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Managing Madrid Podcast: Kovacic Updates, Midfield Depth, Courtois & Kepa, Preseason Notes

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Kiyan and Gabe discuss Real Madrid’s midfield depth moving forward, the dominoes of Zidane not signing Kepa last season, notes from the ICC match against Roma, and more

Real Madrid Training Session - UEFA Champions League Final Previews Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

On this Patron-only episode of the Managing Madrid Podcast, Kiyan Sobhani and Gabe Lezra discuss:

- Preseason talk! What to take away from the Roma match, tactics and all

- The midfield build-up vs problems in the final third if Gareth Bale gets injured (and over-reliance on Bale’s health in general)

- Roma sleepwalking, and Real Madrid facing much better defensive lines in the regular season (yah duh)

- Keylor’s impressive distribution

- Carvajal’s poor form lingering

- Thibaut Courtois’s arrival, and the dominoes of Zidane not signing Kepa

- Athletic Bilbao has more money! What now?

- Mateo Kovacic latest updates

- Why does Lopetegui find a need to replace Kovacic at all?

- General talk on performances and place in team moving forward: Marcos Llorente, Fede Valverde, Vinicius Jr, Martin Odegaard

- Real Madrid captains historically

- Which players should go on loan and where?

- Advice on starting a podcast

- And more.

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Hosts this week:

Gabe Lezra (@ElEzrah)

Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo)