Ronaldinho is back to his best and pulling the strings in our team of the week that includes a few regular faces as well as a couple of players getting their first call up to the La Liga Review first XI. Unsurprisingly, no Real Madrid players will be getting a phone call from us this week.
Fw Milito (Zaragoza) Fw Messi (Barcelona)
Lw Yeste (Bilbao)Am Ronaldinho (Barcelona)Cm Casquero (Getafe)Rw Arizmendi (Depor)
Lb Placente (Celta) Cb Thuram (Barcelona) Cb Alexis (Getafe) Rb Iraola (Zaragoza)
Gk Kameni (Espanyol)
Diego Milito makes it into our line up for the first time this season for his performance against Real Sociedad on Sunday. The Argentine striker scored twice to help Real Zaragoza come from behind to win the game 3-1 at the Anoeta. Unfortunately the referee stole the headlines in what was a good performance by Zaragoza and the combined threat of Gabi /Aimar/ D’Alessandro/ Milito will trouble a fair few La Liga defences this season.
It seems that every couple of months a new Argentine player is heralded as the natural successor to Diego Maradona and Messi is one of many to be saddled with the label. However, he is into our side to complete an all Argentine forward line after a fantastic performance against Sevilla and a goal that warrants comparison with the legendary number 10.
Barcelona team mate, Ronaldinho, earns a place after scoring two goals at the weekend and for responding in style to the numerous critics here in Spain. Ronnie, along with the smile, is back! Just in time for Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Anyone who saw the televised game on Saturday between Getafe and Real Madrid will have been impressed with Casquero’s performance against the more famous Diarra and Emerson. There was no contest in the end.
Arizmendi was outstanding down the right flank for Depor and capped of a terrific performance with a stunning 35 yard strike. He would have had a couple of assists as well had it not been for some woeful finishing.
Fran Yeste, one of La Liga Review’s favourites, is our option for the left flank. The winger was instrumental in helping Athletic pick up a vital away win at Nastic, scoring twice and unfortunate not to make it a hatrick.
Placente played a vita role in helping Celta pick up just their second win of the season, covering well to keep a strong Valencia side from taking a share of the points. On the side of defence – Iraola plays for us at right back after doing what all full backs should do now and again, scoring a goal.
Thuram and Alexis are our centre halves this week and quite a formidable defensive barrier they would make. Very little needs to be said about the French legend but Alexis is less well known outside of Spain and would surely be a star were he to play for a more fashionable side. It’s hard to know how much of it was down to Alexis or down to the ineptitude of Real Madrid, but any centre half who can prevent the combined threat of Van Nistelrooy / Ronaldo quiet enough to deny them a single shot on goal is deserving of inclusion in our side.
Kameni plays in goal for us this week after helping Espanyol secure a vital point in what has been a fractious week at the club. The Barcelona club can count themselves very fortunate to have retained the services of a keeper who, in spite of the odd howler, has the quickest reflexes in the game.