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Managing Madrid Podcast: Vinicius and Benzema blitz Celta Vigo; El Derbi Madrileño Femenino; Esther vs. Nahikari Debate

Kiyan Sobhani and Matt Wiltse dissect a fun night at the Bernabeu before Grant Little and Om Arvind break down Real Madrid Femenino’s loss in the Derby

Real Madrid CF v RC Celta de Vigo - LaLiga Santander Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

This episode of the Managing Madrid Podcast is brought to you by Royal Sonesta Washington DC, where you should be booking your stay when you come to the live show we’re doing in DC! Tickets here.

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

Part One: Kiyan Sobhani and Matt Wiltse break down Real Madrid’s 5 - 2 win over Celta Vigo

  • Lots of goals, bad defense, high entertainment
  • Karim Benzema reliance
  • Carlo Ancelotti’s post-game quotes about Real Madrid’s defense
  • The team’s press and defensive gambles
  • Vinicius Jr’s performance
  • Karim Benzema’s performance
  • Eden Hazard’s performance
  • Miguel Gutierrez’s performance
  • A breakdown of the goals
  • Luka Modric’s performance
  • Interesting tactical wrinkles
  • How worried are we about burn out?
  • Thibaut Courtois’s long balls
  • Carlo’s subs
  • Santiago Bernabeu atmosphere
  • ESPN issues
  • And more

Part Two (1:15:20): Grant Little and Om Arvind break down Real Madrid Femenino’s 0 - 2 loss to Atletico Madrid

  • Thoughts on the starting lineup and Nahikari García as a right-winger
  • Breaking down the mistakes on the first goal
  • The physical demands on the players
  • Were Real Madrid Femenino that good in the first half?
  • Atlético Madrid managing game state
  • Claudia Zornoza’s passing issues
  • The intro and background to the Esther González vs. Nahikari García debate, where every single angle gets covered (seriously)
  • The need for a heavily nuanced discussion around Esther and Nahikari
  • Explaining who Nahikari and Esther are as players and how their strengths match (or don’t) with their stylistic tendencies
  • Why there is some incompatibility between Nahikari and Esther
  • Whether we can really argue that all of Nahikari’s problems are because of Esther
  • Esther’s box movement vs. Nahikari’s
  • How playing Nahikari as a right-winger made everything worse
  • Why Esther and Caroline Møller Hansen’s compatibility was the bigger issue vs. Atleti rather than Esther and Nahikari’s
  • The two ways to solve the Esther vs. Nahikari issue and which one is better
  • Esther playing differently with Spain and how that informs this discussion
  • Which key individuals have the dressing room power
  • The need for fans to set biases aside
  • Om being the Esther of the podcast and Grant being the most portable co-host of all time
  • Back to the game! Oscar Fernández’s substitution masterclass in the second half
  • Thembi Kgatlana’s terrifying impact
  • Maitane’s tactical fouling
  • How Maitane’s brilliant tackling created Atleti’s second goal
  • On Las Blancas’ schedule, fixture congestion, and the injury situation not set to get any easier in the future
  • Explaining the TV rights mess in detail and why we might not be able to watch certain games
  • Spain’s women footballers fighting against all obstacles to grow the sport
  • Why women’s football will win

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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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