Monday's Good Day, Bad Day - Round 8
Good DayBarcelonaNow that was just dog-darn purty football. Poor AlmerÃÂa didnÃ¢ÂÂt stand a burgerÃ¢ÂÂs chance in ManicheÃ¢ÂÂs fridge in a first half 5-0 pummelling where they were befuddled and bewildered by BarÃÂ§aÃ¢ÂÂs constant three-pronged poking.The most important task for the Laporta / Pep double act now is to manage the overexcited expectations of the local press. But it isnÃ¢ÂÂt going to be easy as Mundo Deportivo and Sport appear to be whipping themselves into a football frenzy - literally, in one writerÃ¢ÂÂs case.Ã¢ÂÂIt was a 45 minute orgy of goals... a footballing orgasm,Ã¢ÂÂ gushed Josep Gonzalez in MondayÃ¢ÂÂs edition of Sport - a paper that boasted of Ã¢ÂÂa Champion Team,Ã¢ÂÂ on its front cover.
Ã¢ÂÂFrom our own experience, we cannot trust ourselves,Ã¢ÂÂ said the Barcelona president on Sunday, in a vain attempt to dampen down the hysteria. Ã¢ÂÂThereÃ¢ÂÂs nothing to celebrate as weÃ¢ÂÂve won nothing,Ã¢ÂÂ continued Laporta.
First-half goal-splurge blows away Almeria
MÃÂ¡laga, Numancia, SportingNine points from nine for the three Primera new boys with MÃÂ¡laga the sensational star performers. Antonio TapiaÃ¢ÂÂs Titans have now won four in a row and kicked off their fearsome foursome run with an impressive 1-0 away win at Sevilla.
Unai EmeryThe 1-1 draw with a rubbish Recreativo was not the result that would have brought a smile to the Valencia managerÃ¢ÂÂs face - not the easiest things to do at the best of times - but the priceless point keeps Valencia at the top of the Primera pile and sees them making their best start to a season, ever, ever, ever. Gonzalo HiguaÃÂnNow, La Liga Loca is not sure if it had slipped into an alternate dimension on Sunday night - itÃ¢ÂÂs possible, as it genuinely saw a zombie on the way to the stadium - but there was something resembling an atmosphere in the Bernabeu against Athletic. The visit of the Basques always brings out the best behaviour from the home fans, especially the Ultras who get their chance to wave Spanish flags and sing Ã¢ÂÂViva EspaÃÂ±aÃ¢ÂÂ every now again. All over the ground, there was all manner of unmentionable slurs and signs being hurled in the travelling fans direction - fans that were more than happy to hold their own and give some back. A corker of a match has been overshadowed by another refereeing controversy with quite a hullaballoo over red cards / penalties / and offside decisions. Like a owl with a sore throat, La Liga Loca couldnÃ¢ÂÂt give two hoots about any of it (and it hasnÃ¢ÂÂt seen any replays thanks to getting home from a football game at frackinÃ¢ÂÂ midnight), but encourages the blogÃ¢ÂÂs ever reliable readership to let loose. Another Tim Westwood style Big-Up must go to Gonzalo HiguaÃÂn. Under pressure, the Argentine is as cool as cucumber. But when nothing really matters, the Madrid striker is prone to to skying the ball into the stands with gay abandon. If he could work on this delicate defect he could make David Villa look like Arizmendi. Maybe. Getafe, MallorcaA first home win for Getafe and a 3-0 trouncing of Espanyol by Mallorca sees this pair in 7th and 8th. How, really is anyoneÃ¢ÂÂs guess.SimaoWhen La Liga Loca left its penthouse to head north to the Bernabeu, AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid were 2-0 up and looking quite comfortable. When it arrived in Castle Greyskull, the rojiblancos had, like Chelsy Davy, been royally rogered and were 4-2 down.At that point, the talk of the town was whether this would lead to Javier AguirreÃ¢ÂÂs sacking despite Enrique CerezoÃ¢ÂÂs pre-match promise that the Mexican managerÃ¢ÂÂs job was safe. But, Simao ruined all the footballing fun with his fourth goal of the week and an assist to make it honours even on the night and a sigh of relief from his boss that could be felt as far as Florida.
Goal-hungry Simao makes it four in a week for AtlÃÂ©tico
Ã¢ÂÂWhen we were dead, and they were walking about playing their fancy stuff, we discovered the pride that allowed us to draw the match,Ã¢ÂÂ grinned Aguirre. Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm not sufficiently intelligent to order and analyse this absolute madness,Ã¢ÂÂ confessed IÃÂ±aki DÃÂaz-Guerra in AS. And nor is La Liga Loca.
Real BetisAnd a big yay for Betis with their second win a row. The first time the southern side has managed such a sparkling run since giving Celta and Nastic a thrashing theyÃ¢ÂÂll never forget back in the 2006/07 season. Bad DayPedja MijatovicLa Liga Loca switched on its mobile this morning to find a ranting and raving voicemail message from an irate Athletic Bilbao fan, complaining about an anti-Basque campaign by the Lords of La Liga. However, this has become an annual event. But he was not alone in his stewing. Pedja Mijatovic is convinced that Ã¢ÂÂsomeone doesnÃ¢ÂÂt want us to win a third league title,Ã¢ÂÂ whilst the Athletic coach, JoaquÃÂn CaparrÃÂ³s was advising the Madrid sporting director to Ã¢ÂÂworry about Barcelona, not the referees.Ã¢ÂÂ For once, La Liga Loca is going to give Marca a pat on the back. Not for giving Michel Salgado nine out of 10 in their weekend wonders column and David Villa five, but for Roberto PalomerÃ¢ÂÂs fine back page response to the loonies of La Liga. Ã¢ÂÂReal Madrid should be sponsored by Kleenex,Ã¢ÂÂ says the Marca man due to all the whining and crying they have been doing recently. Ã¢ÂÂPathetic,Ã¢ÂÂ he concludes. Ã¢ÂÂThe referee was bad. Nothing more, nothing less. He was bad for both of them.Ã¢ÂÂ
SevillaÃ¢ÂÂOw... ow... ow... ow... ow... ow.Ã¢ÂÂ ThatÃ¢ÂÂs the sound of Sevilla boss Manolo JimÃÂ©nez kicking himself - and Adriano - repeatedly in the shins after losing 1-0 at home to Malaga. Ã¢ÂÂOw... ow... ow... ow... ow.Ã¢ÂÂ Sergio RamosPoor old Sergio was Ã¢ÂÂrestedÃ¢ÂÂ against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday night, a handy break that coincided with his complaint that he was not enjoying his football these days. Ramos was quite right to speak out. For a wee while now the press in Spain have been fairly critical of his performances. The defender merely wanted to explain that the continued lack of a right midfielder leaves him over-exposed and open to looking like a bit of a prong.
Rested Ramos puts his feet up... literally
Ã¢ÂÂWhat cannot happen is that you attack, go forward and then defend against the other team,Ã¢ÂÂ complained Sergio. His relegation / rotation to the bench was Ã¢ÂÂa punishment which only served to strengthen the vanity of the manager,Ã¢ÂÂ writes Santiago Segurola in MondayÃ¢ÂÂs Marca. Osasuna, RacingMore worries for these two relegation rivals with defeat to Betis and Numancia. Racing are in a marginally better position with the club already having been put through the Sevilla, Barca, Madrid, Villarreal wringer.