Episode 1457: Spurs In Tatters, Vertonghen Concussion, The Messi Variable, Caster Semenya Loses Case
Spurs got to the Champions League semi-finals only to find the wear and tear of the season had left them in no shape to compete. But losing by only one goal means they still have a chance. Meanwhile, Liverpool head into tonight’s game against Barca with Klopp in tetchy form as he grapples with the Leo Messi variable.
Klopp: “I lost the last six finals I was in. They were hardly the best days of my life, but they didn’t make me a broken person or whatever. For me, life is about trying again and again. If only the winners were allowed to survive then we’d all have to go.” @dw_sports
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) April 30, 2019
We also discuss the Vertonghen concussion incident and what football needs to do to fix the incentives around these situations.
“I wasn’t involved, it was the doctor’s decision.”
Mauricio Pochettino says @SpursOfficial followed concussion protocols after Jan Vertonghen was allowed to return to the field after a head injury in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to @AFCAjax: https://t.co/GTXKxs7X2n pic.twitter.com/jwlLx98N4i
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 1, 2019
Jonathan Wilson joins us to analyse why Ajax got the better of Spurs and whether success in top-level football is first and foremost about being first to the ball.
“It’s quite simply a game of football.
“I’m fed-up listening to people talk BULL about tactics, formations and football science.
“Get first to the ball, and you’ve a chance in football. You don’t get first to the ball, you’ve no chance!”
Graeme Souness feat. a thrown pen. ???????? pic.twitter.com/VYI30KE23U
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) April 30, 2019
We’re also joined by David Epstein who gives us his reaction to today’s CAS ruling in the Caster Semenya case, which means she will have to take medication to reduce her testosterone if she wants to compete at events between 400m and a mile.
My heart always breaks when I see this photo. Athletics has treated Caster Semenya with unwarranted disdain and suspicion for years. I don't believe history will be kind to those who campaigned and agitated for this decision. pic.twitter.com/VOy0arv6AB
— ? amy o'connor ? (@amyohconnor) May 1, 2019
I thought it was more likely this ruling would go the other way. Looking forward to Ross’s podcast tomorrow https://t.co/L33dwjaTQL
— David Epstein (@DavidEpstein) May 1, 2019
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Republic of Ireland Under-17 Manager Colin O’Brien is in studio to chat about reaching two European Championship quarter-finals in two years, the great penalty scandal of our time, and whether there is really a distinct Irish footballing identity: https://t.co/zJO4nvNRy6 pic.twitter.com/LzW0s4Um1U
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