Barcelona secured their 26th LaLiga Santander title under their belts. They achieved this latest triumph with relative ease and confirmed their status as champions with three games yet to play. However, it is nothing new for the Catalans though. They have only failed to win three of the last 11 titles on offer. Real Madrid claimed two and Atletico Madrid one. The Blaugrana’s latest success has helped along its way by Madrid’s complete collapse early in the season, though this year they remained at a lower level than in 2017/18.
Atletico Madrid did all they could, but it was clear to anyone who watched the Rojiblancos this year that they misguidedly put too many of their eggs in the Champions League basket. Still, it would be unfair to take this away from the Catalans. Their complete control over Spanish football has been unquestionable. That they have the world’s best footballer in their squad obviously helps. Lionel Messi delivers wins that simply wouldn’t come without him. It could be said for some of those eight titles in the last 11 years.
Their Squad is completed with Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique’s respective presences. The no.9 has formed a superb understanding with Messi, while Pique has bounced off a rusty start to the campaign to deliver one of his best in the Blaugrana shirt. He has struck up an incredible wall at the back with Clement Lenglet.
These three have been essential. However, it’s impossible to overlook just how good Jordi Alba, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Ousmane Dembele have been as well. Alba was discarded from the Spanish setup by Luis Enrique but forced his way back into the team after combining with Messi so effectively for Barcelona. They haven’t become champions themselves. Ernesto Valverde has led them excellently from the sidelines. He and Messi have made this Barcelona the winning machine that they are.
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