First of all I would like to thanks The Gaffer for giving me the opportunity to collaborate with EPL talks. I’m Spanish and I’ll try to give you not just good information, but also the atmosphere of this country about football, something that is simply incredible. Also I would like to ask pardon for the English mistakes I could commit. I’m just learning this beautiful language, but I thing that the first hand stories I can tell you are more important than how I do it.
For the first post I cannot start with another thing than… Real Madrid. The match against Osasuna and then the one against Barcelona have completely changed the mood of Real Madrid fans. An that is because Madrid supporters start every season dreaming just with one thing: Champions League. La Liga is OK, and La Copa del Rey can be good, but Madrid´s history is linked with Europe, and losing against Rome was something really hard.
But now everything is forgotten, not just because they have won La Liga but, over all, because Barcelona is 17 points away, and the last match in Bernabeu was a humiliation for Rijkaard team. In this kind of situation, sport newspapers front page are so useful to resume each team mood. Sport´s headline (Barca´s newspaper) was a black background with a clear message: “You have disonored Barca T-shirt”. El Mundo Deportivo was more simple: “Shame”. Because of that Real Madrid supporters are so happy, probably more than the title reason, and in the last match all the stadium sung “Laporta remain” (remember Laporta is Barca´s chairman), one of the most humiliating songs remembered.
Last two matches in Spain are important just to know which other team is going to be relegated (Levante and Murcia are already in 2º Division). Osasuna, after been suffering all the season incredible referees mistakes, are now in the worst situation. Recreativo and Zaragoza, two very irregular teams this season, are fighting with them.
UEFA fight is also interesting. Sevilla, Racing and Mallorca play for 2 places. Sevilla victory on Wednesday in El Sardinero against Racing was decisive to decide this race, but also Mallorca has something to say. Manzano´s team is also news because of Dani Güiza and his incredible season. In the last match Güiza reach the first position in the top scorer table (25 goals), overcoming Luis Fabiano. He is also in the 2º position in the European Golden Boot race, after the unattainable Cristiano Ronaldo. This detail is very important because, as many countries, Spain is also looking forward to the Euro Cup, and in our case with so many hope thinking in a Torres – Güiza tandem. In June we will know if it was just a dream.
Guiza celebrates a goal
Apart from that, the real emotion is now in our 2º Division, and the teams that can be promoted. Numancia has almost one of the three places and they will probably reach their dream this weekend. Málaga, Sporting and Real Sociedad (just one year after been relegated) fight for the other two places.
Conclusion: we still have many things to see this season. So pay attention, ¡La Liga is still alive!