Musa and Ryan let the questions guide them through a busy week of fixtures, but begin with Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus winning the Supercoppa, Leverkusen’s win over Dortmund, and Alcoyano eliminating Real Madrid from the Copa del Rey (05:34). They then answer questions on Manchester United and Paul Pogba (12:52), Kai Havertz and Chelsea’s issues (21:13), who will win the Premier League (26:06), Manchester City’s improvement and their fiercely debated goal against Aston Villa (29:34). There are also questions about Bayern (33:30), Barcelona Femeni (36:07), who would win in a game of ‘FIFA’ (40:47), match-day rituals (42:08), and much more.
Ian is joined by Ryan Hunn to chat about the current state of the Premier League (01:02) as well as the pros and cons of there being so much football. There are flowers for John Stones (11:35), talk about the Barclays FA WSL after Chelsea inflicted a first defeat of the season on Casey Stoney’s Manchester United (15:55), and a look back at Mesut Özil’s time at Arsenal (26:28). They wrap up by handing out more flowers, this time to Wayne Rooney (39:39).
Musa and Ryan begin by looking back at Athletic Club’s victory over Barcelona in the Supercopa de España, thanks to Iñaki Williams’s incredible winner, praise new boss Marcelino, and discuss Lionel Messi’s first red card for Barça (03:06). Then it’s on to a roundup of the Premier League, including statement wins for West Brom (18:31) and Manchester City (21:44), a wonder goal from Tanguy Ndombele, and a statement draw for Manchester United (28:07). It’s then on to the Derby d’Italia, where Inter beat Juventus 2-0 at San Siro (32:00) and a roundup of the Bundesliga (36:23), including an incident during the Union win over Leverkusen.
Musa and Ryan open the mailbag for the first time this year! Before that, they touch on this week’s Copa Libertadores semifinals, which saw Palmeiras and Santos progress to an all-Brazilian final (04:20), Holstein Kiel’s win on penalties against Bayern in the DFB Pokal (05:49), and Mauricio Pochettino’s first trophy as a manager (12:40). They then answer questions on ‘Stadio’ behind the scenes (13:44), including what happens when they go for a break, how they watch football, and what sweet goods Musa is currently favoring (23:10). They also discuss how tactical rigidity and attacking jazz can coexist (24:28), whether managerial sackings are down due to clubs being more cautious during the pandemic (29:56), what’s next for Thomas Tuchel (34:59), ideal signings for their clubs during this window (39:34), and some of the best live football moments they have experienced (41:31).
Ian is joined by Jeanette Kwakye and Ryan Hunn to discuss the Premier League’s FA Cup on full show (01:07) thanks to Spurs’ trip to Marine and upsets by Chorley and Crawley. They also discuss how surroundings and conditions can affect an elite athlete’s performance and mindset (07:29), Emile Smith Rowe’s continuing emergence, and the time Ian wound up his good friend Alan Shearer (13:47). Louie Barry and a young Aston Villa get a shout-out for their showing against Liverpool (19:33), as do Sheffield United, who won in the midst of a poor run (24:55). Fran Kirby gets her flowers for her four goals for Chelsea following a difficult period of her career (27:26). Finally, there’s some talk about what everyone’s watching, and Ian gives a detailed, tactical breakdown of ‘Shrek Forever After’ (36:19).
In this episode, Musa and Ryan focus on the Bundesliga, where there were statement victories aplenty. They start off in Mönchengladbach, where Bayern lost 3-2 to Marco Rose’s side (08:21), before moving on to Dortmund’s impressive performance in Leipzig (16:17), Schalke ending its winless streak thanks to Matthew Hoppe’s hat trick (25:07,) and the rest of the Bundesliga action. It’s off to Spain next, which saw a number of games postponed due to a winter storm (34:40), but Sevilla managed to get past Real Sociedad after a wild opening 15 minutes (37:18) and Barcelona continued to have fun (39:19). Finally, there’s talk about Chelsea’s big win over Reading in the WSL (46:21) and a Serie A roundup.
Musa and Ryan begin by briefly reflecting on recent political news before moving onto football. They discuss the concept of managerial development (08:12), the Carabao Cup semifinals (13:07), and Barcelona Femení playing at Camp Nou for the first time in half a century (21:54). There’s chat about Cornella’s win over Atleti, Barcelona having fun against Athletic Club (24:42), Milan v. Juventus (33:07) and more questions on DOOM-like footballers (37:34), why football is continuing, biscuits, and joyful moments (41:22).
Ian is joined by Musa Okwonga to discuss Southampton’s win over Liverpool and there being a genuine Premier League title race (01:15). They then move on to Mauricio Pochettino being named head coach of PSG (13:54) and give flowers to Eberechi Eze following his brilliant goal over the weekend and his impact at Crystal Palace (22:30). They also chat about Arsenal’s improvement over the festive period, with some love for Kieran Tierney and Emile Smith Rowe (35:41) before taking a look at some of the Premier League’s best players for December (44:51).
‘Ringer FC’ is your podcast home for all things soccer on The Ringer. Join us on Monday and Thursday for ‘Stadio’, hosted by Ryan Hunn and Musa Okwonga, two long-time friends, covering the major European football leagues, and a lot more. On Wednesday, Arsenal legend and former England international Ian Wright hosts ‘Wrighty’s House’, discussing the latest in European football with a rotation of special guests.
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