La Review: Barcelona pass title-winning test as Real Madrid romp
A rather ambitious LLL had a very different weekend in mind. It saw in the tea leaves that Barcelona would blow their good work from the Clásico with a draw against Celta, Real Madrid would sneak up to a point behind the Catalan club and Valencia would power on to keep the top two on their toes.
Pesky results ruined all that. However, there are plenty of opportunities for some midweek thrills and spills in a bonus edition of La Liga...
Real in Sunday afternoon stroll
LLL is normally a lily-livered hang wringer when it comes to Leviathans like Barcelona and Real Madrid giving thrashings to wee, no-budget outfits just doing their best to get along on bread crusts and broth.
But Sunday lunchtime’s absolute battering of Granada was enormous fun, with Carlo Ancelotti deliberately telling his players to show no mercy and keep going until the final whistle.
With Cristiano Ronaldo sensing something historical was about to happen with his five-goal haul, Madrid’s Italian coach telling his players to ease off a little would have probably disappeared into the wind anyway.
LLL isn't entirely sure what the result means in the whole grand scheme of the universe, aside from a little bit of tension being relieved from the Madrid ranks with a giant spurt of goals.
Barcelona in ‘as big as Clásico’ win against Celta
That Frenchman had to go and ruin everything. It's not the first time these words have been used in the history of the world (they're used 50% of the time with Luc Besson films).
LLL was feeling very pleased with itself predicting that Barcelona would drop points against Celta Vigo after the international break. Very pleased indeed.
But then Jérémy Mathieu popped up with a late Atlético Madrid-style set-piece winner to blow the prediction with stupid things called facts. The statistics will list the cold, hard result of Celta Vigo 0-1 Barcelona, but the reality is that this win was as important as the Clásico for the league leaders, after Barca predictably struggled to get into gear but picked up three points by any means necessary.
Celta Vigo 0-1 Barcelona
Back to the old routine for Atlético Madrid
2-0. No dramas. No goals for Fernando Torres. No strikes conceded and back in third spot after it was temporarily occupied by Valencia for the international break. It was also back to the old routine for poor old Córdoba as well, with the bottom dwellers now on a run of 10 straight defeats.
Cordoba 0-2 Atletico Madrid
Valencia stumble across stepping stone
Valencia 0-0 Villarreal
Another body blow for Eibar
Eibar 1-2 Rayo Vallecano
Sevilla sneaking up on Champions League spots
And so another team joins the Champions League party. Valencia’s slip-up at home to Villarreal has invited rivals Sevilla back into the shake-up, with Unai Emery’s magnificent men now just two points from fourth.
Sevilla 2-0 Athletic Club
History repeats for Almería
Another defeat, and a second sacking of the season. Juan Ignacio Martínez has lost his job for the second time in a year having picked up just 15 points from the last 42 on offer.
Almeria 1-4 Levante