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Colchonero Chat 144: An Atlético-Alavés meditation

On a top-four battle, Football Leaks and more. With Rob Walker.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The jubilant Rob Walker (@rwalk03) is a staff writer at Into the Calderón and the guest on this edition of Colchonero Chat. He joins Into the Calderón site manager Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) to discuss Atlético Madrid’s 3-0 win over Basque side Deportivo Alavés on Saturday.

Rob takes a break from celebrating Atlanta United’s MLS Cup win to help break down how Atlético beat a good Alavés. The podders analyze Nikola Kalinić’s promising performance, the Rodri-Thomas duo’s effectiveness, Antoine Griezmann stepping up once more and Diego Simeone’s substitutions. They also talk about the possibility of Gelson Martins’ departure and Football Leaks revelations regarding Yannick Carrasco’s controversial exit last spring.

Then, the guys fast-forward to Tuesday, when Atlético travel to Belgium to take on Club Brugge. Rob and Jeremy debate the merits of finishing first in Group A versus finishing second and offer their scoreline predictions.