Quick La Liga musings
In between attempts by the Big Three (TM) to qualify for the next round of the Champions League, the next few rounds will see the big guns of La Liga take each other on.
Round 23: Valencia v Barca (could be decisive in whether Valencia stays in the title race), Sevilla v Atletico (do Atletico have what it takes? Are Sevilla out of steam?)
(Champions League Round of 16 first leg: Barca v Liverpool, Inter v Valencia, Real v Bayern)
Round 24: Atletico v Real (Can Atletico finally win a Madrid derby?)
(Champions League Round of 16 second leg)
Round 25: Sevilla v Barca (potential title decider, if both sides are still in it by then)
Round 26: El Gran Clasico (always a big game, no matter what the occasion, and also a potential title decider this time)
Barca fall-out from the match against Racing
Welcome back, Leo. Looks like Giuly will put up a real fight for that wide-right position, though.
Welcome back, Ronnie (again). Please consider staying for, say, the rest of the season this time.
Att: Samuel Eto'o - stop it. I adore you as a player and am willing to defend you almost all the time, but this is not the time to sulk. You're nowhere near fit, unlike Messi, and although we all know your tendency to throw fits at crucial moments - and luckily for everyone there have been few consequences so far - this is really, really not the time. Pull yourself together.
(Lucky Liverpool, they're having a blast resting in Portugal. Barca on the other hand have to play Valencia next week, and Rafa knows all about how tricky that one is.)
By the way, Laporta's statement on the matter particularly amused me. He pretty much tried to sound understanding of Eto'o and then went 'there you go, Frankie, you fix the mess - isn't dealing with this crap your specialty?'