Greatest La Liga Rivalries Outside Barcelona and Real Madrid

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Greatest La Liga Rivalries Outside Barcelona and Real Madrid
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It's a common line of thought that la Liga is a two-lane league—Barcelona and Real Madrid battling it out at the top, the other 18 with only hopes of competing among each other.

But while it's been proven true in recent years, it hasn't taken away from the quality and excitement which resides in the so called slower lane.

The most recent round of La Liga fixtures threw up fascinating clashes between Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid and Malaga and Sevilla—there was barely time to breathe if you followed la Real last season.

Then there are teams like Valencia and Real Betis who also bring plenty to the Primera Division table in terms of excitement.

Let's take a look at some of the league's greatest rivalries which don't involve Barca and Madrid.

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