La Liga news
The two finalists for this season's Copa del Rey final were confirmed this week, but little else about the season's supposed showpiece event has yet been decided amid a bout of very typical Spanish 'morbo'.
Barcelona will be without midfielder Thiago Alcantara for an estimated eight weeks after he suffered a knee injury in the 3-2 victory over Sevilla on Saturday.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has warned his players that anyone who does not treat each game with the utmost seriousness will find themselves out of the team.
Athletic Bilbao will be without Ander Herrera for up to six weeks after the midfielder underwent an operation on a recurring hernia injury.
Spain's disastrous performance at the London Olympics football tournament was mostly due to bad luck, according to midfielder Javi Martinez.
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says he is close to signing a new deal which will see him finish his career at the Catalan club.