Football Language Podcast – 2019 – Man United vs Liverpool: The big game this weekend in the Premier League is the clash between Manchester United and Liverpool. We feature that game in our predictions. We also talk about the football cliché ‘goals change games‘, while we also have two football quiz questions: one about the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United and the oter connected to a team’s title hopes. We’ll also have a chat about the footballing news from the week, including reactions to some of the stories from the Champions League. If you would like the transcript to the show please show your support by becoming a patron (through Patreon). With the transcript you can improve your English by reading as you listen, or if you are a teacher of English you can use the transcript to make several activities for your learners. If you have questions or comments, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Damian=DF, Damon=DB).
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DF: You are listening to languagecaster.com’s football-language podcast. Hello everyone! My name’s Damian and this is the podcast for all lovers of the beautiful game of football, and those who want to improve their English language skills. I’m based in London, where we are having beautiful spring-like weather – the sun is out, there are blue skies and compared to this time last year when we had snow and strong winds it’s wonderful weather for playing and watching football. Now, I wonder what the weather is like in Tokyo where Damon is – Damon, how are things with you in Japan?
DB: Hiya Damian. We’re enjoying some mild, for winter, sunny weather here in the capital of Japan – a little bit like you in London. And the balcony is a nice sun trap and my winter peas are coming along nicely! Did you manage to watch any of the games in the Champions League games last 16 this week?
DF: Yes I did, Damon. On Wednesday I saw Atlético Madrid beat Juventus 2-0 at home in their first leg match – this was a really enjoyable game between two sides that have played, and lost, four of the past five Champions League finals, so two of the big-hitters from the competition. Atlético have further motivation to do well this season as the final will be played in their stadium in May, while we all know that Juventus signed Ronaldo this season in order to take that final step and try and win the title for the first time since 1996. Now, the Spanish side won 2-0 thanks to a fantastic second-half performance and look favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Now, I also watched the Liverpool vs Bayern Munich game which finished scoreless, 0-0. I enjoyed it even though some described it as cagey; that’s a tight game. I think the tie is very much in the balance – either team might win it. How about you? Did you watch any of those matches?
DB: I did. I watched both of those games and Atlético look the strongest out of those four I’ve got to say.
DF: Are you confident about Liverpool?
DB: 50-50, I think .
DF: OK, what do we have on today’s show?
DB: Right, on the show today we have the good, the bad and the ugly – our football news section. After that, we have the first of our quiz questions and this one is about title hopes, while the second one is about hat tricks in the North-West derby between The Reds and the Red Devils – that’s Liverpool vs Manchester United. We also have some English for football language, a cliche this week – goals change games. Then we finish with some predictions, including of course the big game between England’s two most successful clubs and also the League Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City. Right, let’s kick off with the good, the bad and the ugly.