Whilst it felt as if there was only one game being played in Spanish football this week, there were some cracking performances from players who play for neither Barcelona or Real Madrid. Unsurprisingly there are no Barcelona players in our team this week but there are a couple of Real Madrid players. And no, we haven't lost our minds, there is even an appearance from a Real Sociedad player.
Up until this season it had been the other Milito brother who had grabbed the headlines outside of Spain. However, with seven goals in seven games, Diego- the eldest of the Milito brothers- now tops the Pichichi and makes it into our first eleven. The 27 year old is developing a good understanding with Aimar and D’Alessandro to push the team up into a European spot. Zaragoza are playing some attractive, attacking football at the moment and let’s hope that Victor Fernandez can fend off the growing interest in his striker from some of the ‘bigger’ clubs.
Milito is joined in attack by his fellow leader of the Pichichi, Freddie Kanoute. The 29 year old is becoming something of a regular in the La Liga Review team this season after scoring seven in seven. After a disappointing first season in Spain, the former Spurs striker has already surpassed last season’s tally of six goals all season. An injury to Chevanton has led to Kanoute being given the opportunity this season after it looked like he might leave the club in the summer and he is finally turning some of his fabulous potential into results.
When Bernd Schuster announced at the start of the season that “When you have the duck between the sticks you are guaranteed success”, many though that he had lost his mind. Not so. He was referring to Abbondanzieri, known as the ‘Duck’, the Argentine keeper who looks like being one of the signings of the season. The keeper now leads the Zamora after only conceding four goals in seven games.
Abbondanzieri is eager to point out that he owes it all to an excellent defence in front of him and who are we to argue. As a result. His team mate Berenguer lines up in our team alongside Cannavaro at centre half.
We line up with midfield of players who all ply their trade at the less celebrated clubs and are all deserving of a place. It’s great to see Aimar back to his best and pleasing that Navas is overcoming his troubles to show us all what a terrific prospect he is. And yes, you’re eyes don’t deceive you – that is a Real Sociedad player in there.
Capdevila is becoming a bit of a regular in our side at left back, and on the other side, Sergio Ramos deserves inclusion for frustrating the combined efforts of Sylvinho and Ronaldinho on Sunday evening.
FW – Diego Milito (Zaragoza)
FW – Freddie Kanoute (Sevilla)
AM – Aimar (Zaragoza)
LM – Munitis (Racing)
RM – Navas (Sevilla)
DM – Aranburu (R. Sociedad)
LB – Capdevila (Deportivo)
CB – Cannavaro (R.Madrid)
CB – Berenguer (Getafe)
RB – Sergio Ramos (R.Madrid)
GK – Abbondanzieri (Getafe)