EURO ROUND UP Barca set for ti­tle party at De­portivo

Weekly Trust - - Interview -

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.

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