La LigaÃ¢ÂÂs Good Day, Bad Day - Round 23
GOOD DAYVÃÂctor ValdÃÂ©sThe other day, the Satanic singer from Maroon 5 popped up on La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs TV and the blog was reminded of the fact that the smug-faced so-and-so could write the modern equivalent of Ã¢ÂÂHey JudeÃ¢ÂÂ but still be worthy of being hung, drawn and quartered simply for penning Ã¢ÂÂShe Will Be Loved.Ã¢ÂÂAnd itÃ¢ÂÂs the same situation for VÃÂctor ValdÃÂ©s this season, who may never be forgiven for his past misdemeanours, despite the fact that he has only conceded 18 goals. And thatÃ¢ÂÂs not even mentioning his one-on-one save against Royston Drenthe in the Camp Nou that prevented Madrid going 1-0 up - a lead they may well have hung on to. There was a similar moment on Saturday night against Betis. At 2-1 up, Ricardo Oliveira was through on goal with just VÃÂctor in his path. But a diving save at the BrazilianÃ¢ÂÂs feet prevented a third and a possible victory for Betis. So the blog has a poser for BarÃÂ§a fans. No, not Sergio Ramos. Is it time to forgive and forget past indiscretions and show VÃÂctor the love? Or would you still prefer a proper keeper between the sticks?RaÃÂºlLa Liga Loca is duty bound to shake the Real Madrid skipper by the hand and mumble a brief well done on his 309 goals for the side, beating Di StefanoÃ¢ÂÂs all-time record. But it must also give praise to the Sporting crowd, who upset a number of poe-faced Madrid TV channels on Sunday night by failing to bow down before the Ã¢ÂÂmysterious crackÃ¢ÂÂ as Marca described him by singing Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂilla, Ã¢ÂÂilla, Ã¢ÂÂilla...Villa maravilla.Ã¢ÂÂ Very cool. Bernabeu fansWell, people power has won over in the Spanish capital, as it looks like Madrid fansÃ¢ÂÂ constant barracking of Royston Drenthe, both during home games and open training sessions, has paid off. Their wishes have come true. According to a number of papers - led by El Pais, so it may well be true - Drenthe was so traumatised by the pee-taking treatment that the Dutchman asked Juande Ramos to leave him out of the last three squad lists. Ã¢ÂÂAs a manager, I have to help him out any way I can,Ã¢ÂÂ explained the caring, sharing Bernabeu boss in response. MÃÂ¡lagaAfter Barcelona, MÃÂ¡laga continue to be the most watcheable team in La Liga, just ahead of AtlÃÂ©tico in third. But for very different reasons. However, the entertaining, topsy-turvy 1-1 draw in Mestalla against Valencia still wasnÃ¢ÂÂt enough to grab the blogÃ¢ÂÂs undivided attention. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs because both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were on a rival channel. And scheduled to finish at 1.30am. And this led La Liga Loca to wonder why two of the greatest childrenÃ¢ÂÂs films ever made were scheduled for the early hours of the morning. And why a movie which showed a bad guy being stabbed to death with a nail gun was shown at a more family friendly time of 5pm on the same day? Answers on a postcard, etc. Nikola ZigicAnother goal on his return to Racing. And the first with his head. AlmerÃÂa A very big win for AlmerÃÂa in a very nutty game which saw five goals, four red cards and one great comeback for the home side.
At 2-0 down with half an hour to go, Albert Crusat struck home to lead a remarkable 3-2 revival for Hugo SÃÂ¡nchezÃ¢ÂÂ men and make up for seven days ago when it was AlmerÃÂa who blew a 2-0 lead to lose against MÃÂ¡laga. Aritz AdurizA bit of a cheeky 1-0 win for Mallorca over Numancia on Sunday considering it was achieved by a player from Athletic Bilbao who they have yet to pay for. And seeing as the Basque battlers had to face Recre without the injured Fernando Llorente, La Liga Loca has adjusted its own rather arbitrary league table - lead by Getafe at the moment - to reflect Mallorca still below Numancia. Freddie KanoutÃÂ©Some may scoff, but the Sevilla striker is one of the best players you will ever see if you catch him in his full, Technicolor, surround-sound glory. As efficiently smooth as a well-oiled Ever Banega, KanoutÃÂ© glides through games. But not when things get a little desperate, as they did at the Montjuic on Sunday night. With minutes to go and the score-line goalless, KanoutÃÂ© got on the end of a deflected Jesus Navas cross by shoving his defender, Pareja, out of the way. This has caused a bit of a kerfuffle from the Montjuic regulars, who are overlooking the fact that the same defender gave an almighty tug on the MalianÃ¢ÂÂs shirt just seconds before. Apples is apples, swings and roundabouts says an unsympathetic La Liga Loca. BAD DAYGetafeIf they hadnÃ¢ÂÂt had a couple of clowns playing in goal for them this season - Pato and Jacobo - and could take penalties, Getafe would be a good seven or eight points clear at the top of the table. No doubt. Juan AlbÃÂnÃ¢ÂÂs missed effort against AtlÃÂ©tico in Sunday nightÃ¢ÂÂs 1-1 draw was the sideÃ¢ÂÂs fourth stuffed-up spot kick of the season, costing them a possible two points. Two more were lost by Roberto Soldado against Betis, and Jacobo punching the ball straight at EspanyolÃ¢ÂÂs Ivan Alonso last weekend cost yet more. The most irritating fact about SundayÃ¢ÂÂs latest balls-up was that AlbÃÂn wasnÃ¢ÂÂt even supposed to be taking the penalty. Victor MuÃÂ±oz had given that responsibility to either Javier Casquero or Esteban Granero. Not that the Getafe manager had revealed this cunning plan to the rest of the squad, it would appear. Ã¢ÂÂI hope VÃÂctor spends the next two days teaching them how to take penalties,Ã¢ÂÂ sighed club president Angel Torres after the game. La Liga Loca suspects it may take longer than that. Plebs. AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid1-0 up, three minutes to go, a handy home victory and a return to the Champions League places was awaiting Atleti. So of course, the match ended 1-1. AtlÃÂ©tico have now failed to overcome Athletic, Valladolid and Getafe at home - dropped points that would have put the rojiblancos in a handy third place. Ã¢ÂÂWe have to manage our games better,Ã¢ÂÂ noted Abel Resino after his home debut. No s**t Sherlock. Valencia, VillarrealThese two numbskulls are the latest Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dees of La Liga. The enormous effort of VillarrealÃ¢ÂÂs victory over Numancia last week exhausted them during SundayÃ¢ÂÂs 1-1 draw at Racing, while Valencia are now a couple of handkerchief-waving wipe-outs from getting rid of a perplexed Unai Emery.
Not that the club can afford a bag of Maltesers, at the moment. Ã¢ÂÂWe realise that it would not have been fair had we won,Ã¢ÂÂ admitted the Valencia boss after SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs 1-1 draw with MÃÂ¡laga. Espanyol Oh dear. Like the 13-year-old father, Espanyol are going down fast without knowing what might happen next. And watching closely is Paul from Barcelona with his latest despatch from the front lines. Ã¢ÂÂBe warned, La Liga is fast becoming the W.W.E.
Results are arranged beforehand. Any of you who saw this match can back me up.Two clear penalties for Espanyol turned down. One for a handball so clear you could see it even if you weren't watching the match and the second for the attempted decapitation of Luis Garcia by Palop.Wearing a blue shirt was a yellow card offence. SevillaÃ¢ÂÂs first goal (what a horrible, cheating, thuggish, bunch that make AlmerÃÂa look like fair play award contenders) was a clear foul on Pareja.Diego Capel wasn't the worst and that should tell you all you need to know. They should be ashamed of themselves. Professionals in any sector don't behave like this. (banking sector excluded).The ref was quite simply ******* (sorry folks, libel laws). Hello Betis fans. Hope you will have your say on the standard of refereeing.Stray cats 0. Working toilets in my section 0"Paul, BarcelonaSportingA bit like life, Sporting were a crushing disappointment full of failure and despair from beginning to end in their 4-0 defeat against Real Madrid. Ã¢ÂÂI have a strange feeling, itÃ¢ÂÂs like we were sick. We were so poor,Ã¢ÂÂ confessed manager, Manolo Preciado.