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The Telegraph’s unrivalled reporters and special guests from the glamorous world of football join host Thom Gibbs to lift the lid on what’s really happening in the Premier League, and elsewhere.

The Telegraph’s unrivalled reporters and special guests from the glamorous world of football join host Thom Gibbs to lift the lid on what’s really happening in the Premier League, and elsewhere.
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The Telegraph’s unrivalled reporters and special guests from the glamorous world of football join host Thom Gibbs to lift the lid on what’s really happening in the Premier League, and elsewhere.




Not a knee-jerk! Sacking Marco Silva made sense.

It’s farewell Marco Silva on this week’s Total Football, and who better to join host Thom Gibbs than die-hard Watford supporter and the director of Football Manager, Miles Jacobson? He gives his verdict on the Silva sacking, what led to his downfall at Vicarage Road, and fills us in on Javi Gracia, the new man in charge. Elsewhere it was a weekend of business as usual at the top of the Premier League, with first league wins of 2018 for Arsenal and Chelsea as well as victories for both...

Duration: 00:43:00

A blueprint to beat the Blues

The Manchester City unbeaten run is over, but that is the merest skim of the surface of what was an incredible match in the Premier League. The Telegraph’s Jim White joins Thom Gibbs on Total Football to unpick the 4-3 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side, as well as the rest of the Premier League weekend. John Percy joins to give podcast fans an update on the latest transfer news, including developments with Alexis Sanchez, Jonny Evans and Andy Carroll. Then broadcaster Kelly Cates...

Duration: 00:38:40

Little frightened rabbits

The FA Cup third round looked to be heading for a 6/10 overall rating until Nottingham Forest knocked out the holders in a classic at the City Ground. Broadcaster Kait Borsay joins Total Football host Thom Gibbs to analyse the generous slate of weekend games including Mark Hughes’s final indignity in charge of Stoke City. Jason Burt speaks to the podcast about his exclusive on Philippe Coutinho’s sale to Barcelona, pondering how Jurgen Klopp might spend the money and how Coutinho...

Duration: 00:38:52

Trains, planes and referees

With sheer weight of football threatening to overwhelm us over the festive period you would be forgiven for feeling mildly confused. Fortunately the Total Football podcast is back to help you navigate the 600 or so games which seem to have taken place since Christmas. The Telegraph’s Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace joins Thom Gibbs to give his views on who has come out on top since Boxing Day, as well as the latest on Jose Mourinho’s contract situation at Manchester United and some...

Duration: 00:35:38

Harry Kane vs Dixie Dean

In 2017’s last Total Football, host Thom Gibbs sits down with Opta’s Duncan Alexander to analyse the season so far through a statistical lens. We look at the table from top to bottom, and put your best questions to Duncan on topics as diverse as Dixie Dean and Xabi Alonso. Virgil van Dijk’s forthcoming move to Liverpool is explained by the man who broke the story, Jeremy Wilson. And there’s reaction to the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal at Swansea from broadcaster Michelle Owen.

Duration: 00:38:17

Do the deal

Another week another frightening Manchester City victory. Telegraph Sport’s Luke Edwards joins the Total Football podcast to tell Thom Gibbs just how much better this City side are than all of their rivals. Luke and Thom pick over the bones of the Premier League weekend, taking in eye-catching wins for Crystal Palace and Huddersfield, a concerning defeat for Mark Hughes’s Stoke, and Chelsea’s chances of ending the season with silverware. It’s off to Merseyside where Chris Bascombe...

Duration: 00:37:06

Jamie Carragher: Liverpool only have themselves to blame

Telegraph Sport columnist Jamie Carragher joins this week’s Total Football to discuss the Manchester and Merseyside derbies with host Thom Gibbs. Hear Carragher’s thoughts on his old club’s 1-1 draw against an Everton team which suddenly looks very much like it is managed by Sam Allardyce. Carragher also runs the rule over Manchester City’s 2-1 victory at Old Trafford, and where that leaves the increasingly non-existent title race. Charlie Eccleshare wraps up the rest of the...

Duration: 00:35:50

Sunderland’s tyre fire

The season has given us its first north London derby, and it was Arsenal who emerged victorious at Ashburton Grove. The Telegraph’s Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt is our guest, and gives his verdict on that match as well as the rest of the Premier League weekend. Is Romelu Lukaku still low on confidence despite ending his goal drought? Is Marco Silva off to Everton? And are Manchester City playing the best football ever witnessed in the Premier League? Rob Bagchi joins to...

Duration: 00:39:55

Sam Wallace’s Power Rankings

Eleven games in and we’ve seen enough of the Premier League to make some rash conclusions about how the league table is going to pan out at its conclusion. Chief Football Writer, Sam Wallace, joins host Thom Gibbs to give his verdict on which are the teams to believe in, who can get out of trouble, and whether anyone can realistically expect to challenge Manchester City for the title. Alan Tyers is also on hand to give a verdict on the men in the dug-out. This is, of course, amidst the...

Duration: 00:41:53

Can you speak up a bit?

Once again the Premier League has brought us delights from across the country - for Total Football to debate, revel in and despair at. Thom Gibbs is away so Ian Irving is keeping the host seat warm whilst Thom is away alongside Jim White. We head to the King Power Stadium as Claude Puel’s charm offensive took full effect against a limping Everton. Arsenal fans continue to have a Chips on their should as the Gunners hold their Annual General Meeting. Oh, and England became U17s...

Duration: 00:35:13

Taxi For Koeman

It finished London 9 Merseyside 3 in the Premier League on Sunday, but this isn’t a podcast designed to confirm your conspiracy theories about London-centric media bias. Instead we attempt to make sense of all the key issues around the league including Liverpool’s prohibitively leaky defence, Manchester City’s longevity and Jose Mourinho’s fury. All come under the microscope provided to host Thom Gibbs by this week’s in-studio guest Chris Bascombe. Jim White speaks to Total Football in...

Duration: 00:37:36

Total Football Special: Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness sits down with Thom Gibbs in a bonus episode of Total Football this week. The former Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle manager discusses his career in the dug-out, his playing days, and the current Liverpool side. Among other things Graeme reveals that his house is not a shrine to his playing days at all, and how football management really took its toll on his life. Your normal Total Football service will resume on Sunday.

Duration: 00:37:21

Exclusive Jamie Carragher interview: Telegraph Sport’s new signing

It’s an exciting day for Telegraph Sport as we announce our new signing, former Liverpool captain and England international Jamie Carragher. Jamie sits down with the Telegraph’s Chief Sports Writer Paul Hayward for a Total Football exclusive interview. In it, Carragher discusses what he’s done since retiring, his ongoing obsession with football, and why the game now lacks the brand of leadership he exhibited in his playing days. Carragher will be appearing on the Total Football...

Duration: 00:22:00

Block. Tackle. Defy. Repeat.

A super weekend for the current kings of the Premier League: Manchester City, Manchester United, and perhaps most powerful of all, Harry Kane. Chelsea and Everton had a less positive time of it, and Telegraph Sport’s chief sports writer Paul Hayward joins host Thom Gibbs to unpick the weekend. With international week looming Paul and Thom also discuss England’s likely successful bid to reach the World Cup, and how they might fare in Russia. We head to Newcastle to hear from Luke Edwards...

Duration: 00:35:43

A deluxe Vincent Janssen

In news which will terrify climate scientists it has been raining goals this weekend in the Premier League. Host Thom Gibbs is joined by Charlie Eccleshare to address the increasingly frightening teams at the top of the league who appear to be winning heavily without having to try too hard. Chelsea also impressed in their 4-0 away victory at Stoke, while Liverpool and Manchester United had a tougher time of it against Leicester and Southampton respectively but ultimately came out with...

Duration: 00:38:42