Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said it was a “magnificent feeling” to win his first La Liga title as a club manager. He won eight as a player, ending a four-year drought for the Catalan giants. On Sunday, Xavi’s squad won the title 4-2 over local rivals Espanyol due to two first-half goals from Robert Lewandowski.
Barcelona last won the Spanish title in the 2018-19 season, led by club superstars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. However, as the club’s finances worsened, both were forced to leave, and the team’s fortunes fell.
Nonetheless, less than two years after coming to the club to replace him. Xavi has led them back to the top of the standings.
“After more than ten months of hard work and sacrifice, we are left with a magnificent feeling.” “It’s been an incredible job,” Xavi told Movistar Plus.
“Winning was critical for the fans and the club’s stability; we must continue on this path.” This League indicates that we are performing very well, providing stability. Even though we still have unfinished business with European competition.”
It took Lewandowski 11 minutes to get things rolling before Alejandro Balde scored in the 20th minute. It was 3-0 at halftime, and Barcelona could already feel the La Liga title in their hands. All they had to do in the second half was hold on, which they did despite Javier Puado’s late consolation goal for the home side. They were able almost to lead the league from wire to wire thanks to the strength of their defence since their crown was never in doubt.
After spending a summer retooling the team, Barcelona had quite a season. But let’s look at some figures that have defined the squad.
Madrid is in second place
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti made seven changes for Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Getafe ahead of next week’s Champions League quarterfinal return leg away to Manchester City.
Marco Asensio’s 69th-minute goal turned around a far-from-vintage Madrid performance, although Madrid lost Eduardo Camavinga to injury.
This victory returns Real Madrid to second place in the rankings after Atletico Madrid suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat away to already-relegated Elche.
Diego Simeone’s side put in an uncharacteristically poor effort, committing only three fouls in the entire 90 minutes, with Fidel scoring the only goal and Atletico failing to counter.