La LigaÃ¢ÂÂs Good Day, Bad Day - Round 37
In a truly massive win for the mediocre, Sevilla secured third spot on Saturday night after a last minute 1-0 over Deportivo.
But this achievement may not be enough to keep the sideÃ¢ÂÂs manager in a job mind, with Marca reporting that club president JosÃÂ© MarÃÂa del Nido and his board will assess JimÃÂ©nezÃ¢ÂÂ future over the next few days.
The man himself fancies another season with Sevilla but will have little choice in the matter. Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve had other offers but my main aim is to stay here,Ã¢ÂÂ claimed the coach who appears to have the backing of his footballers but not of the fans.
Oh dear. The blog does sound like it has taken a big old bottle of downers today, but does the fact that the top three strikers in Spain have racked up a whopping 86 goals this season leave la Liga in the Ã¢ÂÂBelgiumÃ¢ÂÂ category of divisions?
The kind of league that has coefficients to balance out its simplicity for strikers?
Diego ForlÃÂ¡nÃ¢ÂÂs hat-trick against Athletic moves the rojiblanco forward onto 31 goals, while David Villa and Mad Sammy EtoÃ¢ÂÂo are on 29 and 26 respectively, suggesting that defences are fairly dire in la Primera.
To put things into a little bit of perspective, the top three goalscorers in the Premier League (Anelka, Ronaldo and Gerrard) only mustered a paltry 53 in comparison.
"Easy, easy, easy..."
The east-coast club has moved on from its Champions League sulk just in time with two battling wins over Real Madrid and now Valencia.
Villarreal are still two points from AtlÃÂ©tico and may well be sending some suitcases in AlmerÃÂaÃ¢ÂÂs direction next weekend, in the hope they can roger the rojiblancos and give Villarreal a sniff of a chance of moving into their fourth-place spot.
Ivan Alonso / Nikola Zigic
The anti-Julien Fauberts of la Liga. Two players who came in during the winter transfer window to save their respective sides as opposed to dozing and disappearing from training.
AlonsoÃ¢ÂÂs two goals for Espanyol against AlmerÃÂa saw the Pericos keep their Primera position for another year and ZigicÃ¢ÂÂs solitary strike against Recreativo helped Racing recover from a worrying wobble to move into mid-table.
Mmm. Interesting. SportingÃ¢ÂÂs survival plan appears to be panning out just as a local journo hinted it would a few weeks ago.
La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs spider-sense is definitely tingling. Or it could be wind from a dodgy bocadillo at the Bernabeu.
A quite ludicrous own-goal from nothing-to-play-for MÃÂ¡laga gave Sporting a win last weekend. And it was another victory for the Asturian side on Saturday with the same 2-1 result, but this time against Valladolid.
The only club to beat both Real Madrid and Barcelona this season. However, this statistic is coloured slightly by the fact that Mallorca were a little lucky to play the two sides when neither could give two honking hoots about their games.
A 1-0 win over Numancia moves Getafe into 15th and three teams between themselves and relegation next weekend. Surely even manager Michel cannot mess this one up?
Ã¢ÂÂGet in!Ã¢ÂÂ thought La Liga Loca immediately warming to the young Barcelona defender.
The 17-year-old had come on as a second-half substitute and put in a crunching tackle on Antonio Hidalgo - the kind of meat-mangling murderholds Osasuna specialise in.
The challenge produced a red card from the referee - this being Spain and all - which was followed by what appeared to be a blub or two from Muniesa, sending the Catalan kiddie back down to the bottom rung in the blogÃ¢ÂÂs estimations.
Ã¢ÂÂThe others told me that at least I got a standing ovation,Ã¢ÂÂ sobbed the tearful teenager after the game.
Dropped from SundayÃ¢ÂÂs squad for Ã¢ÂÂtechnical reasonsÃ¢ÂÂ and for missing SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs training due to attending a communion, said Juande Ramos - the same Juande Ramos who still found room for the 8 kilos overweight, bench-napping Julien Faubert.
Ã¢ÂÂWenger! No... er... Mourinho!... er... Pellegrini... er Valdano... er Laudrup... er Ramos.... er...Ã¢ÂÂ
After MadridÃ¢ÂÂs fourth defeat in a row - and a really, really pathetic one at that against Mallorca - the list of candidates willing to take over at Castle Greyskull is a bit like Mariano PernÃÂa - getting thinner by the day.
To beat Barcelona in the Camp Nou and still be in relegation trouble is very bad luck indeed.
However, the bright light on the Pamplonan horizon is the visit of, train-wreck in football form, Real Madrid to their ground next weekend in what is sure to be a bruising encounter.
Guti is already flicking through his medical encyclopaedia looking for new excuses not to play.
"I'm too sad to play..."
Things would have to go very wrong indeed for Betis to go down next weekend, but it would not be completely unthinkable.
After holding their own, as it were, against MÃÂ¡laga on Saturday night and being 1-0 up, the visitors were stunned when a cracking Albert Luque strike sent Betis packing with a measly point for their efforts.
A terrible fortnight for Valencia included losing to both of their Champions League rivals and the publication of a sensational story suggesting that Silva, Mata, Albiol and Villa would be poached en masse by Florentino PÃÂ©rez.
But the real blow for the very cash-strapped club is that the men from Mestalla will be left without Champions League football for a second consecutive season and the revenue it brings in.
Gone, gone, gone.
A second week in succession for SpainÃ¢ÂÂs state broadcaster in the Bad Day section.
Last time around the TV channel made the list due to a splendid effort in showing the Manchester United vs Arsenal title-decider some three hours late.
But that was nothing compared to SundayÃ¢ÂÂs sterling work.
With the channel flicking between the Newcastle and Hull relegation-tinged clashes, a genius decided to end the broadcasts with 10 minutes to go in both games to show handball instead.