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"Yes we can!" Real Zaragoza fans proudly display their scarves.

    The top of La Liga might be criticised as a closed shop, the emergence of a third force like Diego Simeone’s  Atlético being a rare treat, but the battle against the drop rarely lacks drama.   This season has been no different, with six sides still in danger of relegation and nothing decided yet. So how are things likely to pan out and which teams look best placed to survive?     At the end of the season […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On May - 11 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

          Granada v Malaga (Primera vuelta: 0-4) An intriguing Andalucian derby which is unlikely to be as one-sided an affair as Malaga’s 4-0 victory at La Roseleda was earlier this season.   That’s partly because of a familiar narrative which has developed around Manuel Pellegrini’s side. They’ve got so much to worry about off the field that it’s dubious whether they’ll be able to maintain their focus, the one factor in their favour being the motivational […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On May - 3 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

      Passion. That overused word that is thrown into football conversations so often that it has started to lose all meaning. Yet, there is one place where Passion is more than a word but a way of life: Sevilla. Last weekend we saw the Sevilla derby. In recent years derbies have lost a little of their spark but not in the south of Spain. In Sevilla everything comes to a halt as Real Betis face Sevilla and last […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Apr - 16 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST

      Deportivo La Coruna v Celta Vigo (Primera vuelta: 1-1) Remember those carefree days of round 9 When the Galician derby returned to the top flight? Both sides were full of the joys of spring, and talk revolved around the skill of Valeron, the potential of Aspas. Now, things are rather more grim in the north-west. This match has nothing of the poetry of football: it’s all about a battle for survival.   The likelihood is that the […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Mar - 14 - 2013 2 Comments READ FULL POST

        Real Madrid v Barcelona (Primera vuelta: 2-2)   It’s time, I think, to speak the unspeakable, imagine the unimaginable. Barsa might be about to crack.   Certainly their last three games offer plenty of evidence to suggest they aren’t just suffering a wobble.   The loss to Milan was worrying because they had plenty of the ball but failed to really threaten a Milan side which, by common consent, are decent but certainly nothing special and […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Feb - 28 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST

        Mallorca v Osasuna Handicapped after midfielder Javi Marquez was given two yellow cards in the first half, Mallorca’s remaining ten men lost 3-0 away to Real Sociedad last weekend – a result that cost manager Joaquin Caparros his job. As expected, Osasuna defeated Celta Vigo in Pamplona last weekend. Armenteros scored the only goal of the game in the second half. In conclusion, I don’t oppose new managers in their first game, and as Osasuna have […]

Posted by JCLaLiga On Feb - 9 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

      Granada v Real Madrid This feels like an all-or-nothing sort of affair. Granada will surely either pull off one hell of a victory or suffer a terrible thrashing. Suffering a mundane defeat just doesn’t seem to be an option.   The reason? Granada are a funny old team. They somehow fail to add up to the sum of their parts, and don’t deliver on the progressive signs they often exhibit, but their reaction to this has been […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Feb - 1 - 2013 9 Comments READ FULL POST

      And so after taking a look at the top ten earlier in the week, our attention now turns to the bottom half of the table. Level on points with Valladolid but sitting in 11th is the team that everyone wonders about. It’s Getafe! Last week a non league team in England got over 3,000 supporters, that is something the team from the suburb can only dream about. They are their own worst enemy. A team that was […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Jan - 18 - 2013 3 Comments READ FULL POST

        When Guardiola or Del Bosque played with no striker, it was a means to an end. Granada might also be playing with no strikers after the winter break, but it will surely merely mean the end of their time in the top division.   One might argue, of course, that they’ve already played the first half of the season with no strikers. Thirteen goals in seventeen games would bear that argument out. Like a blunt saw, […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Jan - 2 - 2013 3 Comments READ FULL POST

      The Premiership hold the slenderest of leads in this epic battle between the two best leagues in the world. The likes of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and the Manchester clubs have already played their parts: now it’s tme for Southern Spain to step up to the plate.     Getafe – WBA West Brom have surprised everybody with their bright start to the season, but reality seems to be kicking in now and a downturn of results has […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Dec - 27 - 2012 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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