Morbo Minute–La Liga is not Rubbish

What a weekend in the Primera. Betis and Valencia lead the table, with Soldado doing everything he can to take Los Che to the top and get himself on the National Team; Atletico Madrid crushed an opponent, with their signings leading the charge; Real Madrid fell to Levante in ironic, crazy and suspicious circumstances; and I turned off the FCB game at halftime because I was bored with the 5-0 scoreline and their opponents were offering almost no resistance.

Sid Lowe focused on Levante’s shock win against the Evil Empire. Last week’s 2-2 draw between Real Sociedad and FCB sent shockwaves through the league (and fueled the myth that the league was competitive) but this was incredible. These are matches that I thought Real Madrid would win this year, providing the points that would send them to the title. Only three matches, so no reason to panic, but still.

Madridista Mac at Real Madrid Football Blog examined the events through white tinted glasses and came up with the domino effect, with one moment setting the stage for the ones that would follow.

Phil Ball shone the spotlight on the chasing pack, focusing on the great starts of Valencia and Betis. He also threw out a scenario of Torres returning to Atletico Madrid in January.

La Liga Loca’s Good Day, Bad Day is always an enjoyable read, keeping things light. He fears for Gijon as I do.

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This week sees midweek fixtures. Couple of quick thoughts. . .

The bubble has burst for Gijon. Zero points from three matches. Atletico Madrid is next. Not good.

Bilbao need a win. Victory in the Europa League was followed by a home defeat to Real Betis. Bielsea was swept in on the coattails of the Presidential Election, but how long can he survive? Malaga are next. Will need a least a draw to keep the fans at bay.

Villarreal need a win even more. Heavy losses to FCB and Bayern combined with a defeat to Granada at the hand of loanee forward Uche. Ouch. Mallorca, who are struggling as well, should provide a port in the storm of the Yellow Submarine.

I’m hoping to watch Valencia against FC Barcelona. Valencia can make an early statement, while FCB can truly shake off the crisis of last week.

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Couple of other things I came across over the last couple of days

El Centrocampista produced a couple articles that I liked.

Alex Grant wrote a piece about the Real Madrid Youth Products. Much has been made of how players from La Masia are making up this current FCB team. It’s not that Real doesn’t produce players, they are just following a galactico policy and their products are spread throughout the league rather than coming up to the first team.

David Smith reflected on the return of Real Betis to the top flight.

Found some odds and ends on Barcelona . . .

A new site I found called TotalBarca.com did a Where Are They Now post on the 1992 European Cup winning side.

I also visited LaLigaTalk.com for the first time in ages. They had a link to a Spanish show that compiled the 10 best Barcelona goals. They did not go ultra recent which was nice, but gave a nod to games over the last 40 years or so. Would have liked to see more team oriented goals though. Have to say Messi’s is tough to beat, with Ronaldo’s a close second.

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Finally La Liga is slowly joining the 21st century. They announced the three rounds of fixtures, with dates and times so that fans can schedule accordingly. While this should be good for me in the long run, right now it sucks because it just shows me which matches I’m going to miss, FCB v Atletico Madrid in particular on 9/24.

I’m taking a week off. One of my best friends is getting married on Saturday and I’m supposed to preach a sermon at church the following Thursday. Hope to be back in October.

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