La LigaÃ¢ÂÂs Good Day, Bad Day - Round 2
Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi
Hands up everyone who had their cockles warmed when seeing that cheeky smile back on Cristiano RonaldoÃ¢ÂÂs face after his World Cup woes with Portugal.
Now hands up everyone who had their cockles warmed when seeing that cheeky smile back on Leo MessiÃ¢ÂÂs face after his World Cup woes with Argentina.
Did you see that, Florentino?
Two goals in two for the Zaragoza striker - and it should be three, but more on that later - means a pig-ignorant La Liga Loca has either been hopelessly wrong in its constant, childish attacks on the playing ability of this fine, fine footballer, or Arizmendi has been in a body swap with Gonzalo HiguaÃÂn.
The blog feels certain that the latter can be the only rational explanation or it may as well give up, right here, right now.
Valencia, Athletic Bilbao
Both sides have six points from six - the only two apart from BarÃÂ§a and Madrid Ã¢ÂÂ but they've managed it in two very different ways.
Valencia put Sevilla to the sword in round one and blew Valladolid away on Sunday with brilliant, sexy counterattacking football.
The only way the word Ã¢ÂÂsexyÃ¢ÂÂ can ever be used with Athletic Bilbao is that if 'Basque' football involves the underwear meaning of the word and 22 bikini models. Their opening game was a 1-0 win against Espanyol and Sunday evening produced the same result at Xerez, after an own-goal from a cross-blocking David Prieto.
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Manchester United are reportedly interesting in the Sevilla strikerÃ¢ÂÂs scoring services and it's easy to see why. A cracking seven days for Ã¢ÂÂO FabulosoÃ¢ÂÂ, who donked two goals against Argentina in BrazilÃ¢ÂÂs World Cup qualifier and a bagged another brace a week later in a 4-1 win against the infinitely more difficult Zaragoza.
The Canary Island clubÃ¢ÂÂs survival plan this season looks like grabbing what they can on their travels while really relying on opposition sides being completely freaked out by having to play their away games somewhere in the Atlantic Ã¢ÂÂ 17 degrees 46Ã¢ÂÂ 0Ã¢ÂÂ W / 28 degrees 40Ã¢ÂÂ 60Ã¢ÂÂ W, to be exact.
Osasuna had to travel 1326 miles for this game, only to come away with nowt except two players sent off for no good reason and an angry JosÃÂ© Camacho. Ã¢ÂÂWe are not an indisclipined team, but decisions are being taken against us too early,Ã¢ÂÂ grumbled the Osasuna boss.
Whilst the Madridista press will cream their kecks for some time over KakÃÂ¡Ã¢ÂÂs two assists against Espanyol, there will be little or no attention paid to players like RacingÃ¢ÂÂs Oscar Serrano.
The midfielder worked tirelessly in RacingÃ¢ÂÂs draw over AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid - especially when the away side were down to 10 men - and scored his teamÃ¢ÂÂs goal straight after AtlÃÂ©ticoÃ¢ÂÂs opener.
Barcelona, Real Madrid
Official La Liga Loca announcement: Following this summer's 200 million Euros net investment by these house-squishing, tree-felling Goliaths, wins over the likes of Getafe and Espanyol will be metherein with tiny grunts of acknowledgement rather than praising pats on the back or hearty handshakes.
Just two of AtletiÃ¢ÂÂs fearsome foursome featured for the Rojiblancos on Saturday evening, with Simao and Kun starting the game and Simao and ForlÃÂ¡n finishing it.
And despite the great work of JosÃÂ© Jurado in supporting the solo striker, a central midfield pairing of Cleber Santana and AssunÃÂ§ao simply isnÃ¢ÂÂt good enough for a side with top-four aspirations. Especially with poor Sinama once again stuck out on the right wing.
However, the off-the-field antics were more successful for the AtlÃÂ©tico fans with a sizeable demonstration outside the ground. Their mood was not helped at all what happened on the pitch once they went in.
No points! No goals! And bottom of the table! ItÃ¢ÂÂs welcome back to Espanyol and welcome back to Paul from Barcelona in his new Cornella home!
Ã¢ÂÂBit difficult for me to give my usual genius tactical insight, because my seat is behind the goal and the view will take some getting used to as my old view was a weird 45-degree angle. But here's what I learned today.
1) BarÃÂ§a will win the league2) KakÃÂ¡ (great passes for the goals) likes to referee the match and was allowed to by a ref who by WWE standards was biased.3) The best two players on the pitch cost next to nothing: Granero and Verdu.4) Espanyol lack match practice, which was obvious by the way they tired. Remember they've only played three games since the end of last season.5) The pitch looked like the Horse of the Year show had been on it - and not because of the pile of manure on it either (see number 3). Being changed tomorrow.6) Benzema looked about as interested as I am when I see an Adamcule post. (Uh oh! Ã¢ÂÂ LLL)7) Everyone loves to hate Guti. He can play for us then. Looked good again today.Ã¢ÂÂ
Zaragoza boss Marcelino complained that Ã¢ÂÂyou could see we were the away teamÃ¢ÂÂ after his sideÃ¢ÂÂs 4-1 defeat at Sevilla. And there was certainly some truth to his referee-directed gripe.
At 2-1, Arizmendi scored a perfectly good goal which was ruled offside probably because the referee felt that the concept of the Zaragoza forward managing two in a game was too far-fetched. Fair enough. But minutes later, Sevilla went up field to score a killer third goal.
A terrible start for the Yellow Submarine under an increasingly irate Ernesto Valverde. The sideÃ¢ÂÂs first two games of the season has seem them dominate both in possession and in chances with just two 1-1 draws to show for it.
Life was certainly made more difficult on Sunday with an astonishing first half storm dumping torrents of water onto El Madrigal, but the Villarreal boss was only blaming his players. Ã¢ÂÂÃÂ cannot believe that we lost two points today, just as it happened in our last game.Ã¢ÂÂ
The shape of things to come, perhaps, with both sides without a goal so far, this season.
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