John Motson tips Liverpool to win the Premier League because of Guardiola and Manchester City’s desire to win the Champions League

2 Sep

John Motson believes Manchester City’s desire to win the Champions League could afford Liverpool the chance to wrestle the Premier League title from their clutches.

City have been untouchable domestically, amassing 198 points in the previous two seasons and winning the domestic quadruple last time out.

But the quest for European dominance continues and manager Pep Guardiola is still yet to win the competition since 2011 when he was in charge with Barcelona.

Pep Guardiola has not won the Champions League since 2011
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And Motson told Hawksbee and Jacobs this desire could prove to be a distraction.

“I think Man City’s priority, although Guardiola doesn’t talk in priorities – well he does, but not about the Champions League, which is what I think they dearly want to win.

“And I just think City might leave the back door open for Liverpool in the Premier League.

“But at the moment, I can’t see either of them getting beaten! I mean the results on Saturday were emphatic.

Liverpool are reigning European champions having defeated Tottenham in June’s Champions League final
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“Man City, who of course scored four at Brighton to win the league, put four past them at the Etihad and Aguero was just amazing.”

The Spaniard has insisted City’s Premier League form will not suffer as a result of his European ambitions.

However, he did acknowledge he is under pressure to deliver the famous trophy to the Etihad.

“OK, I have to try [to win the Champions League]. I know the reason why we’ll be judged,” he said.

“But I’m an honest guy to myself and there are incredible teams in Europe. As strong as we are, one mistake and you’re out. The important thing is being there. We’ll see how we do.

“Of course we want to win it. We dream of it and we work for it. I know it’s important and if it happens it will be important.

“But I will be the same guy. I’ll wake up in the morning, work a lot, go to sleep as early as possible, eat good, take care of myself as best as possible and love the people I love.

“I’m going to do my best, but it’s not going to change my life.”

John Motson claims Harry Kane will be ‘feeling pretty sick’ after Tottenham Hotspur threw away a two goal lead against Arsenal

2 Sep

John Motson believes Harry Kane will be feeling ‘pretty sick’ after watching Tottenham Hotspur throw away a two goal lead against bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were sitting comfortably after Kane tucked away a first half penalty to add to Christian Eriksen’s strike at the Emirates.

Harry Kane has never beaten Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League
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Spurs have not won a league game at the Emirates Stadium since November 2010 and were pegged back to draw 2-2 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Kane’s penalty – his 10th goal in his last 10 games against Arsenal – put them in prime position to end their hoodoo in this fixture.

And Motson believes the England captain will be extremely displeased with the way Spurs crumbled under pressure.

“Arsenal are still probably fragile in the sense of their defence,” the legendary commentator told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “And I think Spurs are good going forward, but are a little bit fragile at full-back I would say.

The England captain scored his tenth goal in north London derby history
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“I mean, they haven’t got a recognised right-back!

“The thing is, Harry Kane must be feeling pretty sick because to score his tenth goal in the north London derby – which equals the Bobby Smith record of many years ago – only to see his side lose a two goal lead.

“I think the key moment was just before half time, I was thinking ‘If Spurs go in here two-nil up what a great opportunity they have got’.

“But I had a feeling that goal was going to come.”

John Motson claims Harry Kane will be ‘feeling pretty sick’ after Tottenham Hotspur threw away a two goal lead against Arsenal

2 Sep

John Motson believes Harry Kane will be feeling ‘pretty sick’ after watching Tottenham Hotspur throw away a two goal lead against bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were sitting comfortably after Kane tucked away a first half penalty to add to Christian Eriksen’s strike at the Emirates.

Harry Kane has never beaten Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League
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Spurs have not won a league game at the Emirates Stadium since November 2010 and were pegged back to draw 2-2 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Kane’s penalty – his 10th goal in his last 10 games against Arsenal – put them in prime position to end their hoodoo in this fixture.

And Motson believes the England captain will be extremely displeased with the way Spurs crumbled under pressure.

“Arsenal are still probably fragile in the sense of their defence,” the legendary commentator told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “And I think Spurs are good going forward, but are a little bit fragile at full-back I would say.

The England captain scored his tenth goal in north London derby history
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“I mean, they haven’t got a recognised right-back!

“The thing is, Harry Kane must be feeling pretty sick because to score his tenth goal in the north London derby – which equals the Bobby Smith record of many years ago – only to see his side lose a two goal lead.

“I think the key moment was just before half time, I was thinking ‘If Spurs go in here two-nil up what a great opportunity they have got’.

“But I had a feeling that goal was going to come.”

John Motson slams VAR after Manchester United penalty controversy: ‘I call it Virtual Absolute Rubbish – it doesn’t work!’

7 Mar

John Motson launched an amazing rant against VAR on talkSPORT after the controversial finish to Manchester United’s stunning Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

The Red Devils beat the odds to progress to the quarter-finals, overcoming a 2-0 first leg deficit to win 3-1 at the Parc des Princes and go through on away goals.

Marcus Rashford grabbed the winning goal in the fourth minute of stoppage-time from the spot, after another delayed decision via the Video Assistant Referee.

Rashford kept his cool to send United to the last eight

But Motty insists the penalty should NOT have been given.

After Diogo Dalot’s speculative shot struck Presnel Kimpembe on the arm, the on-field ref initially signalled for a corner, but he was alerted to review the incident by the VAR and – after a substantial delay as he checked the pitch-side monitor – the spot kick was given for handball.


MORE: Man United’s VAR penalty should NOT have been given, insist former referee


The law book states it must be a deliberate action for handball to be given, but Motty insists that was not the case with unlucky Kimpembe.

And the broadcasting legend simply told talkSPORT on Thursday: “VAR just doesn’t work!”

Speaking to Jim White at the opening of the new talkSPORT studios in London, he said: “I want to make this point: I wasn’t a fan of VAR and I moderated my view slightly during the World Cup, but I’ve now gone back to what I thought about it.

PSG captain Thiago Silva argues with the referee after he awarded Man United a penalty

“Listen, VAR was brought in to clarify the laws, not to change them! Don’t tell me that handball was deliberate!

“The rule says, at the moment, handball has to be intentional. Well if that’s intentional handball, I shouldn’t be sitting here talking about football.

“Now I’m taking nothing away from Manchester United. I’m delighted for Solksjaer, I think he should get the job now, no question, and I thought it was wonderful Sir Alex Ferguson went in the dressing room.

“The fact he had ten players injured and still turned around a 2-0 deficit… this will go down as one of the great European come backs of all time, but it doesn’t alter the fact Man United’s third goal will be a bad example of VAR was intended for.

“You know what I call it? Virtual Absolute Rubbish! It just doesn’t work.

“I thought it was an embarrassment to the referee, I don’t think he should have been called across to look at him again. There was no need to alert him!

“When the video referee puts pressure on the actual referee and says, ‘we think you should go and have another look at that’, and he runs across the pitch, he’s almost in his mind thinking: ‘Oh my God, I might have got it wrong!”

‘Arsenal are a contradictory club’ – John Motson believes Gunners lack consistency and warns Unai Emery he may not be given time to turn it around

4 Feb

John Motson has described Arsenal as a ‘contradictory club’ after their indifferent start to the season.

After replacing Arsene Wenger with Unai Emery, the Gunners went on a 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions to give fans hope of qualifying for the Champions League.

Motson believes Arsenal have become a ‘contradictory club’

However, their form has dipped somewhat since that run was ended abruptly at Southampton and injuries and defensive frailties have once again crept into their play.

On Sunday afternoon defending Premier League champions Manchester City fully exposed those frailties by targeting the full backs as they secured a 3-1 win to send the Londoners back to sixth in the table.

And Motson believes it is that level of inconsistency which threatens to disrupt Emery’s first season in charge at the Emirates.

“I’ll tell you what I think, I think Arsenal at this moment is a contradictory club,” he told talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs.

Sergio Aguero bagged a hat-trick as City cruised to victory

“For the first half of the season, they couldn’t do anything right in the first half and they won all their matches in the second half.

“And now yesterday, it’s the other way around! I think it’s contradictory because you can’t blame the coach because he’s still new; he’s still sorting it out.

“But it’s very difficult to know of what he how much he inherited from [Arsene] Wenger is a plus and isn’t a plus.

“A year ago, they spent a lot of money on [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette, which was good, but then all of sudden they’re losing [Aaron] Ramsey – who I think is one of their better players – and they’re not using [Mesut] Ozil!

Aaron Ramsey is reportedly on his way to Juventus

“So everything about Arsenal just does not quite stack up apart from the fact that the back four can be relied upon to concede goals.”

Although Emery secured the loan signing of Denis Suarez from Barcelona, the failure to bring in any defensive reinforcements could well come back to haunt the Gunners.

With Sokratis Papastathopoulos currently out injured and Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin out for the season, Emery is currently working with the bare bones.

And Motson does not believe he will be permitted much time to get it right at all.

He added: “The other thing, and this is another phrase which has crept in, is people saying that he will need four or five transfer windows to sort this out.

“That’s two-and-a-half years!”

John ‘Motty’ Motson returns to the commentary box for first time since ending retirement to join talkSPORT

1 Sep

MOTTY IS BACK!

British broadcasting legend John Motson finally returned to our airwaves today for his first live commentary game on the talkSPORT network.

The sheep-skinned hero announced he had ended his retirement to become talkSPORT’s first summer signing back in July.


MAKE WAY FOR A LEGEND: Motty comes out of retirement to join talkSPORT


And he was back in the commentary box on Saturday afternoon, alongside Perry Groves, to bring you the Premier League clash between West Ham and Wolves.

talkSPORT 2 took a moment to herald the arrival of a true footballing icon but, in true Motty fashion, he ensured the football took centre stage:

“It’s 2018 and, yes, I’m still here!

“I’m delighted to be here today, it’s a new opportunity for me obviously, but more importantly it’s a new opportunity for these two teams, West Ham and Wolves, to try and get their first win in the Premier League this season…”

And just like that, he was off.

It’s like he never left!

Listen to a snippet of Motty’s commentary return on talkSPORT above!

Why does John Motson wear a sheepskin coat and what football team does he support?

24 Jul

John Motson, or ‘Motty’ to me and you is now part of the talkSPORT family.

Having reversed a decision to retire from broadcasting, he will now be appearing on regularly when the new season begins.

John Motson has joined talkSPORT

“It didn’t take long to come out of retirement because talkSPORT is a great place to talk football,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to joining the team, commentating on this great game for sometime longer and speaking to a host of footballing legends for a series of shows for fans to re-live the best of football past and present.”

Starting next month, his dulcet tones will be heard across the station, including live commentary of a selection talkSPORT’s exclusive Premier League fixtures as well as further analysis and opinion.

Each Monday and Friday with Hawksbee and Jacobs (weekdays from 1pm) he will be reviewing and previewing all the football action plus later this year he will interview some of his favourite players in ‘Motty’s Magnificent XI’ nostalgia shows.

First, though…

Made to measure sheepskin coats

Why does he wear a sheepskin coat?

“I didn’t set out to make the sheepskin coat anything special, but it just happened when I was at Wycombe in 1990 and the snow came down. I looked forlorn and it just stuck from then on,” he said ahead of his ‘retirement’ at the end of last season, explaining he thinks he has worn ‘nine or 10’ over the years.

“I have always had them made to measure. Even when it is warm people ask where the coat is.

“I’ve always paid for my own. People think the BBC pay for them but they don’t.”

What team does he support?

Barnet, despite being born in Salford. “I have a long connection with the club. I was a junior reporter at the local paper (the Barnet Press) that covered their matches.

“I’ve always lived around Hertfordshire and have looked for their results ever since.

“I go and watch them whenever I can.”

When was his first ever radio commentary?

Everton v Derby in December 1969. An Alan Ball goal helped the Toffees to the points. Talking about the game, he said: “When I came back to Euston on the train that night I was walking behind two guys who were blind and I heard one of them saying to the other: ‘Wasn’t it great to be able to listen to the game?'”