Our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy have changed. We think you'll like them better this way.

  • 01:09

    Managing Madrid Podcast: Is Real Madrid Being Punished?

    in Soccer

    The Managing Madrid podcast is back, and hosts Gabe Lezra, Josh Zeitlin and Lucas Navarrete are here to answer the one question on everyone's minds: is Real Madrid being punished? In all seriousness, the guys break down Madrid's 3-1 win over Málaga, with goals from James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo, and horrifying injuries to Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. How can Madrid rebound from their terrible luck and find a way to beat cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid in the return leg of the Champions League quarter-finals? How should coach Carlo Ancelotti line up his team with all the injuries they've suffered? And who is to blame for this horrible luck? Is Real Madrid being punished? 

    All this and more on this week's Managing Madrid podcast. 


  • 00:47

    Managing Madrid Podcast: Should We Be Worried About Real Madrid's Form?

    in Soccer

    Gabe Lezra, Bozz and Mike Platania are back to chat everything Real Madrid! On this week's episode, the guys chat about Madrid's uninspiring draw with Málaga at the Bernabéu. Is this draw indicative of something larger--a pattern of focusing too much on Cristiano Ronaldo's scoring in detriment to the team? Or maybe a general lack of offensive creativity?--or is it merely bad luck, a blip in an otherwise strong beginning of the season? 

    Additionally, the guys break down Rafa's tactical choices agaisnt Malaga, and discuss what the Spanish coach should tell the players after that match. They geek out about Luka Modric and his countryman Mateo Kovacic, and conclude with some previews--first Malmo (just kidding, they don't actually have much to say about that) and then Atleti. 

  • 00:51

    Managing Madrid Podcast: Reviewing Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona

    in Soccer

    Gabe, Josh, Mike and Lucas review Real Madrid's impressive 3-1 win against FC Barcelona in Saturday's Clásico. Carvajal, Barcelona's form, Karim Benzemaand Gareth Bale were some of the topics that they discussed during this episode. Next week we will deal with the Copa del Rey tie (starting today) and the Liga BBVA match against Granada that will be played next Saturday (16:00 CET).

  • 01:04

    Managing Madrid Podcast: Previewing Real Madrid's Match Against Villarreal

    in Soccer

    Gabe Lezra and Josh Zeitlin sit down with VillarrealUSA's Allen Dodson (the editor-in-chief of SB Nation's Villarreal blog) to chat about Real Madrid's upcoming Liga BBVA tilt against Villarreal. The guys chat about Villarreal more generally, reminiscing about the changes the team has gone through since the last time Allen appeared on the show--back in 2012. Allen walks the guys through Villarreal's institutional and cultural transformation, how the purgatory of Segunda shaped the squad moving forward, and breaks down VIllareal's resurgent form this season. 

    The guys then break down the game: if you were Villarreal, how would you attack this Real Madrid side? Would you look to press forward? Sit back? What formation would you use, and what would you be looking for in the game to indicate thigns are going well?

    Finally, Gabe reads Allen some fan questions, ranging from Villarreal's prospects to possible transfer targets. All this and more on today's #MMPodcast! 

  • 00:57

    Managing Madrid Podcast 2015-16 Episode 2

    in Soccer

    It's part 2, and Gabe Lezra, Bozz and Mike Platania are back to break down everything that wasn't mentioned in the first preview episode! Gabe admits that he was a bit harsh on Rafa Benitez ¯\_(?)_/¯ in the first show--but he won't retract it!--and allows Bozz and Mike to push back on some of his criticism. That being said, the overwhelming negativity isn't entirely transformed into positivity, however, as the guys break down a bunch of Benitez's mis-steps, the De Gea fiasco, and Madrid's prospects moving forward. 

    Transitioning, the guys take a look at Madrid's 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis in the Bernabéu, praising James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and the entire squad for looking very strong. Additionally, they get down and dirty talking about the strategy the club is taking, the transfer policy, and generally the ideas going into the club this season. 

    They end by taking your questions, breaking down many of the angles listeners brought up on Twitter and via email. 

  • 01:15

    Managing Madrid Podcast: Season Recap

    in Soccer

    Gabe Lezra, Josh Zeitlin and Bozz recap Real Madrid's disappointing 2014-2015 campaign, taking a look at each part of the team--from the underwhelming defense, to the sporadically brilliant midfield and forward lines. What went wrong for Real Madrid this year? What went right? Who is to blame? All this and more this week. 

    In addition, the guys take a bunch of listener questions and reflect on the state of the club going forward. Will Rafa Benitez be a good manager for the Whites? And what areas should Madrid target in the next transfer window? 

    And finally, they reflect on the recent FIFA implosion, with some appropriately vitriolic words for (now ex-!!!!) FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

  • 00:54

    Managing Madrid Podcast: Eating Crow, Praising Keylor and Hating Pitstains

    in Soccer

    Gabe Lezra and Josh Zeitlin are back and ready to eat crow--after Real Madrid's initial 0-0 draw, they were really down on the team's chances this season. Well, since then Madrid has gone 3-0-0 with an incredible 16-0 goal differential. Well then! The guys haven't been happier to be proven wrong (so far). They discuss the Espanyol, Granada and Shakhtar matches, revel in Cristiano's brilliance and Keylor's dominance, and take some questions. Finally, they wail and gnash teeth about Madrid's GOD AWFUL away kits. Seriously. #PitStains. 

  • 00:48

    Managing Madrid Podcast 2015-16 Season, Episode 1

    in Soccer

    We're baaaaaaack! Gabe Lezra and Josh Zeitlin are back with the first episode of the 2015-2016 Managing Madrid podcast season. Real Madrid made some moves during the offseason--though not as many as some would have liked. The guys are here to chat coaching changes--really, Rafa Benítez?! ¯\_(?)_/¯ --player acquisitions (from Asensio and Vallejo to Kovacic and Danilo and even style changes. They're both worried about the direction the club is headed, though they are optimistic about some of the acquisitions. Listen on to find out exactly how they feel about certain aspects of Real Madrid's circumstances. 

    The guys then transition, chatting about Madrid's disappotinting 0-0 draw to open the season against Sporting Gijón. What went wrong for los blancos? Is this just an anomalous result? Or is it the beginning of a worrying tred for Rafa Benítez (ugh ¯\_(?)_/¯) and company? And what exactly is going on with the offense? 

    We apologize for the timing of the show--ideally we would have gotten it up earlier, but we've had some technical issues. Additionally, we're sorry for not being around this summer--Gabe took the New York State Bar Exam, the qualifying test for becoming an attorney in New York, and Josh applied for and was accepted into Medical school. So yeah, not the easiest couple months. On the bright side, this is the first of a two-part Managing Madrid Podcast, and in the second part we'll talk David De Gea, Madrid's crushing victory over Betis, and the magic of James Rodriguez. 

  • 01:20

    Managing Madrid Podcast: Champions League Semifinals!

    in Soccer

    Hosts Gabe Lezra and Josh Zeitlin are back this week to discuss Real Madrid's huge 1-0 victory over crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The guys get into whether Chicharito Hernandez, the week's big hero, should come back to Madrid in the offseason, Real Madrid's draw against Juventus, and whether Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema should come back before the next Champions League matchup, among other topics. Additionally, they answer some pretty ridiculous email questions--and some non-ridiculous ones, of course--while enjoying life as a Real Madrid fan.  

  • 00:51

    Managing Madrid Podcast: Atletico, Champions League, and Venting

    in Soccer

    The Managing Madrid Podcast is back, as host Gabe Lezra is joined by Josh Zeitlin and Bozz to discuss Real Madrid's recent form after Los Blancos' 0-0 draw against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League. Real Madrid has been on a better run of form since the side lost to Barcelona in the Camp Nou, and with a second leg against Atlético looming on the horizon, Gabe, Josh and Bozz break down los blancos' title chances. Are things really as bleak as they seam? Will Madrid be able to make it out of the round against Atleti, despite their horrendous record against los colchoneros this year? And if not, what will happen? Is Ancelotti on the cutting block? What about Casillas, Coentrao, and others?

    All this and more on this week's Managing Madrid Podcast. 

  • 00:53

    Managing Madrid Podcast: Tough Times

    in Soccer

    Hosts Gabe Lezra and Josh Zeitlin recap Real Madrid's recent tough stretch--going back to chat about Madrid's loss in Bilbao and their nail-biting showing against Schalke in the Bernabéu. Not a happy time for the guys, as Lucas Navarrete is out this week, and Gabe and Josh clearly need some consoling. They recap the Bilbao match, chat about the defensive failures that lead to the Schalke game being so close, and finally make some light of the 2-0 victory at home against Levante. What was making the team click? Is Modric's return exactly the tonic that Gareth Bale needed to find his scoring boots? And what on earth happened to Iker in that Schalke game