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LA LIGA 2014/15: REVIEW

27 May 2015
No surprises in la liga; Real Madrid and Barcelona dominated the competition, while Atlético, Sevilla and Valencia made solid seasons. Two of the three recently promoted clubs ended relegated to Segunda.

Zero surprises in the Liga BBVA 2014/15. Every team ended in a place that was previously predicted and the giant clubs continued dominating while the humble teams watched from the distance always pending to avoid the relegation battle.

Real Madrid were the team that spent more matchdays at the top of the standings (16), but it was FC Barcelona the side that conquered the title after jumping into the first place since matchday 26 –The Catalans spent 11weeks as the leaders-

This time both giants didn’t reach the mark of 100 points; still they were quite superior to the rest as there was a difference of fourteen points with the third place. The Madrilenians see the season as a failure after missing a title, because they also missed to win the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League. The sense of defeat was clear as only two days after ending the season coach Carlo Ancelotti was sacked.



The lethal trio at FC Barcelona

Meanwhile, the Catalans won their fifth title within the last seven seasons under the command of Luis Enrique and the trio Messi.Neymar-Luis Suárez, a combination that scored 81 goals, in other words the 74% of the goals in favour for Barcelona on this season.

Other three clubs completed a very solid season. Atlético Madrid weren’t able to repeat the title, but it gave a hard fight only losing six games and ending third, which means a third straight participation in the Champions League, something they never did before.

Then the new Valencia CF of Peter Lim had a very constant season that was rewarded with the fourth place. Los Chés were the only team, apart from Real Madrid and Barca, that spent at least one matchday at the top of the standings (matchday 05). Coach Nuno was the surprise of the season as he kept a stable base of results despite been the youngest team in the league and put the Valencians back into the Champions League.

Sevilla CF also battled until the end in order to enter into the Champions. Still, the Andalusians could end playing the biggest tournament in the continent if they are able to beat Dnipro in the UEFA Europa League final.  Sevilla CF added 76 points on this season, a record in the history of the club.



Great season for Sevilla CF

The other 15 teams in the competition had an irregular performance, including sixth place Villarreal CF. The yellow submarine had a promising start, but only won two of the last twelve games, this after suffering a large number of injuries. Only the important number of points added in the first round allowed them to end the season in a European spot.

Athletic Club is another club that will play in Europe despite having problems in the league. The Basques ended seventh and are playing the final in Copa, but were penultimate by matchday 07. Coach Ernesto Valverde found the way to fix the situation after the team was early eliminated in the Champions League.

RC Celta should feel proud of their season. They ended eighth and were one of the few teams that ended with a positive balance between the number of goals scored and allowed (+3). However there’s a bittersweet taste as the Galicians spent ten straight matches without adding the three points after winning at the Camp Nou (November 01), lost time that didn’t allow them to reach the European seats.

Malaga CF stayed in nowhere’s land, without suffering to achieve the permanence, but at the same time without giving the feeling of been a solid aspirant to Europe. Just to mention the fact that they suffered more defeats (16) than the victories that were conquered (14).



Great season for Sergio at RCD Espanyol

RCD Espanyol are the closest thing to a “revelation” that can be found in this league season. Truly a tenth place isn’t something impressive for an historic club in the league, but it is refreshing taking in mind that it was the debuting season of Sergio commanding a team without important figures.

Then the situation of two clubs with a similar destiny though having different origins: Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad. Both ended at mid-table without suffering. In the case of the Madrilenians they survived again under the command of Paco Jemez, while the Basques had more resources and had a season of ups and downs, which moved the club’s officials to hire David Moyes at the middle of the season.



Jonathas was the big saviour at Elche CF

The fight for survival was intense, but not brilliant. After all, three year ago Depor went down with 43 points, now the last eight teams made lesser points. Elche CF was the inspiring story of the season, after months without been paid the team clinched four wins in a vital frame of five gems to clinch the permanence. Unfortunately they still can go down due to financial problems.

Levante UD and Getafe CF fulfilled their role of teams only thinking of surviving and clinched the salvation until the penultimate matchday. In the case of Deportivo the situation was more dramatic as the Galicians only clinched the salvation until the last game; actually they spent 70 minutes at Segunda and only clinched the permanence after coming back from a two-goal deficit at the Camp Nou.

Granada CF were also a big disappointment; their fans were dreaming of Europe at the beginning, and only secured the permanence until the last day.  Then two of the three relegated clubs were teams that clinched the promotion in the previous campaign.



Eibar incredibly wasted a solid first round in la liga

The relegation of SD Eibar shouldn’t be a surprise taking in mind they were debutants having the lowest budget, but the fact is that they were eighth at the middle of the season, eleven points above the pit and even were the best Basque team in the first round, but later the second part was a real disaster only adding eight points in nineteen games.

UD Almeria return to Segunda due to several ups and downs throughout the season, new coach Sergi brought hope, but the calendar was hard for them ending the season facing Málaga CF, Sevilla CF and Valencia CF. They caressed the salvation as they started leading in those three games, but ended losing in a dramatic way.

Finally, Córdoba CF were the bottom club after a disastrous season in which they only made 20 points, the worst mark on this century and the worst at Primera since Sporting Gijón only made 13 for the campaign 1997/98. The Andalusians changed the coach three times, but never reacted.

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