SaturdayBarcelona (2nd) v Espanyol (8th)It's the "derby of depression" according to AS with the faces of both sets of fans longer than Ruud Van Nistelrooy in a hall of mirrors. The pessimistic pericos decided to take action against their failing footballers this week by unveiling a thesaurus-inspired banner at the Espanyol training ground calling for "pride, honour, courage, effort, fight, valor, force... what don't you understand?"Meanwhile, over in the Kingdom of Catalunya Deco has raged against the media-machine which have accused him of being a workshy party-boy, quarantined by the club lest his virility-virus spread to the rest of the squad. "I strongly deny everything," hiccuped the MIA midfielder from a beach bar in Sitges.
Christian Vieri used to be the grumpiest man in football but even though he can still outstare anyone during his ever-more rare appearances on a football pitch, overall Bobo seems to have mellowed into a big cuddly bear.The evidence is there in the latest Italian edition of Vanity Fair where the big man adorns the cover with his svelte-like girlfriend, 22-year-old Melissa Satta draped across his lap.She is in fact a desk dancer on the Striscia la notizia (Ã¢ÂÂStrip the NewsÃ¢ÂÂ) show - a satirical look at daily news events with a scantily-clad Melissa and chum providing the backdrop gyrating on a desk! Beauty and Beast indeed but at least the beast is sated by the sounds of it.
Despite being stranded in Spain for a good few years now as it struggles to save the pennies for that golden Easyjet ticket home, La Liga Loca has yet to completely adapt to its Iberian environment. The blog will literally die if it has to wait until 11 o'clock at night for its evening meal and it walks a good four times faster than most five abreast in the frickin' way MadridileÃÂ±os, an irritating issue that is leading towards imminent pavement rage and a probable heart attack within the next few years.The blog definitely needs its beauty sleep and likes to be tucked up in bed at a reasonable hour. Besides, Elsa Pataky can produce such a pout if La Liga Loca doesn't have her cocoa ready by 10. And this is why, in typically British fashion, it must have a good old moan today as La Liga Loca is set to go to tonight's Copa Del Rey final at the Vicente CalderÃÂ³n. But it is not 100% happy about it, as it may not leave the stadium until past one in the morning. This is because of the ingenious plan of whoever controls these kinds of things to play the match at 10 o'frickin' clock at night. On a Wednesday.
He has been quiet for a number of weeks but Roberto Mancini is not a man to be silenced for long.In truth it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt take much to get him started and so when he was asked to comment on Francesco Totti getting away with nothing more than a 1000 euro fine for telling the referee not once but three times Ã¢ÂÂwhere to goÃ¢ÂÂ he couldnÃ¢ÂÂt wait to get torn into the foul-mouthed pup.Ã¢ÂÂHe should have been sent-off,Ã¢ÂÂ stated a stony-faced Mancio. Ã¢ÂÂIf Antonio Cassano had been in his place and acted the same way, he would have received at least a five-match ban - end of story.Ã¢ÂÂ