In the year 2009, Pep’s Barcelona won six trophies in one year.
In 2010, Barcelona ended the season with only one league defeat and almost reached the Champions League final.
In 2011, Barcelona had a very dominant team that won both the league and the Champions League.
On the other side of the land, rivals Real Madrid were building a team full of stars that managed to win the league in 2012. Mourinho’s Real Madrid accumulated 100 points that season.
Tito’s Barcelona won the league in 2013 with the exact same fashion.
Finally, underdogs(if you can really call them that) Atletico Madrid celebrated winning the league in 2014. Real Madrid also had a massive year in 2014 winning four trophies including the Champions League.
Of course, this ‘history lesson’ misses out on a lot of other trophies and events but that’s not the main concern here.
Now, here comes the interesting part.
You ask yourself golden questions: What happened to people’s perception of La Liga after 2009?
Is this ridiculous dominance from Barcelona, and at one point Real Madrid, a normal thing?
Below you’ll see a decade of La Liga records. Below you’ll see the rise of of an exception.
Maybe the word “rise” is not so accurate in this case looking at the above graph.
The graph shows league winners in the past decade and how many draws and defeats they suffered throughout their campaigns.
In the year 2003/2004 Valencia won the league even though they suffered 8 draws and 7 defeats.
The next two years Barcelona won the league but also with a a proper amount of draws and defeats.
Real Madrid actually won the league in the years 2007 and 2008 losing more often than they drew which in itself is another indication of real competition.
We can even go back to 2003 when Real Madrid won the league with a total of 12 draws and 4 defeats. That is a lot of draws. Similarly, in 2002, Valencia won the league with 12 draws and 5 defeats. Why not even go back to 1998 when Barcelona won the league but also suffered 10 defeats. I repeat: TEN.
In other words, these years were a normal representative of what a league competition is all about. And going back further into history that is mostly what you’ll see.
In 2009, Pep’s team also had a “normal” record of defeats and draws but that year is when things really changed.
La Liga, a league bound to the dominance of Barcelona and Real Madrid, became more of a walk-through than in recent history.
Even in that 2009 league campaign, the draws and defeats were absolutely irrelevant considering that Barcelona had practically already won the league.
In the year 2010, the unimaginable happened. Barcelona finished the season with only one defeat which was against Atletico Madrid.
Similarly, in 2011, Barcelona suffered only 2 defeats the entire season against Hercules and Real Sociedad.
Real Madrid didn’t stay quiet for long either. In 2012, Real Madrid won the league with 4 draws and 2 defeats.
Tito’s Barcelona, with a similar show of dominance, also won the league with 4 draws and 2 defeats.
Finally, in 2014, one of the best things happened in terms of league competition. Atletico Madrid won the league and they did it with 6 draws and 4 defeats.
So, what really happened in these few short years?
Was Pep’s team very dominant? Yes.
Was Mourinho’s league campaign very successful? Yes.
Was Tito’s team very confident in the league? Yes.
Of course, a lot could be said when answering the question “why?”
They’re financially on top of the world and more importantly on top of all La Liga teams. But, let’s leave the reasons why their dominance was very visible aside.
Here is the most important part of all.