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Real Deal Pods: La Liga’s Finest

The State of Play Among Spain’s Top Clubs

On this episode of the Real Deal, we bring on resident Managing Madrid analyst José Pérez to break down the top half of the La Liga table.

We ask the questions everyone is wondering ahead of the business end of the season: will Real Madrid safely win the title? How much of a threat are Girona? Are Girona La LIga’s version of Leicester City? We discuss the new look, attacking Atletico Madrid and the flaws of Xavi’s Barcelona. We also dive into Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Bilbao with breakout winger Nico Williams, Alguacil’s defensive Real Sociedad (and their chances against PSG), Isco’s Real Betis, Pimienta’s Las Palmas, and Valencia.


3:08 - The State of Real Madrid

18:37 - Dissecting Girona’s Title Chances

26:12 - A New Look Atletico Madrid

32:56 - The Sorry State of FC Barcelona

48:55 - Can Bilbao Finish Top 4?

55:35 - Real Sociedad, the “Arsenal of Spain”

1:00:08 - Isco’s Real Betis

1:03:28 - Pimienta’s Las Palmas

1:07:52 - Valencia’s Resilience


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Hosts this week:

Mehedi Hassan (@MHassanFootball)

Siddharth Ramsundar (@TacticalFouling)

José Perez (@jcperez_)

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