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Colchonero Chat 111: A por las semifinales

David Cartlidge returns to the show.

Atletico Madrid v Real Betis - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) is a Spanish football journalist and scout. He is also the guest on this edition of Colchonero Chat, which revolves around Atlético Madrid’s 0-0 home draw with Real Betis on Sunday.

David and Into the Calderón site manager Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) dive into another tight result which could see Atlético’s four-point edge in second place trimmed to one point when Real Madrid make up their game in hand. The podders analyze Gabi’s decline and what Rodri’s arrival from Villarreal will bring in addition to Jan Oblak’s post-match remarks on his future, another right back conundrum, Ángel Correa’s trajectory and why Atleti continue to struggle against top-six sides.

The guys then move on to Thursday’s Europa League semifinal first leg away at Arsenal. Atlético’s shaky away form of the past several weeks will be put to the test in London against a side with fresh motivations following the announcement of Arsène Wenger’s departure. Will Diego Simeone’s men qualify for a fourth European final in seven years?

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