawka Talker host Greg Johnson is joined by Muhammad Butt, Greg Stobart and Dave "Squawka Dave" O'Brien to chat about what to expect on the last day of the summer transfer window, the teams still with deals to be done and the fate of Jack Wilshere, who is on his way out of the Emirates. There's also chat about Sam Allardyce and the start of his reign as England manager and how he will reshape the national set-up on and off the field.

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