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Managing Madrid Castilla Podcast: A Mini-Clásico Exchange

Are you team Guti or team Pep?

This is the first podcast I have ever hosted, and depending on how it goes it may well be the first of many. For this reason I needed to start big, and get a guest of the highest quality in to talk to. We needed to enter rival territory to get the right man for the job. And who better than perhaps the Barcelona version of myself? Navid Molaaghaei (@NavidJaaan) from the YoungCules Twitter account was kind enough to miss the first half of the Barcelona-Levante game to come and speak to us.

The topics included:

  1. We spoke about Nav, and the work he does and how he got into it all the way from Denmark!
  2. We talked about Castilla and Barcelona B and how they are both faring in Segunda B this season, as well as what they’ve been up to during the past few years.
  3. We took some questions from you guys! We tried to answer all of them, but I read them directly from Twitter due to being a complete amateur, and may have got some confused or forgot to read out names!
  4. We compared and contrasted the best Barca B and Castilla teams of all time. Of course note that this section completely opinionated , and was meant for a bit of light hearted fun (Translation: please don’t slay me for putting in Casemiro ahead of Del Bosque!!). Who would make your team? The scores from this game were as so:

Castilla/Barca B

Iker Casillas✔/Víctor Valdés❌

Dani Carvajal✔/Albert Ferrer❌

Manolo Sanchís❌/Carles Puyol✔

Nacho Fernández✔/Marc Bartra

José Antonio Camacho✔/Sergi Barjuán❌

Casemiro❌/Sergio Busquets

Guti❓/Pep Guardiola❓

Juan Mata❌/Xavi Hernández✔

Jesé Rodríguez❌/Lionel Messi✔

Míchel❌/Andrés Iniesta✔

Raúl González✔/Pedro Rodríguez❌

So, 5-5 with one point to go (Thanks to Nav refusing to let Raúl leave without a point), it is now down to you guys to decide who wins... Just who was better, Guti or Guardiola?

Real Madrid’s Guti (right) passes the ball as Barcelona’s Josep Guardiola (left) looks on
Michael Steele/EMPICS via Getty Images

This was seriously fun to make, and I am certainly open minded to the idea of making more. I learned a lot simply from talking to Nav about the goings on at Barcelona, and I hope you guys find it all as insightful as I did. If you wan’t this to become a regular thing with a range of different guests coming on to talk football, then please don’t hesitate to leave some feedback on how you found it! Make sure to follow Nav (@NavidJaan), and the YoungCules account as it is seriously insightful even for non-Barca fans like ourselves! Once again a big thank you to Nav, and also to you guys who made hosting any type of show possible. I can’t wait to hear some of your thoughts!

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Hosts this week:

Sam Sharpe (@CastillaStats)

Navid Molaaghaei (@NavidJaaan)

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