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Merengue Bites Podcast: Calebrating the Copa Del Rey and looking forward to Bayern Munich

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To mark Real Madrid's momentous 19th Copa Del Rey Trophy, the pod had all four members around this time: Bassam, Kaushik, Rahul and myself. We talked about the bliss that was the Copa Final, pondered Barca's current doldrums and ALMOST got a singing performance out of Bassam.
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In part 2, we took on a number of tough questions and previewed our upcoming Champions League Semi-Final match vs.

Crushing the Banana Skin (Real Sociedad 0 – Real Madrid 4)

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. Post-clasico, we all knew it: there were 2 banana skin games left in the La Liga calendar. The first was at the Sanchez Pizjuan against Sevilla. The second was last Satuday at the Anoeta. We failed in Seville. We succeeded in San Sebastian.

Keys (Real Madrid 3 – Borussia Dortmund 0)

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Borussia Dortmund sorely missed Robert Lewandowski last night. The big man will be waiting for us at the Signal Igduna Park next week.

The TV screamed as soon as I switched it on. I switched it on at exactly 2:48am – 3 minutes late, and I had already missed a goal.

Merentue Bites Episode 6 - Derby Talk

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It was just Rahul and me this week to talk about the Derbi Madrileno. We also asked ourselves re: what the realistic expectations ought to be for Real Madrid this season plus a look into Jese's prospects with the first team.

2014-02-23: Merengue Bites Podcast Episode 5 - Bravo! Raul Bravo!

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Went for a trip to Malacca with my parents who came to town. Didn't think I was going to make the podcast, much less see the match vs. Elche. Thanks to the good folks at Malacca's beautiful Casa Del Rio Hotel however, I was able to catch the meh game - and thus was able to join the boys over the weekend to talk Real Madrid.

2014-02-10: Merengue Bites Podcast Episode 3 (Real Madrid 4 - Villarreal 2)

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I had the privilege to host the podcast last weekend, where the boys and I discussed Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Villarreal as we looked forward to the second leg match of the Copa Del Rey vs. Atleti tomorrow.
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We also took in a few questions from the comments section of the blog as well as from twitter.

Merengue Bites Rebooted (thoughts on Real Madrid 2 - Granada 0)

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The boys of RMFB gave me the wonderful opportunity to participate in the re-booted version of their podcast, Merengue Bites. Click and play to listen to our thoughts on last Saturday's Granada match and then some...


Struggling to Make the Puzzle Pieces Fit

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What a disgusting result. What a disgusting performance. . After celebrating the fact that Real Madrid supposedly went off to its best start with 9 points from 3 matches before the international break - Real Madrid finally dropped points last night in El Madrigal. And with that draw, we have now finally allowed eternal rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have now leapfrogged us in the league table with their respective 100% records (I honestly wonder when Barcelona are finally going to let a second half collapse do them in).

Struggling to Make the Puzzle Pieces Fit

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What a disgusting result. What a disgusting performance. . After celebrating the fact that Real Madrid supposedly went off to its best start with 9 points from 3 matches before the international break - Real Madrid finally dropped points last night in El Madrigal. And with that draw, we have now finally allowed eternal rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have now leapfrogged us in the league table with their respective 100% records (I honestly wonder when Barcelona are finally going to let a second half collapse do them in).

Stale Sagas and Tired Tales

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Another match, another 3 points - that's the good part. Another match, another sputtering performance - that's the bad part. Another match, another round of Diego Lopez vs. Iker Casillas rhetoric - that's when it gets worse... Another match, another round of Gareth Bale speculation - that's the worst.

Stale Sagas and Tired Tales

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Another match, another 3 points - that's the good part. Another match, another sputtering performance - that's the bad part. Another match, another round of Diego Lopez vs. Iker Casillas rhetoric - that's when it gets worse... Another match, another round of Gareth Bale speculation - that's the worst.

3 Points on a Stuttering Start

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Rather than your Jolly Uncle, Ancelotti looked more like a James Bond Villain last night. It didn't help that the football wasn't as pretty as we all hoped / expected either. Let's Give it time. More work needs to be done.

La Liga begins at last.

3 Points on a Stuttering Start

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Rather than your Jolly Uncle, Ancelotti looked more like a James Bond Villain last night. It didn't help that the football wasn't as pretty as we all hoped / expected either. Let's Give it time. More work needs to be done.

La Liga begins at last.

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Spineless, Gutless Chokers (Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid 0)

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My Twitter Feed last Tuesday Night
Spineless, Gutless Chokers. No Character. No Resolve. No Poise, No Cojones.

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These were some of the words I used to describe Real Madrid last Tuesday night as I watched in horror how Real Madrid almost sabotaged their own advancement to the Champions League Semi-Finals.

Winning Great, Good, Bad and Ugly (Real Madrid 3 – Atletico Madrid 0)

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Before last night's match, Real Madrid were desperate... -Desperate for a win against a top tier opponent -Desperate for a win against Atletico Madrid, who had already beaten us twice in a row after a more-than-decade-long hoodoo. . And finally, last night, Carlo Ancelotti and his boys delivered that much-needed win.

3 Points (Espanyol 0 - Real Madrid 1)

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Real Madrid were right back to a 4-3-3 last night much to my surprise. Diagram is from whoscored.com
3 Points. That's the number of points that our boys won in that hard-fought match at the Cornelia El Prat last night.

Manuel Pellegrini wants to bring Pepe to Manchester City

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FA disciplinary panels can expect plenty of overtime next season if Manuel Pellegrini succeeds in bringing Pepe to the Premier League. The Malaga boss is widely expected to become Manchester City's new manager and reports in the Spanish media suggest that he wants to make the Real Madrid defender his first signing.

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Disgraceful Pepe Dive Against Atletico Madrid (Vine)

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Pepe wouldn't be regarded as the most loved player in the World by any stretch of the mind, however even he stooped to a new low with this disgraceful dive during Real's 2-2 draw with Madrid rivals Atletico today!

Disgusting! Real Madrid’s Pepe blows snot at Chelsea target

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Disgusting! Real Madrid's Pepe blows snot at Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Diego Costa was at the centre of a hotly contested Copa del Rey clash between Atletico and Real Madrid last night, with Portuguese defender Pepe clearing his nose on the striker's face during Real's 3-0 win.

El moco de Pepe a Diego Costa.

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The Transfer Lens – Pepe to Manchester City? Yarmolenko to Liverpool?

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The Transfer Lens Pepe to Manchester City? Yarmolenko to Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Still no sign of Juan Mata today as the month's biggest transfer continues to procrastinate something rotten!

Manchester United fans continue to haunt the social media networks, desperate for an inkling into what's going on; while Chelsea fans continue to lament the impending loss of one of their truly great players from the last decade.

Real Madrid Defender Is a True Trooper

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Pepe is no stranger to tactics and positioning in the center of Real Madrid's defense. He can normally be found in the air heading crosses away from Real's box and on the ground executing sliding tackles to stop attacks against his team-mates.

But his physicality brought a wide open cut above his right eyebrow during the match against FC Copenhagen during week two of the UEFA Champions League as Pepe clashed with Copenhagen's Daniel Braaten.

Diego Costa Chooses Spain

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How should we put this? Some of Spain's players can get under one's skin looking at you, Sergio Busquets. You're not off the hook either, Alvaro. Some of the shenanigans not, of course, exclusive to Spain are often amplified by the fact that they're so @#$%ing good. Current champions of the Milky Way and all, you know.

Neymar knocks Pepe into his own keeper, scores lovely solo goal

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We haven't even had the first Clasico of the season and Barcelona players are already getting into it with Real Madrid players. Early in Brazil's friendly against Portugal, Real Madrid's Pepe tried to knock Barcelona's Neymar off the pitch, but Neymar got the best of the tussle by tripping Pepe into Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Man City’s defensive crisis is back on, Martin Demichelis out for six weeks

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Manchester City are once again in a defensive injury crisis after reasonably priced panic buy Martin Demichelis was ruled out for six weeks with a knee ligament injury. The Argentina international was signed from Atletico Madrid for £3.5m on Sunday despite the fact he had only joined them on a free transfer from Malaga [.

Manchester City forced to dip in the market for a defender

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Manchester City forced to dip in the market for a defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following injuries to Manchester City's defenders Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany right and Matija Nastasic left, the Premier League runners-up look set to make moves in the transfer market in search for a new defender as cover.

City to approach Atletico if Pepe bid fails

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Manchester City will reportedly turn their attention towards defenderMartin Demichelis if theirbid for Real Madrid's Pepe fails, according to the Manchester Evening News. The Manchester giants have been adamant in their pursuit for another center back, with Pepe as their number one target, but will reportedly move on to the ArgentinianDemichelis if the Premier League club cannot snap up Pepe.

Man City want to sign Martin Demichelis from Atletico Madrid before he’s even played for them

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Manchester City are planning a bargain basement bid for Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis despite the fact he only joined them this summer and has yet to play a competitive match for them. The veteran centre-back played under City boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga for the past two seasons before moving to Vicente Calderon [.

Video: Chelsea skipper John Terry’s handbags with Real Madrid’s Pepe

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John Terry and Pepe: they're not exactly lovable characters. When Chelsea met Real Madrid in Florida this week, the two very nearly decided to settle who is the least likeable of all with an on-pitch scrap. Instead, they opted for a bit of shoving and lots of finger-pointing.

City target coy on future in Spain

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Rumored Manchester City target Pepe has remained coy on his future with Real Madrid, revealing that he plans upcoming talks with the Spanish giants' president and his representatives. The Portuguese international has been linked with a move to Manchester City byThe Telegraph, although new manager Manuel Pellegrini has yet to publicly comment on his interest in the player.

City target Real Madrid defender

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After recent remarks from Manuel Pellegrini made clear that Manchester City are not afraid to stop spending, recent reports out of TheMirror have indicated the club's top target now is Real Madrid defender Pepe. The Portuguese international is reportedly the Chilean manager's top target to strengthen the back line and give captain Vincent Kompany a reliable partner in the center of the Citizens defense.

Man City set to bid for Real Madrid’s Pepe as Manuel Pellegrini predicts more arrivals

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says his side have not finished their transfer business for the summer, despite already spending more than £90m. Real Madrid defender Pepe is believed to be one of City's last remaining summer transfer targets. The Premier League runners-up are expected to launch a £15m bid for the Portugal international.

Man City linked with Portuguese defender

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English club Manchester City are on the prowl once again, this time linked to Real Madrid's defender Pepe, according to English newspaper Metro. City, who have already spent£100 million this transfer window, are looking to add even more to their current squad, according to the report.

Manchester City eyeing up Real Madrid defender Pepe

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Manchester City eyeing up Real Madrid defender Pepe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Portuguese international defender Pepe has been attracting interest from Premier League runners-up Manchester City. The Sky Blues are said to be preparing a potential £25M bid to procure his signature.

City give up chase for defender

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Manchester City have reportedly given up on their mission to obtain tough center back Pepe from Spanish side Real Madrid today, reports Spanish paperMarca.According toMarca, the offers have frequently been coming in for the defender, but Real has yet to sell him and will refuse all offers.

MANCHESTER CITY PREPARING OFFER FOR REAL MADRID PEPE ?

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Manchester City Transfers: Citizens Tracking Real Madrid Defender for Summer Move

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Reports from Here is the City claim that Manchester City are looking to add Real Madrid defender Pepe to their summer transfer plans.

After Kolo Toure was allowed to leave the club following the end of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, the Citizens are looking for a replacement veteran that has tons of experience both as a champion of Spain but also in European club competition.

MANCHESTER CITY INTEREST FOR REAL MADRID PEPE

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Um onze de brasileiros naturalizados em actividade

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Diego Costa é o último de uma vasta legião de futebolistas nascidos no Brasil que optaram por representar outra selecção. Este caso ganhou maiores contornos mediáticos porque, ao contrário do que sucedeu na esmagadora maioria das restantes situações, o ponta-de-lança foi chamado para representar o país onde nasceu e que até chegou a representar por duas vezes.

SPANISH DEFENDER GOIKOETXEA NAMED "TOUGHEST DEFENDER IN FOOTBALL HISTORY"

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