Gary breaks down a thrilling opening Premier League weekend! ? | The Gary Neville Podcast

Gary breaks down a thrilling opening Premier League weekend! ? | The Gary Neville Podcast

[Applause] well hi there everybody it’s a new season that means we have to have a new gary neville podcast and we’re here gary at the end of the last game of the first round of matches in a stadium at the hubbub we can still hear if we can actually make ourselves heard over the noise the celebration that tottenham under new management without harry kane have beaten the champions manchester city yeah i mean i think the first thing to say is that we were at the first game of the weekend weren’t we brentford the arsenal were at the last game of the weekend and wow it’s been absolutely sensational i feel enthralled to be watching football again it’s been difficult in the last 18 months for the fans not being allowed in the stadium for the players playing without fans for us commentating on it at times it was a little bit laborious and we had to put a brave face on and the players did but honestly when they’re back in the stadium and you see like it is today it’s so special and tottenham what would they have been like today without the fans 15 minutes in demoralized quite a warm day even though the sun wasn’t out it was a warm day but the fans got them going that first counter attack that they had just lifted them a little bit and they grew in the game if you said to me after 10 minutes that tottenham would win that game they said not a chance they looked completely out of it city looked a different world um but tottenham got better and better encouragement i think that’s how you beat a big team you sort of gain confidence throughout the match you can’t just beat them in the first 10 minutes because they’ll come back city started well then chopped them stabilized then they got a bit of something before half time but second half they were the better team and deserve the win in the end people like me bang on about bogey grounds this certainly is for manchester city i haven’t even scored a goal here and i’ve lost again and the goal itself was quite an unusual one not the scorer an unusual person in song young min um but the way it found its way into the net yeah i like i said during commentary diaz shouldn’t have been there and i’m not saying he shouldn’t have been there from a point of view if some coaches might say play that way but every time a player cuts inside against manchester city the other players usually in the middle come up and he’s sort of hung back whether it’s a little bit of fatigue in his legs not got that sharpness they did definitely tire a little bit in the second half manchester city but what it meant was that when he swung his leg at it and tried to clear it edison was was was grounded i’m not sure he should have been rooted to his ground should i say he should have really read that it was going in that far corner sun in the first half twice a turn down opportunities to drive at people and go and commit players and look like new nord had a word in them at half time and said look to that front three when you’re getting near the box just go for it cut inside and shoot with it on your left or your right foot and it was a feature maura and sons and burg wines running really was something that harmed manchester city probably after 25 minutes of the game they just couldn’t sustain attacks and do you think now one nil champions league final lost one nil community shield lost one nil here today lost no goals harry kane will be on the agenda does that make it even more does it spell it out even more that manchester does he have to push spurs as hard as they can to try and get across the line well i think they want him anyway it’s plainly obvious and i don’t think manchester city have been the type of club that would react off the back of one defeat but you say there’s three now and they don’t it’s obvious they need a striker because jesus torres they’re forwards and i know that’s the way the game’s going in terms of sort of flexible forwards likes of salad and monet and firmino they move around and city have got sterling and jesus and mares other players that move across the front line but i think they need a point they need something because in games like today i think hurricane could have been the difference he would have maybe taken a chance they would have played it forward more he demanded that they played quicker he might have got his head on a cross he may have got his head on the cross there’s a couple of balls that flashed across the box that obviously manchester city didn’t get on the end of but the thing for me about manchester city after 15 minutes it’s when i’ve seen them not at the best is when they slow the game down and start walking with it and playing at a slow tempo and i don’t know why that is because fatigue yes i get the fact that you might not run as hard but usually when you’re on the ball you can still be sharp and move around but they just lost their way after 15 20 minutes of the match and kane will be on the agenda this week he’s been on the agenda all pre-season um interesting that he wasn’t included in the spurs squad today i mean i think is he the only english player that was in the euros that hasn’t been part of the sort of match day squads that’s available to be fit so and he would always be here so something’s happening uh whether that means that he’s not in the squad today means he’s going to go to city but certainly daniel levy if he wants that 150 million which is the figure that everyone keeps mentioning it won’t do him any harm today in getting that number if that’s what he wants because city if they had any doubts before which they don’t they needed they do need a striker they’ve lost sergio aguero one of the best strikers in premier league history let’s work our way forward from where we started you mentioned earlier the other part of north london i i want to give brentford some credit in this podcast as well but the other half of north london couldn’t have started worse for arsenal could it out to the community stadium on friday night no and the contrast for me if you just look at say for instance tanganga today and how he defended and how sanchez defended because they had to they got put under a lot of pressure i think at one point in the game there were 55 of city’s attacks coming down their side but they were aggressive they were serious about the defending they knew they had a really tough job in front of them and he stuck to it they never shirked it arsenal were the complete opposite i felt every time a ball got played forward into the two brentford strikers they didn’t really want the fight and i felt today tottenham they rose to the occasion i know they had the fans in front of them and arsenal didn’t but that to me was a difference the second balls the hunger to win the ball back the physicality the ability to defend well one-on-one and i i just thought arsenal were way off it i know there were way off it in an attacking sense as well but the basis of any performance and foundation for any good performance is that you match the other team competitively and i felt tottenham did that today and arsenal didn’t on friday night it was a struggle for them um well short in quality as well obviously lacazette and aubameyang i did think there was something in nata’s interview before the game that told me he wasn’t too happy with aubameyang and lacazette yeah there might be more to be heard about that yeah i thought there was something to just tell without he didn’t really usually if players are ill there would be genuine concern from a manager and he would say well you know look we’ve got to be you know we’ve lost them on the day of the game we wish them both well and but we’re not with them because but he sort of sort of pushed it away a little bit as if something had gone on and um that was a blow losing the two experienced players but before the game i felt that the energy that of the players coming in might help against brentford but they’re well short arsenal they really are they’re looking at both teams north london teams taught them today in arsenal i know it’s very early and it’ll change and they’ll get closer and there’ll be ups and downs for both but this ah this tottenham team looked like it had a spirit about it to be able to dig in i knew those teams for the last three years two three years have done that at wolves so if you can get that hard to beat mentality into this team that had at wolves at all times they were called pragmatic but he’s got better players going forward here you know they could do well well better than we expected this season tottenham first impressions of brentford very good enjoyed the stadium enjoyed the manager enjoyed the spirit of the game enjoyed everything about the night arsenal were perfect opponents for them but they were tactically very good and what impressed me about brentford was the emotion that was in the ground that must have been in the club you know the players after the game were talked about all the families being there you know you imagine how big an occasion that was but i thought on the pitch they were cold in terms of how they tactically stuck to what they were going to do they didn’t complicate the game they were really good in terms of sort of the way they approached it and deserve to i think they’ll i think they’ll struggle this season in terms of generally because i think they won’t have enough quality but i think they could stay in the league if they maintain that home record in that spirit working our way through the weekend manchester united were next up now it was 6-2 against leeds last season so five one got a lot of headlines but was it just a a repeat of a fixture that sewn manchester united in a very good light in the last campaign it was a very good performance but you’re right we were at the 6-2 last year and we loved the game because leeds to be fair seemed like the perfect opponent for manchester united did they play one-on-one all over the pitch i thought manchester united were sharp they were really good but they are the perfect opponent for manchester united at old trafford there’s no doubt about that as well so there’s a bit of both it was an absolute repeat of last year i think every game that leads playing they make it an interesting watch it’s always intriguing it’s exciting just the way they play it was a good start for manchester united i think the way in which they unveiled varan before the game obviously sancho obviously coming off the bench so there is a good feeling about what’s happening obviously at united at the moment leeds we know what they’ll do during the season they’ll go on batter teams four nil but they could get done at times and you know look a little bit messy all over the place but i thought it was a good game a good start for manchester united completely different to what’s happened to manchester city today i know manchester city will return and they’ll come back and they’ll get a lot better i mean their bench today was outstanding 350 million yeah i mentioned united’s bench was strong but it was a good start for the red side of manchester and it was a good start for chelsea as well who obviously finished last season with a great flourish come now every time we talk about them as european champions um and it’s a fixture that they’ve done well in as well like we talk about manchester united leads against crystal palace and but they did the job they’re going to be serious this season chelsea in the sense that they were last season but really serious in terms of the premier league you know lukaku makes them very very dangerous i said last week you know pep guardiola wouldn’t sign romelu lukaku you know you think of a striker being available city wouldn’t have been in for him because he wouldn’t suit the way in which the manager has the style and wants to play he didn’t suit old trafford he wouldn’t suit jurgen klopp but for chelsea he will score a ton of goals he’s perfect for that club i know he’s been there once before but this time he comes back with maturity with experience with hundreds of goals under his belt um and i think that i talk about gold signings where i’ve got no doubt it will be a success and that he’ll do the 20 25 goals 30 goals i’ve got no doubts with romelu lukaku that he will not only i know he didn’t sort of appear yesterday but he will go into that chelsea team and make them real challenges for the premier league he’s a game changer for them in terms of top four to really pushing manchester city and liverpool and manchester united obviously finished second last season in terms of going for that title well let’s talk about liverpool it wasn’t the again the toughest fixture for them they’ve got a magnificent record at carroll road and norwich who faced them actually in their first game when they got promoted before that we were there we were there yeah and it seemed very much of the same and mo salah scored a wonderful goal i thought they started well norwich and they played good football and they sort of could have maybe got a goal or two but didn’t do and then as soon as liverpool score you just see that is the big difference uh ordinarily between teams that come up from the championship that they can have good moments and good periods in games but then the first chance they’ll come for the big team who’ve got ice-cold finishers you know goals to shots ratio that are off the scale and all of a sudden the game’s gone and it’s turned and that’s what liverpool were yesterday they had to withstand that early 25 minutes away you think of the old principal of an away team going away from home we used to say it get through that first 15 20 minutes you know not the crowd a little bit get the goal and then all of a sudden you can just take control of the match at liverpool as a perfect away performance well southampton had a perfect away performance for that first 20 minutes and got a goal but i’m asking you about this game really because of rafa benitez being in the everton dugout and and the feeling around the city there’s nothing like a win as nuno espirito santos found here nothing like a win in your first game to get you off and running no i i could say i said in pre-season when he went and something about it i don’t like but actually if he said to me what does an everton manager look like i’d say rafael benitez you know he gets a good spirit good organization i think he’s a little bit more direct which i think everton you know as much as i love the different styles in the premier league and certainly the possession style of team i don’t think everton should or should ever be that their style of players always for me under david moyes or going back into the 80s when they were champions with sharp and gray up front you know up and at them get the ball forward you know marie charles and calvert lewin up front there’s no reason for them not to play more direct and get it into the strikers with quality we’re not talking about going back to the old days of lumping it but i do think everton should be more direct than say other teams that we’re looking at i think that’s the principle of their club because if you go to goodison park they don’t want passes along the back of 150 passes before a goal they do want that sort of crosses that pressure building they want set pieces they want the sort of game to be quicker and i think rapper benitez will play that way he’s been to valencia you think about what he did at liverpool the style of play suits but the fit just feels something just not right because of the top connection to liverpool and rafa benitez’s words about liverpool and his love for liverpool is so strong um you know the adulation he still gets from the fans of liverpool for what he achieved it’s just a bitter pill to have to swallow that bring on the mersey side but a manager that is so suited to them has to be so connected to their major and bitter rivals so there’s something about it i don’t like but i’ve got no doubts that rafa benitez i mean he’s so experienced he’ll almost in some ways love the idea of it i know that steve bruce because he managed sunderland has got a similar type of issue up in newcastle um i know different circumstances but that negativity almost going into the job sometimes just bites you in the end because once the difficult run of results come that’s when they turn a little bit quicker well on to a former everton manager you mentioned steve bruce david moyes who went to newcastle with with west ham and found himself in trouble conceding very early on then 2-1 down and produced one of the results of the weekend we were watching part of the game up here we’re on the screens and it looked fantastic i see a bad one for newcastle but west ham last season the big um was the best i’ve seen west ham play for a long long time last season it wasn’t just uh it was good football there’s some really good players in behind antonio he’s a real threat we’ve seen him today miss a penalty but we’ve seen him score a really good fourth goal i think it was and with him up front and the quality in behind whether they can nick jesse lingard off manchester united in this next week or two as well will be interesting but i like them it was very old-fashioned in that two players claimed the number nine shirt for their two clubs callum wilson for newcastle scored yeah and michael antonio he’s number and he got the nine and he got his goal at the end as well which it’s quite nice to see that even with all the changes in the game those whole values still matter yeah um absolutely and i think there was talk this morning of veron asking for number four off phil jones phil jones didn’t give it to him he’s not having my shirt i’m not sure i mean i’m not sure i’ll give my shirt up either to be fair uh but looking at it you know antonio’s a real threat he’s energy he suits west ham he shoots david moyes david moyes he doesn’t want to play sort of again lots of passes he wants that striker who can be direct who can run the channels but he’s got a lovely blend with the two midfield players who’ve got a great presence rice and soul checking in midfield who i think are fantastic then you’ve got those two or three good ones in behind and you’ve got this focal point up front it was a nightmare to play against so they’re a good west ham side and the west ham fans missed out last season because there’s this ownership issue there’s this stadium issue with west ham but if the team are playing well and they are giving them good results then i think some of those issues sort of start to go away a little bit or certainly get pushed to the back and the fans can enjoy the footballs when we’ve been to west ham in the last few years similar to newcastle i’ve always felt that the west ham fans weren’t connected to the ownership they weren’t connected to the stadium and that’s always a shame i feel in football when you have that because you know we want to see great atmospheres in stadiums we don’t want to see situations where there’s atmospheres that are a little bit toxic we should mention in passing a great start for watford back in the premier league by beating aston villa brighton a great away win at burnley who may have some issues and finish lasting they can’t win at home um but we should mention definitely leicester city because they’ve given so much winning the fa cup winning the community shield finishing fifth the second year in a row and jamie vardy on the scoresheet and the first premier league weekend how are they not in the champions league can you think what’s happened in the last two years you’ll know this if they if they’re added over the two years well you know the stat don’t you that they’ve been in the champions league longer and all the rest of it and they’ve just fallen at the last hurdle every single seat well last two seasons and brendan rodgers job there has been absolutely outstanding outstanding enough that this club you think about this stadium brendan rodgers was you know wanted and courted by daniel levy to come here and leicester weren’t having it i don’t think brendan rodgers was because he’s built something there and they’ve got a great recruitment system it’s more than just you know one season wonder that we call it a few years ago no it’s not a fluke can you think about how consistent they’ve been now for four or five six years lester vardy schmeichel are obviously big characters in terms of they’ve been a constant through that period um and he goes again jamie vardy turned down arsenal straight after the three seasons four seasons 2016. straight after yeah i think it was straight after the winning the title yeah and you think of five years that decision we said at the time i think there was a maybe feeling that does he lack ambition but actually lester have done brilliantly since that point they’ve won the title and he’s gone on and he’s a club legend and he can’t say he’s made the wrong decision i’m sure arsenal wish they would have got him in the end because he would have been a spirited striker that the type that arsenal need with personality and character but he comes again jamie vardy i think he’ll play him for a good few years he’s so fit he’s still got that pace that hunger that little nasty edge that he’s got to him from his non-league days carries through to the premier league and it’s a bite i always felt as though if you were playing against a striker and they were nice that you always were comfortable but if you played against a striker it was tough who you knew would just come again and again and again then that was the worst feeling vardy will just keep coming again game after game month after month and season after season to finish sum up the change in attitude from the referees and pgml towards this new season who’ve looked at euro 2020 seen some things that were done better yeah and not been frightened of implementing them and it’s not just var is it it’s just the flow of the game we’ve we’ve seen a lot more open play tackles not being penalized at any sort of the merest content no two things i was going to say i’m glad you mentioned that martin it’s two things it’s not just the adaptation of vr which needed to happen which i think the pgmol got wrong two years ago and they felt they could do it differently than all the experience that had been built in europe they thought they would look at it differently not going to the monitors the way in which they apply different things but they’ve gone back to i think a sensible application of a lighter touch i think was the words that michael oliver used in his interview with jamie carragher and i think that’s the right approach because it was starting to turn everyone off and the fans in particular even though i was persistent last season that we should stick with it i’m glad we have because it’s not interfered with this game one little bit today or any game that i’ve seen this weekend the second part i think is the most important part is that it looks like the referees are not gonna have a lie to touch on vir they’re gonna let things go they’re gonna allow physicality the refereeing i think in the euros we’ve always said english refereeing is the is the best you know it’s the highest standards but i think that maybe looking at that refereeing in the summer i know you could argue that the best two referees from each country but there was a really high standard of officiating there was a really well managed var and we it’s only the first weekend and we should be careful because we’re only one disaster away from sort of saying the referees aren’t very good again i know that that’s not necessarily always the case they’re very good but this was a brilliant weekend for referees it was a brilliant weekend for football with the fans returned i said during the game the fans returning it feels like we’ve got fans back and it feels like we’ve got the game back our game has been revered around the world to be more physical more exciting better atmospheres in stadiums but the last couple of years fans not being in the stadium soft free kicks little things that you just think i i said it the other day i started to doubt myself in commentary i’m very sure and you’re very sure in commentary about is that a foul is that not a foul it got to the point where i didn’t have a clue whether something was a free kick or not and when we’re getting to that point where we’re doubting ourselves and being part of the game for 20 30 years and seen at a professional level you’re thinking it can’t be right because i’m not quite sure that’s a free kick or not a free kick is that a penalty or not a penalty is it handball is it not humble is it offside or is it not offside and you were going into games thinking i haven’t got a clue anymore and then you pick up your social media feed after it’s 50 50. and i always think if it’s 50 50 in a lot of incidents you’re thinking the game’s not right where is it now it becomes a lot more sure it’s a lot more definite and today anthony taylor the only thing i thought was strange today was when he called larise over to speak about tanganga on the second occasion that he looked like he’d said to him one more foul than you’re going to get in the book that was the only thing that i thought was strange but everything else about anthony taylor today the weekend was outstanding you know what laurie said larry said to auntie taylor do not send him off because he’s going to be gary neville’s man of the match well he was my man in the match because i have to say we can we can talk about defending in my day it used to be better the pressure that these defenders are put under now from a one-on-one situation and a physicality point of view the one-on-one situations that they’re putting is completely different than you know i’m each to face i used to say one or two one and a one one or two one v ones half or a game you would get against you tangangas probably had about five in the first ten minutes today and to continually play like that on the edge but not just drop off and double up i used to sometimes say to david beckham or whoever it was that was playing in front of me come back and help me out double up let’s that used to be the sort of tactic of dealing with a 1v1 if he was struggling against the quit winger now these lads play one-on-one maura was up the pitch in front of him not coming back yeah sometimes hoiberg or skip would come across but he handled raheem sterling and jack greeley’s in that channel with sanchez and hoiberg brilliantly and i couldn’t have done that on my own 20 years ago that was a good fallback played for manchester united played for england but what that kid did out there today was really special from a one-on-one defending point of view so we can all sit up here and as old defenders and say they can’t stop crosses anymore they can’t do this anymore i’ll tell you some of these lads in the situations that they’re putting their right wingers don’t come back anymore they stay up the pitch they’re one-on-one and they’re exposed and they’re expected not to be exposed defensively they then got to get up the pitch and run 100 yards every time and that’s not the old overlapping fallback that used to be it’s every single time concello zinchenko or mende that every one of them are just forward we saw luke shaw in the summer and it’s non-stop for them so i’m gonna give credit to tanganga today because he did something out on that pitch that i thought was really special which was play one-on-one against sometimes two players who were exceptional going against players dribbling against players and he stuck at it and that’s why he wouldn’t man the match maura could have had it but it was tanganga because of that i always like giving her right back anyway don’t i but today you were justified i was thanks for your time thank you martin
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