Now We're Talking Football
Now We're Talking Football
Phil and Anto are joined by former Tottenham, Manchester United, Coventry and Wimbledon player Terry Gibson to take a look at the Champions League final for some of the key factors leading into this match, areas of concern and what might just be some of the key battles. We evaluate the balance between some exceptional forwards on both teams and an important missing pieces in the combined defences where two world class goalkeepers will have to come up huge to alter this contest. We examine the situation for Roberto Di Matteo to determine if he is deserving of continuing on with Chelsea and how recent failures for both football clubs domestically might just be big issues leading into this contest, including a prediction shared amongst all in attendance that Bayern Munich is the favorite to win the trophy. Then we turn to the matter of the England national team where we examine the selection and uncover a key failure of some young players who could not assert themselves and force their way into the final team sheet and if there is a number of underlying factors beyond injuries where the Premier League is not at this point preparing a new generation to take the mantle from some established hands. The conversation evolves into a rather interesting chat into elite player development in England, how the system needs overhaul and how the right number of coaching hours are not reaching the young players at the right age. This includes a look at a hot topic in England at the moment where the Premier League has announced an Elite Player Performance Plan that looks to reshape wide-scale changes to the academy set up and whether it will create a scenario under which the richest clubs will sift through the talent for nuggets and force smaller clubs down the pyramid to do the cost-benefit analysis of not investing in youth development. Then we turn to the close of the Premier League season and the challenges this summer for Manchester United and how Newcastle United has put to rest the talking point that there is no value in the market as Terry is a former player scout who also believes that value is always there if clubs want to work that extra mile to uncover its talent at the right price.
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