Hello there, It's summertime and the living is easy. AS and Marca are linking Real Madrid to everyone from a 17 week Brazilian foetus to your best mate's nan. Cristiano is sitting on a beach with his pretend girlfriend explaining to her that I am better than him, I am, I just am. She says of course you are darling before replaying 6 Messi goals in her head and thinking bollocks you are Meanwhile, Diego Simeone doesn't believe in holidays and is dressed completely in black, a huge crucifix swinging around his neck, staring into a mirror and without blinking for 8 hours at a time. Intense. Barça look like fairly strong favourites to win the league with the strongest attacking line up I've ever seen in my life. Benítez at Madrid could go either way. Their squad is almost as outrageously talented at Barça's but any teething troubles as the new manager/formation settle down could quickly lead to press campaigns, whistling and booing from their idiot fans, and all the other associated mierda that madridismo doesn't understand it really is. The battle for third place will be very interesting as Sevilla and Valencia are much stronger than they have been for a while. We've got 5 strong teams in La Liga now, and this might mean that everyone drops a few more points. I'll be supporting Rayo Vallecano again who have started off the season with some customary excellence (see below). Their annual turnover is about the same as Cristiano's (he's not Ronaldo, I refuse to call him that) wages for a year and a season ticket is about the same as one at lower league bourgoise love-in Dulwich Hamlet, so let's see if they can pull off another miracle and stay up again this year. ¡A las aaaaarmas!