Speculation seems to be a bit down on its heel at the beginning of the week so we’ll get down to business of the weekend’s action.
The game of the weekend was clearly at the Mestalla where Valencia beat Malaga 4-3 with a last minute winner, this after Malaga led 2-1 at half time before having their two centre backs sent off. Valencia took advantage by going 3-2 up before a spirited Malaga comeback, former Arsenal player Julio ‘The Beast’ Baptista equalising to make it 3-3 with 10 minutes to go… before the inevitable last minute kick in the teeth.
Elsewhere, Barcelona routinely saw off Racing Santander; the baldest team in La Liga, boasting a whopping five slapheads. Barca’s rivals, Real Madrid, edged past Brian Laudrup’s Mallorca courtesy of a Karim Benzema goal.
This leads us back to the Ruud Van Nistelrooy saga, Real did in fact go back to Germany with an improved bid of 2 million euros plus an offer of a friendly match, how kind. Hamburg remain defiant and it appears Mourinho is now going to turn his attentions to Emmanuel Adebayor, he of ‘he used to like buses but not anymore’ fame.
In the 2nd Division, keep an eye on Madrid’s Rayo Vallecano, they are the living definition of a ‘yo-yo club’ having dropped from the 1st Division to the lower reaches of the bottomless Spanish leagues in recent years and are now threatening to complete the cycle, the lie in 3rd place and are closing on the top two. They seem to be everyone’s second favourite club, making them the football equivalent of Supergrass. Former England International Lawrie Cunningham used to play for them… as did Kasey Keller, who may well have been better suited at Racing Santander, hair today, gone tomorrow. Rayo also play in a Peruvian style Red Stripe © kit and have a striker called Piti in their ranks… likeable indeed.