Things Get Worse For Villarreal With Senna Loss

12 04 2009


Last week it was Santi Cazorla that was being lamented prior to Villarreal’s away leg match against Arsenal. News got worse for Manuel Pellegrini when Spanish international Marcos Senna would be ruled out of the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinals in London.

Senna left the pitch limping late Saturday night after he suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s 2-0 loss to Málaga. Senna’s injury left Villarreal with ten men as they had no substitutions left. A timetable as to his absence has not been determined; but he will surely miss the midweek clash against the Gunners at the Emirates.

Senna scored the Spanish side’s lone goal of the match midweek in their 1-1 draw against Arsenal.





La Liga Week 30 Wrap

12 04 2009

Numbers seemed down this week in La Liga mostly due to the Easter holiday, but that did not reduce the excitement in the league.  Barcelona continue their ways en route to their 19th league title.  The Blaugrana Ballet showed offense, yet they were not as sharp when it came time to define the game.  Andrés Iniesta scored in the first minute in front of an open goal after Thierry Henry crossed the ball in the six-yard box.  Morris would double the lead for the Blaugranas when he would deflect an Iniesta pass into the back of the Recre net.  Lio Messi missed a penalty kick in the match.  Víctor Valdes also established a new scoreless streak which is nearing th 500-minuite mark.

Real Madrid in the meantime kept pace with a 2-0 win against Valladolid at the Bernabéu.  Although Madrid did not show much on the pitch, Raúl opened the scoring for the Merengue and Guti would set up the Arjen Robben for the clincher.   Once again, the champs were efficient and continued their unbeaten streak in the domestically.  Madrid have not lost a match in La Liga since November when they lost to Barca at the Nou Camp.

Málaga showed why they are the surprise team of the tournament as they have reached Europa League spots and are just three points out of the Champions League next season.  Duda and Eliseu buried a hapless Villarreal side  2-0 at El Madrigal who seemed more focused on their midweek Champions League clash in London against Arsenal.

Barcelona 2-0 Recreativo

BAR:  Andrés Iniesta (1′), Morris (68’og)

Villarreal 0-2 Málaga

MAL:  Duda (37′), Eliseu (86′)

Mallorca 2-0 Almería

MLL: Cléber Santana (60′), Gonzalo Castro (90′)

Real Madrid 2-0 Valladolid

MAD; Raúl (44′), Arjen Robben (82′)

Sporting 2-3 Valencia

SPO:  David Barral (35′) , Mate Bilic (71′)

VAL: David Silva (18′), David Villa (55′ pen), Mata (88′)

Numancia 0-0 Espanyol

Racing 2-3 Betis

RAC: Peter Luccin (5′), Nikola Zigic (32′)

BET: Edu (19′), Achille Emana (29′, 53′)

Osasuna 2-1 Athletic

OSA: Masoud Shojael (21′), Sergio (82′)

ATB: Pablo Orbaiz (24′)

Sevilla 0-1 Getafe

GET:  Gavilán (82′)

Deportivo 1-2 Atlético

DEP: Bodipo (87′)

ATM: Agüero (44′), Simão (70′)

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Guti Refuses To Warm Up

5 04 2009

Real Madrid Icon Guti (Reuters)

Real Madrid Icon Guti (Reuters)


José María Gutiérrez was always a players with a temperment. Now that same temperment has him on the outside looking in with Madrid coach Juande Ramos. This rivalry has become part of the subplots in the Madrid media as the team now sees the weeks pass by and their six-point deficit on Barcelona not budge.

Guti was observed by Spanish network Cuarto while he was on the bench during Madrid’s 1-0 over Málaga on Saturday. Guti goes out and starts to warm up in order to come in to the match. Then around the 85th minute, the trainer asks him to warm up and the Spanish international refuses.

Guti Refuses To Warm Up

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Could this be the end of Guti as we know it at Real Madrid if Juande Ramos remains with the club? Let us know what you think.