Good Day, Bad Day: Mou 'flicks the V' as Real sneak win
It's that time of the week again - Tim Stannard runs through the winners and losers of the weekend's action in Spain...
Well, the ever-so-mature Ã¢ÂÂYou smell of poo! No, YOU smell of poo!Ã¢ÂÂ build-up to the Sporting against Real Madrid clash certainly gave the squawking local media types something to chew on over the weekend Ã¢ÂÂ aside from the usual "Just how brilliant is JosÃÂ© Mourinho?" debates.
A typical example of the kind of excitement the name-calling nonsense instigated was witnessed by LLL when accidentally switching to Marca TV on Sunday evening. LLL was genuinely trying to snare MTV, which has just arrived on its television, as the blog has become ever so slightly addicted to being appalled and yet simultaneously entertained by the vile characters featured on My Super Sweet Sixteen. And donÃ¢ÂÂt get it started on Jersey Shore.
Instead, it ended up with 30 seconds of three grown men literally screaming at each other and jabbing their fingers like toddlers fighting over a doll's house.
Basically, Real Madrid showed great persistence to win a cracking encounter in which a fantastically feisty Sporting played their part while JosÃÂ© Mourinho was probably quite happy to be hidden in a VIP box at the back of the stadium rather than out on the pitch, like his poor players.
Billy OceanÃ¢ÂÂs favourite side in the going-gets-tough, tough-gets-going department with another win when it really, really, really matters. BarcelonaÃ¢ÂÂs fairly comprehensive victory over Villarreal must be added to the wins over AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid, Valencia, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla on the Dream BoysÃ¢ÂÂ increasingly blood-spattered wall of scalps.
Of course, Leo Messi was brilliant once again with two goals - the Argentinian has more braces than a young Ken Dodd - but it was AndrÃÂ©s Iniesta that most tickled LLLÃ¢ÂÂs fancy with some fantastic footwork throughout the game.
What looked like a routine 1-0 win against Almeria was far from it, with referee Velasco Carballo taking exception to Athletic left-backs. Having sent off Koikili Lertxundi, he got the same vexing vibe from his replacement Xavi Castillo, and gave him two yellows as well.
That saw the Basque side defending their 1-0 lead - which came from Fernando Llorente's eighth of the season - for 21 minutes with the San MamÃÂ©s in incredible rabble-rousing form and making one heck of a racket to see their side through. Ã¢ÂÂIt was an epic win, full of struggling and suffering,Ã¢ÂÂ marvelled the striker known as Superman.
When the final whistle blew, it was if Athletic had won the Copa del Rey with Joaquin Caparros - who is NOT on amphetamines, as one of LLLÃ¢ÂÂs match-watching companions was insisting having never seen the excitable Athletic manager in action before - babbling that Ã¢ÂÂthere was a union between the public and footballers who gave everything.Ã¢ÂÂ
The Uruguayan had hit a rough patch of 12 games without a goal, which saw poor old Diego getting the Ã¢ÂÂpushing up daisies, six foot under, finished as a strikerÃ¢ÂÂ treatment from the Spanish sporting press.
But like Cristiano Ronaldo, David Villa and Karim Benzema before him, the AtlÃÂ©tico forward has apparently risen from the Pichichi-chasing dead with two goals against Osasuna. And there was LLL thinking that the Deportivo attack were the only lifeless zombies in la Primera.
ForlÃÂ¡n has now equalled Fernando TorresÃ¢ÂÂ total of 91 goals for AtlÃÂ©tico in just 170 games. The comparatively slack El NiÃÂ±o took 249 matches.
Hero to the blog, and indeed the universe, Royston Drenthe scored a belter of a second-half free kick to become the first HÃÂ©rcules player not named David Trezeguet or Nelson Valdez to score a league goal, giving his side a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad and ending a run of five games without in the process.
A lovely strike after just eight minutes was enough to kill off what little fight Getafe had in Mestalla and move Valencia back into the Champions League places.
A goalless draw for dull-Deportivo means that all is good, pretty and shiny with the world again after a worrying couple of rounds which saw both goals and wins for the legendary Galician fun-stoppers.
Reports suggest the Sporting manager, grabbed his genitals and threw a bottle at the Real Madrid bus as it departed El MolinÃÂ³n. The bottle reportedly missed its target and hit a woman standing nearby, according to Marca. Preciado claims that JosÃÂ© Mourinho waved two fingers at him whilst a member of the Real Madrid coaching team shouted Ã¢ÂÂgoing downÃ¢ÂÂ after a match atmosphere that moved from entertainingly sparky to plain nasty.
Ten goals against Deportivo, MÃÂ¡laga, Racing Santander and HÃÂ©rcules. None in slightly tough clashes against AC Milan, AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid and now Sporting. Just sayinÃ¢ÂÂ. Nothing more. Stand back. Nothing to see here...
Yes, a bad day - thatÃ¢ÂÂs what MarcaÃ¢ÂÂs website was claiming Manuel Pellegrini had on Sunday, despite having given MÃÂ¡laga their first win at home in the league this season in just his first league game in charge.
The crime committed by the former Real Madrid manager according to the paper which has a bit of a vendetta against the apparently dithering, indecisive Chilean is that the coach made some changes at half-time with the result that MÃÂ¡laga scored and went on to win the game with a belter from Eliseu.
Ã¢ÂÂHe made a complete U-turn at half time in changing his strikers,Ã¢ÂÂ complained the match report branding Pellegrini Ã¢ÂÂthe worstÃ¢ÂÂ of the encounter.
AS however, have fewer politically-inspired hang-ups about Manuel and hail the new MÃÂ¡laga manager as Ã¢ÂÂthe miracle manÃ¢ÂÂ.
After LilloÃ¢ÂÂs AlmerÃÂa side failed to break down the nine men of Athletic Bilbao - having never looked like doing it, to be fair - the AlmerÃÂa president and his board asked to borrow a room at San MamÃÂ©s in what was expected to be a quick get-together to fire Juanma LilloÃ¢ÂÂs booty.
However, the mop-topped manager appears to have survived the chop for the moment after reasoning that his side were Ã¢ÂÂsuperior in numbers but never had the emotional superiority,Ã¢ÂÂ due to the outstanding San MamÃÂ©s support.
Lillo will no doubt be expected to pick up points in AlmerÃÂaÃ¢ÂÂs next two games. Against Barcelona and Valencia. So thatÃ¢ÂÂs him finished then, isnÃ¢ÂÂt it?
El Mundo Deportivo
Ã¢ÂÂHis Machiavellian plan is taking effort but Mourinho still hasnÃ¢ÂÂt stopped (BarÃÂ§a)Ã¢ÂÂ claims Sergi SolÃÂ© on the Real Madrid managerÃ¢ÂÂs apparently brilliant conceit to prevent Barcelona victories by controlling referees. And giving the Catalan club offside goals, too, it would seem - #flawedconcept.
Ã¢ÂÂBarcelona being helped by the referee is back!Ã¢ÂÂ claims MondayÃ¢ÂÂs Marca with the blog opening its balcony doors and peering over the edge in response to both papers.
The big lovable, goof-headed blunder-dome of a defender had one of his dithering, 'attack of the vapours' moments in the 90th minute of Zaragoza's home defeat to Sevilla, allowing Alvaro Negredo through to give the Andalusian side the 2-1 win and inflict his inane wrist-kissing goal celebration on the watching world.
After the match, Zaragoza manager - just - JosÃÂ© Aurelio Gay noted that whilst the coach was always the one responsible for results there wasnÃ¢ÂÂt much he could do about half-witted, pea-brained defenders giving the ball away in injury time. But in slightly more polite terms.
Racing Santander coach, Miguel Angel Portugal, was claiming that his side should have had a late penalty in the goalless draw away at Mallorca, with Ivan Bolado appearing to have taken a boot in the head.
But it probably wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt have made any difference, considering the Racing striker, Ariel - a forward reaching levels of Riki-like incompetency - missed an earlier spot-kick awarded to the Cantabrian club before being substituted at half time.
Four red cards in OsasunaÃ¢ÂÂs away games - the most recent seeing Ignacio Monreal being banished to the bench against AtlÃÂ©tico - sees coach, JosÃÂ© Antonio Camacho, contemplating some different tactics.
Ã¢ÂÂWhen we travel away, I am going to train with ten,Ã¢ÂÂ mused the prince of Pamplona.