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Barca are Spanish Champions!

[Posted 12 May 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Messi and Barca team mates celebrate winning the title for the 3rd time in a row at Levante

The almost obvious happened last night, when Barcelona managed a 1-1 draw away at Levante to shoot clinch the La Liga title ahead of closest rivals Real Madrid with two games to spare.

Malian international Seydou Keita scored Barca's priceless goal from a brilliant Xavi cross in the first half to give the Cataln club a deserved 1-0 lead, but the home side equalised just before the break to go to the break tied with the Spanish giants 1-1.

Lionel Messi and team mates tried all they could to add to their first half goal and wrap up the title with a win, but Levante survived as the defence thre bodies in front of the little Argentianian magician.

Despite the desperate defending by the midtable team, Messi managed to breach the rearguard on numerous occasions, and twice he was denied by the woodwork.

Barca' point at Levante took their tally to 92 points against Real's 86. They have scored an incredible 92 goals in the league this season, while conceding just 20 times, giving them whopping plus 72 goal difference.

Even if Barca are to lose their two remaining points, remain stuck at 92 points, while Real catch up with them by wining their two remaining fixtures, Pe Guardiola's side has a better head to head rate and will still be champions.

Real Madrid will complete a third season as runners-up to Barcelona in the La Liga, something which does not augur well with the club's rich tradition of pride and achievements.

Real though managed to claim the scalp of their bitter rivals in the Copa Del Rey in April to win the Cup bragging rights in Spain, but the fact remains, they have missed once again on the ultimate prize in Spanish football, something which could raise questions on Jose Mourinho's future with the club.

The Special One's problems with UEFA will not help his matter at all with some of the die hard past presidents of the club who see an opportunity to win back the presidency at the next elections of the club elections. 

Away from Mourinho's troubles, Duardiola is over the moon after captuing the title for the 3rd time in a row ever since taking over from Frank Rijkaard in 2008.

"Winning the league has been extremely tough and we are very pleased.

"We have been tremendous for three-quarters of the season but in the last quarter we have struggled to score goals," The Barca coach told reporters after the match.

His most prized asset, Messi was equally overjoyed with the triumph and described it as a tough title to win.

"I'm delighted because it has been a very difficult title to win, we've had to work very hard to be champions and more so against a great rival like Real Madrid. Now we have to enjoy it," Messi said.

Barca will now shift their focus on the UEFA Champions League final on 28 May against Manchester United, a rival as determined as ever to prove a point against a team now regarded as the world's best ever club.


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