It’s the Sids 2018! The complete review of the 2017-18 La Liga season

Barcelona cantered to the title but couldn’t go unbeaten, the Madrid clubs each landed a European trophy and Real Betis were the great entertainers

All that and in the end it came down to this … nothing. There were tears and plenty of emotion, Fernando Torres serenaded off and Andrés Iniesta sitting alone on the Camp Nou turf long into the night, lights out for the last time, but for the first time in history there was no dramatic ending and nothing to play for on the final day of the Spanish season. Not the title, not Europe, not relegation, not the Pichichi, not the Zamora either – and not even a first-ever unbeaten league campaign. Barcelona had lost that record seven days earlier, finally defeated 37 games in, without Leo Messi. Still, they did win a friendly in South Africa three days later, so that’s okay. They also won the league of course, which they were always going to. Only, they weren’t – not really.

This was the season in which not much changed and no one really moved, in which the top four were in place from week seven and in which only Real Betis’s late surge broke up fifth and sixth – where Sevilla and Villarreal had sat for over twenty weeks. “It’s not possible,” Vincenzo Montella said when he was asked if Betis might finish above Sevilla, but it happened. Sevilla did reach the quarter-final of the European Cup for the first time in 60 years, winning at Old Trafford, and made it to the Copa del Rey final. They qualified for Europe in seventh, ahead of unexpected aspirants Girona, Getafe and even Leganés. Sevilla will be playing on the continent for the 14th time in 15 years; for only the fifth time, Betis will join them.

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