Morbo Minute–Goal and Game of the Season?

An exciting two weeks in La Liga.  Real Betis has already risen and crashed; a manager has already lost his job; and FCB and Valencia may have already played the game of the season .

@OllyDawes from elcentrocampista.com gave his perspective on the resignation of Micahel Laudrup at Real Mallorca, while Forza Futbol had Christopher Hussein of Real Mallorca.CO.UK  on to discuss the situation at the club, including Laudrup leaving, the young players at the club, and the financial concerns.

Mohamed Moallim (@jouracule) revisited memorable clashes between Valencia and FCB.

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Didn’t see any European action but in the Champions League, Valencia got a home draw against Chelsea; Villarreal are all but out of the competition after a second loss at Napoli; FCB crushed BATE Borisov; and Real Madrid cruised past Ajax with an amazing team goal for the opener. As for Spanish teams in the Europa League, Bilbao made it two for two with a 2-0 win over PSG (including an acrobatic goal from Igor Gabilondo) and Atletico Madrid pegged back Rennes 1-1 to give them four points and leading the group on goal differential.

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After Round 7, I found some interesting articles from the usual sources.

Sid Lowe wrote a piece on the Basque Derby, which included this goal, and Bielsea’s revolution.

La Liga Loca notes that both Betis and Falcao are struggling after fantastic starts.

Phil Ball, fresh from a trip to Peru, chimed in with comments on Levante and Malaga.  He makes the comment, “It was odd to watch the Champions League live over late lunch.”  Welcome to the US TV schedule.  I still have not seen the Malaga Project and I MUST DO SO!!  RVN finally scored and Los Boquerones (The Anchovies) snatched the points from nothing with two goals in the dying minutes against Getafe.  In case you missed it, Forza Futbol had Phil Ball on for a chat.  Love his books and insights, and the gang had a great conversation with him.

@MadridistaMac summed up Real Madrid’s performance against Espanyol, who couldn’t help themselves by going forward and getting put to the sword.

Isaiah at barcelonafootballblog.com asked how do you like your boring in his comments on the the game against Gijon.  Besides a brief tactical breakdown, he also peeked into the future and how the injuries might play during the next couple of matches.

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Last and not least, Sam Hughes at elcentrocampista.com remembers Fernando Redondo.  What a player.  Total class.  Read this post and get on youtube.

That’s it for now.  Next up is the international break.  Will be interesting to see who Uncle Vicente rolls it in these meaningless games.  With a large Barca contingent out, it should give some others a look in as La Furia Roja prepares to defend their European title.

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