It proved to be a disappointing weekend for Barcelona and Atletico, however, as the top two could only manage 1-1 draws against Levante and Sevilla respectively.
The game of Week 20 arrived in the Monday night fixture as Real Valladolid threatened to end Athletic Bilbao's unbeaten home record by taking a 1-0 lead into the interval, but the Basque outfit responded to win 4-2 and move back into fourth in the process.
Here, Sports Mole selects its 11 top performers in La Liga following another enthralling weekend of action.
Keylor Navas (Levante)
There is no question that the 27-year-old has been one of the best goalkeepers in La Liga this season. The Costa Rican further enhanced his reputation with a terrific display in Levante's 1-1 draw with Barcelona. The Spanish champions threatened to take all three points with a series of late opportunities, but Navas was on hand to make a number of top-class saves.
Federico Fazio (Sevilla)
Form and fitness meant that Fazio hardly featured in the early part of the season, but it is no surprise that Sevilla's defence has improved on his return. The towering centre-back was again in fine form as his side recorded a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening. He had a certain Diego Costa to contend with, but the Argentine won the physical battle in Madrid.
Pepe (Real Madrid)
Madrid boss Ancelotti recently admitted that Pepe came close to leaving the Bernabeu in the summer, but the Italian will be delighted that he convinced the centre-back to stay. Last season proved to be an indifferent campaign for Pepe, but he has been sensational over the last five months. Another classy performance against Real Betis gains him a spot in this particular team.
Loukas Vyntra (Levante)
Vyntra scored the opener in Levante's 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the weekend, but it was his performance in the back four that impressed the most. Not only was the Greek on hand to make a number of key blocks and last-ditch challenges, he was calm and composed in possession. It was a performance of the very highest order from the 32-year-old.
Pedro Leon (Getafe)
Getafe were 2-0 down inside 16 minutes against Real Sociedad on Sunday, but Leon inspired his side to a 2-2 draw in Madrid. It ended a poor run of form for the home side, who entered the match having failed to score in their last four games. The Getafe skipper was the go-to man on this occasion as his wonderful second-half strike ensured that his team collected a point.
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
It seems a long time ago that Modric was criticised in some sections of the media. This season, he has arguably been the best central midfielder in the league. The Croatian didn't score like five of his teammates in Real Madrid's 5-0 win over Real Betis, but he was the catalyst in the middle of the park. Everything good about Madrid's performance came through the midfield maestro.
Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao)
The 24-year-old is almost a carbon copy of a former Athletic Bilbao hero Javi Martinez. Not just his gait and appearance, but the way he plays the game. The Spaniard has emerged into a real star in this exciting Bilbao team and he continued that form in his side's 4-2 win over Real Valladolid on Monday. It was a box-to-box classy display from the midfielder.
Javi Marquez (Elche)
Elche's 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday was not the prettiest of matches, but Marquez was in fine form for the victors. The 27-year-old notched his side's second in the latter stages to secure all the points against the capital outfit. However, it was his work-rate and tenacity that impressed the most as the newly-promoted side moved into 15th position in La Liga.
Imanol Agirretxe (Real Sociedad)
The goals haven't exactly flowed for Agirretxe this season, but he scored a brace in Real Sociedad's 2-2 draw with Getafe this weekend. Both were almost identical as he headed two Carlos Vela crosses into the top corner. Sociedad will want more of the same from the striker over the next few months if another top-four finish is to occur.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Another match, another goal for Ronaldo. That said, this was not just a normal goal. Many wouldn't have attempted to find the back of the net from such a position, but the Portuguese is in a league of his own. His stunning long-range effort opened the scoring in Real Madrid's 5-0 win over Real Betis, but he might have had a few more if Betis stopper Stephan Andersen had not made a number of smart saves.
Ibai Gomez (Athletic Bilbao)
Gomez has struggled to command a regular first-team spot for Athletic Bilbao this season, but that could be about to change. His side needed some inspiration after trailing for long periods against Real Valladolid and the winger stepped forward as he scored twice in their 4-2 win. The visitors to San Mames simply could not deal with the 24-year-old's pace and movement.