Messi at the helm again as Barcelona wins another title

Messi at the helm again as Barcelona wins another title

Messi at the helm again as Barcelona wins another title

Barcelona are to host Real Madrid on May 6, the home side's first league match after clinching the title with four games to spare by defeating Deportivo 4-2 on Sunday, reports Efe.

Barca only needed a draw to seal their seventh title in the past 10 years and they made a flawless start when record signing Philippe Coutinho scored with a stylish finish before Messi doubled the lead by volleying home a Luis Suarez cross.

Lucas Perez and Emre Colak had pulled Deportivo back level by the 64th minute, but with 8 minutes still remaining, the five time Ballon d'Or victor struck again.

Barcelona: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen 6, Nelson Semedo 6, Gerard Pique 6, Samuel Umtiti 6, Jordi Alba 6, Ivan Rakitic 6, Sergio Busquets 6, Philippe Coutinho 7, Ousmane Dembele 7, Lionel Messi 9, Luis Suarez 8.

Post-win, Valverde's side have 86 points from 34 games, 11 clear of second-placed Atlético Madrid.

The runaway leaders headed into Sunday's fixture at the Riazor knowing a point would be enough to win a seventh title in the past 10 seasons and the 25th in their history.

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The 37-year-old is now manager of the Liverpool under 18's side and this would be his first job in senior management. As a Liverpool coach in the youth, you have quite a good bunch of players around.

Messi now has 32 league goals, more than anyone else in Europe's major leagues, and has also contributed 12 assists this campaign.

"We were very superior to the other rivals", he told Movistar. "We only lost once in the Cup (against Espanyol) and in Roma where we had a very unexpected result", Messi added. "We've had some tough times and we've overcome everything without losing, which is unbelievable".

They had been eight minutes from beating Barca in the reverse fixture in October and, with nine goals scored in their last two games, Diego Simeone's men fancied their chances.

The LaLiga crown means Barca send out Andres Iniesta, who is ending his 22-year association with the club at the end of the season, with a double. We have had hard moments and we overcame them without knowing the feeling of defeat and that is incredible.

"This feels good. The championship is a competition that lasts all year, it is about consistency and the team deserved this title", said Iniesta.

Wearing Barcelona's burgundy-and-blue, Iniesta scored in a 5-0 victory over Sevilla to claim a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey last weekend.

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