La LigaÃ¢ÂÂs Good Day, Bad Day - Round 35
ValenciaSaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs 3-0 win over Real Madrid was shows exactly why, every September, the pea-brained La Liga Loca calls for silence, stands on a chair and tipsily tips Valencia to win the title by 50 points. Ignore the fact that the Real Madrid players werenÃ¢ÂÂt exactly cranking up the oophm-o-meter on the night - especially Fabio Cannavaro during David SilvaÃ¢ÂÂs goal - and just get worked up over the wondrous ways of the front four of Mata, Villa, Silva and JoaquÃÂn.
Nor forgetting the excellent Pablo HernÃÂ¡ndez of course. Once again, La Liga Loca is going to tip the men from Mestalla for glory next season. Providing someone comes along with a one-billion-euro-sized bag of cash, that is. Otherwise, itÃ¢ÂÂs Ever Banega and Edu running the show in the upcoming campaign in what is likely to be a more knee-trembling football affair. But in two very different ways.
Silva sees off Real
Luis FabianoMore often or not, the Sevilla strikerÃ¢ÂÂs frequent tumbles in the box result in yellow cards rather than penalties.
But on Saturday, O Fabuloso turned back the clock to last season when he was a bit special, by winning a spot-kick and coming up trumps with SevillaÃ¢ÂÂs second in the 3-1 win over Mallorca. FabianoÃ¢ÂÂs timely return to form to aid the must-be-knackered-by-now Freddie KanoutÃÂ© may well be enough for Sevilla to hold on to their third placed spot and give potential new coach, Ernesto Valverde, Champions League football next season. Athletic BilbaoAll 230,000 Athletic fans heading to Mestalla for their match-up against Barcelona on Wednesday night can do so in the warm and snugly knowledge that their safety for another season in la Liga has been assured. JoaquÃÂn CaparrÃÂ³sÃ¢ÂÂ men moved onto the 44-point mark after a 1-0 win over Betis. More remarkably it was a victory achieved using just one first team starter.
Bilbao: Safe for another season
GetafeIn all honesty, the team is still more than a little rubbish with manager Michel admitting that all he can do is try to maintain the spirits in the Coliseum camp for the final matches of the season.SundayÃ¢ÂÂs 3-0 win against Osasuna was an awful affair with chances few and far between, the visitors barely trying and the card-happy ref MuÃÂ±iz Fernandez sending two players off for no good reason. Again. The most entertainment to be had was to contemplate what would happen if a Benny Hill style slapping was delivered to Vicente del BosqueÃ¢ÂÂs head with the Spain manager sitting just two rows in front of La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs long-limbed reach. The answer was very little and a heck of a lot less entertaining than had his predecessor, Luis AragonÃÂ©s, been sitting in the same spot.
90 minutes of Ã¢ÂÂRaÃÂºl for Spain!Ã¢ÂÂ songs would soon have had his bubbling brains exploding all over the stands.DeportivoSixth. Jesus.Diego ForlÃÂ¡nIt was perfect night for La Liga Loca in Vicente CalderÃÂ³n.
The crowd turning against the Atleti president at 2-0 down. A massively drunk man being propped up in his seat by his less frazzled friends. Watching Carlos Kameni wander past and realising that he could rip your head off with one hand. And another brilliant display from Diego ForlÃÂ¡n.Once again the 27-goal striker saved AtletiÃ¢ÂÂs awful back-four, which was as high as Michael Phelps for 90 minutes, but was on the right side of a lot of dodgy decisions from the flag-wavey linesman. AtletiÃ¢ÂÂs Champions League future now boils down to another big night in the CalderÃÂ³n next Sunday, this time against a Silva-suspended Valencia.
Business as usual for Diego
BAD DAYBarcelonaUnfortunately, La Liga Loca must come clean and confess that it has barely seen a minute from this match due to being in transit from the Coliseum to the Vicente CalderÃÂ³n - and nearly ending up in Cordoba, as it happens. So it is more than happy to believe Pep GuardiolaÃ¢ÂÂs claim that Ã¢ÂÂthe side didnÃ¢ÂÂt have enough gasÃ¢ÂÂ to play all the way to the final whistle in the 3-3 clash with Villarreal. Sadly for the Camp Nou crowd it looks like the league title will be won at around midnight next Saturday when Madrid are mauled in El Madrigal. AndrÃÂ©s IniestaGod is a Chelsea fan, it would appear, after the midfielder is in danger of missing the Champions League final with a muscle tear.Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂWhen your head says Ã¢ÂÂnoÃ¢ÂÂ, itÃ¢ÂÂs hard for your legs to say Ã¢ÂÂyesÃ¢ÂÂ" noted Josep Maria Casanovas in Sport. La Liga Loca suspected that Real Madrid would be running on fumes in their match in Mestalla on Saturday night and predicted a draw. But it had no idea that the footballing juices in the Bernabeu camp had been squeezed so severely. Juande Ramos has cancelled MondayÃ¢ÂÂs day-off and dragged the players back into training as punishment for a performance against Valencia branded as Ã¢ÂÂapatheticÃ¢ÂÂ by El PaÃÂs.
"Well it's obviously not my fault..."
Recreativo, NumanciaBye-byeBetis Good grief, that was truly bad from Betis. Ã¢ÂÂThis team deserves to go down,Ã¢ÂÂ wrote Tito Gonzalez, a fed-up fan, in AS after the 1-0 defeat by AthleticÃ¢ÂÂs second string. Racing SantanderThe often-sparring halves of La Liga Loca have tried to work out which team it would most like to see go down along with Recreativo and Numancia this season. And for once, the blog came to an agreement. Sporting must stay up simply because of their fantastic travelling fans. Osasuna are filthy and fighty and worthy of their Primera spot. Betis are just too entertaining off the pitch to lose to la Segunda. Getafe are down the road and Espanyol have a shiny new stadium and Ivan de la PeÃÂ±a.So, itÃ¢ÂÂs a big sorry to Racing Santander who are being willed by the blog to sink into the second division. But with just two points needed to stay up, it ainÃ¢ÂÂt going to happen.