Julien Laurens on Zlatan being less lazy and the Ligue 1 stars bound for England
The French football expert and journalist is in the studio for episode 35 of the Betway Insider Podcast...
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Journalist and French football expert Julien Laurens - writer for Le Parisien and broadcaster on BT Sport's Champions League Goals Show - joins host Tom Bowles and resident tipster Alan Alger in the studio to discuss:
- If an English club can realistically win the Champions League this season.
- Why there are some success stories in UEFA's elite club competition, even though the group stages have become stagnant.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic's adaption to English football, including why the "force of nature" is working harder at Manchester United than he ever did at Paris St-Germain.
- Why the popular criticism of Ligue 1 is unfair, especially considering how many French-based players are signed by Premier League clubs.
- The players based in France who are likely to move to the Premier League over the next couple of transfer windows.
- Diego Costa overtaking Sergio Aguero as favourite to win the Premier League Golden Boot, and why the bookies stand to lose should Alexis Sanchez finish as top scorer.
- Dele Alli's dubious tumble against Swansea City and what football should do to cut out diving in this week's Finish This Sentence...
- What Julien's work as a consultant to English clubs over French players entails.
- How he has built a rapport with French players in the Premier League, including catching the Eurostar with Laurent Koscielny and Hugo Lloris.
- The "genius" that is Paul Pogba and how he will return Manchester United to their former glories.
- His pride at both working on the Champions League Goals Show and the positive reception it has received.
- The four French Premier League imports who make up his Insider 5 alongside Claude Makalele - the player so good he had a position named after him.
- Why French players have adapted to the Premier League better than, say, German and Italian players.
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