Primera Division predictor

European hopes take a hit

February 22, 2013
By Eduardo Alvarez
A couple of weeks ago, when the last-16 round of the Champions League was about to start, the usual wave of over-optimistic patriotism appeared in the Spanish media. La Liga aimed at a 'pleno' - all four teams making it to the next round - as that was indeed what the best league in the world should aspire to.

However, the first leg has gone by leaving behind a collection of setbacks. Indeed, three defeats and one home draw hardly feel like reason to celebrate. As usual, Spain's balanced ...

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