It wasn’t quite the fiesta that everyone expected but Barcelona got the job done and that’s surely all that matters at this stage.
Ernesto Valverde has never been the most popular coach amongst cules, but let’s firstly tip our collective hats to a man who has won two La Liga titles in his two seasons as Barca coach, losing just three games in the process.
Unbeaten in the domestic competition since November, whichever way you dress it up, that is a sensational record. To knock him for one poor Champions League night in Rome is inherently wrong.
Good morning Barça fans!@LaLiga is OURS! pic.twitter.com/R39nsg4rRP— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 28, 2019
The best teams are generally considered to be those who’ve won their domestic competition, and in the last decade no one in Spain has come close to matching Barca’s superiority.
Lionel Messi’s 10th league title - more than any other player in club history - was poetic, given that the winning goal would be scored by the Argentinian. As captain, he’s led from the front throughout this campaign.
Leo #Messi & @LaLiga— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 27, 2019
No. 10 for the collection pic.twitter.com/U4ra2m3V6T
He’s been relied upon to deliver the goods again throughout 2018/19 - something he’s done with incessant relish - but perhaps more than ever, he’s been front and centre in virtually every game he’s played.
I genuinely can’t recall a performance from him in 2018/19 that has been below par, and like the finest of vintage wines, Messi is maturing with age. There won’t be too many arguments, if any at all, that this has been one of his best seasons in an individual level.
⚽️ #BarçaLevante— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 27, 2019
Right from the off, from his first words as captain before the Joan Gamper Trophy, we knew he was focused, but it’s all well and good setting out your ambitions at the beginning of the season. To then go on and deliver at the consistently high level he has takes a very special player indeed. But then we knew that already, right?!
His example has clearly rubbed off on his team-mates too, with the starkest change coming in Ousmane Dembele’s level of performance, albeit the Frenchman was off the pace against Levante and may have hindered his chances of getting a start against Liverpool.
La Liga champions 2018/19 !— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) April 27, 2019
A huge job by all of us throughout the season, and it’s amazing to celebrate the victory at our Camp Nou with our fans. One objective complete, 2 more to go! More to come...@FCBarcelona pic.twitter.com/G8BAEol6sC
Arturo Vidal and Clement Lenglet have been two high-quality additions whilst Arthur Melo has been a revelation.
Sure, there’s been the odd hiccup, including some head-scratching winter signings, but by and large this has been a successful campaign. One where we’ve made the difficult look routine... again.
@KingArturo23:— SPORF (@Sporf) April 28, 2019
@SerieA with @JuventusFC
@Bundesliga_EN with @FCBayern
@LaLiga with @FCBarcelona
EIGHT consecutive league titles. pic.twitter.com/i4uU4JRvYg
They’ll have to work incredibly hard for it, but a third treble in 10 seasons for this team would be a fitting way to end 2028/19.