New Infantino, but same old Florentino

FIFA has its ninth Pope. Gianni Infantino, Swiss like his predecessor Blatter, and who is even from the same canton. Ten kilometres separate the towns where they were both born. He speaks Spanish somewhat better than Blatter, due to the time he spent as an intern at the LFP. Until now he has served as the Secretary General for UEFA, a position that has helped his meteoric rise. His statement to Maroto that he felt it was right for Platini to continue to be paid during the period of his suspension troubled me.The big change needed in FIFA is someone who prevents the abuses of the leaders, those who plundered as they wished.

His victory comes on the eve of another Madrid derby that innevitably grabs our attention. Even so, we find ourselves a little deflated as last week Barça moved another two points away from both clubs making it a little foolish to believe that this game is a title fight. But it's still the local battle. It's not just a game that is won or lost and neither is it the same to finish second or third. Qualifying for the Champions League is not in doubt for either but having to put up with your neighbour is. The question: who rules in the capital? has made a fortune in recent years.

Marcelo will be missing for Madrid, Carrasco for Atlético. Madrid are in immense form at home, are hopeful that Benzema will be fit (Borja Mayoral is there just in case), and are favourites with the bookies. Atlético are in need of goals. Their top scorer, another Borja, Borja Bastón, is on loan at Eibar who are third top scorers in the league, behind Madrid and Barça, thanks to him. But with Atlético you never know, and even less so just now, with Torres leading the line. Out of interest, the derby coincides to the day with the tenth anniversary of Florentino fleeing after his first term in charge, only to return again three years later but seemingly having learned nothing from his first disaster. How disappointing!