The La Liga – Final Standings




2013-14 saw the closest finish ever in the Spanish La Liga where Atletico Madrid surpassed all expectations to beat Barcelona and Real Madrid to the league title.

The La Liga 2015 – Final Standings

The La Liga 2015 – Final Standings

This season though, the title was wrapped with a game in hand, and Real Madrid, despite their million dollar signings were unable to outplay Barcelona, who’s attacking strike force could be the best ever in footballing history. Barcelona may have finished only two points ahead of Real Madrid in the final standings, but they had the title in their grasp ever since the Classico win in March. Not only did the clinical win put Barca four points ahead in the title race, it also showed that they were the best club in Spain (and possibly, the world) at the moment. There were no slip-ups thereafter and Real’s draw against Valencia guaranteed Barcelona on the penultimate weekend guaranteed Barca the title with a game to spare.

POS            TEAM MP W D L F A D P
1 Barcelona 38 30 4 4 110 21 +89 94
2 Real Madrid 38 30 2 6 118 38 +80 92

 

Atletico Madrid had to let go off three of their stars, Courtois, Felipe Luis and Diego Costa (all to Chelsea), but did well to finish third and confirm qualification to the Champions League. Their final day draw against Granada ensured they finished one point above Valencia. Antoine Griezmann was probably the signing of the season and he finished only behind Ronaldo and Messi in the goal scoring charts while Mandzukic could only manage 12 in the league.

POS TEAM MP W D L F A D P
3 Atletico Madrid 38 23 9 6 67 29 +38 78
4 Valencia 38 22 11 5 70 32 +38 77

 

Sevilla’s victory wasn’t sufficient to put them above Valencia, but they have the Europa League final this Wednesday wherein a victory would guarantee them a Champions League spot despite finishing fifth in the table. Villareal, meanwhile, earned themselves a Europa League spot with a sixth place finish while Athletic Bilbao was unlucky to finish seventh.

POS TEAM MP W D L F A D P
5 Sevilla 38 23 7 8 71 45 +26 76
6 Villareal 38 16 12 10 48 37 +11 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 38 15 10 13 42 41 +1 55

 

Celta Vigo and Rayo Vallecano ended the season with high possession and successful pass percentages while even the appointment of David Moyes couldn’t help Real Sociedad reach the heights of the 2013-14 season.

POS TEAM MP W D L F A D P
8 Celta Vigo 38 13 12 13 47 44 +3 51
9 Malaga 38 14 8 16 42 48 -6 50
10 Espanyol 38 13 10 15 47 51 -4 49
11 Rayo Vallecano 38 15 4 19 46 68 -22 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 11 13 14 44 51 -7 46
13 Elche 38 11 8 19 35 62 -27 41
14 Levante 38 9 10 19 34 67 -33 37
15 Getafe 38 10 7 21 33 64 -31 37

 

In the relegation battle, Deportivo La Coruna just about clinched survival by coming back from two goals down to get a point against Barcelona while Granada’s point against Atletico Madrid meant that Eibar would go down despite a 3-0 win against bottom placed Cordoba. Almeria’s 2-3 loss against Valencia also meant second division for the former next season.

POS TEAM MP W D L F A D P
16 Deportivo La Coruna 38 7 14 17 35 60 -25 35
17 Granada 38 7 14 17 29 64 -35 35
18 Eibar 38 9 8 21 34 55 -21 35
19 Almeria 38 8 8 22 35 64 -29 32
20 Cordoba 38 3 11 24 22 68 -46 20

 

As has been the case over the last half a decade, the goal scoring charts were only a matter of who scored the highest amongst Ronaldo and Messi. Ronaldo had a dream start to the season and ended the campaign with an astounding 48 goals, including 8 hat-tricks, while Messi helped himself to 43 league goals with Griezmann, Neymar and Carlos Bacca being the other top scorers.

PLAYER TEAM GOALS
 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 48
 Lionel Messi Barcelona 43
 Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid 22
 Neymar Barcelona 22
 Carlos Bacca Sevilla 20

 

PLAYER TEAM ASSISTS
Lionel Messi  Barcelona 18
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 16
 Luis Suarez Barcelona 14
 James Rodriguez Real Madrid 13
Nolito Celta Vigo 13

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