Picking a La Liga Team of the Season: Without Barcelona or Real Madrid

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Picking a La Liga Team of the Season: Without Barcelona or Real Madrid
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The La Liga season comes to a close this weekend with the major honours having already been divided and the subsequent fallout having already begun.

Barcelona, with 111 goals scored and (assuming they win their final game of the season against Malaga) 100 points have claimed the league title with relative ease, leaving Real Madrid trailing in their wake.

Real Madrid's glory-less season was compounded by their surprise Copa del Rey defeat to city rivals Atletico Madrid, who also finished in third. Jose Mourinho's tenure with Los Merengues has subsequently been brought to an end.

Real Sociedad have enjoyed a tremendous campaign full of vibrant, attacking football under Philippe Montanier and go into the last day with European football guaranteed. Whether Montanier, departing in the summer to take charge of Ligue 1 side Rennes, guides them into the Champions League, however, depends on Valencia's final day result at Sevilla.

At the other end, the three relegation places all go down to the wire, with three from Deportivo La Coruna, Celta Vigo, Real Zaragoza and Mallorca set to depart. Each has a winnable home game, though none are in particularly good form.

With all that being said, now is the time to pick the La Liga team of 2012/13, albeit with a twist.

To save the eternal arguing, I'm choosing to do so without the Barcelona and Real Madrid players.

Why? Because unfortunately, the two are so far in advance of everyone else they would be overly prominent in such an XI. And quite frankly, La Liga teams have been done to death with those two sets of players taking up 9/10 spots.

Therefore, here's a look at the best of the rest: A 2012-13 La Liga team of the season without Barcelona or Real Madrid.

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