With a break in European competition, the Spanish clubs have been focused upon the ‘oh- so- important’ Copa Del Rey. Espanyol crashed out to Rayo Vallecano (remember them?) after losing 0-1 at Montjuic. Espanyol, last season’s winners have little else to look forward to this season unfortunately.
Brace yourselves. Real Sociedad actually won a game of football, beating Malaga in the second leg. However, true to form, that wasn’t enough to put them through. Tarragona, Racing, Recre and Athletic Bilbao also fall at the first hurdle.
Barcelona went through to the next round after beating local side Badalona 4-0. However, the good news at the camp nou seems to be the continuing good form of Andres Iniesta who is illuminating a rather forlorn looking side at the moment. Frank Rijkaard had this to say about the pasty faced midfielder, who looks like he has never seen daylight, “He is omnipresent. Its as if there are two of him out there at times”. La Liga Review refuses to comment on rumours that Iniesta is allergic to garlic. Saviola, who scored twice, picked up a knock that rules him out of the weekend clash with Zaragoza.
Elsewhere, just when it seemed as if things had settled down for a while at Valencia, Quique Sanchez Flores decided to kick David Villa out of training. It has been a good month or so until the last bust up at the Mestalla and they were due a falling out after all. The coach accused his best player and leading goal scorer of not trying hard enough in matches. That should do the trick.