Management of the Madrid podcast: Benzema Double Bang in San Mames; The Athenea show against Sporting Huelva

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

This episode consists of two parts.

Part 1: Ahtletic after the match, Kiyan Sobhani and Mehedi Hassan discuss:

  • Was this the best possible starting XI for Carlo Ancelotti?
  • Eden Hazard’s performance
  • The case of Peter Federico
  • Ancelotti’s post-match quotes on Hazard
  • Benzema’s goals
  • Midfielder Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga
  • Camavinga’s performances
  • Luka Modric’s lack
  • The Eder Militao / Nacho couple
  • What happened after Benzema’s goals?
  • Last minute submarines and chaos
  • And more.

Part Two (52:43): Las Blancas Podcast, Om Arvind and Yash Thakur discuss:

  • Contrasts between the first and second half
  • Real Madrid’s tendency to start games slowly

  • The need to swap Babs and Ivana
  • The eerie space between the wide center-backs and Madrid’s transition structure
  • Sporting Huelva’s key tactical mistake
  • Revisiting Esther’s speech
  • The proper context behind Nahikari’s struggles
  • Why is it so hard to pretend Esther is a net negative
  • How Kenti’s positioning changed things for Madrid in the second half
  • Athenea as a key factor in the difference
  • Why the Esther-Nahikari partnership looked better after the break
  • The advantages of using Maite in an advanced role
  • The performance of submarines
  • If Madrid can really push for Champions League football
  • Madrid derbi
  • And more

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Hosts this week:

Om Arvind (@OmVAsports)

Yash Thakur (@Odriozolite)

Las Blancas (@Las_Blancas)

Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo)

Mehedi Hassan (@MHassanFootball)

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