La Liga Loca’s Good Day, Bad Day - Round 22

RESULTS: Sat Feb 13 Xerez 0-3 Real Madrid, Sporting Gijón 1-1 Valencia, Villarreal 2-1 Athletic Bilbao Sun Feb 14 Atlético Madrid 2-1 Barcelona, Espanyol 2-0 Deportivo La Coruña, Getafe 2-2 Almería, Racing Santander 0-3 Málaga, Real Valladolid 1-1 Real Zaragoza, Sevilla 1-0 Osasuna's La Liga stats page - results, fixtures & table

Good Day

Luis Perea

Quique Sánchez Flores’ plan to counter the twin threats of Barcelona's awseome attacking and Perea’s disastrous defending was a simple one: move the calamitous Colombian into the centre of Atleti's rearguard and have him do nothing more strenuous than whack the ball away as often and as quickly as possible.

When Perea is in the full-back position, all kinds of comedy antics occur due to the footballer being forced into unfamiliar manoeuvres such as passing.

However the South American does feel like he is unfairly picked on for being an enormous liability.

“In the last games my mistakes have been exaggerated,” complained Perea after the 2-1 win over Barcelona.

Perea’s mistakes were limited on Sunday night thanks to Barcelona’s complete lack of width that saw Leo Messi repeatedly running into the huddled masses of the Rojiblanco backline and Zlatan barely able to move his big clumsy feet before being hustled off the ball.

Alvaro Arbeloa

If the blog was putting together a “Real Madrid value for money” summer signings chart, it would be tempted to put the cheap-as-chips Alvaro Arbeloa at the top (sorry Karim).

The £3.5 million man probably pips the 17 goals in 17 games Cristiano Ronaldo largely on the strength that he is not a complete tool and has been available to play in most of Madrid’s games this season.

On Saturday, the full-back scored his first goal for the club - and only the third of his career - to break the dull-as-ditchwater deadlock in an awful encounter against Xerez.

“An hour of suffering and half-an-hour of partying,” noted Santiago Segurola in Marca, in an overgenerous description of the end of the encounter.

Diego López

Villarreal still seem very out of sorts indeed, especially at the back, and only have their goalie to thank for Saturday night’s 2-1 win over a typically boisterous Athletic Bilbao.

NEWS: Tempers fray in frenetic Villarreal farce

At 2-1 up in the final minutes, López saved a penalty from Athletic to kick-off a furious finale that saw three sendings off on the pitch and the banishing to the stands of Athletic boss Joaquín Caparrós, who later claimed that he had only strayed out of his technical area to “have a look” at the red card awarded to midfielder Javi Martínez.


A 3-0 thumping of Racing – at El Sardinero, too – sees Málaga with the remarkable record of just one defeat in 13 leaving them five points clear of the relegation zone

It's also reward for the club’s bosses for avoiding the temptation of firing the booty of coach Juan Ramón López Muñiz after a run of just one win in the side’s first 14 league games of the season.

Luis Fabiano

Another pee-poor performance from Sevilla saw the side squeeze past Osasuna 1-0 in a game described by Marca’s suffering correspondent as “boring with few chances.”

The only one of that few to be converted was a beauty, though, with Fabiano contorting his neck into all sorts of Exorcist-style inhuman angles to fire home Diego Capel’s cross.

Sevilla are now back in the Champions League places, but will only stay there if Mallorca fail to win Monday night’s trip to Tenerife.

But considering that the Balearic club have only won once on their league travels this season, Sevilla should be just fine.


Espanyol may have rolled over for their tummies to be tickled at the Bernabeu last weekend, but they meant business on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Deportivo witnessed by Paul from Barcelona:

“Espanyol played well. Depor were rubbish and the ref was OK despite disallowing a perfectly good goal for Espanyol.

He got the red card right and Depor were lucky to avoid two more. Not much else of note to be honest, apart from:

1) Verdu scoring against his old team. Again
2) And my travels with Espanyol are nothing compared to the Espanyol season ticket holder from Wakefield. My cap is doffed. Some season ticket holders of a well known team won't cross the street to watch their team. Only Roy Castle can sing the appropriate song. All together now: ‘Dedication...'”

Paul, Barcelona

Bad Day


Couldn’t make a pass if he was horny, three sheets to the wind and a strutting Elsa Pataky was preening past.

And this seemed more relevant to Barcelona’s defeat than any deficiencies to be found in the back four.

Aside from that, La Liga Loca doesn’t remember much more about the encounter, having spent most of it huddled in a ball in the stands trying to stay conscious as the temperatures hit -60˚C.

However, the Barcelona press were ready for the worst against Atlético and are in sprightly, stiff-upper-lip mood on Monday with Sport’s front cover admitting that the defeat was a slip-up but noting that the Catalan club are still leaders.

NEWS: Barcelona suffer first league defeat
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Jordi Cordina

If Getafe are to deliver their president Angel Torres’ laudable but improbable goal of a top-four finish then they could do without half-wit, spanner goalkeepers dropping the ball in the 93rd minute at 2-1 up.

That’s what happened on Sunday against Almería and it resulted the visitors equalising and two points dropped.


Forget Shakespeare, Cervantes and Larsson.

The most beautiful literature of all is Deportivo’s recent league record: two wins in 10 - a record that no longer sees them larking about in the Champions League places which was one of the most embarrassing footballing sights in Spain to since Angel Arizmendi.


The bottom dwellers proved again, as they did against Barcelona, Atlético and Villarreal, that they know how avoid losing games at home - by hefty margins, at least.

What they are incapable of doing is winning them.

It was a plucky, hardworking effort to keep Real Madrid at bay for 70 minutes but as soon as the home side ran out of steam, and starting dropping back deeper and deeper, then Xerez’ footballing days were numbered against the second-placed side.


“A bittersweet result,” lamented Unai Emery after Valencia’s 1-1 draw at Sporting.

The visitors certainly had the chances to polish off their opponents but could only manage one measly goal, leaving the Mestalla men 10 points behind second-placed Madrid.

Miguel Angel Portugal

The Madridista press will no doubt have something to say about this over the next few days, but there were post-match rumblings that it was a very good time for the attacking Racing trio of Tchité, Colsa and Munitis to pick up cards which sees suspensions for all against Barcelona at the Camp Nou next week in a game Racing appear to have written off.

“They were not under orders,” grumbled Racing boss Portugal after the 3-0 home defeat to Málaga, denying any deliberate stroppiness from his footballers.


New manager, same old Valladolid who are mired in the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw against 10 man Zaragoza on Sunday. “Valladolid are giving up,” sigh El País, “bit by bit.”

Jermaine Pennant

Not a single minute for Zaragoza against Valladolid – a very cold bench to sit on.

Special bonus link: Unnamed genius getting photo taken with Florentino Perez while holding an "off-message" scarf

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