Leo Franco (At. Madrid)
Alves (Sev.) - Belenguer(Getafe) Pablo (At. Madrid) - Moretti (Valencia)
Navas (Sev) - R.Garcia (Osasuna) - Vicente(Valencia)
Morientes(Valencia)- Kepa (Sev.)
Leo Franco makes it into the team as our Goalkeeper for stopping absolutely everything that Racing threw at him on Sunday. The Argentine keeper’s spectacular one handed save from a Cristian Alvarez header already one of the best we’ll see all season.
Raul Garcia gets in for being the best player on the pitch, in spite of being on the losing side, against Getafe. The 20 year old is the complete central midfielder and will be worth keeping an eye on this season.
It’s good to see Vicente back to his old self for Valencia and Messi showed at the weekend that there are goals and creativity in the Barcelona side without Ronaldinho. Morientes is back in the league where he feels most comfortable and it showed at the weekend; dominant up front and could be the perfect foil for David Villa.
Kepa; another name for the future and his hat-trick at the weekend showed why Sevilla were right to stave off the interest of a number of interested clubs. The youngster had asked for a move in the summer to get first team football, if he carries on like this there will be plenty of it coming his way.
La Liga Review bids farewell to Julen Guerrero who was paid a fitting tribute by the Athletic Bilbao crowd as the player retires from professional football and ends a remarkable 23 year association with the club (14 years in the first team).
Quote of the week
Fans of the beautiful game will have felt a shudder as Fabio Capello, in the face of criticism that his team had bored the Bernabeu half to death in their game against Villarreal, defended his team’s 4 shots at goal in the 0-0 draw: “What’s the problem? We created one more chance than they did”.
What was that all about?
During the Basque derby between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad a free kick into Sociedad’s penalty area clearly struck the arm of Athletic striker Aduriz. The linesman, calls over the referee and insists that the ball struck the arm of Sociedad defender Labaka. As players crowded the officials, Aduriz, to his credit, is seen on TV clearly telling the linesman “If anybody touched the ball, then it was me! No penalty”. The linesman’s response to the pleading Sociedad players? “Don’t f**k with me!!”
Aduriz, the offending Bilbao striker, clearly overcome with guilt went on to score from the resulting penalty to give his side the lead.