Copa del Rey nearly cancels Christmas

And there was La Liga Loca thinking, as it skipped out of the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday with the clock about to strike midnight, that things were more or less done and dusted until after Christmas.

Clubs would be shutting down for ten days, players flying off to Brazil only to return some time in February a good 10 kilos heavier, but most importantly of all there would be no âÂÂhe-said, she-said, Barça this, Real Madrid thatâ nonsense in the press for a wee while giving LLL the chance to load up on hot Colo Cao and go nuts.

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