The Real Champs Podcast Ep. 3

Another week, another podcast! This week, we have some pretty interesting match ups. On Wednesday, we have the second leg of the Dortmund match, which will determine who we faces after the group stage. Then on Saturday we have a league match vs Deportivo La Coruna. Follow along as we dive in to this week’s episode of The Real Champs Podcast

El Clasico Review

In an intense and cagey affair, Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Barcelona at the Camp Nou, staying 6 points clear at the top of the la liga table. It feels like deja vu, because once again Sergio Ramos’ last minute header saved Real Madrid in the dying minutes of a hugely important match, salvaging 2 points and extending Madrid’s unbeaten streak to 33 minutes. Luka Modric, arguably Madrid’s best player over the course of 90 minutes, was quoted after the match as saying that this was a draw that felt like a win.

Talking points

  • Tale of two halves?
  • Madrid really tight defensively – Varane and Ramos partnership is really starting to come good.
  • Not breaking on the counter as well as we could-  missing bale’s influence?
  • Modric’s performance
  • The Sergio Ramos late goal
  • Casemiro’s introduction: did he do what was needed once he was subbed in?

Winter Transfer Window Rumors

As we near the start of the winter transfer window, alot of rumors are going around. Some of them make sense, while others seem like writers a reaching. The podcast team chose three major rumors to tackle this week

Talking points

  • Are James Rodriguez’s days at the Bernabeu Numbered?
  • Machester United’s Martial Rumors
  • Odegaard getting loaned out to Stade Rennais F.C.

Borussia Dortmund Preview

Wednesday, 2:45 pm Eastern Time in the US, Real Madrid faces off against Borussia Dortmund  in the Santiago Bernabeu in the last match of the Champions League group stage. Madrid currently sits two points behind Dortmund in the group, which means we’ll need a win to ensure we come out of this group on top. In the last match in Dortmund, Madrid played well but was only able to muster a  2-2 Draw.

Dortmund is in fine form right now, having recently beat Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker. Add to that the fact that Dortmund is something of a bogey team for us, having knocked Madrid out of the semifinals of the Champions League in 2012/2013, and this match may be poised to give Madrid some difficulty.

Talking points

  • Toni Kroos and Morata are back in the squad. Expecting either of them to start and/or come on as a sub?
  • Mario Gotze out with a knock, how much does this hurt Dortmund’s chances?
  • Aubameyang has eight goals in five appearances since the start of November,  and is currently in the lead for the golden shoe (most league goals across european leagues).
  • Marco Reus – Hat trick 2 games ago, 3 assists last match after coming back from injury
  • Will Pulisic play, and what that would mean for both sides
  • Should we look forward to finishing first in our group? Who do we dread facing in the next round

Deportivo La Coruna Preview

After spending much of the first half of the season in the relegation zone, Deportivo thrashed Real Sociedad 5-1 last week. What does that mean for Real Madrid?

Talking points

  • Deportivo’s performance vs Sociedad
  • Will they be in-form for our match?
  • style of play
  • Real Madrid’s Starting XI
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