Barcelona was crowned champion four dates away from finishing the 2017-2018 season of the Spanish League, and did it with a hat-trick from the Argentine Lionel Messi against Deportivo La Coruna who in Riazor could not avoid falling to the second division after losing 2-4.
The Catalans faced a rival who they knew was in need of victories, since they needed to win the four remaining games to save themselves from the relegation, and that complicated the actions of those led by Ernesto Valverde.
Depor’s centerfield did not allow the fluid passes to which Barcelona is accustomed, and their attackers went for the arch of Ter Stegen with the desire to finish the undefeated streak of Barcelona (that totals 26 victories and 8 draws so far).
However, it was Barca who opened the scoreboard, through Philippe Coutinho in the 7th minute, and extended in the 38th with Messi's first goal in the match. The reaction of La Coruña was quick, and Lucas Pérez bridged the gap only two minutes later, so that in the second half (minute 64) Turkish Emre Colak set the tie.
The Suárez-Messi combination was again present in the 85th and 87th minutes so that the Argentine sealed the match and took off in the scorers' table with 32 goals, compared to the 24 that Cristiano Ronaldo has.
Twenty-fifth league title for Barcelona, which comes a week after scoring 5-0 against Sevilla to win the Copa del Rey, and a week before playing the Classic against Real Madrid.
The result confirms that Barcelona was the best team in this league, in which he never stopped being a leader. The same in which Real Madrid had to lower their arms very quickly, with a start to oblivion and that has in the Champions League the possibility of saving the season.
Valencia was another of those teams who at one point overtook the champion, but lost wind to the extent that the exhausting calendar was taking its toll on their players.
It was better for Atletico de Madrid, who was following in the footsteps of the Catalans, but at a distance, taking advantage of unexpected draws against Las Palmas, Espanyol or Getafe to get just five points, but the shortcomings were quickly resolved and the advantage returned to be comfortable.
Eighth double in the history of Barcelona, just in the first year of coach Ernesto Valverde, who knew how to recompose lines in a team that had just left Neymar to Paris Saint Germain and in which the excessive attack left some gaps in defense.
The work of the coach was very meritorious, and he knew how to put Messi, Suárez, Piqué, Umtiti, Rakitic, Iniesta, Busquets and Ter Stegen in their rightful place, who made their necessary contribution to celebrate the historic title.