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Managing Madrid Podcast: Las Blancas Bask In History; XI vs Celta; Isco vs Guti; Tactics With Hazard

Om Arvind & Grant Little discuss Champions League DNA, which league is the best in the world, key tactical battles, & more before Kiyan Sobhani and Lucas Navarrete dive into the Real Madrid mailbag

Manchester City v Real Madrid - UEFA Women’s Champions League Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

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

Part 1: Las Blancas post-gam show with Grant Little and Om Arvind

  • How it feels knowing that we outplayed Manchester City and deserved to progress
  • Is Real Madrid’s Champions League DNA real?
  • What makes watching Real Madrid Femenino right now more special than it will ever be
  • What we expected the formation to be and why we were wrong
  • Whether playing Claudia Zornoza on the right wing was the correct decision
  • The struggle to get Athenea del Castillo involved consistently
  • Madrid’s right-sided bias in attack
  • How Zornoza handled being out of position
  • Potential alternate approaches on offense
  • Nahikari García’s moment being stolen from her
  • Lucía Rodríguez’s partial redemption in this game
  • The crucial differences in Madrid’s defensive approach between the 1st leg and 2nd leg
  • Would the approach from the 1st leg have been sustainable in the 2nd?
  • Debating which domestic league is the best in the world
  • Why Vicky Losada should’ve known better
  • Breaking down Las Blancas’ winning goal
  • Ivana Andrés scaring City into a more conservative attacking strategy
  • City’s defensive changes in the 2nd half
  • Misa giving us a heart attack
  • The critical flaws in Gareth Taylor’s offensive tactics
  • The one thing City did to trouble Madrid defensively
  • The unselfishness and work-rate of Nahikari and Esther González
  • Teresa Abelleira swapping positions in the 2nd half
  • Giving Aurélie Kaci props for her defense
  • Teresa becoming the complete midfielder
  • Touching on other notable individual performances
  • The awful camera angle glitch
  • Randomly needing VPN to watch RMTV

Part Two (1:30:25): Mailbag with Kiyan Sobhani and Lucas Navarrete

  • Who won’t be available this weekend in Real Madrid’s game vs Celta Vigo?
  • The potential starting XI
  • How much will Eduardo Camavinga play?
  • Why don’t we play 4-2-3-1 more?
  • How will Gareth Bale be received at the Bernabeu?
  • Eden Hazard’s best game in years over the international break
  • Why his role with Belgium is hard to replicate
  • Is Isco a Real Madrid legend?
  • Is Gareth Bale?
  • Isco vs Guti
  • Is taking less touches to score the best approach?
  • And more.

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Hosts this week:

Om Arvind (@OmVAsports)

Grant Little (@grantlittle09)

Las Blancas (@Las_Blancas)

Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo)

Lucas Navarrete (@LucasNavarreteM)


Check out some bonus content, where Om Arvind talks to Sporticos about Real Madrid fandom, Mbappé, Florentino, and more!


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