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Managing Madrid Podcast: Los Galacticos Fall To Juventus, 2003

Kiyan Sobhani, Om Arvind, and Matt Wiltse review Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final loss in Turin in 2003

Fussball: CL 02/03, Juventus Turin - Real Madrid 3:1 Photo by Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images

On this episode of the Managing Madrid Podcast, Kiyan Sobhani, Matt Wiltse, and Om Arvind break down Real Madrid’s 3 - 1 loss to Juventus in Turin in the second leg of the 2003 Champions League semi-finals. Among the talking points:

  • The context of Real Madrid’s Champions League semifinal appearance in 2003
  • Juventus’s outstanding job at replacing the money they received for Zinedine Zidane (especially compared to the way Barcelona replaced Luis Figo)
  • Real Madrid’s starting XI
  • The lack of ball-playing CMs before the Modric - Kroos era
  • Juventus’s starting XI
  • Raul’s performance
  • Peak Thuram and Zambrotta
  • Was Guti overrated?
  • Luis Figo’s performance
  • Fernando Hierro’s performance
  • Breaking down all of Juventus’s goals
  • Real Madrid’s offense and lack of chances
  • Iker Casillas vs Gianluigi Buffon
  • Pavel Nedved’s offensive brilliance
  • Lippi vs Del Bosque
  • Sergio Ramos at age 34 vs Fernando Hierro at age 34
  • Zidane and Figo’s defensive responsibilities
  • Makélélé’s absence
  • Which of these two teams would do better in the modern era?
  • And more

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Hosts this week:

Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo)

Matt Wiltse (@MattWiltse4)

Om Arvind