Podcast! Rodgers naive, Suarez unworthy

Brendan Rodgers' naivety, the title race, Ryan Giggs' managerial bow, the PFA Awards and relegation all feature on the latest Football Podcast.

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Brendan Rodgers: To blame for Liverpool defeat?

Brendan Rodgers: To blame for Liverpool defeat?

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Sky Sports News Radio presenter Mikey Burrows hosts this week's Football Podcast and is joined in the studio by TEAMtalk.com's Matt Stead and SkySports.com's Pete O'Rourke as they pick the bones from a huge weekend at the top and bottom of the Premier League.

TITLE DREAM OVER?

Liverpool's demoralising defeat to Chelsea on Super Sunday is first up, with Reds fan Matt and Pete picking out the positives from the Anfield aftermath. Matt adds perspective to the debate by pointing out that Liverpool's pre-season target was to qualify for the Champions League, while Pete envisages even more twists and turns in the title race.

WHO'S TO BLAME?

Pete feels that the pressure finally got to some of the Liverpool players during their 2-0 defeat, with Jose Mourinho the perfect manager to capitalise with "time-wasting tactics". Matt, however, insists that Brendan Rodgers must come in for criticism for his naivety after his side "lost their nerve" in their biggest game yet. The three experts all eulogise over Chelsea's Portuguese maestro, with Mikey hailing their tactics of breaking play up especially. Pete says that Mourinho took advantage of Liverpool finally going into a "big game" as favourites.

CITY SLICKERS!

Manchester City are backed to finish the job by all three men after taking advantage with a win over Crystal Palace, with Pete pointing to the returns of Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure as perfect timing. Mikey mentions the possibility of Chelsea launching a late title charge, but Matt believes it's too late for the Blues.

GIVE RYAN THE GIG?

The panel then discuss Ryan Giggs' managerial debut at Manchester United, beating Norwich 4-0. Matt blasts the fanfare at Old Trafford, while Pete believes that the Welshman has staked a big claim for the permanent job. Mikey wonders whether the next United manager will be able to contend with the looming figures of the "Class of '92".

RELEGATION BATTLE!

Pete and Matt believe that Sunderland's timely return to form, led by striker Connor Wickham, will likely see them safe come May, while Mikey feels that Aston Villa and West Ham could both be dragged into the mire sooner rather than later, with the managers of both sides criticised by the trio.

SUAREZ AWARD UNJUST!

Mikey questions the decision to crown Luis Suarez the PFA Player of the Year, much to the Liverpool fans' surprise. Mikey believes that Yaya Toure is a far more worthy recipient based on this season, and wonders what message Suarez's award sends to the public based on his past. The Premier League Team of the Year is also picked apart.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIS!

The crucial Champions League semi-final second legs are next up, with the "war of attrition" between Chelsea and Atletico discussed. Matt and Pete feel that the Spanish leaders will have too much, while Mikey sees Mourinho pulling off another masterclass to reach the final. Real Madrid are also backed by all three men to triumph over reigning champions Bayern Munich.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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