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Colchonero Chat 76: Berenato on the weight of the shirt

Jeremy Beren and Renato Gonçalves banter about World Cup qualification, the broken qualifying system and Atlético-Barcelona.

England v Slovenia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Renato Gonçalves (@renatodsg) is a writer for SB Nation’s Barça Blaugranes. He is also the guest on this jam-packed edition of Colchonero Chat, wherein he proudly discusses Brazil’s CONMEBOL qualifier dominance and Argentina’s struggles to secure a place at the 2018 World Cup. Renato and Jeremy Beren discuss possible solutions to the international breaks and wonder if UEFA’s Nations League is one of the ways forward. Renato also makes a stunning heel turn, as he disavows his well-known love for Jorge Sampaoli.

Then, the guys preview Saturday’s partidazo at the Wanda Metropolitano between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona. Diego Simeone has fared better against Ernesto Valverde than he fared versus Luis Enrique, but Lionel Messi has been in scintillating form and will be difficult to stop. The podders further ponder the impact of Luis Suárez’s knee injury and mull Barcelona’s possible(?) exit from LaLiga.

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Please note: this episode was recorded on Monday, meaning it is a couple days out of date as it pertains to the most recent results and storylines (Argentina & Portugal qualification, etc.). However, the points made at large remain relevant.