This week, the panel reviews the admittedly few talking points from Real Madrid’s regulation 3-0 home win over Levante. We also discuss how best to handle the right-back situation what with Arbeloa being out injured and Carvajal picking up a knock, try to define Ancelotti’s tactical plan B and debate over whether Isco can play a significant role in the remainder of the season. Also, would we be satisfied if we won the Liga title without beating Barca along the way? All that and more in Episode 7 of Merengue Bites.
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Mark and Rahul look back on a frantic Madrid derby that resulted in a 2-2 draw and plenty of talking points and controversy. We also discuss how long Jese may find himself out of the starting XI, the Morata-Arsenal rumours and our realistic expectations for the season after the high of league leadership and the Schalke thrashing and the disappointment of the 2-2 draw at Atletico Madrid. Also, Mark goes totally left-field with an #RMFBManCrush selection that has disappointed many hardcore Madridistas… listen on to find out more!
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