The Real Champs Podcast Ep. 2

After last week’s episode, quite a bit happened in the league and the Copa del Rey. With El clasico coming up, we go over everything that happened on this week’s episode of The Real Champ’s podcast

This week we were joined by the same podcast host’s as last week. We had Alex Mcvey, Ben Sundock and Luis Castillo talking about everything that happened in the world of Real Madrid. We had alot to talk about, so here’s the rundown on this week’s topics

Sporting Gijon Match

Real Madrid beat Sporting de Gijón 2-1 in a wet and wild affair at the Santiago Bernabeu, giving them enough points to go 6 points clear at the top of the table following Barca’s draw against Real Sociedad at the Anoeta. We go over:

Overall Impressions of the match

The return of James Rodriguez – People seem to have radically different opinions about how James did this match. Ray hudson thought he did really well for his first match in a long time, others thought he failed to impose himself on the match. The team dives into the polarizing return of the colombian midfielder.

The magical, disappearing Karim Benzema – Had no touches inside the opponent’s box in the first half, only registered six passes in the first half, improved slightly in the second but still didn’t contribute much of anything. What’s going on – Is he Struggling for match fitness, is it a tactical problem with the way Zidane has him set up, or is something else going on?

Ronaldo continuing to impress

With a brace and a hat trick in the last 3 matches, the question had to come up: Has he become solely a striker, or does he still have what it takes to play on the wing?

Other tidbits

  • Modric’s poor game
  • Terrible weather
  • Vazquez did well
  • Sporting’s goal – who’s to blame?
  • The missed penalty – lolololol

Were Madrid lucky to get away with all 3 points? If so, does that worry us heading into el clasico?

Are Real Madrid running away with the league?

Cultural Leonesa (Copa Del Rey)

Carrying a 7-1 lead into their match at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid faced off against Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del rey. Madrid named a pared down squad, with only 16 total players called up for the match. This was a great opportunity for Zidane to rest the squad ahead of el clasico and give some younger players a run-out. With a 6-1 win for an ultimate aggregate scoreline of 13-2, Mariano Diaz picking up a hat trick and Enzo Zidane making his first team debut, so…:

Overall impressions of the match?

Squad players that impressed?

El Clasico

Real Madrid goes into the Clasico in great form, Barca, not so much. However…

The 5-0 Barca win in 2010 had a strikingly similar lead up to the game. Real was in first and hadn’t lost all season and they got shocked…

we debate:

Barca’s recent troubles

Barca currently sits six points behind Real Madrid. For a bit of historical perspective, the llast time Barca was 6 points behind Madrid was during Mourinho’s la liga winning season. What’s going on with the Blaugrana right now?

Debate the ideal starting 11

Keys to victory – what does Madrid need to do to win

Match Predictions