Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Barcelona defeat Deportivo 4-2 for La Liga championship

Barcelona defeat Deportivo 4-2 for La Liga championship

Diego Simeone's Atletico stayed in control of the race for second by moving four points clear of Real Madrid, who have a game in hand.

Lionel Messi led Barcelona were crowned La Liga champions for the 25th time after beating Deportivo La Coruña 4-2.

Speaking on 9 April, Zinedine Zidane said Madrid's guard-of-honour snub was his decision, citing Barcelona's failure to "follow the tradition" and give his side a guard of honour at the Bernabeu after Madrid won the Club World Cup. We will not give Barcelona a guard of honour next weekend.

Barca have been far superior to Madrid in domestic play over the course of the season, easing to the La Liga title with four games left to play and winning a Copa competition in which Los Blancos were embarrassed during the early rounds by humble neighbours Leganes.

"If they don't want to give us a guard of honor it will be because it comes from upstairs".

Valverde has been a calming influence, ensuring that Barca remain Spain's pre-eminent force as they have been for much of this century.

It was the ninth league title for Messi, allowing him to surpass the record he shared with Xavi Hernandez.

"We deplore what happened in the Champions League, it prevented him from going out with a treble, but he's leaving in an impressive fashion". In the Copa and in the Champions League, one bad day can knock you out.

"It's a disgrace [the criticism for Valverde] and the players need to stand up and admit that we all make mistakes", he said.

"It was a very special league win because we didn't lose a game. The double has been won eight times and the club was founded ages ago".

"This double is more than deserved for Andres, for all he has given to this club". He has managed the dressing room perfectly.

Going unbeaten will be one hell of an achievement but it's certainly not going to be easy with the latest El Clasico on the horizon.

Following Barcelona's win at Estadio Riazor, Barcelona players wore the shirt of players who contributed to this season's league success.

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