Why do some teams improve when they lose their best players? Because football isn't very logical? Possibly. Or perhaps in order to do well this season in Spain your team's name must start with a 'V'? Valencia and Villarreal, in that order, are making this a fun season so far, and although the Auld Firm are very close behind, there are reasons for several teams in La Liga to be both cheerful and aspirational, perhaps until the winter winds begin to truly blow.