Barcelona and Real Madrid’s aura shattered as La Liga welcomes most open title race in years

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Following the latest weekend of thrills and spills in La Liga, just one point separate the top five teams in the most open Spanish title race in years.

An 89th minute strike from Real Sociedad forward Cristian ‘Portu’ Portugues clinched a 2-1 win at Granada on Sunday evening, and sent the San Sebastian-based side onto 22 points – joint-leaders with Barcelona and Real Madrid after 12 games of the season.

Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are just one point behind on 21, while all of Granada [20], Getafe [19], Osasuna and Villarreal [18] and Valencia, Levante, Athletic Bilbao and Valladolid [17] are within five points of the top.

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Helping the concertina effect was all three of the expected title challengers slipping up one after another on Saturday. Barca were beaten 3-1 at Levante, Atletico drew 1-1 at Sevilla, and Madrid drew 0-0 at home to a struggling Real Betis.

“That is the reality of football,” Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos said on Movistar TV. “It’s getting more and more difficult. Today Levante have beaten Barcelona, so you can never say someone is definitely going to win. That is what makes our league the best in the world. Any mistake can see you drop down the table.”

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Ramos was saying what he had to, and maybe does believe it. But while better financial management throughout La Liga has helped most Primera Division clubs become more stable in recent years, it is also undeniable that the top three sides are in decline.

Most obviously Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer at Real Madrid

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