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Managing Madrid Podcast: Emergency Varane Episode; Las Blancas Olympics Update

Kiyan Sobhani, Matt Wiltse, and Om Arvind break down the Varane transfer before Grant Little joins the show to help cover Las Blancas and the Olympics

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This episode of the Managing Madrid Podcast comes in two parts.

Part One: Emergency Varane departure segment

- Why this is a huge blow for the club

- How tied is Raphael Varane’s departure to David Alaba and Kylian Mbappe?

- Would Real Madrid have lose him if they held onto him for one more season?

- Was his salary actually an issue?

- Will Isco be the next dominoe to fall?

- Varane’s legacy

- The manner in which he left

- And more.

Part Two (1:02:28): Las Blancas Olympics update

  • Our honest, brutal thoughts on the USWNT’s approach
  • Recapping Sweden 2 - 0 New Zealand
  • Australia’s rather inefficient and similarly conservative strategy
  • Did the US even execute Vlatko Andonovski’s preferred route one tactics properly?
  • The psychological dominance of the USWNT and whether that’s over
  • Will we see a different US vs. the Netherlands?
  • Did the players seem visibly frustrated with Vlatko’s decisions?
  • Great Britain 1-1 Canada
  • Great Britain’s and Canada’s offensive struggles
  • Fran Kirby’s seismic impact in limited minutes
  • Om’s 2021 Ballon d’Or ranking
  • Laughing at some hilariously horrible commentary
  • Quickly going over the other three games
  • How the Olympics knockouts look
  • Predictions for the quarter-finals

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Hosts this week:

Om Arvind (@OmVAsports)

Grant Little (@grantlittle09)

Las Blancas (@Las_Blancas)

Kiyan Sobhani (@kiyanSo)

Matt Wiltse (@mattWiltse4)

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