Before the Portuguese Cup last 16 match against Braga, Benfica manager Jorge Jesus ran the rule over the clubÃ¢ÂÂs dismal season. The Eagles currently trail FC Porto by eight points and had to count on Olympique Lyon coming back to hold Hapoel Tel-Aviv last Wednesday evening to ensure the completion of their shaky path to the Europa League. But even if everyone at the club says that the two cups are pretty much in there to be won, internally they should already be planning for next season.
Well blow me, if we haven't surprised everybody and found ourselves in the semi-finals of the CECAFA tournament out here in sweltering hot, thermometer nudging 32 degrees, mercury rising...well you get the picture - Tanzania!
Well here in Dar es Salaam, where the temperature is a balmy 30 degrees, it's the annual Cecafa tournament - a 12 team showpiece for Africa's central and eastern nations to pit their wits against each other.
There are times when La Liga Loca is quite glad it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt live in Barcelona, despite its beach and all that Gaudi architecture stuff. This week is one of those occasions. And not just because of the hell of la Rambla or the rats on the city's metro system. Or the humidity in the summer. Or the pickpockets.