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NBC Group Chat: ‘World Cup’ style Premier League return?

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Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe welcome the all-stars of the NBC Sports broadcast crew into a roundtable (via web) discussion of all things soccer in a socially-responsible social distance podcast.

Wednesday’s NBC Group Chat talks on reported plans for the Premier League’s return as well as staffs and players taking pay cuts for the health of their clubs.

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Rebecca Lowe, Arlo White, Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux, and Kyle Martino join The 2 Robbies to discuss reports of the Premier League’s potential plans to resume the season, including one which involves “World Cup-style” camps over June and July (1:00).

The team also shares their thoughts on players taking pay cuts to help clubs deal with financial problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (30:32).

Elsewhere, Rebecca takes center stage with a new show of sorts.

The PL morning hero takes a walk through the world of Premier League social media this week.

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LISTEN: NBC Group Chat talks responding to difficult situations

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You can take the soccer away from the NBC Sports Soccer broadcast crew, but you can’t take the crew away from the soccer.

Rebecca Lowe, Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and Kyle Martino all got together for the second edition of the Premier League on NBC Group Chat.

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This episode each member of the team shared a challenging moment they went through during their careers and discussed how they handled those difficult situations.

For Robbie Mustoe, there’s a tricky tale of former Italy star Fabrizio Ravanelli and some locker room drama at Middlesbrough.

“The Italians would be in one corner, the Brazilians another, and the Brits stuck together and were the majority, but it wasn’t a great scenario. The season before we did alright and finished in the top ten. The following season we had all these runs to cup finals but we were relegated.”

 

The 2 Robbies podcast: Analzying the title race; Arsenal, Man United takeaways

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle are joined by two-time Premier League Champion with Arsenal, Lee Dixon, to discuss the key story lines after match week 7 in the Premier League.

The gents discuss Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal (0:50), the state of the title race between Liverpool and Manchester City (14:45), what to make of Tottenham (24:40), Chelsea under Frank Lampard so far (29:45) and if there could be a surprise contender for the top four this season (35:25). Plus, Lee shares his underappreciated performance of the season (41:50).

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Arlo, Lee and Graeme’s Excellent Adventure, Part 3

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Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux are going on another Excellent Adventure.

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NBC Sports’ Premier League crew in the UK will be attending two games on opposite sides of London Saturday, as they’ll call West Ham v. Arsenal (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a big London derby and then Chelsea v. Newcastle United (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) at Stamford Bridge.

For Part 3 of the adventure, the guys will be traveling on motorbikes and stopping to take pictures at Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey along the way.

“Announcing two Premier League games on the same day is really great fun, and now we have the added twist of calling a third game the following day, all in the same city!” lead soccer announcer Arlo White said. “We’ve given up trying to race between stadiums as Lee is far too competitive, but we’ll climb on the motorbike taxis after calling West Ham v/ Arsenal and head west across town to Stamford Bridge, and call Chelsea v. Newcastle. We’ll be armed with GoPro cameras so I’m sure we’ll see some famous sights and landmarks along the way!”

They will also be staying in London on Sunday to call the massive clash at Wembley, as Tottenham host Manchester United (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

“After a night to recover, we’ll head to Wembley on Sunday for a massive game between title chasing Tottenham and a rejuvenated Manchester United.  As usual, the games themselves will come first, but it’s the perfect weekend for the three of us and we can’t wait to get started.”

Stay tuned across our social platforms, including NBC Sport Soccer’s Twitter account, to catch up with the Excellent Adventure 3.

3 Things We Learned from Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

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Chelsea nearly topped Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, handing the Reds their first loss of the season and first Premier League loss since…Chelsea beat them at Stamford Bridge on May 6 of last season. Then Daniel Sturridge happened.

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It wasn’t to be for the Blues, as the substitute’s stunning curler brought Liverpool level and saved a point for the Reds.

There was plenty to take from the game, with Mohamed Salah misfiring, Eden Hazard scoring, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Alisson both saving, and Daniel Sturridge celebrating. What were the biggest takeaways from the 90 minutes in London?

Mo Salah was last season’s star, but so far this campaign it’s Eden Hazard

Mohamed Salah is a fantastic player, and was spectacular last season, unbeatable at times. However, to this point in the season and in this match, he was out-dueled by his Belgian opponent Hazard. The Chelsea playmaker was impossible to guard, leaving defenders in his dust constantly.

His off-ball movement is top class, putting not only himself but his teammates in the best position to succeed. At the moment, there’s nobody better and in better form in the Premier League than Hazard.

Liverpool’s full-backs are promising young players that still have lots to learn

NBC commentator Lee Dixon, a former Arsenal full-back, was all over Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson in the first half for their defensive positioning, and he was spot-on. Dixon criticized Robertson first for allowing Willian to get by him for Chelsea’s first big chance that saw Alisson smother the shot, and subsequently faulted Alexander-Arnold on Liverpool’s right for slipping too high up the pitch before Eden Hazard broke.

There’s no doubting the fact that both players are top class and have bright futures ahead of them, but as Dixon said during the broadcast, they still need to be reminded that their attacking responsibilities are secondary to the defensive positioning. He mentioned that getting beat either over your head or to the inside is unacceptable, and that happened to both Liverpool full-backs.

Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool is always good for a sensational moment

No matter the game, no matter how much time left, no matter who the opponent, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool was built for the special moment. His team is molded to perform for a full 90 minutes in a system that would exhaust most teams would by the hour mark. Somehow, some way, he wills his players to perform week in week out, and no moment is too big.

Daniel Sturridge coming off the bench and scoring that outstanding goal is a massive moment in the Premier League title race, and it certainly won’t be the last from Liverpool. They may win the title and they may not, but they will always be in the running. Never count out the Reds this season.