Gab and Juls: Koeman to Blame for Barcelona's Problems?
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Alex Kirkland joins Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens to discuss Barcelona's 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid and ask why Frenkie de Jong might replace Gerard Pique after his injury. Plus, they praise Tottenham after their 2-0 victory against Manchester City and discuss just how important Zlatan is to AC Milan.

Ranks FC
Ranks FC
Ranks FC
Ranking Europe's Top 5 Title Races
Across Europe we're seeing a season where the title races are more open than ever before - in England five points separate the top six, in Italy there's at least four sides with a shot at the Scudetto, in France top spot is currently decided on goal difference, in Spain it's a new challenger sitting pretty at the summit, and in Germany the recent wobble from the Champions has contenders getting excited. We take a look at them to see where the drama is most likely to go down (and Jack talks a bit about the Primeira, whilst we're at it). In Things We Love, Dean gives us the latest on some transfer news including Dele Alli's proposed channel hop to PSG and David Alaba's future; Sam pours some love on Inter's centre-back sensation Alessandro Bastoni, who was exceptional against Juventus on Sunday; and Jack gives some props to Iñaki Williams and Athletic Club, after their Supercopa win over Barcelona, which will be celebrated long into the future in Bilbao. There is of course, a Melon of the Week - handed out to a certain Roma Centre-Back after his self-destructive performance against arch-rivals Lazio in the Derby della Capitale last weekend - and Dean takes over to do a Gibberish Ranking of the Subscriptions he made during a year mostly spent indoors. Talking of subscriptions, if once a week isn't enough to scratch your Rank Squad itch, why not come and join us over at Patreon for eight extra podcasts a month? It's loads of fun, we promise! It's Ranks!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Football Today
Football Today
Football Today
Manchester City Enters Data Arms Race With Liverpool
The best two English teams in the last several years have been Liverpool and Manchester City. On the field and off it they are seen as the among best in the country. However, in one department Liverpool has recently had a distinct advantage. Due to the work of Ian Graham Liverpool are widely considered league leaders in their use of data science. But that might be about to change. It appears Manchester City is building a data science department to rival Liverpool's. Last week Training Ground Guru reported that Manchester City hired Laurie Shaw as their new Lead AI Scientist, their fourth data-driven hire within a year. Today we ask: can Manchester City overtake Liverpool in English football's data race? Guest: Paul Neilson (@pjneilson) is the Director of Performance at SkillCorner, which provides data services to the Football industry. He was formerly the Head of Performance Lab at Prozone. Simon Austin (@sport_simon) is the founder of Training Ground Guru, which is a website that reports on the teams behind the teams in professional football. He is also a co-host with Josh on the Training Ground Guru podcast. Support Us: https://www.patreon.com/FootballToday Follow Us: @FT_Podcast_ www.FootballTodayPodcast.com Music: The music for this episode was provided under the Creative Commons license by Blue Dot Sessions. ‘Heather’ by Blue Dot Sessions ‘Suzy B’ by Blue Dot Sessions ‘Paramo Ocho’ by Blue Dot Sessions ‘Kalsted’ by Blue Dot Sessions ‘Cicle Vascule’ by Blue Dot Sessions ‘Gra Hovedvei’ by Blue Dot Sessions ‘Scalloped’ by Blue Dot Sessions ‘Peacetime’ by Blue Dot Sessions Clips Used: ITV, ABC
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