The dream final: God's XI vs Wimbledon
Cynical old La Liga Loca has been around for a few centuries now in one form or another and is all too aware that Ã¢ÂÂdream finalsÃ¢ÂÂ rarely turn out that way.
So knowing already that WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs affair will be to football what Guti is to commitment, the blog has taken pleasure from seeing what Photoshopped front-cover Sport would produce ahead of the critical clash, instead.
And as ever, the Barcelona-based paper did not disappoint.
The pressure was definitely on after their splendid effort from two years ago which portrayed Joan Laporta as God and Frank Rijkaard as Moses handing down the presidentÃ¢ÂÂs Ten Commandments before the new season.
"Here, take these tablets"
But Sport delivered the goods with some gusto on Tuesday with an effort that featured the BarÃÂ§a players as gladiators - or rather, the heads of BarÃÂ§a players jammed onto the bodies of gladiators.
To be fair to the paperÃ¢ÂÂs art department, Messi and PiquÃÂ© looked just fine thrusting their swords in the air.
But Thierry Henry resembled a Russell Crowe body-graft that had gone very badly wrong and poor old Xavi looked like the tiny-headed man from Beetlejuice.
WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs edition trumpets the Ã¢ÂÂsuper finalÃ¢ÂÂ between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - Wayne Rooney appears to be completely unheard of in Spain - with what feels like 28 pages of drivel from the keyboard of Josep MarÃÂa Casanovas.
Much of his thesis portrays Manchester United as the vulgar plaything of evil capitalists unlike the pure-as-a-kitten's-trump BarÃÂ§a who Ã¢ÂÂare completely the opposite, a local entity that strives to be a multinational of passion and feeling.Ã¢ÂÂ
Casanovas is also under the assumption that Barcelona will be facing a late-'80s Wimbledon side by huffing that Manchester United play Ã¢ÂÂtypical English football: the sooner the ball is with the strikers the better,Ã¢ÂÂ as opposed to the culÃÂ© club's Ã¢ÂÂquality, spectacle and good football.Ã¢ÂÂ
"Italy here we come!"
Mundo Deportivo are quite beside themselves, with Joan Josep PallÃÂ s calling the Champions League clash Ã¢ÂÂthe most important that BarÃÂ§a have played in their 109 years.Ã¢ÂÂ
On its website, MD is updating a minute-by-minute account of the day with the first post at 07.23 noting that a large number of fans are flying to Rome that morning.
After putting up some links to opinion polls in the paper, the YTS student in charge of the column appears to have given up the ghost on the section at 08.55... or gone for the traditional second breakfast.
AS are getting into the spirit of the occasion with editor Alfredo RelaÃÂ±o poking his stick into camp culÃÂ© for the evening. Ã¢ÂÂDespite everything, I see BarÃÂ§a as favourites as they play good football, extremely good football.Ã¢ÂÂ
Barking mad Madrid fan TomÃÂ¡s Roncero will not hear of such crazy talk and claims that he and Ã¢ÂÂ99.9 percent of Madridistas will be with Rooney and Ronaldo tonight,Ã¢ÂÂ while scoffing that Real won their third European Cup Ã¢ÂÂ something Barcelona are trying to achieve tonight Ã¢ÂÂ some 51 years ago.
Third time lucky in 1958
Marca attempt to get into the Champions League mood with WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs editorial lauding Ã¢ÂÂthe best final possible between the two best teams in the world.Ã¢ÂÂ
But Marca being Marca, the paper also finds time to throw some praise in RaÃÂºlÃ¢ÂÂs direction by berating the 11 percent of Madrid members who want to turf the club captain out of Castle Greyskull, according to the paperÃ¢ÂÂs opinion poll on the topic.
Ã¢ÂÂHe doesnÃ¢ÂÂt deserve that,Ã¢ÂÂ fumes the paper. Ã¢ÂÂHe is the most professional, most serious and most committed player in the side.Ã¢ÂÂ
RaÃÂºl was also the second best player in the last round of action, according to the paperÃ¢ÂÂs season-long Ã¢ÂÂRaul-awardÃ¢ÂÂ vote.
But despite the Madrid captainÃ¢ÂÂs fine, match-winning performance against Mallorca in the awful 3-1 defeat, he is still one place behind Leo Messi in the overall rankings - a position that the judges may well be Ã¢ÂÂadjustingÃ¢ÂÂ at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the rest of the world will be watching God's chosen ones vs Vinnie Jones's Crazy Gang.
Just don't blame La Liga Loca if the dream final's a disappointment.
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