Now We're Talking Football
Now We're Talking Football
Phil and Anto are joined by world recognized Spanish football commentator and journalist Sid Lowe to take a look at all the major talking points with respect to La Liga, the Champions League and Spanish National Team. We begin with the magical ride that is Athletic Bilbao and their very unique manager Marcelo Bielsa who has done the remarkable in beating Manchester United handily in two straight matches to progress to the next round of the Europa League. We get into the culture of the club, the key reasons why he has found success and try to establish parameters under which Bielsa will continue to thrive in this remarkable football club. We also focus in on how some clubs like Bilbao rely on their youth academies and how this has largely influenced how youth movements such as Bilbao have worked while giants like Real Madrid cannot afford to untested players at too young an age to be successful. Then we turn to the matter of Barcelona to focus on a rather wide point deficit to Madrid to explain what that exactly entails and try to establish the reasons why Pep Guardiola has effectively ruled out another La Liga title this season. Then it is the Champions League where an all-Spain El Clasico now seems in the cards after the recent draw and try to establish which club has an edge - and what those reasons might just be. Then we turn to the matter of Lionel Messi and try to gauge just how long this level of greatness can be sustained and how years ahead will dictate his dominance not just by motivation or injuries or simple age, but with the status of Xavi and Iniesta who will never be easily replaced or accounted for in the years ahead. We also examine recent reports of more than 700 million euros in unpaid tax debt to the Spanish government by its domestic football clubs and the painful choice of Spanish strikers for the Euros this summer now that David Villa and Fernando Torres appear to be replaced based on injury and form, respectively.
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