Good Day, Bad Day: Barca's pleasant coach trip & Benzema's shadowy boots
To be quite honest, the blog is utterly bored with all the nonsense in Spain surrounding Pep Guardiola supposedly controlling the bigwigs of la Liga and Spanish FA by asking for the Osasuna clash to be moved to Sunday as he didnÃ¢ÂÂt much fancy traveling to Pamplona by bus, despite the city not being that far away really.
From the sound of it, the BarÃÂ§a boss - or rather his president - was told by the RFEF that the game would be played on Sunday only for the decision to be U-turned on Saturday afternoon, provoking a mad dash to Navarra.
As it happened, the Barcelona players got off the coach, got changed, kicked OsasunaÃ¢ÂÂs backside, got back on and went home. Job very much done.
Ã¢ÂÂRonaldo and ten othersÃ¢ÂÂ was the headline from Marca on Sunday and although it tears the blogÃ¢ÂÂs soul into a billion pieces to admit this, but LLL must agree with the paper.
For once there was something resembling tension at the Bernabeu with Real Madrid definitely not having everything going their way as in previous clashes. But then the re-introduction of the sideÃ¢ÂÂs normal front four and the second half dismissal of David Albelda helped Madrid out a bit - along with two supremely taken goals for Ronaldo who is now on 16 league strikes for the season.
LLL was back down at the Coliseum on Sunday for a comfy 3-0 win over Mallorca. A couple of weeks ago, the vulture-like blog was circling around and waiting for MÃÂchelÃ¢ÂÂs demise against Zaragoza.
But a draw in that clash, an away win at Sevilla and this latest battering of GetafeÃ¢ÂÂs Balearic opponents saw the Coliseum boss in chirpy mood after the game - the mood matching the coach of a club in ninth and with a terrific 20 point tally.
The blog never doubted him nor his players for a second. Oh no.
Unfortunately, the business at Getafe meant that LLL could only catch 10 minutes of VillarrealÃ¢ÂÂs clash with Sevilla, so can offer absolutely nothing to this section apart from the fact that they won 1-0. And Nilmar scored too, finishing the loveliest of moves.
A fifth 1-0 win at home this season - and a seventh victory from seven in El Prat land means that Espanyol are still in fourth. HereÃ¢ÂÂs Paul from Barcelona to tell us how it happened.
Ã¢ÂÂWell dear readers, I only just made it to the game as I was having lunch with a friend and thought they'd delay it for me until I'd had my After Eight and well, it was a bit drizzly. For some strange reason they didn't. Maybe if I'd mentioned it to them first?
They say that some teams are harder to beat when they are down to ten men. For Espanyol, Baena off for two silly yellows, it meant Sporting only put ten men behind the ball not the 11 they had up to that point. Sporting actually started the brighter and with better finishing they could have been two up. A less than enthralling first half finished goalless.
Then, after the sending off, Espanyol started to take control, then a great team goal. Great passing, a fantastic dinked pass from Osvaldo, Luis GarcÃÂa rounded the keeper, 1-0 to the Espanyol. We all waited for the Sporting onslaught. Well, I'm still waiting as I write this.
Usual refereeing garbage. 400/500 Sporting fans who deserve better than that.
What's the point of playing two wide men if a)they never cross it, and b) there's no-one there anyway?
MOM - Javi Marquez just shading it from Victor Ruiz.Ã¢ÂÂ
La Liga Loca was all with the hi-five - on its own, which admittedly looked a bit strange - at the Coliseum when the news of MÃÂ¡lagaÃ¢ÂÂs thrashing of Racing filtered through. But that was nothing compared to the excitement from the blog when it saw the quality of the goals from Manuel PellegriniÃ¢ÂÂs men. Outrageous stuff.
La RealÃ¢ÂÂs return to the top flight can officially be hailed as Ã¢ÂÂsuccessfulÃ¢ÂÂ with a 2-0 win over Athletic in the first Basque derby in nearly four years.
The Levante striker who is on loan from Manchester City - although has been shunted around a number of clubs over the past few years - is in fine form at the moment with the Ecuadorian scoring the second in LevanteÃ¢ÂÂs win over Atleti - the forwardÃ¢ÂÂs third in three games.
Being otherwise engaged on very important media commitments - sort of - LLL was unable to witness for itself AtlÃÂ©ticoÃ¢ÂÂs latest unfortunate event - a 2-0 defeat to lowly Levante, a match that the Rojiblancos were down in after just two minutes.
However, the blog did note that a rather furious Quique SÃÂ¡nchez Flores had a fine yelling session at his players at half-time with AS reporting that the Atleti coach asked if his footballers Ã¢ÂÂwere so stuffed with titles that you canÃ¢ÂÂt run?Ã¢ÂÂ
This outburst, QuiqueÃ¢ÂÂs sending off last week along with three defeats in a week and eight goals conceded appears to leave the coachÃ¢ÂÂs job in some jeopardy - an annual tradition at the Vicente CalderÃÂ³n club with a very peeved club president, Enrique Cerezo, grumbling that Ã¢ÂÂyouÃ¢ÂÂll have to ask Quique why he didnÃ¢ÂÂt change anything until the 80th minute,Ã¢ÂÂ and almost putting pen to paper on a death warrant by promising that Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm not thinking about changing the coach at the moment.Ã¢ÂÂ
Left on the bench for the Valencia match despite Gonzalo HiguaÃÂnÃ¢ÂÂs absence. And on the topic of the FrenchmanÃ¢ÂÂs performance when the forward came on in the second half, hereÃ¢ÂÂs what an unhappy TomÃÂ¡s Roncero in AS had to say - Ã¢ÂÂKarim is lazy, he was a shadow in football boots.Ã¢ÂÂ
Although in a moment of madness the blog did predict Osasuna to take two points of Barcelona in SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs clash after the home sideÃ¢ÂÂs promise of a blood and thunder (and elbows) approach to the game, LLL forgot one important factor in its deliberations: Osasuna are to attacking threat what Guti is to road safety.
The referee in the Real Madrid game had the incredibly annoying, but very common habit for Spanish officials to give fouls for tackles and yellow cards for fouls. Lasa set it stall early on with a nonsense yellow for Jordi Alba in eight minutes so it was somewhat inevitable that somewhat would walk in a fairly lightweight game. On this occasion it was David Albelda with JoaquÃÂn admitting that his team felt Ã¢ÂÂrobbedÃ¢ÂÂ by the dunderheaded decision.
A twelve hour coach journey to take on Espanyol and nothing to show for it except another defeat that leaves Sporting in the relegation zone.
A 1-1 draw between the two sides still sees AlmerÃÂa without a home win, this season, and Zaragoza with a victory on their travels.
Mikel San JosÃÂ©
A bit of a Ã¢ÂÂmare from the Athletic Bilbao defender in the Basque derby against Real Sociedad with the former Liverpool man giving away a penalty with a handball followed up by a lovely own goal in the second half.
At time of writing, the Alicante club have yet to play Monday's match against Deportivo. But the east coast side have already had to endure a 14 hour, 1031km coach journey to get to Galicia. And that's even before taking to the field against Depor. It can be a cruel, cruel world sometimes.