100 days into his reign and, with just one defeat, Jose Mourinho has made his point.HeÃ¢ÂÂs the boss, heÃ¢ÂÂs the man Ã¢ÂÂ the shaven-headed tough guy in a dressing-room full of tough guys.However, has he the man-management skills to wring the very best out of his squad over a long and demanding season?
SaturdayMÃÂ¡laga (6th) vs Barcelona (2nd)YouÃ¢ÂÂd have thought that BarcelonaÃ¢ÂÂs weasley, measly 1-0 away win at Brit-packed Benidorm in the Copa del Rey might have raised an eyebrow or two of concern in the Pep-crazy Catalan press. Well, if you hadnÃ¢ÂÂt spent years suffering their droning drivel, perhaps.Instead, itÃ¢ÂÂs hats off to Mundo DeportivoÃ¢ÂÂs Miguel Rico, who has spun a superb story by linking VillarrealÃ¢ÂÂs 5-0 pummelling by Poli Ejido to say such a thing could never happen to Barcelona these days. Ã¢ÂÂBarcelona have learned the lesson that they must keep doing what they are doing in every match,Ã¢ÂÂ said an ever-so-slightly smug Rico. Well, Barcelona are going to have to do again, what they keep doing and have been doing, against MÃÂ¡laga on Saturday night. The southern seasiders are fresh from four wins in a row and have a bold new game plan to stop PepÃ¢ÂÂs Dream Boys in their tracks. Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂll sweat until we drop,Ã¢ÂÂ revealed midfielder Miguel Angel Lozano, leaving the blog with the image of what happens when Maniche attempts a flight of stairs.LLL Prediction - DrawAthletic Bilbao (19th) vs Villarreal (4th)For the first few days of the week, the angriest man in Christendom was probably Andrew Sachs. Ã¢ÂÂ60 years in the frickinÃ¢ÂÂ business and all IÃ¢ÂÂm frickinÃ¢ÂÂ famous for is a frickinÃ¢ÂÂ Spanish frickinÃ¢ÂÂ waiter,Ã¢ÂÂ he must have been yelling whilst tales of his granddaughterÃ¢ÂÂs grinding dominated BritainÃ¢ÂÂs brainless media outlets.
It never rains but it pours.AS RomaÃ¢ÂÂs damp squib of a season continued to float down the swanny on Wednesday evening.A monsoon hit the Eternal City just before kick-off against Sampdoria and after a few minutes of splashing around out on the pitch, the game was called off.
For a few soiling seconds on Tuesday evening, La Liga Loca had the experience of how it must feel to be a Manchester United fan. And what a very disturbing moment it was, too. That needed much scrubbing.