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Former Real Madrid striker Raul believes that the two-horse race at the summit of La Liga is not a reflection on the quality of the league, rather a demonstration Real and Barcelona's abilities.

Whilst many accuse La Liga of being a league which lacks competitiveness, due to the duo's dominance at the top, Raul believes that they would be similarly impressive in any league, including the Premier League.

Real Madrid finished nine points clear of rivals Barcelona, with third placed Valencia a further 30 points behind.

"The problem lies not in the league," Raul told Doha Stadium Plus. "Manchester United are a great team in England, but right now Barcelona and Real Madrid are the two best teams in the world. It is normal then the other teams are struggling to keep up with them.

"If Real Madrid and Barcelona played in England, it would be a race of two. At the moment Real Madrid and Barcelona are the best. The gap could be reduced in coming years.''

Looking ahead to this year's European Championships, Raul told reporters that Spain face a difficult task retaining their trophy.

"It will be difficult for Spain,'' he added. "In history, no country has won the European Championship, World Cup and Euros again. I want to see Spain make history, but they know they will face a major challenge, mainly from Germany, Holland and France.''

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