Episode 853: Pogba Leaks, Benzema’s Hidden Beauty, Rating Griezmann, Ajax Get Their Groove Back
Eoin, Ken and Ciaran wonder is this is the best Real Madrid side we’ve seen since they started getting to Champions League finals again in 2014? How good is Karim Benzema, really? And if Real become the first side to retain the trophy since Milan in 1990, will we have to hail Zinedine Zidane as the most influential figure in the history of the Champions League?
Meanwhile, much to the disgust of many people at the top of the professional game, the Football Leaks book is out today in Germany. FIFA are looking at Pogba’s transfer to Juventus, but Jose Mourinho says it won’t affect preparations ahead of tonight’s Europa League semis.
Mino Raiola: a fearless negotiator who got his revenge with Paul Pogba deal. By @DaveHytner (2016) https://t.co/C1X1MVQpYu
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) May 11, 2017
Kieran Canning joins us from Madrid to talk about the relative merits of Benzema and Griezmann and we ask why would Atleti leave such an amazing stadium as the Calderon?
Can you imagine how loud it would be if it was only 1-0? pic.twitter.com/2yBtSf5WCA
— Kieran Canning (@KieranCanning) May 10, 2017
And Jacob Steinberg tells us about his visit to Amsterdam to meet with some of the people who have helped the Dutch club rediscover their mojo.
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