This episode comes in two parts.
Part One: Ahtletic Post-game, Kiyan Sobhani and Mehedi Hassan discuss:
- Was this the best possible starting XI from Carlo Ancelotti?
- Eden Hazard’s performance
- The case for Peter Federico
- Ancelotti’s post-game quotes about Hazard
- Benzema’s goals
- The Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga midfield
- Camavinga’s perforamnce
- The lack of Luka Modric
- The Eder Militao / Nacho pairing
- What went wrong after Benzema’s goals?
- Subs and last minute chaos
- And more.
Part Two (52:43): Las Blancas Podcast, Om Arvind and Yash Thakur discuss:
- Contrasts between the first and second halves
- Real Madrid’s tendency to start games slowly
- The need to swap Babs and Ivana
- The strange spacing between the wide center-backs and Madrid’s transitional build-up structure
- Sporting Huelva’s key tactical mistake
- Revisiting the Esther discourse
- The proper context behind Nahikari’s struggles
- Why it’s so hard to argue that Esther is a net negative
- How Kenti’s positioning changed things for Madrid in the second half
- Athenea as the key difference maker
- Why the Esther-Nahikari partnership looked better after the break
- The advantages of utilizing Maite in an advanced role
- The performances of the subs
- Whether Madrid can realistically make a push for Champions League football
- Derbi Madrileño
- And more
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Hosts this week:
Om Arvind (@OmVAsports)
Yash Thakur (@Odriozolite)
Las Blancas (@Las_Blancas)
Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo)
Mehedi Hassan (@MHassanFootball)