Granada’s magnificently named Orestis Spyridon Karnezis certainly threw the cat amongst the pigeons this weekend, the Greek international keeper hitting the headlines around the World after stopping the Barcelona strike force from scoring in the Los Carménes stadium. Karnezis was only making his second appearance in the league in place of the injured Roberto, but his performance helped his team to a much needed 1-0 victory which took the Andalusians a step closer to safety.
Our current leader Courtois was also in the news this week, not so much for his 16 th clean sheet of the season against local rivals Getafe, but more so as his team knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League, setting up a semi-final against his owners, Chelsea. Mourinho gleefully referred to a clause in his loan contract which stipulated that Atlético must pay €3 million a match if they want him to play against them (i.e. €6 million over the two legs), but then UEFA stepped in and said that such clauses were against their rules, and it could not be applied. Mourinho countered though saying that if that happened then he would call off the new loan deal that is being negotiated, and he will keep him sitting on the Chelsea subs’ bench for the next two years, but as we write the two clubs are sitting down together to try and reach an amicable agreement.
Elsewhere this weekend another six keepers maintained their goals against column to zero, including Andrés (Osasuna), Jaime (Valladolid), Asenjo (Villarreal), Diego López (Real Madrid), Beto (Sevilla) and Iraizoz (Athletic Bilbao). One other change as well, Kiko Casilla returning for Espanyol in place of Germán after serving out his one match suspension. (15.04.14)
|Zamoras||Games played||Goals against||Difference|
|Diego López (Real Madrid)||33||32||-1|
|Iraizoz (Athletic Bilbao)||29||28||-1|
|Diego Alves (Valencia)||22||27||+5|
|Keylor Navas (Levante)||31||37||+6|
|Manu Herrera (Elche)||24||30||+6|
|Bravo (Real Sociedad)||32||47||+15|