Good Day, Bad Day Ã¢ÂÂ Round 21
La Liga Loca came THAT close to writing the name Ã¢ÂÂRiki!!!Ã¢ÂÂ before realising that the blogÃ¢ÂÂs already rock-bottom credibility would drop even further with such an act.
Instead, itÃ¢ÂÂs DeportivoÃ¢ÂÂs Angel Lafita who is given pride of place at the head of this weekÃ¢ÂÂs Good Day section with two goals against a hapless Villarreal to move his side into sixth.
However, his Bianca-betrothed partner in crime Riki played a massive part in this achievement after donating two assists to the cause and an actual goal Ã¢ÂÂ and a decent one at that Ã¢ÂÂ to seal VillarrealÃ¢ÂÂs sad footballing fate.
Leo Messi, Arjen Robben
Two lefties playing on the right and two footballers who only turned up for the second half of their respective teams' victories. The former came off the bench in the 58th minute and equalised for his side six minutes later, before grabbing a cracking winner with just 10 to go.
Unlike Messi, Arjen Robben was out on the pitch for the first 45 minutes of his sideÃ¢ÂÂs 2-0 win over Numancia but, like his team-mates, was achieving naff-all until the opening few moments of the second half when he helped set up RaÃÂºlÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂnot even Arizmendi could miss thatÃ¢ÂÂ opener and grabbed a real beaut of a second.
Two goals in two weeks - one off his ear, apparently, and the other with his shin Ã¢ÂÂ gives the Madrid striker 307 goals for the Bernabeu club, equalling Di StefanoÃ¢ÂÂs record. But La Liga Loca has a feeling that you may already have read that elsewhere.
"You might be good, son, but you'll never be me"
La Liga Loca is nothing but unoriginal so it will say that neither Athletic nor MÃÂ¡laga deserved to lose a truly belting game on Saturday night - a match that finished with Athletic as 3-2 winners.
The victory came through the Basque sideÃ¢ÂÂs willingness to refrain from their normal somewhat dour, defensive play, and instead slug it out in the Thunderdome with their opponents.
Fernando Llorente was the star performer for the home side Ã¢ÂÂ although Fran Yeste certainly got the juices flowing of the TV genius that is Patxi Alonso on La Sexta Ã¢ÂÂ with an assist and a belting strike to bring the game back to 2-2.
He may have a mop on his head and have the ganglyness of Andy Murray, but Llorente is surely a striker destined for a big move before too long.
Well, itÃ¢ÂÂs go-go gadget arms for Osasuna who are now just three points from safety but tied on 17 with two other sides in the relegation zone.
While their survival prospects are a little less bleak, there is still danger considering that the win on Sunday evening arose by grabbing an early goal against Mallorca and then hanging on for dear life against a team with just nine men.
Valencia fawn and scrape into the Good Day section thanks to SundayÃ¢ÂÂs 3-2 win over AlmerÃÂa, but by Merciful Zeus it was a close run thing in the end.
Over recent weeks, Unai EmeryÃ¢ÂÂs defence appears to have gone completely moobs-up by conceding 11 goals in the last 4 games. But they were bailed out this weekend by newbie keeper CÃÂ©sar SÃÂ¡nchez and his crucial injury-time save.
It was just reward to a fine servant of the game cruelly discarded at Spurs by Harry Redknapp, who, in one interview, couldn't even recall his name.
"Who the hell are you?"
SportingÃ¢ÂÂs ball boys
After a 4-3, 6-1, 7-1 and last weekÃ¢ÂÂs 5-1 mauling at GetafeÃ¢ÂÂs Coliseum, it was a humdrum 1-0 win for 10-men Sporting over Sevilla during SundayÃ¢ÂÂs late game.
Although according to opposition boss Manolo JimÃÂ©nez, it was all down to a bunch of non-playing youngsters: Ã¢ÂÂThe balls disappeared after they had a player sent off. A lot of time was lost.Ã¢ÂÂ
Although it was Roberto Soldado who grabbed the hat-trick and plaudits in last weekÃ¢ÂÂs thumping of Sporting by Getafe, it was his Nigerian team-mate that had the fans singing his name Ã¢ÂÂ well, his surname.
Uche bagged a brace in a comeback against Betis in the De Lopera on Sunday evening, but it could have been so much more for Getafe had Soldado not fluffed a penalty with the score at 2-2.
Ã¢ÂÂTosspot,Ã¢ÂÂ grumbled coach Victor MuÃÂ±oz after the game, very much to himself.
The general rule in La Liga is that if the fans are calling for the head of the manager when times are tough, then the coach can still sleep fairly easily.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs when the support turns on the president that the manager can expect to be booted out of his job in short shrift as the presidentÃ¢ÂÂs self-preservation instincts kick in.
That happened in a near empty Vicente CalderÃÂ³n on Sunday afternoon, although La Liga Loca took one for the team and braved the blizzards and drizzle to watch an Atletico Madrid performance in a 2-1 defeat to Valladolid branded by an unimpressed AS as Ã¢ÂÂpathetic.aÃ¢ÂÂ
As the game drew to a depressing close, the supporters starting singing Ã¢ÂÂCerezo [insert rude word], get out of the CalderÃÂ³n!Ã¢ÂÂ But a considerably dirtier and better sounding version.
It was enough to send the AtlÃÂ©tico president down to the dressing room for a bit of a rant after the encounter revealed Javier Aguirre, whose crest had fallen so far it was swept up by a cleaner and popped into a dumpster hours later.
Ã¢ÂÂCerezo came down to the dressing room and was fairly tough with us,Ã¢ÂÂ revealed the much-maligned Mexican manager.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs hard to pinpoint exactly what has gone wrong with AtlÃÂ©tico since the start of the year Ã¢ÂÂ apart from all-round crapness and an underperforming Kun AgÃÂ¼ero. At time of writing, Aguirre is still safe in his position according to the rojiblanco rooster: Ã¢ÂÂNeither I nor anyone else is planning his sacking,Ã¢ÂÂ said Cerezo on Sunday.
Whether anyone believes him or not is another matter.
Another manager in deep do-do is Paco Chaparro, who watched his side take a plucky 2-0 lead against Getafe before blowing it and only avoiding a defeat thanks to Ricardo saving SoldadoÃ¢ÂÂs penalty.
The arrival of Ricardo Oliveira may come too late for poor old Chaparro, who is a hair's breadth away from a booting-out from Betis. But so short of firepower are the Andaluce club that Darth de Lopera reportedly got the bank to open on Saturday morning to get the cash to bring the Zaragoza striker to Seville.
Paco calls for help
La Liga Loca would be feeling sorry for Espanyol supporters, if it didn't have a heart of frozen gravel.
Instead, the blog enjoys nothing more than other fans' footballing pain, so letÃ¢ÂÂs have a chuckle with (and not at) Paul from Barcelona, who watched his side throw a way a 1-0 lead in injury time thanks to a rapidly-losing-the-plot Carlos Kameni:
Ã¢ÂÂAnyone know a good hypnotist so I can get this game erased from my memory?
Espanyol scored, Recre equalised with a clear penalty in injury time thanks to a defensive howler (where have you read that before this week?). An awful game. Both teams were rubbish. It was cold and wet. And that, dear readers, is all you need to know.
Stray cat count 0 (Something to do with the rain I suppose)Ã¢ÂÂ
Over in the Good Day section we sampled a tantalising taste of the Sevilla managerÃ¢ÂÂs thoughts on his sideÃ¢ÂÂs 1-0 defeat to Sporting. And in doing so, we heard his unhappiness at the ball-boys. But they weren't the only items on his GÃÂjon hit-list. Oh no.
JimÃÂ©nez took time out to blast the Sporting fans by ranting that he Ã¢ÂÂdid not like the attitude of some of the supporters because they were whistling at Capel for the whole of the second half.Ã¢ÂÂ
The referee also felt his wrath for Ã¢ÂÂallowing too much time to be wasted.Ã¢ÂÂ The only lucky few to escape the hairdryer treatment were his players, whose efforts JimÃÂ©nez was "happy with."
Sooo fired (sigh).
Officially dead to La Liga Loca (turns back and starts sobbing).
A superb win in a very dangerous game but now facing the next match without the services of Puyol, Marquez, Alves and Pique. Still time for that Oleguer loan deal?