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Las Blancas Podcast: Building Blocks For Future Success Present In 5-2 Defeat To Barcelona

Host Om Arvind is joined by Barcelona analyst Borja to offer tactical insight and commentary on Gio Queiroz’s allegations of abuse.

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid: Quarter Final Second Leg - UEFA Women’s Champions League Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

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On this episode of Las Blancas podcast, host Om Arvind and Barcelona analyst Borja discuss:

  • Borja’s experience live at the Camp Nou on such a historic occasion
  • Why it took some time for the stadium to fill up to full capacity
  • Real Madrid players having to face a level of crowd animosity they’re not used to
  • Both sides’ tactical approaches compared to the second half of the first leg
  • Barcelona’s micro-adjustments vs. the high press and Madrid’s narrow wingers
  • Barca’s improved high press
  • Babs’ incredible box defense
  • Las Blancas problem-solving late in the first half
  • Why Real’s direct strategy didn’t work
  • Reasons behind the crazy opening to the second half
  • Zornoza’s unbelievable hit from distance
  • Potential parallels between the second goals Madrid conceded in both legs
  • Whether Misa was culpable on Claudia Pina’s speculative effort
  • Whether Athenea made a mistake preceding Pina’s strike
  • Alexia scouting Ivana and exploiting her tendencies on the fourth goal
  • Misa’s poor day and how she will respond in future matches
  • Rolfö being a nightmare 1v1 matchup for fullbacks
  • Why Madridistas can take pride in these Champions League losses
  • The strategy that works vs. Barcelona
  • Olga’s and Lucía’s promising performances
  • The juxtaposition between Gio Queiroz’s statement about facing abuse at Barcelona and the wonderful day at the Camp Nou [English translation of Gio’s statement]
  • Barcelona’s weak response to Gio
  • How a Culé processes this series of events
  • Ex-Barca player Leire Landa supporting Gio
  • Markel Zubizarreta’s response on radio
  • The need to completely abandon tribalism on these issues and how Gio’s alleged situation reflects a deep-rooted problem present everywhere in women’s football

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Hosts this week:

Om Arvind (@OmVASports)

Borja (@AnkaraHansen)

Las Blancas (@Las_Blancas)