During the last ten years, the Spanish first division has continuously been neglected by many football fans because of the economical differences between the two top teams, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF, and the rest of the 18 teams.
The two giants have taken turns on the Spanish title, and the critique directed towards the lack of suspense in the league has not been unjustified.
Therefore, to many, Atletico Madrid's escapades of the 2013/14 season was a pleasant surprise. And despite losing three core players in Costa, Filipe Luis, and Courtois, they have shown that their success was not a one time thing.
Not only that - with two more clubs joining the contest, the 2014/2015 season looks to become even more exciting than the previous one. After nine rounds, the leading team, FC Barcelona, are two points ahead of fifth-placed Atletico Madrid.
FC Barcelona: 22 points
The Catalans have started in great fashion, despite their loss against Real Madrid last week. Barca's record currently shows 7 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat, with only three goals conceded. Goal scoring has already worked fine for the Blaugrana, and with Suarez joining the line up, there's no limit to what the team can accomplish.
- Gerard Pique dropped by Barcelona manager Luis Enrique
- David Moyes holding talks with Real Sociedad
- Arsenal plan to sign Asier Illarramendi in January
Sevilla FC: 22 points
The team ended last season in an extraordinary way, with an Europa League title. Wether or not Sevilla can keep up with the pace of the Spanish giants throughout an entire season remains to be seen, however, there's no doubt that the Andalusians can defeat any team in the world.
Real Madrid CF: 21 points
Les Merengues needed some time to find their game early in the season, and their poor results in the opening weeks still haunt their record. They have come back stronger than ever, though, and have shown that their bad form would not be continuous.
Valencia CF: 20 points
The league games against Valencia CF, especially on their home ground, should always be considered one of the toughest games of a season. The club has suffered greatly in recent years from bigger teams purchasing their talent, but despite losing Villa, Alba, Soldado and Mata, they continue to clinch spots in the European competitions.
Atletico Madrid: 20 points
The champions of Spain are very much a team for the big occations. They have already beaten their local rivals on Santiago Bernabeu, but unlike Real Madrid and Barca, Atletico Madrid seldomly smash teams with big numbers. They don't dazzle and they don't have the best players in the world. A lot of their strength lies in their collective willpower, which understandably can be hard to summon against teams in the lower half of the bracket.
It is possible that one or two of the teams will fail to keep up with the pace of their rivals. But the fact remains that the Spanish league hasn't looked this intriguing in many years.