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Is La Liga becoming as competitive as the Premier League?

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The Premier League has long had its head in the clouds, preaching that it is the best in the world, seeing it rake in an incredible amount of money in television revenue.

Aside from its wealth, the English top flight believes it is better than the Bundesliga and La Liga in Spain, due to its high level of competitiveness amongst its teams, with any club able to win, even against the big boys.

However, recent seasons have shown that the Spanish first division is catching up with its counterpart.

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Competing at the top level

Premier League chiefs have realised after years of misery that they will unlikely ever be able to match the sheer strength of Spain’s top sides in Barcelona and Real Madrid, especially on the European stage.

Of the past five Champions League finals, the La Liga giants have won the competition three times between them, compared to just once by an English club, Chelsea in 2012.

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Amongst this disappointment, there was a realisation across the globe that there is not a single Premier League game where one side is certain that they will come out with a win.

This has become the English top flight’s main attraction, as it continues to entice some of the world’s best players to its shores through the increase in money.

Smaller clubs entering limelight

Since Atletico Madrid broke up the duopoly in 2014 with their impressive success in the league, there has been a rise in belief that anything is possible.

This year’s surprise package has been Celta Vigo, coming from anonymity and vague recollections of the Champions League adventures in the early 2000s, to the team on everyone’s lips, having beaten Barcelona by a crushing 4-1 scoreline and currently sitting in third after eight matches.

Deportivo La Coruna have also risen up the table, following a relegation scrap last term, to challenging for Europa League places.

In the bottom half of the standings, Sevilla are proving that no one is safe as they struggle to get their campaign up and running with three defeats already to their name, despite winning the last two Europa League finals.

Giants struggling

It is not just the league positions that have left many wondering how the final table will finish, it is also the results that have given the smaller sides in the country a much-needed morale boost.

As previously mentioned, Barca suffered a shock loss at the hands of Celta Vigo, but they also made hard work of their victories over Las Palmas and Malaga, two clubs that are likely to be fighting for survival come the end of the season.

The latter of those also held league leaders Real Madrid to a draw whilst Los Blancos also had to settle for a 0-0 scoreline against mid-table Sporting Gijon in their opening match of the campaign.

La Liga competitiveness on the rise

With a new Spanish law coming into effect in 2016 that will see the top flight’s television revenue more evenly distributed between the teams, as reported by the Daily Mail, this increased level of competitiveness could be set to rise even further in the near future and challenge in an area that is considered one of the English first division’s crown jewels.

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