When it comes to criticising referees Real Madrid have overtaken Barcelona, says Guillem.
Last Updated: 03/02/10 5:06pm
We're set for another week of cracking action in La Liga, so who better to look ahead to the five live games on Sky Sports than our Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
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Barcelona v Getafe
7pm, Sat, Sky Sports 3 & HD3
Both of these teams like to hang onto the ball for long periods so in terms of technical ability this should be a great game to watch. If Getafe can make the most of their chances - and they should create some here - then they could surprise a few people.
Michel is doing a fantastic job with Getafe, but the problem is he has been involved in too much politics at the club. He was the director of the youth side, and then with the 'B' team, who had great players at the time but still went down. It's only now he's shown what he is about and I think he can become a top manager. It'll be interesting to see how he fares against Josep Guardiola, one of his good friends.
Barcelona are superior to most sides but they tend to struggle against sides who adopt a positive approach and make you work for the ball. I'm certainly looking forward to this one.
Real Madrid v Espanyol
9pm, Sat, Sky Sports 3 & HD3
Espanyol look to have finally turned the corner but they could find the going tough here. At the time of writing it is still uncertain as to whether Cristiano Ronaldo will play or not, as he is awaiting the result of his appeal against his latest sending off.
However, it's very disappointing to hear all the moaning and criticism of referees emanating - not directly from the club - but from the entourage and media connected with Real Madrid. It used to be a Barcelona thing to complain about referees but now it seems Real are following suit.
Zaragoza v Sevilla
6pm, Sun, Sky Sports 1 (Second half)
It was great to see the new players of Zaragoza in action during the win away to Tenerife, especially Colunga who scored on his debut. I've always like him as a player. Suazo also scored from the penalty spot while Jermaine Pennant played the full game, during which he switched from central midfield and the left wing. He is now becoming a passer and thinking more about his game. As he promised us early last month he hasn't moved from the club and is happy to stay there and grow as a player.
Racing Santander v Atletico Madrid
7pm, Sun, Sky Sports 1
Don't miss this game. It's a chance to see Sergio Canales before he becomes a Real Madrid player. He may yet stay another year at Racing but everything is agreed with the player. Real will reportedly pay something in the region of £5million even though Canales has only six months left on his contract, but that's only fair as he is a product of the Racing youth system.Atletico Madrid are a bi-polar team; they can be superb in one game then terrible in the next. Their progress in the Spanish Cup is saving their season but that has come against lower league opposition. They're in the semi-finals but I wouldn't be surprised if that's as far as they'll go. Quique Sanchez Flores is doing his best to try and organise the side but is struggling with a squad that has too many vices incorporated from too many years of doing things badly.
Guillem answers your questions...
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CAN-ELLA CUT THE MUSTARD?
Hi Guillem, love the column. I saw Birmingham City sign Michel from Sporting Gijon because they needed the money. Do you think Sporting would be looking to offload Roberto Canella? He looks a very good player to me and I would like to see him in the Premier League as I hear he's the next Capdevila. Thanks for your time. Daniel Carter (Aston Villa fan)
GUILLEM SAYS: Canella renewed his contract with Sporting last week and he now has a buy-out clause of £20million. But I think the idea is to sell him. Real Madrid have been looking at him for quite a while now, as have a few English clubs. Sporting won't be too unhappy if he moves on because Jose Angel is waiting in the wings. Angel is another left-back, is two years younger than Canella and is also a better player. If I was a director at a Premier League club I would be going for Angel!
APONO FOR POOL?
Hola Guillem! I am an ardent Liverpool supporter but I also hold a soft spot for my local club Málaga CF. I know Rafa Benitez has limited options in the transfer market because of LFCs economical situation and I think I have found a good player. Málaga's central midfielder Apoño is creative, physical enough for the Premier League, he wouldn't be expensive and would probably be happy sitting on the bench and taking his chance when it comes along. I think he would be a great addition to Benitez'squad and I would like to know your opinion of Apoño. Un saludo desde Málaga! (Matthew McColl, Liverpool supporter)
GUILLEM SAYS: Apoño is a player I have always liked. I remember talking to Malaga's former manager, Antonio Tapia, and he said he had no doubt Apoño could go to one of the top-four teams and instantly make an impact. I feel the same, but in the Premier League his height is going to cause him problems. He's not big enough, and although you could say that about the Barcelona midfield, for three-quarters of games in the Premier League you need tall midfielders who can play the ball. I would put him ahead of Lucas Leiva though, and he would be a great addition to any side.
PLAUDITS FOR PEDRO
Holla Guillem, I'm going to ask you to give me your opinion about a couple of young Spanish players. How good is Iker Munian and is he good enough to play in the top 4 in La liga? He is talented playing to play for Bilbao at the age of 16. Secondly why don't Barca play Pedro in Henry's position rather than spending 30 mil on Silva. Watching Pedro this year he scored in every game he started and he look very talented and a very good finisher so I want to know why they don't want to start with him. Thank you. Elmi Sami (Arsenal fan)
GUILLEM SAYS: Munian is very young, just 16 years of age. Can he play for a top-four side at the moment? Definitely not. Perhaps in three years' time as he definitely has the talent. He will progress as player and become cleverer, play more for the team and not be as cheeky.
Pedro is a very good finisher, and therefore is better inside the box than outside it. When it comes to putting the ball in the net he is quality, but it is a different matter when it comes to keeping the ball, making the right run and allowing other players to make the right run. Silva is much better in that aspect. I think Barcelona will want to keep Pedro in the squad, but they will also try to sign Silva in the summer.