La Liga: Barcelona look to clinch 25th league title at Deportivo

first_imgBarcelona are on the verge of clinching their 25th La Liga title as they prepare to take on Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.Ernesto Valverde has said in February that he was “in a hurry” to wrap up the league title and Barcelona have the chance to do that this Sunday, needing only a draw.In fact, if Real Madrid fail to beat Leganes on Saturday, Barcelona may be the crowned Liga winner of the season even before kick off on Sunday.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 Dec. 23, 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.The title win would also complete the club’s seventh double after they hammered Sevilla 5-0 in the King’s Cup final on Saturday, an utterly dominant victory which went some way towards healing the wounds from their shock Champions League elimination by AS Roma.advertisementWhile Barca are preparing for a title party at Riazor, Deportivo might end up feeling like they are at a funeral as the Galicians will be relegated back to Spain’s second tier for the first time since 2014 if they do not beat Barca and Levante win at Sevilla on Friday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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