La Liga has had a disappointing go of it so far in both Champions League and the Europa. Real drew Man Utd at home, Barca shockingly did not show up at the San Siro falling to Milan, Valencia fell to PSG, and Malaga were dominated by Porto. The second legs are all tantalizingly poised. Will the Liga pull through?
In the Europa Cup despite boasting the likes of Radamel Falcao and Adrian Rodriguez, it was Rubin Kazan getting through to the Group of 16. Falcao was not his sharpest and his goal was a touch fortunate but Atletico could not erase the two goal deficit a home. With their fall, Spanish representation is left to Levante who progressed past Olympiacos on a 3-1 aggregate.
What a difference from last year when all the chatter was about the quality gap between the Liga and the rest of the leagues. The beneficiaries this year have been the Russian and the Bundesliga.