Spain lose 'the final that never was'
See. Even when La Liga Loca is completely wrong, itÃ¢ÂÂs right. While the blog was suggesting that the Argentina v Spain friendly was the flounciest of flimflams, something to tune into if there was nothing better to do of a Tuesday night, a channel-filler during the normal 35 minute blocks of adverts on TV and a chance to swoon at Santi CazorlaÃ¢ÂÂs little hamster face, the Spanish press was happily hyping the game into something that resembled a meaningful game of football. Ã¢ÂÂThe final that never was!Ã¢ÂÂ yelled Marca on Tuesday, rubbing its metaphorical hands in glee at the prospect of a match between South African sensations and South African saps. But after a Monumental spanking for Spain so severe that it would have brought tears even to Wayne RooneyÃ¢ÂÂs eyes, Marca has now downgraded the clash from Ã¢ÂÂThe Final That Never Was!Ã¢ÂÂ to Ã¢ÂÂThe Match That DidnÃ¢ÂÂt Mean That Much Anyway. No. Honestly. You Know. Friendlies and Stuff (Sniff).Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂIt was too much punishment,Ã¢ÂÂ complained WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs not caring, but caring really front page which dismissed Spain's 4-1 pummeling by claiming; Ã¢ÂÂthe game was a friendly for la Roja but it was a final for Argentina,Ã¢ÂÂ - a notion that even a blog as behind-the-times and more than a little...slow...as LLL stablemate Argie Bargy came to realise the day before.Vicente Del BosqueÃ¢ÂÂs third defeat as Spanish manager was one that will have taught the team - the same team who ARE EUROPEAN AND WORLD CHAMPIONS AND DONÃ¢ÂÂT NEED ONE, YOU KNUCKLEHEADS - a lesson, tutted the paperÃ¢ÂÂs editorial. Ã¢ÂÂEveryone will be waiting for us in every game, whether it is a friendly or not,Ã¢ÂÂ wrote Marca climbing onto its high horse, giving it a smack on the arse with a photo of Cristiano Ronaldo and riding off into the sunset. Considering that Del BosqueÃ¢ÂÂs job over the past few months was to win the World Cup and start the 2012 European Championship qualification process with a victory over Liechtenstein - a task that heÃ¢ÂÂs achieved - LLL feels that the paper is being more than a tad harsh. AS are leaning in that direction too with Alfredo RelaÃÂ±o wondering whether what was basically an exercise to win the Argentinean vote in the 2018 World Cup poll was worth the Tuesday afternoon tonking. Ã¢ÂÂIt wasnÃ¢ÂÂt worth giving away our prestige,Ã¢ÂÂ sighed the paperÃ¢ÂÂs editor. The match was very much a win-win situation for the Barcelona-barmy press with ten of the clubÃ¢ÂÂs players in action in the encounter meaning that their writers were able to adopt a very Dennis Law playing for both sides attitude to the game. Considering the Barcelona born and bred, hometown hero David Villa failed to find the scoresheet for the visitors, both main papers chose to pay tribute to Gonzalo HiguaÃÂn and his lovely goal. Not really. Heck, not even the pro-Real Madrid press went for that crazy option. Instead it was Leo Messi who was seen as the King of the Hill. Ã¢ÂÂMonumental Messi!Ã¢ÂÂ said the pot-banging Sport, who also accused Spain of not taking the game as seriously as the Argentineans did. Ã¢ÂÂThe difference was huge, an abyss,Ã¢ÂÂ ranted Josep MarÃÂa Casanovas - a scolding that could swiftly be curtailed by a Ã¢ÂÂshow us yer medalsÃ¢ÂÂ response from Del BosqueÃ¢ÂÂs boys. Mundo Deportivo also went for the Messi-madness option with their declaration of Ã¢ÂÂMucho Messi!Ã¢ÂÂ before shuffling off and returning to its normal business of flogging official Barcelona adult nappies. What was a big, juicy clash against Argentina will be quickly be reduced to the merest of blips with the Spanish press moving their gaze back to la Liga and the normal old nonsense. Indeed, Marca are off the mark first with their cooing that Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂs record Ã¢ÂÂ¬450m budget for the new season sees the club as a glorious "money-making machine." ItÃ¢ÂÂs like Tuesday never really happened, really.
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