La Liga Review's regular look at Spanish Football's front pages sees everyone at Real Madrid with an eye for Cristiano Ronaldo; Mijatovic eyeing up Drogba, Ricardo Carvalho and Ballack; Getafe like the look of Guardiola; Barcelona staring at death or glory against Schalke while Robinho and Ramos are being shown the door at the Bernabeu. Oh....and Ronaldinho's off to Milan. Apparently.
Seeing as there is no team from Madrid involved in Champions Legaue action this week, then those people at AS aren't going to bother wasting a front page on some tin-pot contest - leave that to the Catalans. No. Who cares about the Champions League when Arjen Robben was on the radio last night? Certainly not the people on planet AS .
We are therefore treated to a big front page photo of the Dutch winger and the earth shattering revelation that he wants to win stuff.
The details of what Robben told Cadena Ser continues on the inside pages of Madrid's second favourite football comic. The Dutch winger, who's childhood hero was Romario, reveals that:" Cristiano Ronaldo always plays in the same position as me, but I'm not the person who can decide whether or not we should sign him. We have a lot of quality in the team, but if the board decide that they want to sign him then that's fine. If you see what he is doing at Manchester United right now, not just in the last few weeks, you'll see that he is a very important player, a phenomenon for his age...a marvel"
Robben also speaks about Jose Mourinho, his former coach at Chelsea who has been frequently linked with the coach's role at Real Madrid.
"Mourinho is a great coach. One of the best in Europe. I learned a lot from him and I enjoyed working with him. The image that everyone outside the club has of him is that he is arrogant, but when you work with him it's very different. I got on well with him and his way of doing things. He takes the pressure away from his players,"said Robben.
The paper also waxes lyrical about the previous night's Champions League action involving Liverpool and Arsenal, with the emphasis upon the Spanish context. Guillem Balague highlights the 'pace, dynamism and strength' of the football on show and reckons it provides a blueprint for success in the modern game and suggest that the Spanish national team would well to emulate it in this summer's European cup. Elsewhere, Alfredo Relaño evokes the battle of Trafalgar and claims that it was "a match in which every man did his duty - a very English spirit - but with a Spanish cast". He too, is hoping that the Spanish players plying their trade in the premiership can continue in this vein in the summer.
Never wanting to miss out on a bit of idle transfer speculation, AS also informs us that: "Real Madrid's sporting director, Pedja Mijatovic, was at the Chelsea - Fenerbahce match in London to watch over Drogba, Ricardo Carvalho and Ballack. Mijatovic is planning his signings for next season and saw the match as an opportunity to catch up on the trio."
Spain's biggest selling sports rag also tries to gloss over Real Madrid's lack of involvement in the Champions League quarter finals and offers us the slightly unsettling image the jolly German coach of Real Madrid attempting to smile while giving us the big thumbs up. Schuster reckons: "We deserve the La Liga title." And that's about depth of it really.
Not wishing to be outdone in the transfer speculation stakes, Marca claims that Mijatovic was in London last night, but with the principal aim of meeting with Jorge Mendes, the agent of Cristano Ronaldo. Marca claims the Manchester United player is moving ever closer to a possible move to the Bernabeu - the paper just has no idea when - but if it keeps saying it then one day, one day, it might happen. The paper also reveals, but distances itself from, the claim made by Spanish TV channel La Sexta that Real Madrid are about to bid 125 million euros for the Portuguese winger.
As you might expect, tonight's Champions League quarter final 2nd leg between FC Barcelona and Schalke dominates the front pages of the Catalan papers. Sport does it's bit of cheerleading and asks the crowd to get behind the team after last weekend's pañolada, reminding them that "we are just four games away from glory."
Sport reveals that President Joan Laporta visited the dressing room ahead of last nights final traing session: "not to offer them cash bonuses, but to give them a motivational talk." Let's hope he wasn't as fired up as the last time the Barcelona president last made a speech.
In his op-ed piece, Josep Maria Casanovas, sums up the typical Barcelona fan's attitude to the club as they swing wildly between agony and ecstasy.
Casanovas writes: 'Rijkaard's side are six hours away from winning the biggest international trophy in Moscow, four games away from glory. There can only be either a positive or a negative interpretation. The negative interpretation means that we are just one month away from a total disaster if we don't win a single objective. Glory or disaster - there is no middle ground. That is how the fans who will fill the Camp Nou this evening will be thinking and, as always, they will be behind there team supporting a european campaign that has been brilliant up until now. It's all about ending up in Moscow, anything else is disaster." Says it all really.
The whole, tedious, Ronaldinho saga continues - with Sport insisting that the players brother, and agent, has been informed by the club that "Ronaldinho is no longer required by Barcelona." Consequently the player agent is doing all he can to ensure that Ronnie "ends up either in Italy, or England." SPORT insists that AC Milan is the most likely destination and quotes Berlusconi as stating "we will do all that we can to sign Ronaldinho."
MD also leads with the Champions league tie, and urges the fans to put the whole messy business of the last few days behind them and "go to the Camp Nou to cheer on the team and not to abandon them in this difficult time."
The paper reckons that the players will awaken from their recent slumber "the moment they hear that little bit of Champions League music - it will stimulate their spirits and their legs."
As well as linking Pep Guardiola with the managers job at Getafe - if Laudrup leaves - MD also gets up to its other favourite pastime, aside from making up transfer stories: mischief making with Real Madrid.
MD claims that all is not well at the Bernabeu and that Robinho and Sergio Ramos are at the centre of the storm: " Real Madrid have leaked to the press that Sergio 'red card' Ramos is not focused on the job, while Robinho and Schuster just cannot see eye to eye. Madrid need the cash and Calderon would have no problem with showing both Ramos and Robinho the door - the last two major Florentino Perez signings - if he thought he could swell the club's coffers."