This weekend was all about the clash of the cities, Liverpool vs Manchester in England and Madrid vs Barcelona in Spain. Did PSG and Bayern hit a minor blip in their league titles pursuit? Who is going to join Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore in IPL’s top 4 and Indian star batter Smriti continues to show why she is the best in the world right now. Lets go!
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Here's a God of the game this weekend was all about the clash of the cities. Liverpool was Manchester in England and Madrid versus Barcelona in Spain. Did PSG and Bayern hit in a flip in their League titles? Pursuit? Who's going to join Dendi, Chennai and Bangalore in IPL's top four? And Indian star Batter Smithy continues to show why she is the best in the world right now. Let's go.
Hello and welcome to episode 37 of Sports Church. And this is an episode where we are going to talk about a lot of upsets. In fact we have a separate section we are going to dedicate for upsets but there is also some great test cricket action to discuss and to do all that. Let's welcome Ishan to the Pod. Hey guys, my team was part of the upsets. I'm not very excited about that section but excited to be here and talking to Bala today. Today is 5th October, Tuesday night where we couldn't record yesterday not because of the Facebook outage but we had a bit of time to absorb what was a thoroughly entertaining two two draw between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. To be honest, Liverpool started very poorly the first half. I was surprised to see it ended one. But the second half Liverpool came back as a totally different team and that's Sala's second goal, man, wow. I just got off the chair and it was one of those moments where I lost it. And I think we spoke about this like Liverpool versus City is one of the new rivalries we have in English football and it's always an exciting game and you said it correctly like that goal. It's one of the one for the ages because it's not a long Ranger that you hit it and then hope for the best. This was an individual meeting about five defenders with just sheer footwork and then placing it across the goalkeeper and a good goalkeeper at that. And it was just one of those Anfield moments that we all cherish in football that will be on YouTube videos for years to come. Youtube you search epic and field moments and now this will be a moment they attached to that along with all the Suarez stores goals. So I think it was great. What a game. But let's not discount Cities contribution as well in that game. As you said, completely dominated the first half but it was the end to end throughout and my big man of the match goes to Rodrigue at the end with an unbelievable block of shot at an open goal. He put his body in the line and blocked which would have been a surely winner for Liverpool. So unbelievable gate. Yeah. But to be fair we need to give a lot of credit to City also, especially two players who stood out for me. Where Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva. Bernardo Silva. This guy was supposed to leave City. This start of this season. He was about to leave. There were news that he told the city group, city management that he wanted to leave. But this guy has a new lease of life again as a holding midfielder, as a central midfielder. This guy is a proper Joker again, had a brilliant game. Forden Miller had a torrid time against him. We all thought Grealish will start on the left. But again, Pep made a slight change. He played Grealish as the number nine or the false nine, whatever you call it, and put Foden against Milner and Milner just he couldn't handle Foden. In fact, I was surprised to see Milner on the pitch. He would have received a second yellow for that challenge against Bernardo Silva. He was very lucky. Pepper is a great coach. He's one of the greatest coaches we have ever seen. But when he's angry, when he's frustrated on the touch line, it's a sight to see. Yeah, you could actually watch an entire game. I feel watching Pep or Dale goes to MIone and you know what the result is like because they're so animated, so passionate, and especially in big games like this, you get the best out of them. I think you're completely right on that. Playing Greenish upfront, I think was a mistake because it's typical Pep put someone in the wrong position in the biggest game of their lives or in their careers at a club and see how they do. He tried it with Foden last year and it worked really well. But he did it with Greenish and I think Greenish was pretty useless across the game. It was all about Phil Foden. Yeah. Yes. As I said, this was a brilliant game ended two, two. And I would say I was a little satisfied with the result, especially after the way the first half went. Both the teams would be happier. In fact, especially just before the international break. You don't want to end it with a loss. So a draw is a fair result for this game. But this week was a clash between two cities. Basically, it's a clash between Liverpool, the city of Liverpool and the city of Manchester because the second contest happened at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Everton, which also ended in a draws from Anthony Marshall and Porman Christian, Ronaldo androst Ole. Ole is in trouble. Ole, to me is in trouble. In fact, Manchester United have insane fixtures following the international break. I'll just read out the fixtures, especially the lead fixtures they have after the international break. Lester, Liverpool, Spurs City, Watford, OK, Chelsea and Arsenal. And in the Champions League, they are playing Atlanta twice and will Arieal away. Wow. That's not very good. See, I'm fine with the starting lineup. Okay. He didn't start Ronaldo. He started Kavanaugh. He didn't start Pogba. Those are all fine. But once again, what he sees in Fred, I don't understand that what anyone season Fred. I don't understand right. Now. But this is one of the things we spoke about when the season started. It's going to be Manchester United midfield that is going to let them down because if you look at the forward line somewhere, the other they are strong enough to score goals if they are given the right support and the right opportunities. You saw it with Marshall like he's been having a torrid time of it and he slaughtered in a really well taken goal just because he was given the ball at the right time. But then after that goal, United just shut shop. They became absolutely toothless and Everton had their way and Town mock Ronaldo in a way pay respect to him. I'm a little confused about that by celebrating the trademark Ronaldo way, but the results are not going their way, that they're not scoring enough goals and they're leaking goals, something that we thought would be their strength, which is their defense. So there's lots of laws now you can point towards Ole because now you've got the team. Now why aren't you getting the results? Chelsea ended their mini losing streak by beating Southampton three one. Timo Wernerner scored. Finally I saw a stat where 16 of his goals after joining Chelsea were taken off by poor guy but still managed to score. Chelsea managed to win. They are on top of the table with 16 points after seven games. Liverpool still unbeaten but they are on 15 points second position, City third and United fourth. This top four pretty much remain the same as we predicted during the beginning of the season, but it is turning out to be a three team League title chase rather than four teams. Actually, I feel netted as zipping away from this. We'll see what's going to happen. Post international break network has some really tough fixtures to end the English Premier League part. Watford have officially fired their head coach Cisco Munis and they have replaced with Claudio Ranieri, the famous Leicester City manager who won the League title with Lester City. He is back as Watford's manager and that's about it for this section. In the next section we will talk about all the upsets that happened across Europe. In the previous section we were talking about the clash between the cities of Liverpool and Manchester in England. Well, it was a clash between the cities of Barcelona and Madrid in Spain and one of them kind of ended in an upset. Espanol defeated Real Madrid to one Real's first League loss this season. In fact, they had a torrent week. It started with a draw against Villarial, then the loss to Sheriff in Champions League and this is Sean, is there a problem in defense? I still don't think Angelotti knows his best back for it. I think the problem in defense is that it doesn't exist right now for Real Madrid and we knew that because you can't replace Varan and Ramos and then expect some miracles in their first season, they got in Alaba. But Alaba in his last years with Buying Municipal more of a defensive holding midfielder than a center back, and he's actually never been a center back. What Angelotti did smartly at the beginning of the year was he paired up Militau and Alaba Center defense and it worked wonders. But then sometimes, at least in the last week, he's been moving Alaba around, especially putting in on left wing to basically help in the foreground, help Alabama and Madrid go forward. Now, while he can do that really well, that creates a lot of open spaces for the opposing team to attack the likes of Nacho and Militau. And that's exactly what happened against Espanol. Espanol just waited. They just waited for Real Madrid to get tired and lose momentum and lose concentration and they hit them on the counter. The first goal by Roulder Thomas, who is, by the way, an ex Academy player of Real Madrid, was a wonderfully taken counterattacking goal. Yet again, we tried our comeback. We left it too late. This time, Benzema scored again. But yeah, Angelotti has to take this international break to get his mind straight about how he wants to set up his defense because we're not going to score four goals every game. And if we don't, what we really did well against the downward, we didn't concede at all. So we only used to win by one goal, but we used to win the League. That's something that Angelotti needs to focus on. I mean, it seems to me there's an over reliance on Benzema for gold. I mean, he's doing an excellent job. In fact, he's having the time of his life. He's already scored what, 78 goals in the League. Nine goals, nine goals. Wow, nine goals in eight games and what, seven assists or six or something like that? Seven assists. Yes, he's single handedly dragging them forward, but Real Madrid need to find other solutions quickly. But on the other side, where Athletico Madrid played against Barcelona and they defeated Tunnel. Now this is an upset because the way Barcelona played and on the other hand, Cumin is still Barcelona's. Manager Laporta came out and said, well, technically, the subtext was we couldn't find a replacement or we can't pay that 12 million clause to Ronald Cohen if we fire him. So he is going to be a manager. And Kuman has treated this Barcelona team this particular season, has a mini project where he's trying all various random formation. Frankly, the play and a finger roll. This is such a horrible game. But you saw the game, right? What do you think? Atlantico dominate? Or was it Barcelona just being Barcelona of this season? Atletico dominated. It's a combination of both, but more Athletico's domination than Barcelona being Barcelona. But see, again, the starting level, they could only do this much. To be very honest, there isn't much that Barcelona could do to threaten Atletico and Atletico also got into their stride. Suarez came in really well. He scored a goal and set up one goal and he had a very iconic phone call celebration pointing at Cumin. But later he came out and said that I didn't do it to Taunt Kuman. It was a different celebration, blah, blah, blah. He did that. But yeah, credit to Atletico, it was tunnel, but it was one of those easy tunnels that you will see. I mean, Barcelona never had any chance and it was a no contest. I was very clear that Atletico was superior site and Barcelona, yes, they are where they are and the table as it stands, Real Madrid are on top with 17 points, Atletico Madrid second with 17 points. In fact, Real Susidad also are on 17 points. In fact, Susidad and Sevilla had their chance to go on top of the table, but both of them I think had lost their game and Sevilla also lost their game to Granada. So that's for La Liga. Now, talking about the other massive upset in France in League, PSG lost to Rent two Nil. Psg had zero shots on target and they had messy Mbappe and Neymar playing in this game. In fact, DiMaria also played. Yeah, I think it's an anomaly. They have been undefeated all season. They won every single game. I won't probably look too much into it. Messi had a great game, but if there is a worry I have to look at, it's probably going to be what's happened to Nama. It's not even December, it's not even his sister's birthday. Again. What's up with him? Because he looks so ineffective right now. It's going to be a big cause of concern, especially when I say, for example, if one of the other two get injured or need a break, you need Neymar to step up. It doesn't help that after the game there was a big interview revealed by Mbape saying what he did about PSG where he said that I wanted to leave much earlier than what they claimed. That's not going to be very helpful for the team morale. So I don't know how PSG will come back after the break, but the League is almost still not a big challenge for them. It's going to be how they're going to do it in the Champions League. Yeah. To round off all the upsets, Buy and finally lost at home. I think this is their first loss in like 30 odd games at home. They lost to Frankfurt. It was a game of two goalkeepers. I would say if you look at the game, the Frankfurt goalkeeper, Kevin Trapp made three, four outstanding saves like absolutely out of the world saves. And Noel also made a couple of good saves. But the second goal that Buy and conceded 99 out of 100 times, Noya would have saved it. It was one of those days where he couldn't time his dive properly to save that shot again. As you said, for PSG. I also feel for buying this is a one off game and I really feel sorry for the team that they are going to face after the international break because it's going to be a massacre. Yeah,
they're going to win and probably trash them. So this was just one of them. Kevin trapped. As you said, if he had shown such kind of form when he played for Dortmund, their success, they would have had different stories written about their destiny. But great game for him. But yeah, it's upset looking at the form but it won't properly impact the season. Great. So that's about it. For all the football action. In the next section, we'll talk about India, Australia Test Match. Indian Women continue their series against Australia down under. After playing the three ODIs, they played the one off this match. Well, Women's Dismatch is actually a four day test match, not a five day test match. And this one, after a lot of rain encryptions, we actually could get technically only three days of action. Indian Women started off very well. Smithy Mandana finally scored a century. I mean she had a lot of 80s in her career and I was actually waiting for her to cross that mental block and score a century, which she did. And what an innings it was. If you could catch the highlights of it, watch it. I mean it's Fatima Dhana, it will have a lot of glorious shots and it was a wonderful inning. She scored 127. Shafali Verma played really well, deeply. Shama scored 66. Australian women followed. They scored 241 for nine. They also declared and then Indian Women scored 135 and Australia scored 36. So it was a lame draw in the end. If they had maybe one more day, this could have turned into at least an exciting game, if not a result, at least an exciting game. So hopefully they take this into account. And to add one more point, this was a Ping ball test match. This was a day and night test match. So apart from the batters, the Bolos also actually played really well. In fact, our SEMers picked up most of the wickets. First innings. Out of the nine wickets, seven or eight were picked up by our seamers Puja. I think I spoke about her during our last Port before that. One of the future stars of Indian cricket. She picked up three wickets in the first innings and one in the second innings. So she seems to be the next one, the next big steamer after Julian goes on. Julian, as you all know, is about to end her career. So hopefully we'll see more of forgotten in the future days. And after this Test match, there's going to be three T 20s and that's going to start on 7th October. That is Thursday second one on 9th and the series ends on 10th October with the third T 20. Yeah, I think just to end this point on cricket, I think we could finish off on a really big high if we get some kind of a result in the T 20 series. Let's not forget that Australian women, being the cricket probably if they face up against the men's team, will thrash them because they are that good. Other than the one victory that India had in the odds, they've been undefeated by and large in all formats of the game. So if we get a result, we'll go away with really high momentum. So I'm really looking forward to that. To round off this week's episode, we will obviously talk about the UAE Premier League. Well, actually the Indian Premier League happening in UAE. We are about to come to the business end of IPL. All teams have played 13 games barring one or two teams. We have Delhi Capitals who are assured of a top two spot. Csk RCB are qualified, but their top two spot is still not confirmed. Rajasthan Royals and SRH are confirmed out. Even Punjab are confirmed out. So it's between KKR and Mumbai Indians for the fourth spot. In fact, as we were talking, Mumbai Indians just thrashed Royals like Royally thrashed them and they are on fifth right now only because of worse network rate than KKR. So there are three games that are going to be very important. One is the game between KKR and Rajasthan Royals. Two, the game between Mumbai Indians and SRH, and three, the game between Royal challengers Bangalore and Daily Capitals. So these three games have a bit of a significance, but other than that, other games are not that great. So after this, we'll have the qualifier and then the eliminator and then the qualifier and then the finals. That's going to happen next week. So we will look forward to that. Hopefully we'll see a new winner here. I'm bored of looking at CSK and Mumbai Indians back and forth, back and forth all this time. Hopefully this time will either see Delhi or RCV winning it. Bala, tell me, I want your honest opinion. Don't you think that watching the games in terms of the fans and the atmosphere in the US not as exciting as it is watching it and say in India, there's something about the hue, the atmosphere that I just don't feel it. What do you think? Yeah, it's obviously in Indian Premier League. If it happens in India, obviously there'll be lot of Josh and lot of energy from the crowd. I mean, imagine CSK was as Mumbai Indians at Banquet Day or at Jay Park. The crowd behind the team, that's a different atmosphere altogether. What I see is when there's a game in Dubai or in Shaja, 50% to 60% of the crowd are mostly people who get tickets from corporates and all these guys coming and sitting, holding a flag thinking that they are cheering for the team. It looks very artificial. It looks very manufactured. There is no joke in it. I mean, we understand it's the situation right now because of COVID. And also at one level, at least we are able to have these games in UAE because this would not have been possible in India because of the situation we have here. So, yeah, that life of IPL has been sucked out, but at least we're able to watch these games. So NetNet, I'm okay with it, but not completely okay with it. And the fact that the World Cup is going to happen there, I'm not sure how that's going to turn out. Yeah. Because you're right about that. It was a nice segue because when the World Cup happens, that is when you expect the entire all the specially the people from all the team representing to flock to Dubai and the UAE. I don't think that's going to probably happen this year at the volume we generally expect from a World Cup. So it would be very interesting. It's a little upsetting because it's a World Cup. Right. Meaning I know the T 20 World Cup for me personally, does not hold such a massive significance. But for a lot of people, especially the youngsters, it does. Right. So, I mean, it will be interesting to see how that scopes and what the you know, how many viewers are on, say, a hot start watching that game. Yeah. Hopefully the T 20 World Cup turns out to be at least an exciting one. See, UAE have also opened up because of the export 2020 IPL, and hopefully for the World Cup, they'll open up. But I don't expect a lot of fans to fly to UAE, to Dubai, especially during this time. But, yeah, hopefully we'll see some crowd and some action. Some see the fans bring in a lot of energy to the game, not just to the players, even as someone who's watching the game at home through television, crowd noise plays a major part in in a game watching experience. So hopefully that happens. Yeah. Worst case scenario, they'll have to copy what Bollywood does at award ceremony, randomly pre edited celebration and make Shai Kapoor clap when somebody is actually going out or getting injured. That will be funny. You know, I have seen that like once it happened in our College ground. I have seen that, like how they shoot our ceremony. It's damn funny, dude. That's about it for episode 37. Guys, this was a short and a sweet episode as nothing much happened in the world of sports. But this week there's a lot happening. Yes, club football is not there, but you have international football, UEFA Nations League. The Carabao Cup of international football is going to happen. There is a semi finals tomorrow night between Italy and Spain, and day after tomorrow night second semi final between Belgium and France, obviously, the winner of those two will meet in the finals. All that's happening in this week before our next podcast. Not actually before our next podcast by our next podcast we'll talk about the semifinals and the finals are happening in the weekend and then we have IPL we have F one the Istanbul Grand Prix happening this weekend so we'll cover that. So until then it's bye from Bala and bye from Ishanda have a great week ahead. Thank you everyone, for listening. If you enjoyed what you heard, please make sure you hit the subscribe button and also please like we are literally begging to rate our podcast on whichever app you're listening to. 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