Almost 4 months back, Pep made a bizarre midfield choice that led Tuchel his first CL Title, well on Saturday it was the other way around at Stamford Bridge. Is Ansumani Fati the answer to Barca’s problem or the fact that Koemann was suspended for the Levante game? Sarri won the actual game but did Mourinho beat him at the PR game? Is the beginning of the new dominating era for Indian Women’s Cricket? Lets go!
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Here's a God of the game. Almost four months back, Guardiola made a bizarre midfield choice that led Tuchel his first Champions League title. Well, on Saturday it was the other way around at Stamford Bridge. Is Ansumani Fati the answer to Barca's problem or the fact that koeman was suspended for the Levante game? Sari was the actual game. But did Mourinho pay them for the PR game? Is this the beginning of the new dominating era for Indian women's cricket? Let's go.
Hello and welcome to episode 35 of Sports Church Aware. We are going to talk about a very unique weekend in EPL. A great week for Indian cricket. And to do that, as always, we have Eshan with us. Hi guys. Hi everyone. Hope you had a great weekend like I did. I'm still recovering from a very heavily alcohol fueled weekend. So what I'm going to do this week, we're going to switch it up a bit. I'm going to be asking Bala a couple of key highlights that he thought which happened in the Premier League, in La Liga and in this area. And then we'll move on to other topics. So let's start with the big game, Chelsea versus City. It was a one wheel victory for City against the Card. I think both of us called City Chelsea winning it. What was the key defining moment that you thought actually during the game for City? It's not the defining moment. I would say one of the things that Pep did that really worked was Bernardo Silva. He kind of played alongside Rodrigue and every City player were very committed to what they wanted to do. In fact, if you see the way the players celebrated after the final whistle, it felt like they just won the Champions League. They just took a big monkey of their back. I mean Pep lost three games against Touhl and he finally got that off his back and it was little weird with Tukill's tactics. Also see, this is something toughel have in his Kitty. He has shown this with Dortmund. He has shown this a lot with PSG. He to have these brain fade moments where he will just start some random players. He didn't do it with Chelsea for a very long time and I was thinking that, okay now this is a new one we are looking at. But no this game. I think he tweaked a little. He just went a little too much. I believe the problem that Rampart and Sari had was to play Kante and Jojino alongside. Both of them had that issue. Tukal I believe solved that issue very, very smartly. Now what he's trying to do right now is to add Kovacic also under the mix and making it more complicated for himself. That didn't work. But full credit to Guardiola and City players. They were relentless. They ran a lot. They ran more than Chelsea. Ruben Diaz again, excellent, excellent performance. So a great game. So I think let's talk about the other big game, which I would like to label as a twist of fate game, the North London Dabi. Arsenal versus Tottenham. A couple of weeks ago when we were on the podcast, Arsenal were in the relegation zone and Tottenham were on the top of the table. But looking at the result and looking at how Arsenal have been getting the results in the last couple of games, what happened to Arsenal, what's changed and how did the match go? Well, one thing very clearly changed personal. Thomas party, I think is back from injury. The last two, three games he played. So that really did make some difference. And yesterday he probably played his best game for Arsenal. If I am not too optimistic, he did play his best game for Arsenal, best game for himself in a very long time, ever since he came out of Atletico. So that was a very key moment. But on the other hand, Tottenham have fallen so bad. Luno was the manager of the month, August month manager. He was in September. He hasn't won a single game yet. He has lost all the three games. The Conference League game ended in a draw. I think he won the Caraboul Cup game, but otherwise there were no victories. So I thought it was more again, Arsenal fans, we don't have an agenda. It felt like more of Tottenham being really bad than Arsenal being really good. Arsenal were good. I'm not taking anything away from their performance, but taught them very bad. It's a crisis. What might Harry Kane be thinking right now?
Tell someone this is what Gary Neville said. Kane and Son are looking like two kids who got their balloons burst in a birthday party. That's the exact word. They did look like that. Tottenham again were very defensive. They were too defensive. Kane tried a bit. I mean, he had a very bad game. In fact, third goal was his mistake. He lost the ball. He lost the ball. And that kind of created the counterattack for Arsenal. So he had a very poor game. So we don't know what's going on in his mind. Whether he's 100% there or not, we can't say it. We can only speculate. But everyone started asking this question now and you cannot escape this argument, this topic right now. If you are a Tottenham fan, if you are associated with Tottenham. Got it? Okay, so let's talk about the other not a big game, but quite a game which created a lot of headlines. Specifically, it was the last game Bruno Fernandez would take a penalty kick in his United career. At least still, when Christiano is playing Villa versus Man United, I would say it's quite a huge upset. Aston Villa coming up with the three points away from home at Old Trafford. A last minute penalty missed by Bruno Fernandez. What went on? But I think the main highlight was Emiliano Martinez and his mind. I won't say expletives but mind Dashery to Bruno Fernando. What went on there? What did you think? See, I'm going to ask you another question like a follow up question. You have Christiano Ronaldo in your team. There is a penalty. Forget about the remaining ten players. It could be messy, it could be the Brazilian Ronaldo, it could be Ballet, it could be Maradona, it could be Croix. Who will you give the penalty to? Irrespective of how many penalties? Yes, code are not scored. If it's the last game and it's going to decide the game, there is no doubt I'll give it to Ronaldo. So that is where my problem is. See now Bruno Fernandes is not a bad choice. He has missed only two penalties for United in 23 games. I'm not entirely blaming Ole a lot for this decision but there is a slight bit of emotion and not being rational was there in that decision. Christian Arnold is clearly the best penalty taker. He should have been the first number one designated penalty taker for United. I'm not sure why it wasn't there but I'm not saying United lost the game because of that missed penalty. They lost the game because they didn't play very well in the remaining eight to nine minutes of the game. But Ole is in serious trouble now. They're have a question for you regarding this, right? In fact, in that game Bruno Fernandez was actually captaining United at the end when he was actually taking the penalty. Who should the decision go down to? Because Fernandez has historically at least for the last couple of years been the designated penalty kick taker. Do you think it's on Ronaldo to say, hey, I'll take it, I'll face the brunt if I miss it, I have enough credits on my back to deal with the hate. Or is it Bruno Fernandez who says Ronaldo? I'm not feeling probably up to it. Why don't you do it? Or is it always called see this is what I have heard from explayers coaches and everyone that a team before getting into the field. In fact, the squad in itself have a priority of penalty takers. So you have number one, number two, number three, number four. Well defined, pretty much for the entire League. Few teams change Rgbj based on their whatever penalty taking forms. So what Olay said in his post match press conference was that Bruno Fernandez was the number one designated penalty taker for the club. So if Bruno Fernandez and Christian Ronaldo both are there in the pitch, it's Bruno Fernando's call. So what usually happens is Bruno Fernando's call to either give it to Christiano Ronaldo or not. Maybe he didn't want to. And to be fair to Ronaldo, he didn't show any emotions. Nothing on the field. He took it in his in fact, he was the first one to go and console Bruno. Now we know for sure who's going to take the next penalty for United. It's 100% Cristiano, Ronaldo. But I still think what will happen, what's going to happen is there's going to be a game where United are two and three and up. They are going to get a penalty. Somewhere in the 90th minute, Ronaldo is going to take the ball, go to Ronaldo Fernandez, give it to him. Ronaldo Fernando steps up and scores and everyone's happy for the storybook closing of storylines. But as the ball, as the penalty kick short, as the ball still hasn't landed as yet. Let's move on to the next game which is Brentford versus Liverpool. I think this is the last really interesting game that happened in the Premier League. Brentford actually taking two points away from Liverpool. They were trailing until the death of the game and it finished three, three. What are your thoughts on that? Oh, brilliant game, Ma'am. This was one of the game where as a Liverpool fan, I don't want to analyze this game. This was just a super game to watch, end to end stuff. I have seen Van Dyke play for Liverpool for the last three years, watched him closely pretty much every game. I haven't seen a forward bullying Van Dyke as much as Tony did. He couldn't win headers. Van Dyke was losing headers to Ivan, Tony long ball headers. I have hardly seen Van Dyke do that, like not even in his worst day. So they were absolutely blessing. There is a bit of boldness and stupidity in what Brentford did. Now what they did was they played Liverpool's game, which is the energy game, the high pressure, the high press game. Now the problem in playing that type of football against Liverpool is it can end in your favor and that will be the greatest game you might have ever played in your history. But it can go horribly wrong. Like if Liverpool could get their act together, they could have scored six, seven goals yesterday. Like Sala missed. Not yesterday. I mean day before yesterday, Salah missed a sitter. There were many chances that were missed. See, this game should have ended ideally five, seven or something to Liverpool if most of the chances were actually taken. But Brentford full credit to them for having their balls to go out and play a game against Liverpool, playing Liverpool's game against Liverpool and coming out on top. Absolute respect for Brentford. In fact, there was a shot in the game where the Brentford's goalkeeper makes a superb save towards the end of the game. It was three, three lowpool going for the win. He makes a brilliant safe. There's a shot where both Thomas Frank, Brentford's coach and clock are looking at each other and going like, wow, what just happened? So now moving on to Spain. A lot of interesting games that happened in La Liga, but we are going to cover the three major ones. Obviously the three most important teams for us personally, every other club fan. Please don't get upset. Let's start with Atletico Madrid defending Champions finally not being able to score and rescue a game, losing one nil to Deportivo Alaves. What are your thoughts on that? Has the curtain finally fallen on them? Rescuing points at the death? Yes, it has finally caught up. Luck has finally caught up with Atletico Madrid. This is the game where everything that worked towards the end for them didn't actually work. They had only about one shot on target, I believe. I think one or two anyway, whatever. They hardly had any short on target. All of us were exceptionally well drilled and well coached. The problem with this game was all of us caught a very early goal somewhere within the first five minutes or something. They scored a goal. After that, they just simply shut shop. They did nothing. I mean, they hardly had about 2020 5%
position. So this was an athletes game. Utilities. Usually they are the ones who will do this to opponents. So I think I'll ever do better than that. No, I just wanted to mention there's a new act in Vegas at the MGM grand. Instead of David Copperfield doing the missing act, it's now going to be Antoine, Greeceman, who's going to be headlining the MGM grand magic show because he has officially disappeared from the face of the Earth when it comes to club football. What happened to him? This is a big story, man. I mean, at one level I feel a little sorry for him, but ever since the world cup, he hasn't been in his best form. I mean, at least in club football. I'm talking about the last season with Atleti and whatever is two, three horrible season with Barcelona. Now, the way he has started again with athletes, it's very bad. So this is one of those signings. First of all, he went to Barcelona and it looked like a mismatch, like he shouldn't have done that. Now he has come back to utility and again, it feels like he shouldn't have done that. How can a player, I mean, such a high profile player, world cup winner, one of the biggest players in the world right now. I mean, easily one of the top five top ten players in terms of talent and skill. Easily. I mean, how he's been so poorly advised, I don't know. It's very sad to see such a talent not doing anything on the football pitch. Cool. So let's move on to the other Madrid team. Not much to talk about. It was not a very entertaining nil nil draw, but more importantly, financial Ortiz team. Due to Atleti losing, they still have the lead in the table, three point lead, a clean sheet, which is very important. And I think looking at the highlights of the game, Madrid's mind, as usual were only on the Champions League, but it was important. Like quite a complex game against Villarreal. No teams were harmed. Villarial, this is their fifth draw in six games. They are becoming the drama in the La Liga right now, meaning I feel that they are such a good team, but they just don't perform well enough consistently. And I think this season they're a little weaker than what they were last year when they won the Europa League. There are some key players left, but I think they'll do fine. They'll still get a European position by the end of the season. But to conclude our conversation, let's talk about really and me as not a Bassar fan, but really heart warming story of Barcelona winning. No, I'm joking. But that's also quite a heartwarming story. Barcelona finally winning, but it was all about Ansu Fati, the new number ten for Barcelona. He came on for the last 15 minutes and scored. And I think the 92nd minute after a really long injury lay off almost a year and a half due to an ACL tear. What were your feelings when you saw that happen and what was the celebrations of the players, et cetera? It was great to watch. Yeah, I felt very happy for him. First of all, Bassa won the game without Kuman on the touch line. He was banned for his antiques in the last game. So I don't know if you want to take any, but to talk about Fatty, this is really very heartwarming. I mean, he's a new number ten of Barcelona. I mean, thinking about who was wearing that Jersey before, in fact, everyone felt he is the right choice to wear that Jersey. Came in, scored, and he immediately went to his doctor, the one who actually helped him out of this injury, hugged him. And I think his family was there was a very heartwarming and a very nice thing to happen. I mean, for whatever horrible things that has been happening to this club for the last three, four months, there is something to cheer about. And Baskona fans around the world will hang on to anything that will make them happy because in the next two days, they are going to play a Champions League game. No one knows how that's going to turn out. But yeah, it was a good result. I mean, Luke Deion scored. Forget about Ansu Fatty scored, Luke De Young score. That should be the news. But tell me about it now. With An Sufati coming back, Dembele also on his way back. If you look at the squad, not looking at the form, they've got a pretty decent squad, pretty young squad, minus Slug De Young. Do you think this moment, this surge of happiness that An Sufati got to the fans and the club in general, do you think this might change the fortunes of Barcelona? I mean, it's not like a yes or no question, but there's definitely a better feeling and that is always a good thing. Now for this to continue and to become a successful season, I don't know what is the yardstick for success this season? For me as a pastor and a fan, my success will be a comfortable top four finish, a good run and Champions League and probably going for the co pilot. That will probably be my best season for Barcelona this season. And the most important point is don't make losses, at least make some profits this season. So that will be my way of looking at a successful season. But this can turn we can change things a little bit. As you said, they have a great squad. Barcelona, Real Madrid. I have seen it over a long time. These two are very Moody teams. If they are not in it, they are just not in it. Like you can put the eleven best players on the pitch if their minds are not there in the game, they are just not there in the game. And it can come back like this. Like one game they'll go finally down and next game they can come back and win 16. So it can happen. It's a good sign, but I'll be cautiously optimistic. Well said. Moving on to the Italian League. Some real banger games that happened over the weekend. But let's first start with the Darby De Italia. That is Roma versus Laxio at the studio Olympico, where Mourinho lost to Sari. Did you see the game? Did you catch the game? Did you see the highlights? What happened? So I was on and off. So the North London Derby and this one was going side by side. So I was first watching North London Derby for 30 minutes and then this one again, 30 minutes. I was working. This was a very unseriah game, man. Roma had 20 shots. They had eight shots on target. Pepe Reina, the forgotten man, had a very good game at goal for Lazio. Some very good last bits. Defending Lazio scored two quick goals and guess who scored the second goal? Pedro Petro scored the second goal. Now forget about the game. The game was extremely exciting, brilliant game, three, two. Everyone was thoroughly enjoyed. But once the game was overright, I saw some of the most weird things that I've never seen on a football pitch, especially after a game has been done. So just to give guys, the listeners a quick context, Latzio and Roma, both are from Rome and both play in the same Stadium. They both have the same home Stadium. Saturday, Olympica. Now once when Lazio won. So Lazio's club emblem is an Eagle. So they have this club market, a real Eagle. And Sari went and he was holding the Eagle to the fans for a few seconds after he won the game. And while he was doing that, Mourinho decided that I am going to Hog limelight now instead of going into the dressing room, he calls all the players right in the middle of the pitch and he gives the team talk in front of the entire Stadium. It quickly turned into a PR game from a football game so fast. But I think Mourinho is so good for football health. He's amazing and he does these antics just to keep attention. But I think it just keeps the fans glued to their screens wherever Mourinho goes. Perfect. Quickly to wrap up the rest of the what happened in the rest of the game that happened in Syria, I think let's talk about the match of the weekend for us. Inter Milan versus Atlanta, an entertaining, exciting draw. Did you see the highlights? You watched the game? What happened? So I couldn't watch the game. I saw the highlights, actually, it was highlighted so I couldn't really say how exciting that game was. But it was brilliant. The intermittent a penalty and in the last minute, in the last seconds of the game hand, one of which actually carried the ball outside the corner and that wasn't noticed and that was turned into a goal. I went to VR and the goal was chalked off. It was very emotional. It was a brilliant game. This game is probably one of the flagship games to show how Italian football have changed over the years. I mean, this game in total had about 40, 41 shots. This is like very unprecedented numbers for Syria. Like you normally won't see these many attacking shots in a serious game. So to me, Atlanta, the new Inter, the new AC Milan, all these teams are actually making Syria very exciting. Yeah, I think you're completely bang on about that barrier. You went to probably the only team that is going down every other significant fight for the top four, which is unheralded, at least in the last seven or eight years in Syria, you see the likes of Napoli were top of the table, undefeated this season. And again, one, by the way, the weekend you see AC Milan coming back, a resurgence of AC Milan, Inter Milan, obviously defending Champions Roma with Maurinio, Sari and Lazio. Let's not forget Atlanta, who have been like literally the stars of Italian football. I would say singlehandedly changed how Italian football is perceived due to the way they play football. It's really good to watch and I sometimes feel that it's somehow needed to fall for Italy to rise quickly. To conclude, Siriya, I think let's talk about the Maldini family against creating their imprint onto the history of AC Milan. Daniel Maldini, Paolo Maldini's son, Cesare Maldini's grandson, scoring his first ever goal for AC Milan. What a great moment. I think he's going to be a great player. He's pretty skillful, has a knack for goals. So he's going to be a player to watch. An amazing story for AC Milan this week on Indian cricket. We are not going to talk about CSK being on top of IPL table without Kali defeating Roy Sharma. No, that is not what we are going to talk about this week. We are going to talk about our Indian women's cricket who have made a lot of noise in the last four or five days to remind you guys they are currently at Australia playing a full series against the Australian team. They are playing three ODIs I think one test and then about two or three T 20s Australian cricket team and this Australian cricket team have the longest unbeaten streak in cricket ever in ODA cricket ever. When they entered the series they had 24 matches unbeaten practically. They won eight three match series, three nil, three nil, 30, three first game it was a no contest Australian woman completely dominated the Indian team but the second one was a true humming. It went to the last delivery in Australia. Just nicked it, just nicked it. But tell me balance. Obviously we're going to talk about the third game where history was made other than the usual suspects for the Indian women's team who are the players that have really got your attention and you think are going to be worldbeater apart from your usual Splitties and chefages. And there are four players who I really wanted to follow more and follow their career and they are looking really promising. First one to me, the number one is the new wicket keeper, Richard Gosh. I think she's 17 or 18. She came in three down in the second game and we were in a kind of a tricky situation. After a very good start, we were down to 95 for three or something. So we needed someone to stay there in the middle with Sprite, get the scoreboard taking, et cetera. She was exceptional and it was a second game. 17 year old. She showed me how this could be a little exaggerating but early signs of hay. A player who can score the singles and two is very smart but can also score the big boundaries. There's a brilliant mix with her and at number five she is a talent to watch out for like a very busy player. I haven't seen this kind of player in women's cricket a lot. They generally score a lot of boundaries. She's someone who likes to score singles and twos keep the scoreboard ticking. So that is one talent I'm totally looking forward to. On the bowling side there is this player called Pooja. She again bats a bit. She can throw a battle but she is again a brilliant bowl, a very smooth action. We are crying for a replacement. Julian Goswami is still bowling but we really need someone to take that mantle over from her. I mean how long she can keep bowling so Puja. And there's another one called Magna. Magna's action. If you can't just go and watch a hot star or I don't know Sonila or somewhere, she has a slight bit of Darren girl in her. Again, a very smooth action. So just watch out for Alexis again, one of the bowlers who I'm really looking forward to and the last one is Estega Batha, a batter, again, very elegant stroke maker, number four player. So she comes two down. So, again, something to look forward to. So this is an exciting time for Indian women cricket. We have talent coming out from every corner. So these players are playing around the world, which is only helping them to be better. But I sincerely wish BCCI start Indian women's IPL very soon. And I think in women's cricket, by and large, I fear that it's now moving towards more of a T 20 shorter format. I want women's cricket to be more test centric because that is the true challenge of the game. Right. One Test match series is not a series at all. It's a one off exhibition game. So bring a lot of the things I think you should bring a lot of the things that they've done for men's Test cricket to revitalize. It like the World Chat Test Championship. Bring some of that masala into the women's game and you will see a lot of up and coming players who are not shorter format stars but have the patience and the grid to last five days coming up for both India and any other team in the world. And that will actually ensure the sustainability of women's cricket. Yes, I completely agree with you. There has to be and will be in women's IPL coming very soon. But the Indian team right now going to England and even Australia to play domestic T 20 Championships has given them a lot of exposure and that is only going to make them better players. Yeah. There's one interesting point about this series. So this series is one whole series. So they have a point system across the three formats. So there is no separate ODI winner, T 20 winner or a Test winner. There is a series winner. So that was new. You see, this is what I'm saying. It's cool, but it's kind of gimmicky. Let's entertain the women's cricket game by giving some points at the end. It has to be more serious. There has to be an end game to each format and that's what makes it end. That's what gets fans to the table. Right. If you have a World Test Championship final between India versus Australia at Lords, men or women's, people will show up. So that's how you make it go. All right, guys, let's give Eshaan a breather. Now. I will take over for the F one update. I have to say, when I saw the qualifiers, when I saw the weather, I wasn't very sure this is going to go ahead, but it did go ahead. And I saw the last five laps. What a heartbreak, man. I mean, actually, the entire race can be summed up as how McLaren blew it. Instead of Hamilton winning the race, let's start off with Lando Norris. He started off the race at pole position. He almost immediately lost it to Hamilton because Hamilton had a very aggressive start. But Norris got way, went way wide and Hamilton almost overtook him. But throughout the day there were quite a lot of ups and downs in terms of McLaren and the controlling of the car in the rain, in the wet surfaces. And it actually happened in the penultimate limit lap when Norris spun out, gave Hamilton the lead and that's where Hamilton finished. But even without talking about Norris, you look at Ricardo, he was near about the podium finish and he had literally a seven second delay in his pitch stop, which costs him significant places and seconds and he ended up finishing fourth. But he could have been on podium. So the result was pretty basic when it comes to who finished one and two. But it could have been a whole lot different because that could have been dramatic. Imagine McLaren, Ferrari on the podium and Hamilton was not in the points. That's how the race started because what Stephen started at the back of the grid and he came all the way back to second. Right. So the point table, Hamilton has now finally taken a lead in the Championship table by two points. What's happened? Who came second now again second in the Championship? Mercedes has also taken the lead in terms of the constructors because Paris was having an atrocious time finished 9th, whereas bought us finished fifth. So it was a great, wild, wild race. If you guys missed it, please see the highlights. Because watching an F one race in rainy weather, rainy climate, wet surfaces, it just goes all down to how a driver can deal with that pressure with almost zero visibility. It's unbelievable how it's even humanly possible that they can navigate at that speed. So do catch the highlights. It's on Hot Star, check it out. But this even gets even better because you're seeing the likes of Norris, Ricardo and even surprisingly, Carlos Science, who's not had a very good season so far. Coming onto the podium, you see Ferrari also make a comeback. So it's going to go down to the wire because these players, these constructors will keep challenging the Mercedes and Red Bull for the podium. So it's going to be interesting. That's a wrap, guys. So when we come back on Thursday, we'll talk about the midweek Champions League games. There are some juicy fixtures. Psg versus Manchester City. What is that called? L Oil eco. What did we say? El Gasico. El Gasico, the El Gasico guys. And also we have Uber versus Chelsea. A very depleted UAE, Morata gone, Debala gone. So we'll all see how that's going to turn up. So until then, it is buy from Bala and buy from Ishaan, guys. See you soon with some Champions League, some upsets. Thank you everyone for listening. 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