Poch reaches new heights as De Gea reaches crossroads
It was a momentous midweek of Champions League football. Natalie Sawyer and Gab Marcotti are joined by Paul Hirst and Alan Smith to pore through it all. Tottenham reach their first ever Champions League semi-final, after progressing past Manchester City on away goals in one of the craziest games in the history of football. How will this affect the Premier League title race? Did VAR make the right decisions? And now that Mauricio Pochettino has scaled new heights, can he outcoach Ajax’s Erik ten Hag? No such drama in Barcelona where Messi and co make light work of Manchester United. With Solskjaer speaking of a summer overhaul, we discuss the future of David De Gea and their trip to Goodison Park on Sunday. Cardiff breathed new life with into their Premier League survival hopes with victory at Brighton. What is going wrong at the Amex? Charlie Scott provides advice ahead of the fantasy football weekend. For free Fantasy Premier League tips from The Sweeper, visit
Is this title race good for the Premier League?
Natalie Sawyer and Gab Marcotti are joined by Matt Dickinson and Bill Edgar after another Premier League weekend where the top two were victorious. We look at the run-ins of Liverpool and Manchester City for any potential slip-ups. Will Rafa Benitez have something to say about the destination of the title? With City and Liverpool continuing to rack up the points, is this title race good for the Premier League or does it show the disparity between the haves and the have-nots? Ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second legs, we try to second-guess Pep and to make any kind of argument for a Manchester United victory in Barcelona. And elsewhere this weekend, is Hasenhuttl heading for greater things? Plus Andre Gomes – handsome but horrible.
Stage set for Hazard as Liverpool face title race demons
Natalie Sawyer and Gab Marcotti are joined by Oli Kay and special guest, Belgian football journalist Kristof Terreur. Liverpool host Chelsea and the ghosts of their last title race with Manchester City and the damage that Blues did to them 5 years ago. How different is this Liverpool team? How much damage will Eden Hazard do to the Reds and will he be at Stamford Bridge next season? It was a bad week in the Champions League for the Manchester clubs? Despite the phenomenal efforts of Scott McTominay, United lose to Barcelona. Did Solskjaer get it wrong? And did United get it wrong in appointing him? And as we predicted on Monday, Pep Guardiola overthought things and tinkered in the defeat at Spurs. Time to ask why and to have that VAR debate again. Charlie Scott and Paddy von Behr provide their advice ahead of the fantasy football weekend. For free Fantasy Premier League tips from The Sweeper, visit
Will Pep get funky and outfox himself?
Natalie Sawyer is back alongside Gab Marcotti, James Gheerbrant and Alan Smith after an epic semi-final and ahead of some intriguing quarter-finals. As Tottenham get ready to host Manchester City in the Champions League, will Poch and Pep throw each other some tactical curveballs? And is Pep about to be too clever for his own good again? Liverpool face Porto while Ajax take on Juventus. It’s Manchester United against Barcelona in the other quarter-final but should we expect a cagey affair at Old Trafford? Watford come from 2-0 down to win a classic FA Cup semi-final against Wolves. We discuss the job Javi Gracia has done, the Troy Deeney fairytale and the issues with masked celebrations. Arsenal boggle the mind with a dreadful performance and defeat at Everton. What does this mean in the race for the top 4? And are things starting to click on Merseyside for Marco Silva? Plus Lincoln, Palace penalties and the Howe-Dyche continuum.
The substance of Sterling and Warnock on the warpath
Gab Marcotti is joined by Henry Winter, Alyson Rudd and Alan Smith to wade through some big issues and talking points in the world of football. Manchester City’s quadruple hopes look stronger than ever as they return to the top of the Premier League. What is Pep Guardiola doing for the club’s image on the world stage? Plus the panel get stuck into the Raheem Sterling-Leonardo Bonucci-Moise Kean racism debate. After condemnation of Cardiff manager Neil Warnock’s criticism of Premier League referees, behind the bluster, we ask whether Warnock has a point about officiating standards. Henry and Alyson have been to the newly opened Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which Henry calls the best stadium in the country. How essential is it for Tottenham to be playing Champions League football in their new home?