Fortnightly European football podcast with Alasdair Madden, Ruaridh Barlow and Michael Jones. Follow us on Twitter @RTNFootball and check out @FFOpps for paid freelance work in football. S3 E5 out now.
S3 E6 - FC Köln's real hero, Bologna's fluctuating form and Paco López's Levante legacy
53:16Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the fundamental differences between Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid, Lucas Paquetá's audacity and belated brilliance at Lyon, Mainz's defensive resoluteness under the revolutionary coaching of Bo Svensson, Maurizio Sarri's ephemeral honeymoon at Lazio and more. 3:37 - What style of play has Steffen Baumgart implemented at the RheinEnergieStadion, and why might he be the perfect appointment to satisfy the inexorably passionate FC Köln support? / 19:44 - Which tactical tweaks did Siniša Mihajlović make prior to Bologna's impressive 3-0 win over Lazio, and to what extent did those changes benefit the former Hearts left-back, Aaron Hickey? / 34:15 - Following Levante's decision to sack Paco López, how will the 54-year-old's time in charge at Estadi Ciutat de València be remembered? / 46:36 - Why is Lucas Paquetá the worthy successor to Memphis Depay's Olympique Lyonnais throne?
S3 E5 - Dortmund's deception, FC Metz x Génération Foot and Sassuolo's post-de Zerbi struggles
58:02Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Marco Rose's ominous flirtation with a 4-4-2 diamond at Borussia Dortmund, the strategies and ideologies fuelling the FC Metz x Génération Foot project, Atlético Madrid's plethora of attacking options, the further development of Inter's Nicolò Barella under Simone Inzaghi and more. 2:39 - What factors might explain yet another fairly slow start to the season for Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta side? / 15:51 - What signs have we seen to suggest that Borussia Dortmund’s start to the season has been deceptively encouraging, and is new coach Marco Rose guilty of under-coaching BVB? / 27:43 - Why has the partnership between FC Metz and Génération Foot been so mutually beneficial, and how would 19-year-old Pape Matar Sarr’s playing style best be described? / 42:05 - How has Unai Emery's coaching style evolved in recent times, and why might his Villarreal side struggle to emulate last season's success? Learning English as a foreign language? Improve your language skills while you listen with the help of FootyLingo at: https://footylingo.com/fan-games/english-listening-activities-the-road-to-nowhere-european-football-podcast-s3-e5/?ref=rtnfootball.
S3 E4 - Hertha Berlin's systemic incoherence, Angers' prodigious Mohamed-Ali Cho and Barcelona's NBA-style reset
59:48Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the impressive form of Mike Maignan and Olivier Giroud at AC Milan, Getafe’s post-Bordalás fragility and imbalance, Hertha Berlin's capricious recruitment, Strasbourg's newfound intensity under Julien Stéphan and more. 2:59 - Why have Hertha Berlin regressed rather than progressed since Lars Windhorst started investing in the club over two years ago? / 15:02 - In what way has Atletico Madrid’s place at LaLiga’s top table evolved over the past few months? / 29:38 - What have we learned tactically about Julian Stéphan’s Strasbourg side in the opening few games of the season, and why might Adrien Thomasson prove to be on the most influential players in Ligue 1 this season? / 44:26 - Which box-to-box Swiss midfielder could prove crucial to Empoli’s hopes of maintaining their Serie A status beyond this season? Learning English as a foreign language? Improve your language skills while you listen with the help of FootyLingo at: https://footylingo.com/fan-games/english-listening-activities-the-road-to-nowhere-european-football-podcast-s3-e4/?ref=rtnfootball.
S3 E3 - Bayer Leverkusen's pursuit of happiness/ balance, Tammy Abraham's Roman Renaissance and Ligue 1's Malice in the Palace
58:28Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Dominik Szoboszlai's role in RB Leipzig's mouthwatering front four, Christophe Galtier's familiar tactics at Nice, Real Sociedad's debilitating lack of 'mala leche', Lazio's savvy approach under Maurizio Sarri and more. 2:33 - Supported by the likes of Calvin Stengs, Amine Guiri and Alexis Claude-Maurice, how well-equipped is Kasper Dolberg to provide Nice with the goals to secure Les Aiglons a place in Europe? / 15:50 - What tactics has Bayer Leverkusen's new boss Gerardo Seoane implemented at the BayArena, and how auspicious is Moussa Diaby's partnership on the right wing with Jeremie Frimpong? / 32:20 - Is there anything more satisfying than new signing, Rodrigo de Paul's golf shots for Atlético Madrid? / 43:19 - How intelligent is Tammy Abraham's forward play, and why will the former Chelsea attacker be so central to the success of José Mourinho's Roma side this season? Learning English as a foreign language? Improve your language skills while you listen with the help of FootyLingo at: https://footylingo.com/fan-games/english-listening-activities-the-road-to-nowhere-european-football-podcast-s3-e3/?ref=rtnfootball.
S3 E2 - Lionel Messi’s allegorical goodbye, Marseille’s beautiful chaos and Inter’s financial dejection
59:23Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Bayern Munich's apparent lack of squad depth, the factors behind Lionel Messi's stunning Barcelona departure, the significance of Luciano Spalletti's appointment at Napoli for the highly-rated Victor Osimhen, Monaco's early title credentials and more. 2:55 - How well-equipped are Chacho Coudet’s Iago Aspas-inspired Celta Vigo to challenge for one of LaLiga’s European spots? 19:10 - What influential in-game tactical tweaks did Jorge Sampaoli implement during Marseille’s frantic 3-2 win over Montpellier? 32:46 - Why are Inter Milan in such financial disarray, and what does the near future hold for the reigning Serie A champions? 47:09 - How worrying is Bayern’s transfer inactivity, and what style of play can we expect to see from the Bavarians under new coach Julian Nagelsmann?
S3 E1 - The most exciting young players in Europe right now w/ Scouted Football and Pure Fitbaw
58:06The boys are joined by Scouted Football's Joe Donnohue and Pure Fitbaw's Owen Brown to discuss some of the most exciting young players in Europe right now. 2:46 - Maxence Lacroix - VfL Wolfsburg - Centre-Back - 6 April 2000 - 21 13:11 - Zinho Vanheusden - Inter Milan (on loan to Genoa until 30 June 2022) - Centre-Back - 29 July 1999 - 22 20:40 - Niklas Dorsch - Augsburg - Defensive Midfielder - 15 January 1998 - 23 25:21 - Yeremi Pino - Villarreal - Winger 20 October 2002 - 18 32: 13 - Loïc Badé - Stade Rennais - Centre-Back - 11 April 2000 - 21 46:55 - Cheick Doucouré - RC Lens - Defensive Midfielder - 8 January 2000 - 21
S2 E19 - Union Berlin's romantic moment, Dušan Vlahović's emergence and Luis Suárez's tears
56:28Ally, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. In announcing their end of season awards and rounding up the final matchdays across the four leagues, the boys look at the emergence of Dušan Vlahović, Loïc Badé's impressive underlying statistics for RC Lens, the revival of Germany's Nordderby between Hamburg and Werder Bremen, Atlético Madrid's fatigue-defying title celebrations and more. 2:53 - What will Napoli's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League mean for the wider Serie A landscape in the short- and long-term? / 20:56 - Was Miralem Pjanic's maiden season at Barcelona even more of a disappointment than had perhaps been anticipated, and does the 31-year-old have any sort of future at Camp Nou? / 27:41 - Following a season in which he registered 28 Bundesliga goals, should we be affording more credit to Portuguese striker André Silva? / 35:42 - Has outgoing coach Claudio Ranieri left Sampdoria in good shape for his successor at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris? / 44:08 - Is there a sound argument to be made that Lorient's 3-2 win against PSG was the best game of a pulsating season in Ligue 1, and, if so, why?
S2 E18 - Gigi Buffon's last dance, Werder Bremen's desperation and Eibar's LaLiga legacy
54:50Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Atlético Madrid's tenacity, Gigi Buffon's outstanding career for Juventus, the numbers behind Leeds United target Romain Faivre's impressive breakthrough Ligue 1 season, Stefan Ortega's heroics between the posts for Bundesliga relegation battlers Arminia Bielefeld and more. 2:55 - With in-form Nantes knowing that a win at home to Montpellier would lift them out of the relegation play-off spot and preserve their Ligue 1 status for next season, are fans of French football set for yet more Randal Kolo Muani time? / 16:19 - Following their relegation to the Segunda after seven years in the top flight of Spanish football, what will be Eibar's LaLiga legacy? / 29:52 - With Benevento, Crotone and Parma relegated to Serie B, which of the three sides would be best-equipped to make an immediate return to Serie A, and why? / 42:50 - Where did it go wrong for Florian Kohfeldt at Werder Bremen after such a promising start for the young coach, and should die Grün-Weißen have dismissed him long before last weekend?
S2 E17 - Patson Daka's playing style, Valencia's despondency and Antonio Conte's greatest achievements
59:10Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys are joined by The Other Bundesliga's Tom Middler to look at Jesse Marsch's tactics ahead of his switch to RB Leipzig, Patson Daka's readiness for a major move, and Dominik Szoboszlai's role next season. Elsewhere, the boys look at recent game-defining individual performances from Memphis Depay and Burak Yılmaz, Lazio's late push for a Champions League spot, a crucial weekend in LaLiga's four-horse title race and more. 2:39 - Does winning Serie A with Inter Milan represent Antonio Conte's greatest managerial achievement to date? / 14:00 - How do people in Austria view the relationship between RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg? What tactics can RB Leipzig fans and Bundesliga followers expect from Jesse Marsch next season? / 29:56 - Why do Bordeaux's prospects look so bleak on and off the park, and could 18-year-old forward Sékou Mara succeed where Gabriel Obertan did not? / 44:38 - With just four points separating Alavés, Valladolid, Huesca and Elche at the bottom of LaLiga, who looks best-equipped to avoid relegation?
S2 E16 - Atalanta's Design for Life, Marseille's frenetic energy and Athletic Club's Copa del Rey lethargy
1:01:40Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the internal politics behind Hansi Flick's desire to leave Bayern Munich, the potent playing style of Villarreal's Gerard Moreno ahead of the club's Europa League semi-final against Arsenal, Jorge Sampaoli's emphatic early impact at Marseille, Roma's defensive vulnerabilities and more. 2:11 - What will be the long- and short-term significance of the monumental collapse of the European Super League? / 12:31 - What style of play has coach Oli Glasner brought to VfL Wolfsburg, and can this year's Bundesliga's surprise package secure a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2015/2016? / 27:46 - Where does the result of last weekend's Copa del Rey final leave Barcelona and Athletic Club? / 37:09 - How have Marseille looked tactically under new coach Jorge Sampaoli, and why might there be genuine reason for optimism at the Stade Vélodrome? / 46:15 - Why have Parma lost so many games this season from winning positions, and does relegation to Serie B now look a certainty for the two-times Uefa Cup winners?