CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS, Tue Nov 3: AC Milan 1-1 Real Madrid, Apoel Nicosia 0-1 FC Porto, Atletico Madrid 2-2 Chelsea, Bayern Munich 0-2 Bordeaux, Besiktas 0-3 Wolfsburg, Maccabi Haifa 0-1 Juventus, Manchester United 3-3 CSKA Moscow, Marseille 6 (six) -1 FC Zurich
AtlÃÂ©ticoÃ¢ÂÂs bittersweet 2-2 Champions League draw with Chelsea not only put the rojiblancos out of the competition with two group games to play, but also bombarded the brains of the owners of the Calderon club with dollar signs.
Kun AgÃÂ¼eroÃ¢ÂÂs rather handy cameo appearance and brace against AbramovichÃ¢ÂÂs boys was pretty much the first time that the Argentinian striker has done anything of note so far this season.
But KunÃ¢ÂÂs timing was perfect, considering the club currently have a squirrelÃ¢ÂÂs suitcase of a chance of qualifying for next seasonÃ¢ÂÂs competition and the fantastic funds it would bring in - funds needed to pay for the cost of a new training centre and stadium.
And his delightful double can only have attracted even more interest from the already flirtatious London club (transfer ban notwithstanding), with Carlo Ancelotti (still being in charge next summer notwithstanding) admitting that he would not be averse to the idea of putting him into bed with Didier Drogba, metaphorically speaking.
Ã¢ÂÂAbramovich may have a lot of money, but he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt have Kun,Ã¢ÂÂ taunted F.J. DÃÂaz, perhaps speaking about six months too soon.
AtletiÃ¢ÂÂs performance was very sprightly indeed. After it, La Liga Loca desperately tried probing Chelsea players to see what changes they'd spotted from Abel ResinoÃ¢ÂÂs rabble that was squashed 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Sadly, the blog drew a blank from by Frank and got a "no" from Joe (although he also said sorry. But that doesnÃ¢ÂÂt rhyme).
But it did discover that Michael Ballack is frackinÃ¢ÂÂ enormous and has vowed to only say good things about the brilliant, charismatic and some would say boundary-breaking German midfielder, who will go down in the history books as one of the true greats of the game.
MadridÃ¢ÂÂs other big side, Rayo, werenÃ¢ÂÂt in action, but Real were with a 1-1 draw against AC Milan.
La Liga Loca will have to take the morning paper's word for it, but the first half was apparently the best that the Castle Greyskull club has played this season.
Though that's not saying a great deal.
Ã¢ÂÂA good performance, but for little reward,Ã¢ÂÂ shrugs AS.
Ã¢ÂÂA good performance, but for little reward,Ã¢ÂÂ say Marca, too, before going on to hail the first 45 minutes as magnificent.
For some time now, Karim Benzema has been complaining that he cannot play properly with RaÃÂºl slotting himself into his favourite holes, as it were.
And it seems that the Frenchman was quite right after another decent performance without the club captain blocking his passages Ã¢ÂÂ a performance which produced MadridÃ¢ÂÂs first goal at Milan since 1956.
Ã¢ÂÂAway from RaÃÂºl, Benzema is another player,Ã¢ÂÂ notes Alfredo RelaÃÂ±o in WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs AS editorial.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs BarcelonaÃ¢ÂÂs turn to make amends after a home defeat in the Champions League with a visit to face Rubin Kazan, and all the talk is of the sub-zero, nipple-raising temperatures that will face PepÃ¢ÂÂs Dream Boys in Ruskieland.
Not that Guardiola will be using it as an excuse, mind.
Ã¢ÂÂChampions should be able to play in the cold or at 40 degrees,Ã¢ÂÂ Cantona-d the BarÃÂ§a boss.
And nor will the Catalan press. For the moment.
Ã¢ÂÂNeither the freezing temperatures" Ã¢ÂÂ itÃ¢ÂÂs only about -8, for PeteÃ¢ÂÂs sake Ã¢ÂÂ "nor the bad state of the pitch should be an excuse,Ã¢ÂÂ says Sport's Josep Maria Casanovas, setting himself up for using the freezing temperatures and the bad state of the pitch as an excuse in case of a bad result on Wednesday night.
The paper reports that the side will be ready for action as the club have brought the all-important consignment of ham plus coats, hats and gloves - the four things any Spaniard cannot be without as soon as the temperature drops below 18 degrees.
Mundo Deportivo have also picked up on the frost-tinged theme of the nightÃ¢ÂÂs action with WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs headline predicting Ã¢ÂÂBarÃÂ§a on iceÃ¢ÂÂ (in English).
It seems a shame to leave Sevilla until last, considering how magnificent they have been in the competition with their 100 percent record. But thatÃ¢ÂÂs just tough titties.
However, a win against struggling Stuttgart (and a failure to pick up points by Unirea) will see the Andalusian side as winners of their group with two rounds still to play.
Which is evidently a little bit better than the rest of their counterparts in la Liga.
* Public Service Announcement - La Liga Loca is already promising LIVE Tweeting from the Madrid derby on Saturday night. But the blog is heading to Getafe vs Depor just a few hours before.
If, letÃ¢ÂÂs say, five people add Ã¢ÂÂyes, pleaseÃ¢ÂÂ into the comments section then La Liga Loca may, just may, tweet from what is sure to be a thrilling encounter in the Coliseum as a side with all the spine of roadkill jellyfish take on the dullest team in the galaxy.
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