La Liga Review was disappointed to hear Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini dismiss his side's chances of winning the Primera Liga title yesterday, and would like to see someone, anyone, go all out to win the Spanish League title...
The former River Plate and San Lorenzo manager claimed that Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Sevilla, a result which saw them fall seven points behind league leaders Real Madrid, means they are now out of contention.
54-year old Pellegrini, who has been linked with the manager's role at Barcelona, has set his players a minimum target of achieving Champions League qualification for next season.
Pellegrini said "The chances we have in the Liga are purely mathematical, we have 21 points left to play for and Real Madrid took a seven-point advantage at the weekend, which is a comfortable lead for them.
"We have always been realistic and winning the Liga has never been our goal. This season, for us, has been altogether different to the past. Being second is an unbelievable thing for Villarreal, but our aim is to qualify for the Champions League, something we will achieve even if we finish in second, third or fourth place.
Villarreal will be playing seven finals between now and the end of the season to qualify for next seasons Champions League."
Many have been cheerleading for Villarreal in recent weeks, ever since they broke away from the chasing pack and overtook second placed Barcelona, following a nine game unbeaten run. Suddenly, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona struggling to find any consistency, observers started to take notice of the team from Castellon who seemed to pop up from nowhere.
As Robert Pires summed it up: "That's why we're the Yellow Submarine, we were travelling along nicely under the water, going unnoticed, and now we've surfaced - ahead of Barcelona."
With everyone suddenly taking notice, there was one question on everyone's lips: how would Villarreal cope with the pressure?
Well, after watching their limp capitulation to Sevilla on Sunday, the answer seems to be that Villarreal aren't coping with the pressure very well at all - or are they?
This is a team made up of experienced internationals who are perfectly use to playing under pressure. Under pressure last season, Villarreal went on to win eight successive games and grab a UEFA cup spot; the year before that they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The truth is, against Sevilla, Villarreal didn't really appear to be all that bothered.
La Liga Review wonders if it is possible that, while constantly playing down his sides chances of winning may be a tactic to avoid putting to much pressure on his players , Pellegrini is in fact undermining his chances by inadvertently letting his players off the hook.
These are elite level athletes. What's wrong with a little pressure? They should be going out there to win it. You don't tell someone on forty odd grand a week that 'it's the taking part that counts.'
Villarreal have the easiest run-in to the end of the season - Betis, Depor, Recre, Espanyol, Getafe and Valladolid - compared to Real Madrid's - Athletic, Barça, Levante, Osasuna, Mallorca, Racing, and Zaragoza. Let's hear some fighting talk.
Are we being harsh? Perhaps.
After, if you swallow the hype of the Champions League - coming fourth is as good as coming first.
Maybe we are just tired of watching a Spanish league title race that nobody seems to want to win; and we can hardly get inspired when one of the contenders effectively says that he's happy coming second.
If the La Liga title is going to be won by the best of a bad bunch, at least let the winner be someone who really wants to win it.