The Gossipy Weekend Predictions - Round 2
SaturdayValladolid vs AtlÃÂ©tico MadridRight. La Liga Loca is putting its slightly manky club foot down. It cannae take any more. Already jiggery and jittery over the universe ending, England looking good and Marca writing nice things about Lewis Hamilton, the blog will not stand anymore freakery. The icing on the blogÃ¢ÂÂs cracking-up cake was reports from AtletiÃ¢ÂÂs latest training session which described shiny, happy, people full of footballing fun and frolics. There was even a picture of a grinning Javier Aguirre trying to boot Leo Franco up the backside. One man who is determined to put an end to this lunacy is shouty Valladolid coach, JosÃÂ© Luis Mendilibar, who notes that the rojiblancos are Ã¢ÂÂin a moment of euphoria and on the crest of a wave. LetÃ¢ÂÂs see how long that lasts.Ã¢ÂÂ LLL Prediction - Away win.
Mendilibar: Ready to bring Atletico down a peg or two
Barcelona vs Racing SantanderHand-balling hedonist, Diego Maradona, is no longer welcome in the Kingdom of Catalunya. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs the opinion of Sport who have taken umbrage to the Argentinean daring to have a pop at Leo MessiÃ¢ÂÂs selfish footballing stylings. Ã¢ÂÂSometimes, he only plays for himself,Ã¢ÂÂ sniffed Maradona. Ã¢ÂÂHe has turned into a caricature of himself after years of excess,Ã¢ÂÂ was the rage-filled response from a fuming Lluis MascarÃÂ³, whose column was headed by the legend Ã¢ÂÂa clown called Maradona.Ã¢ÂÂ Meanwhile, Joan Ã¢ÂÂJoanÃ¢ÂÂ Laporta is continuing to defend his teamÃ¢ÂÂs lacklustre and lukewarm performance in the crucial Catalunya Cup which saw the BarÃÂ§a reserves suffering a serious setback at the semi-final stage, like Ever Banega during a power cut. Ã¢ÂÂWe are the team with the most Catalunya Cup wins and with a change in format, IÃ¢ÂÂm confident it will stay that way.Ã¢ÂÂ By Ã¢ÂÂchange in formatÃ¢ÂÂ La Liga Loca suspects Laporta may be talking about an immediate final berth for Barcelona and a 15-goal lead. Or 20, if they are playing Espanyol.LLL Prediction - Home win. Sevilla vs SportingThe award for the blogÃ¢ÂÂs bitter as a bilious biscuit award - normally won by La Liga Loca, itself - is Sevilla reject, Khalid Boulahrouz. The defender has lashed out against his old club, in fine tabloid style, but from the safety of the Bundesliga. Ã¢ÂÂIn Sevilla, there was very little professionalism. Everything went slowly and there wasnÃ¢ÂÂt a lot of urgency,Ã¢ÂÂ revealed the Dutchman. Ã¢ÂÂTalk to the handÃ¢ÂÂ says the Sevilla-loving La Liga Loca in valley-girl mode. Whatever approach to life the club did have, it seemed to work considering they have been staggeringly successful for the past couple of years. Unlike their city rivals who, as we find out later, have followed the same fundamental lazy-arsed philosophy but with very different results. LLL Prediction - Home win. SundayMalaga vs AthleticItÃ¢ÂÂs already make or break for Athletic Bilbao on Sunday after a first round hammering in San MamÃÂ©s by AlmerÃÂa. On the occasion of their 3-1 humbling, there were boisterous boos from the less than harmonious home fans for Fran Yeste and Javier Casas. La Liga Loca dug around to find out why these two were singled out for special attention and asked a potty-mouthed Athletic supporting acquaintance for the reason. Ã¢ÂÂBecause one missed a penalty and the other is s**t,Ã¢ÂÂ was the firm response. LLL Prediction - Draw. Recreativo vs EspanyolWith the thudding inevitability of another Marca story concerning Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂs concerns over tattoos - really, is that the best you can do. Three days now! - Espanyol have announced that their new stadium wonÃ¢ÂÂt be ready for its expected grand opening early next year. Club president, Daniel SÃÂ¡nchez Llibre revealed that due to a lack of road access, water and lights, there may be a teeny, tiny delay to their new home. The upside is that surprising new signing, Steve Finnan, gets an extra few months to soak in the surroundings of the Montjuic at a side he couldnÃ¢ÂÂt be happier to play for. Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs exciting to be going to a great club in Spain. But I didnÃ¢ÂÂt want to leave Liverpool,Ã¢ÂÂ confessed the full-back. LLL Prediction - Draw
"I don't really want to be here, weather's nice though..."
Getafe vs BetisBetis really is the journalistic gift that just keeps giving. La Liga Loca is down on its hands and knees praying to a gallery of idols that Darth de Lopera never leaves the club.With the majority shareholder having claimed that the squad was the best in BetisÃ¢ÂÂ history, Paco Chaparro dismissed this assertion by arguing that the greatest group of players were Ã¢ÂÂthe ones that won the league in 1934.Ã¢ÂÂ For all the blog knows, Paco may have been part of that squad. Despite his suspiciously nifty hair, La Liga Loca suspects the Betis boss may well be pushing 145 this year. The other riveting revelation from barking-mad Betis was new stories concerning their renowned mean and miserly, penny-pinching ways. Edu admitted that the teamÃ¢ÂÂs physical preparations are made all the more harder because Ã¢ÂÂthe gym is not in the best of conditions.Ã¢ÂÂ
Like saying that Guti is no Einstein, that seems to be some understatement. Marca report that the gym measures just 20 metres by 10, has neither air conditioning nor heating and hasnÃ¢ÂÂt seen the arrival of a new piece of equipment for 10 years. Puppet president, Pepe Leon, also admitted that the dressing room wasnÃ¢ÂÂt up to scratch, either. Ã¢ÂÂLast season the players told us they would be willing to give up part of their bonus for a better one.Ã¢ÂÂ LLL Prediction - Home winVillarreal vs DeportivoThis weekÃ¢ÂÂs news from Sweden has a strangely Satanic feel to it. Take it away, thelocal.se.Ã¢ÂÂA couple from UmeÃÂ¥ in northern Sweden is upset about state authorities branding their new-born baby girl with the sign of the devil.When her birth was registered with SwedenÃ¢ÂÂs Tax Authority, the coupleÃ¢ÂÂs daughter received a personal identity number (personnummer) ending in 666.Ã¢ÂÂOur little girl isnÃ¢ÂÂt a wicked beast and shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt have to suffer for having the symbolism in her personal identity number,Ã¢ÂÂ the girlÃ¢ÂÂs father told the VÃÂ¤sterbottens-Kuriren newspaper.Ã¢ÂÂLLL Prediction - Home win.Mallorca vs OsasunaErm.LLL Prediction - Home winReal Madrid vs NumanciaAnother wonderful week in Castle Greyskull draws to a close. Over the past few delightful days, Lord of the Flies, Pedja Mijatovic, confirmed that a bid was made for David Villa, contradicting RamÃÂ³n CalderÃÂ³n's earlier assertions.Sport wrote that sporting director, RaÃÂºl, vetoed the signing of the Valencia striker, causing a rift between himself and Iker Casillas who was all for the move.
Casillas: Horrendous... apparently
COPE radio accused the Madrid president of fixing the season-ticket waiting list in favour of friends and family. And Nicholas Cage. But the best bit of banter was wrinkly ex-goalkeeper and all round loon, Hugo Gatti, claiming that Casillas was a Ã¢ÂÂhorrendous goalkeeper... who does not know the abc of the job.Ã¢ÂÂ
Ensuring that he is never employed by the Iker-loving AS ever again, Gatti also said that Ã¢ÂÂhe never attacks the ball. What happens is that he makes a save in important games which helps the team win. For this reason, thereÃ¢ÂÂs a lot of repercussions.Ã¢ÂÂ
LLL Prediction - Home win.