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Colchonero Chat 121: Spain’s travails, Gabi’s possible departure and listener questions

An Atlético Madrid variety hour (of sorts). With David Cartlidge.

Spain v Morocco: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) is a Spanish football journalist and ESPN UK’s Homepage Editor. He is also the guest on this edition of Colchonero Chat.

David and Into the Calderón site manager Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) begin by talking about Gabi’s imminent departure for Qatari side Al Sadd and what it will mean for Atlético Madrid in 2018/19. The podders then turn to Atlético’s summer at large, which has kicked off renewals for key players and €90 million worth of signings and may yet include more.

The guys end the show with a review of Spain’s group stage performances at the World Cup and where Fernando Hierro’s men must improve to make a run at the trophy. They also look at how Atleti representatives from around the world have done in Russia and go on to answer listener queries from Twitter and the podcast’s Patreon page (patreon.com/colchonerochat).