FC Barcelona took to the Vicente Calderon field surrounded by the Atlético Madrid guard of honor, with friendly greetings and congratulations between the two sets of players. As the new champions of Spain, the blaugrana went into the game with nothing but pride forcing them to go for the victory, which they did in one of the most testing games of the season.
Although this season’s La Liga title seems like a small achievement to many football fans around the world, that is only due to the extremely high standards that Barça has set throughout the last five years, and the high expectations from their ruthless displays early in the season. However, the fact still remains that they have won this trophy because of an amazing showing in the domestic league, with the only slump happening later on in the season because of many unfortunate events at the club.
A league title is won by the best team, so imagine a team winning it with our point difference, and a possible 100 points collected, to equal last year’s Real Madrid record.
FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi left the pitch owing to a right leg injury during Sunday’s match against Atlético Madrid. The Argentine forward exited the match in the 67th minute upon noticing his muscle problem and after all three substitutions had already been made. The player will undergo further medical tests Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Speaking at a press conference after the match, coach Tito Vilanova explained, “he [Messi] felt well but, as is often the case with muscular injuries, the discomfort returned suddenly.”
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As FC Barcelona won its 22nd league title on Saturday, several of the players and staff took a moment to dedicate the successful season to the extraordinary recoveries of Tito Vilanova and Éric Abidal – Abidal, of course, being our very own #22. Anims Tito, anims Abidal, and visca el Barça!
Barça conquer La Liga of Tito and Messi after having a magnificient season, leading from beginning to end
This is league title no.22 for Barcelona, which will mean getting a corridor of applause from Atlético in Calderón
1-1 Espanyol draw against Madrid, meaning Barcelona win with four games left over
FC Barcelona have been crowned Liga champions after Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw away at Espanyol means that they are mathmatically incapable of overtaking Tito Vilanova’s squad. Stay tuned to totalBarça for more celebrationsand reactions as the weight of this new title settles in! For once we have Espanyol to thank for a positive late-season result. Who would have thought?
FC Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova addressed the press on Saturday ahead of this weekend’s Liga match in Madrid against third placed Atlético. Vilanova spent most of his time validating the squad’s imminent Liga title: “This league means a lot. We’ll have beaten the best Madrid ever, the one that got 100 points. I know [Atlético] will want to beat us. It’s always an added motivation to be playing Barça. Atlético have the cup final to think about, but they have a big enough squad to be able to cope well enough with this match too. They’ve only let in ten goals at home and are having an excellent season.”
The other Madrid went ahead and smashed Málaga Wednesday evening so any ideas of an especially early La Liga party for FC Barcelona were put to bed. Still Barça are eight points clear of Real Madrid, with a game in hand, ahead of either one playing this weekend with four match-days remaining. Mou’s men travel to Barcelona to face Espanyol and dependent on the result there, a fiesta may break out. A victory for Tito Vilanova’s men Sunday against Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid will clinch FC Barcelona’s 22nd La Liga title and hand Tito his first cup as head boss, irrespective of Real Madrid. Yet, while trips to the Vicente Calderón, or any match against Atlético for that matter, are routine visits for Real Madrid, historically this fixture has in general been arduous for Barcelona. Though from a purely footballing standpoint this matchup is usually a proper spectacle with a high tempo, defensive lapses and normally plenty of goals. Atlético have locked the 3rd place spot so in that sense have nothing much to play for, though this Diego Simeone has their manager’s fight to the end spirit. What could potentially play beneficially into Barça’s hands is the Copa del Rey final on Friday May 17th where the Madrid sides square off and provides the only opportunity for Atlético to pick up silverware this season.
Thiago Alcântara gave a press conference after Thursday’s training session to stress the importance of the league title, and how much FC Barcelona wants it.
“We’ve been fighting for this all season. Last year we lost the title and we want it back. It’s a lovely title. Sometimes you get so used to winning it’s as if you don’t value the title, but I can tell you that here in the squad we know how hard it has been to face up to and win so many games.”
All the members of FC Barcelona’s first team, including the injured players, will travel this Sunday to Madrid, where Barça will face Atlético Madrid (19:00). Coach Tito Vilanova has decided to bring all of his players because of the possibility of being proclaimed league champions at the Vicente Calderón.
Will Espanyol be capable of making Barça champions?
“The Culés believe we aren’t able to screw that idiot Mou … but I’ll remind you of two little things … the first is that it will be a screwup if we don’t reach Europe, and the second and most important … is that I’m not that f**king guy Pochettino.”
Cartoon by Caye
FC Barcelona defender Jordi Alba underlined how important it was to the squad to wrap up La Liga title this weekend as the team faces a tricky away fixture with Atlético Madrid. Speaking to the press on Thursday, the defender made things clear: “We’ll do everything we can to win the league on Sunday. Hopefully after the game at the Vicente Calderón, we’ll be lifting the trophy. It’s a very important title and we’re eager to be crowned champions!” FC Barcelona need three points from their final few matches to clinch the title ahead of both teams from Madrid. “It will be my first domestic club title. People should appreciate the big lead we’ve built up ahead of the second placed team. The team values that lead very highly.”
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