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If the suggestion that La Liga is little more than a sunny SPL, a two-horse race with little scope for upset or rebellion, was to be quashed, this was not the fixture from which to draw compelling conclusions.
The difference between the two clubs was stark...contrasting beyond belief.
Barcelona entered the contest all guns blazing, having seemingly not missed a beat since the close of last season. They were fluid, intense, incisive and worlds away from their bewildered opponents.
Levante were certainly below-par, but you get the impression that Barcelona would have been similarly devastating against whomever they had faced. They were simply “that damned good.”
However, comparing the opening weekend of La Liga to its equivalent in England reveals a vastly different environment.
Barcelona trounced Levante as though their opponents were some lower-league also-rans. They are not; last year they were only one point off the top half of the Spanish top flight. Clashes in England, between Manchester United and Swansea, Arsenal and Aston Villa, and Chelsea and Hull were far more fiercely contested than the clash at the Nou Camp.
The departure of figures such as Negredo, Soldado and Falcao is part of a continuous weakening of the non-Clasico 18 of the league and further enforces the suggestion of a closed shop at the top of the tree.
Tougher tests will come for Barcelona, but take a week, a month, a year and they wouldn’t encounter league opposition less challenging than Levante.
It is La Liga, and Spanish fans, that suffer as a result.