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Vlog on the pitch – what do you make of Rafa’s mind games?

Rafa Benitez was on the attack ahead of Liverpool’s game against Stoke City but then decided to leave Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres on the bench.

The game ended in a goalless draw and on Sunday Manchester United put three past Chelsea to close the gap at the top.

Owen Wyatt and Jon Bramley discuss Liverpool’s team selection and look ahead to Monday’s FIFA World Player of the Year Awards Gala. Should Messi or Ronaldo take home the title?

Vlog in the lift – Can Chelsea afford to lose Drogba?

Didier Drogba reminded Chelsea fans of his importance to their cause with a match-winning performance against Cluj in the Champions League this week, but recent reports have suggested that the controversial striker may be on his way to Inter Milan to link up with former manager Jose Mourinho.

Can Chelsea afford to let him go? Click on the video above to see Vlogonthepitch regulars Owen Wyatt and Jon Bramley have an elevated discussion. Let us know your views.

Vlog on the Pitch: In search of the best World Cup goal

In which our very own World Cup Wyatt peers at everyone’s favourite 5 kilos of gold and malachite, and asks: “What’s your favourite World Cup goal?”

I’d have thought it would be hard to look past the magical realism of Diego Maradona against England, but Owen is a Dennis Bergkamp fan and England fans clearly have fond memories of Geoff Hurst and Michael Owen.

Vlog on the pitch – can Arsenal thrive in the Champions League?

The William Gallas saga behind them, Arsenal have reached the last 16 of the Champions League after a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev.

A late winner from substitute Nicklas Bendtner was enough to send the Gunners through with a game to spare but will Arsene Wenger have to change things if his young side are to progress further in the competition?

Vlog on the Pitch: Where will it end for Maradona?

Vlog on the Pitch host Owen Wyatt is in Glasgow to see the preparations for Diego Maradona’s first game in charge of Argentina.

Owen’s question today is a simple one: Will Diego’s journey end at Soccer City in Johannesburg with the final of the 2010 World Cup? Or is it destined to end badly…

Vlog on the pitch — What is Liverpool’s secret this season?

Tottenham’s struggles have dominated the Premier League headlines so far this season, taking some of the spotlight off a great start for Rafa Benitez and Liverpool.

The Reds look like they can mount a serious challenge for the title for the first time in over a decade.

Vlog on the pitch – who would you pick for England?

Fabio Capello showed his worth with some inspired selections and substitutions in England’s 5-1 win over Kazakhstan and 3-1 victory in Belarus in World Cup qualifying.

With Joe Cole injured, Capello managed to fashion a way for Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to play with each other while the introduction of Shaun Wright-Phillips helped on both occasions.

Vlog on the Pitch — Ramos on the ropes at Spurs

It’s not easy being a Spurs fan at the moment and if the team suffer another bad result against Hull City on Sunday it’s going to be an uncomfortable international break for Juande Ramos.

 

Owen Wyatt is joined by Vlog on the Pitch regular Jon Bramley and Mike Davidson to discuss the underlying reasons for the team’s disappointing start to the season. They also take a glance over to Germany, where a Hamburg side coached by Martin Jol — remember him? – are currently top of the league.

Vlog on the Pitch: Cesc Fabregas special

When Aleksandr Hleb and Mathieu Flamini left Arsenal in the close season with no obvious replacements you might have been tempted to question Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy.

Well, Cesc Fabregas was not among the doubters, as he told Reuters this week. Cesc says he always had faith in the man who brought him in from Barcelona as an unknown teenager (as well he might).

Vlog on the pitch: Football’s top 10 moments … in ballet

For England fans of a certain age Gordon Banks’s amazing reflex save from Pele’s header will always rank among one of football’s greatest moments.

You’ve seen it on TV, read about it in print and talked about it at the pub — now you can relive the whole thing in the medium of ballet.

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