Si, hay liga indeed. Maybe.
I watched the Madrid game yesterday, and caught most of the Barca game through a combination of Radio Barca and Gol TV courtesy of the Druid in Inman Square. Both teams drew in fixtures to Racing de Santander and Valencia respectively, in what was probably the best set of results for La Liga's PR officers. However, it is very apparent that the top two teams are breaking away in terms of attracting and contracting talent, and there appears to be no end in sight.
For fans of different teams in La Liga the situation looks frustrating and difficult to reconcile. I am a fan of one of the big teams, Barcelona, but I cannot stand the fact that our spending power and that of our rivals Madrid has reduced the others in the league to mere also-rans. Points differences between the second place finisher (either Barca or Madrid each of the past three years, with the big points jump at the 2009-2010 season) and the third place finisher tell a depressing story.
2010-2011 21 pts between Madrid (2) and Valencia (3)
2009-2010* 25 pts between Madrid (2) and Valencia (3)
2008-2009 8 pts between Madrid (2) and Sevilla (3)
2007-2008 (Villareal finished above Barca; Madrid won the title)
2006-2007 5 pts between Barca (2) and Sevilla (3)
2005-2006 1 pt between Madrid (2) and Valencia
*In 2009, both Barca and Real Madrid brought in some remarkable players, and a few, in Barca's system at least, seemed to come in to their own at just the right time. Madrid's 2009 shopping spree included Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema, Albiol, Lassana Diarra, Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Esteban Granero, and a goalkeeper called Adan. Ay Caramba!