As La Liga Review finds itself on the road once again - this time en route to Manchester ahead of Barcelona's Champions League semi final second leg against Manchester United - it gives us an excuse to avoid writing a proper post and allows us to cobble together our Spanish football team of the week instead....
GK Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
RB Hector (Mallorca)
CB M. Cáceres (Recre)
CB Dani Jarque (Espanyol)
LB Capdevila (Villarreal)
CM Baraja (Valencia)
CM Senna (Villarreal)
AM Sneijder (R.Madrid)
FWD Güiza (Mallorca)
FWD Mata (Valencia)
FWD David Villa (Valencia)
Its been a remarkable few months for Dani Guiza, a player who has been going quitely about his business for a few years now, yet has suddenly found himself as one of those players its become quite fashionable to rate highly. As a striker its all about scoring goals and the 27 year old Guiza seems to have worked that out after eight seasons of trying. His 22 La Liga goals scored this season have seen him receive his first international call up, as well as being linked wit a number of the continents biggest clubs.
This morning the Mallorca striker will have woken up to headlines claiming that Valencia and Barcelona are both considering activating the 15 million euros but out clause that Guiza has in his contract. According to AS, even Milan are considering a move for the player as they are eager to unleash the dream partnership of Guiza - Schevchenko on an unsuspecting Serie A next season.
Amidst all the furore, the one bit of news that will have got the former Getafe striker really excited is the confirmation of his call up to the La Liga Review team of the week. We've been trying to get a response from the player since deciding to call him up, but clearly the sudden media onslaught that usually follows winning your first cap means that he's not taking any calls at the moment.
Guiza is not the only player 'in demand' in this week's team of the week, and many may find that with just four weeks of the season remaining, this was a last chance to make it in to our highly prestigious select IX; a number of them have even been linked with moves away from La Liga to the premiership: Dani Jarque (Tottenham), Martin Caceres (Chelsea) and David Villa (Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal).
We've plenty of experience in midfield, with a couple of La Liga veterans (Senna & Baraja) giving us a fairly solid centre, and at left back a player who has never been as fashionable or in demand as some of the names listed above - yet is arguably the most consistent performer in Spain in his position.
Speaking of consistency and, saving the very best until last, we have Iker Casillas in goal. The Madrid keeper was outstanding - again - on Sunday against Athletic and we believe that he is largely responsible for his clubs league title win this season. The number one has been instrumental in Real Madrid's success and if Spain are to achieve anything in the European Championships in the summer, then they will undoubtedly owe a great deal to the fact that they travel to Austria with the best keeper in the tournament.