Football Podcast: Chelsea's win at Man City & Jose Mourinho's excellence discussed
Chelsea's win, Mourinho's excellence, the January window and United's latest loss are debated.
Last Updated: 04/02/14 5:58pm
Sky Sports News Radio's Ben Ransom is joined in the studio by TEAMtalk's Matt Stead and Sky Sports' Simon Wilkes as they pick the bones from a crucial weekend in the Premier League title race, as well as the January transfer window and the relegation battle.
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The experts start by discussing the titanic Monday Night Football clash between Manchester City and Chelsea, with all three agreeing that the result makes Jose Mourinho's men the new title favourites. The Portuguese's mind game master-class is also praised, while the naive tactics of Manuel Pellegrini are picked apart.
The Chelsea machine
The effect that Mourinho has had on Chelsea is next on the agenda, with Simon saying that the sale of Juan Mata is beginning to make perfect sense, while a move for Wayne Rooney in the summer could be on the cards as the final piece of the jigsaw. Ben refuses to accept the notion of Manchester United selling their star player, however.
Do or die for Arsenal
Next up for the panel are Premier League leaders Arsenal, with their ability to come through a potentially disastrous fixture run called into question. Matt wonders whether they can continue their league form coupled with an assault on the Champions League and the FA Cup, while Simon questions whether the players have the right mentality to pull through. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's central midfield debut is also praised.
Moyes or Mourinho for United?
With Jose Mourinho grabbing the headlines, next up for discussion is whether Manchester United should have pulled out all the stops to bring in the Chelsea boss. Simon airs his controversial view that United had to "bite the bullet" and draft in a scapegoat during the transitional period after Sir Alex Ferguson's reign. The trio then give Moyes a maximum of two years to remain at the helm, though Liverpool fan Matt feels that they could still have a slight chance of finishing in the top four.
Their lack of business in the January transfer window is then lambasted, with Matt feeling that they needed a workhorse in central midfield besides the "luxury player" Juan Mata. Simon says that Newcastle's Cheick Tiote could have been the ideal man. Matt believes that United's transfer shortcomings were all too obvious, but only because Moyes was setting the foundations for a summer spending spree. Ben questions whether United still have the lure to bring in the top players, instigating debate amongst the experts.
Transfer winners and losers
The transfer dealings of two relegation battlers are praised - much to the dismay of Charlton fan Ben - while Liverpool's failure to bring in their man is blasted. Matt insists that Fulham's deadline day deals will see them to safety, although Simon says they're already doomed. Nemanja Matic is hailed as the best deal of the window, while Arsenal's farcical Kim Kallstrom signing is criticised.
With Fulham backed to stay up, Matt says Crystal Palace are also safe from the drop, while Simon feels that someone could slip into the battle - including his beloved West Brom.
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