Good Day, Bad Day: Barca's smug cloud and Ronaldo's unsurprising whinge

Good Day


A seven point lead at the top of the table, an old foe in Hércules slain, a record for consecutive league wins equalled with 15 straight Primera victories, three strikers in the top six scorers in la Liga and with 105 goals scored in all competitions, means that the smug cloud above Barcelona on Monday can probably be seen from Mars.

Giuseppe Rossi

An outstanding thwacked goal from a tight angle from the Italian striker who signed a deal with Villarreal until 2016 at the end of last week and looks in the form of his life. And so does his club who have now lost just one in five, that niggling defeat against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu.

Villarreal’s next three games in la Liga are against Levante, Deportivo and Málaga - a fine chance to put the pressure on the struggling side six points above them.

Gaizka Toquero

The Athletic striker equalled Karim Benzema’s league scoring record in a single game with two goals to defeat Atlético Madrid on Sunday before using his celebrations to confess his profound love of wrestling.

The Basque club are now in a bit of a run of form with three wins in a row and five victories from the last seven. If Espanyol were to have a wobble, then Athletic who are just two points behind the Pericos might be able to take their place. 

Raúl Tamudo

A strike to seal the winner in Real Sociedad’s victory against Almería in a rain-sodden San Sebastian, on Saturday, sees the rat-faced rampager becoming the greatest Catalan striker in the history of la Liga with 133 goals.


Happy days are here in again in Gijón with Sporting winning their third win in a row - and a hugely impressive one to boot - with a 4-0 away victory at Mallorca. “A month ago everything was dark, but now it’s light,” growled a poetic but perky Sporting boss, Manuel Preciado, who couldn’t have been happier had someone had left a carton of a kerzillion ciggies on his bench.


There is a still a touch of the Walking Dead ‘braaaainnnns’ about Zaragoza but Javier Aguirre has now lead the Aragonese outfit to three wins in a row, and four from the last five. Unfortunately, LLL can’t for the life of it explain how as they are still fairly bobbins.


Not pretty, but very effective. That’s the best way to describe Osasuna’s win over Real Madrid, a win that leaves the Pamplona club with just one defeat in a year in the Reyno de Navarra stadium. All Osasuna need to do now is repeat that formula on the road where José Antonio Camacho’s side are still without a victory, this season.


It feels more than a little mean to pee on Levante’s parade but Marca’s headline that the Valencia side are “very much alive” seems more than a tad premature, considering all Luis García’s side managed to do was beat the flimsiest football team in Spain at the moment in the shambolic form of Getafe, although the 2-0 victory did put an end to a run of five straight defeats.

Bad Day

Real Madrid

For the second time in a fortnight, the football press - Madrid’s anyway - is in full hand-wringing, teeth-grinding mode over something that inevitably happens from time to time in football, in normal circumstances anyway, and that’s the concept of a good team in poor form dropping points away from home.

LLL is never surprised by what life can throw up - sometimes literally - so it is not quite ready to declare Barcelona as the league title winners just yet. However, the blog should probably take note of the fact that if mad Tomás Roncero, the biggest Madridista of them all, has given up hope then this strongest of hints should be taken.

“A team that can’t win at Mallorca, Levante, Almería and Osasuna can’t believe that is has the right to win la Liga,” stormed the AS man on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo

A third league game in a row without a goal and the rather churlish complaints after the match that Osasuna’s only strategy was to “boot the ball up field and wait until the end of the game.”

Doesn’t say much for Ronaldo nor his team-mates if that was enough to beat them does it?


Arriving on Monday morning, all with the Marca and AS “infamy, infamy, the refs have all got it in for me,” it’s Paul from Barcelona at his grumpiest ever after watching a 1-0 home defeat by Villarreal.

“Isn’t it strange that in a week when all the talk was about an official not knowing the offside rule, that Spain should produce three clowns who didn’t know it, either. To be fair to the officials they didn’t know any of the other rules either. The only one they got right was the goal. Blind luck.

A fantastic game of football spoiled by the ineptitude of three people who you wouldn’t want in charge of a three-year-old’s back garden kick-about.

Villarreal won thanks to a goal from “lucky to be on the pitch” Rossi with a shot Kameni should have covered at his near post. Sergio García missed three one–on-ones and Diego López saved their skin as per usual.Villarreal missed a couple of sitters too.

A minibus load of Villarreal fans and a very angry correspondent saw the game. To paraphrase Danny Baker - football is a trillion euro industry, billions of spectators and billions at stake, played by millionaires, but the most important person on the pitch is a shopkeeper from Avila. And to think they moaned about Howard Webb. The Spanish federation need to get their own house in order.”

Paul, Barcelona

Atlético Madrid

It’s a question that could have philosophers chin-stroking for weeks - better to be down to ten men with Luis Perea sent off, or eleven men with the defender still on the pitch and doing his particular footballing thang?

Quique Sánchez Flores plumped for the latter with the Atleti boss claiming that the players had a plan that was coming together before the very unfair sending off of the Rojiblanco stopper after the ludicrous awarding of a penalty to Athletic (which was missed), but soon fell apart once Athletic had scored their first in the final seconds of the first half.

AS are panicking that Atlético are “in free fall”, five points from the European places and with just one league win in five. With Quique looking a man who knows his managerial goose is cooked, fans staging their routine rebellions against the board and an uncomfortable Monday that could see more of their want-away players being poached, Atlético are facing some very dark days. Again.

Deportivo, Sevilla

It was hard to assess who was more incompetent in Saturday’s 3-3 clash between these two sides on Saturday night. Deportivo have a claim for their fine effort of turning a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 advantage for Sevilla with the Andalusian side down to ten men.

Sevilla are also contenders for suffering the shame of conceding not one, but two, but three goals against the normally goal-shy, dreary Deportivo, including a late effort to drop two points.

But the winner has to be Andrés Palop who handled the ball a good metre out of his box but still had the stones to complain to the referee afterwards when the Sevilla goalkeeper was rightfully sent off.


Before the weekend the Balearic side had only conceded four goals at home this season - it was a total that was doubled by Sporting on Saturday in possibly the weekend’s most peculiar result.


With a run of just one point from twelve, Getafe really are going to have to get something against Deportivo at the Coliseum next weekend, if Míchel’s men aren’t going to go over LLL’s knee.


Bottom of the table after an horrendous home defeat to Zaragoza but this time the fans and players couldn’t moan about the referee as the cause of the side’s demise as they did against Valencia, last weekend. Nevertheless, some 20,000 black balloons were waved by fans in protest over the Mestalla mayhem, the result of which saw Manuel Pellegrini sitting in the stands serving out a suspension.