Episode 33 — Post-Mortem & Coaching Conundrum

Mark, Kaushik and Rahul sign off for the season by conducting a post-mortem of the 2014-15 campaign and discussing the performances and prospects of every single player in the Real Madrid squad. The guys also discuss the seemingly imminent departure of Carlo Ancelotti and his most likely replacement at the time of writing, Rafa Benitez.

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Episode 32 – The Champions League reign is over

On this episode of Merengue Bites – Mark, Ryan and Kaushik discuss the disappointing end to our Champions League campaign at the hands of the old lady Juventus and give their views of the match. In addition to this they take a pilot’s view of how the season has been and ponder on the important questions of whether Ancelotti should be allowed to continue, whether the squad needs to be rebuilt and much more.

Episode 31 — Sevilla Challenge Gives Way to Old Lady Clash

Mark, Rahul and Kaushik discuss Real Madrid’s exciting 3-2 victory over Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan. The guys discuss Ramos’ new midfield role, Bale’s encouraging substitute appearance and ponder whether Casillas should’ve taken James Rodriguez’s penalty kick-saving advice. The panel also talk about the challenges that will be posed by Juventus in the Champions League semi-final first leg, and how Real Madrid should set up for the win.

And finally, in the wake of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, the guys discuss which footballers like they’d to see step into a ring together!

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Episode 30 — Overcoming Malaga, Losing Modric

Mark, Rahul and Ryan discuss Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Malaga and the devastating loss of Luka Modric for the rest of the season. The guys discuss lineup options for the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid in light of injuries to Modric, Bale and Benzema.

The panel also discuss Cristiano Ronaldo’s evolution, Jese, possible replacements for Ancelotti should he get the boot and which player has the most embarrassing social media presence.

All this and more on a Merengue Bites filled with talking points. Please check out the podcast on iTunes or download here (http://traffic.libsyn.com/merenguebites/MB_30_14-15.mp3) while we work to get the discussion up on Soundcloud. Hala Madrid!!

Update – Soundcloud is working now!

Episode 29 — CR7 Feasts on Granada

It was an unusually early kick-off in Madrid, but that didn’t stop a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Real Madrid from feasting on Granada for brunch. In the first episode back after the international break, Mark and Kaushik discuss the 9-1 shellacking, Ronaldo’s ruthlessness and the performances of his teammates. The guys also ask what Danilo’s arrival may mean for Dani Carvajal, and ponder tactical solutions for overcoming Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. All this and more on this week’s Merengue Bites!

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https://soundcloud.com/rmfb-merengue-bites/episode-29-cr7-feasts-on-granada

Episode 28 — El Clasico Disappointment

Mark, Kaushik and Ryan look back at Real Madrid’s 1-2 reverse at the Camp Nou and analyze individual performances, different phases of the game and tactical factors that culminated in defeat despite an encouraging first half performance. In Part 2, the guys discuss the fall-out of the result and look forward to what we can hope and expect from Real Madrid in the coming weeks.

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Episode 27 – Modric returns, Ramos returns, and we beat a team dressed in Blaugrana. Kinda.

Mark, Ryan and Kaushik bring you a pre-clasico edition of the podcast where they analyse the victory against a team in blaugrana (yes Levante wear the same colours. The crew is really excited about the fact that Modric and Ramos are back, and gives their opinion on the spoilt Bernabeu public booing their own players. In part 2, the panel looks forward to the big game next weekend and analyses Barca’s strengths and weaknesses, along with discussing how Madrid could potentially set themselves up. Before parting, Mark and Kaushik also reminisce the best parts of the recently retired Real Madrid Football Blog.

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