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Goal teams up with Huawei to provide you with all the interesting statistics the Spanish top flight offers in 2014-15

After an impressive 2013-14 campaign which saw Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in an all-Spanish Champions League final and Sevilla win the Europa League, La Liga returns for another enthralling season this weekend.

Diego Simeone guided Atleti to their first title since 1996 last term, sealing the championship with a draw against Barcelona on the final matchday of the season, and they will be keen to prove their surprise win was not a fluke.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid and Barcelona have both spent heavily this summer and will be hopeful of dethroning Simeone's side to restore normal order. Valencia could also play a role following their takeover by Singapore businessman Peter Lim.

Although La Liga has lost Diego Costa, Luis Filipe and Carles Puyol, there are still plenty of high-profile names around in Spain, with Lionel Messi, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Koke, Arda Turan, Paco Alcacer and Carlos Bacca ready to catch the eye once more.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have added the likes of Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos to take the title off Atletico but the defending champions have been busy too, bringing in the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic.

Despite the presence of so many world-class forwards in the league, however, it was Atletico’s dogged defending that won them the title last season rather than the individual brilliance of one of their attacking stars.

Their average of 24.6 tackles per game is not only the highest of all Spanish clubs, but second only to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in Europe's top five leagues. Barcelona and Real Madrid, meanwhile, are not even among the five most frequent tacklers in La Liga with 20.5 and 19.8 tackles per game respectively.

Want to keep track of all the key statistics in Europe’s top five leagues? Keep an eye out for the Huawei European Team Ranking, due to be launched in the first week of September.


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