EURO ROUND UP Barca set for title party at Deportivo
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said in February he was “in a hurry” to wrap up the Liga title and his side will almost certainly get to celebrate a 25th league crown at last when they play at Deportivo La Coruna tomorrow.
Barca need a draw against Clarence Seedorf ’s struggling side to clinch the title and the trophy could even be theirs before they kick off if Real Madrid fail to beat Leganes today and Atletico Madrid are unable to win at Alaves four hours before Barca’s game starts.
The Catalans have led from the front this season, topping the table in week two, and no-one can begrudge them a title which they have looked certain to win since they beat Real Madrid 3-0 on 23 December, marching 14 points clear of their arch- rivals and nine ahead of Atletico.
Barca’s surprise draws against Getafe and Espanyol briefly offered Atletico hope of chasing down Valverde’s side when they closed the gap to five points ahead of a top-of-the-table clash in March, but a superb free kick from Lionel Messi gave Barca a 1-0 win to lift them eight points ahead.
They never looked back and are still unbeaten in the league, five games from becoming the first team since Real Madrid in 1932 to finish a La Liga campaign undefeated and the only side to do so since the league was expanded to more than 10 teams.
Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Getafe at Camp Nou on February 11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.