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Colchonero Chat 68: Berenato adjusts to reality

Jeremy Beren and Renato Gonçalves banter about the freshly-closed summer transfer window and how it impacted Atlético and Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid Training and Press Conference Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images,

Renato Gonçalves (@renatodsg) is a writer SB Nation site Barça Blaugranes (@BlaugranesBarca) and the guest on this edition of Colchonero Chat. He joins Into the Calderón manager Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) for an in-depth look at summer transfer dealings conducted by Atlético Madrid and Barcelona.

First, Berenato tries to figure out why Atlético decided not to pursue aggressively Diego Costa over the summer and whether or not Atleti’s careful choices were actually the correct choices. They also banter about the impending grand opening of A Stadium Called Wanda and imagine a new, steward-harassing mascot.

Then, focus turns to Barcelona’s controversial summer and that club’s lack of planning in the wake of Neymar’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. The podders discuss Ousmane Dembélé, Jean-Michael Seri, FIFA career mode and more.

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