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Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2018 Chelsea vs Tottenham

2018 Chelsea vs TottenhamThe international friendlies have finished and our attention returns to domestic football this weekend with important games at the top and bottom of the table, including a huge London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham. We will also introduce the football phrase, well-worked routine, ask you a quiz question, and take a look at some of those big games in our predictions’ section. For those wishing to improve their English, there’s a transcript to the show below and if you have questions or comments, email us at: (Damon=DB; Damian=DF).

Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2018 Chelsea vs Tottenham

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Transcript of the show

DB: You are listening to Languagecaster’s football-language podcast. Hello football fans and welcome to the show. Beautiful weather over here in Japan, where regular listeners will know I am based. Damian has hopped across the Irish Sea from his base in London to Ireland for a short break. Hiya Damian.

DF: Hello Damon and hello everyone listening, yes, I am in Ireland where the weather is bright and breezy but as it’s Spring and it’s Ireland there’s always a hint of rain! What do we have on the show this week, Damon?

Line up

DB: Well, our regular features, Damian. So that’s our first news section, the good, the bad and the ugly; our second section, which focuses on football language and most shows has a quiz question, too; and finally our last section, which is or predictions section – with one massive game to spotlight this weekend – Chelsea v Tottenham.

You’re listening to (in Mongolian.)

DB: You are indeed listening to and that message was in Mongolian. And next, it’s the good the bad and the ugly with Damian.

DF: Good stuff. Right, let me kick off with some good news.


DF: It was a great week for some of the international sides as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup. Brazil won away in Germany, Belgium thrashed Saudi Arabia, Uruguay defeated Wales, Poland scored a last-minute winner to beat South Korea but perhaps the stand out result was Spain’s 6-1 hammering of Argentina. Admittedly the Argentinians were without Messi but the way they collapsed under the Spanish attacks will give their coach, Sampaoli, and their fans huge food for thought. How about bad Damon?


DB:  Well the internationals left the Russian team in a bad state. The hosts lost, of course at home, to Brazil and France. Now, both of those sides will be among the favourites so a loss wasn’t a surprise but the manner of the losses was not encouraging. A 3-0 loss to Brazil and a 3-1 defeat at the hands of France. That drops Russia to 63rd in FIFA’s world rankings, with only Saudi Arabia at theWorld Cup lower!


DB: And to finish with ugly; last week it was the poor behaviour of England fans, but this week, continuing the bad from Russia, their fans have been accused by several sources of making monkey chants, racially abusing, several of France’s black players during the friendly match played last week. The problem with Russian fans – violence and racism – has been highlighted before but it looks as though they could be a potential problem come the real matches in June.


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Quiz Question

DF: Now it’s time for our quiz question this week and it’s to do with the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham. We want to know when was the last time Tottenham beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, that’s the home ground of Chelsea. When was the last time Chelsea lost at home to Tottenham in the league? And we’ll have the answer at the end of the show.

DB: Next up it’s our English for football phrase and Damian is going to explain the phrase ‘well-worked routine’.

Football Language: Well-worked routine

DF: Yes, there are many different types of set pieces in football such as a free-kick a corner or a throw in and teams carefully prepare for them in training before the game. When teams work on these set pieces they work repeatedly on them; over and over again until everyone knows what to do; they know what the routine is. Of course, they do not always work in a game as the opposition can stop or block their routine but when a set piece plan works and a goal is scored we might hear the TV commentator say that the team scored from a well-worked set piece or a well-worked routine. Other phrases you might hear with well-worked include:

  • well-worked goal
  • well-worked free kick

Here is an example from World Soccer April 19 2017  ‘Alejandro Silva scores well-worked goal for Lanus’.


DB: It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in a well-worked goal, but the new season starts in my league soon, so I’ll see what I can do. Meanwhile it is time for us to look at some of the games this weekend in our predictions section.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

DF:  OK, the Premier League is back and we have three games from the top flight in our predictions this week and I am going to start with a game that affects the top and the bottom of the table. Crystal Palace are currently in 16th place two points above the drop zone so they need points, while Liverpool are in third place. I think the Reds will have too much for Palace but they also have a huge Champions League quarter-final match next week so I wonder will this finish in a draw? Maybe 1-1. Damon?

DB: Yes, this is an interesting time to play Palace as they have some of their big names back fit and match ready – I’m thinking Zaha and Sakho, the latter will also have something to prove after being frozen out of the squad by Liverpool manager Klopp. Having said that though, Liverpool should be well rested and I think they will win this one 2-0.

West Ham v Southampton

DB: A relegation battle next. West Ham v Southampton.

DF: This is a huge game between the teams in 17th and 18th in the league and there are only two points separating the sides. Southampton have a new manager Mark Hughes and he’ll be hoping to leap frog West Ham with an away victory at the London Stadium but… a draw for me, 1-1.

DB: I can see West Ham keeping another fan revolt at bay with a 1-0 win.

Chelsea v Tottenham

DF: Another big game, this time at the top of the table between my favourite team Tottenham and London rivals Chelsea. We are five points clear of them so I think I would take a draw but I would, of course, love a win. 2-1 to Spurs and that’s without Harry Kane!

DB: This has 1-1 draw written all over it.

Quiz Answer

DF: OK and before we go, here’s the answer to the quiz question we asked earlier. We wanted to know when was the last time Spurs beat Chelsea away from home. And the answer is way back in 1990 – over 28 years ago. Hopefully this weekend will see that statistic changing!

Good bye

DB: Well done if you managed to get the question right and we’ll have another one for you next week.

DF: OK, that’s all for this week. Enjoy all of the football and next week we will be looking back at the Champions League quarter-final first legs and looking ahead to Manchester and Merseyside derbies. Bye bye.

DB: Ta-rah!

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