Barcelona have secured their first La Liga title since 2019 after a commanding 4-2 derby win away at Espanyol. Xavi’s side was in a class of their own in a hostile atmosphere at the RCDE Stadium. Winning the title at the home of their local rivals. The Barca Vs Espanyol clash was special for the home fans as well. Espanyol are currently battling relegation; this loss has made things even more difficult.
Barca Vs Espanyol (The Match)
Robert Lewandowski’s first-half double, sandwiched between a first club goal for Alejandro Balde, put the visitors in dreamland at halftime. French star Jules Kounde scored a fourth, and Balde added to his tally, becoming another first-time scorer for La Blaugrana.
Espanyol eventually grabbed a late consolation, with substitute Javi Puado chipping in. But the result was beyond doubt, and Barcelona secured their 27th La Liga title.
Barcelona confirm Trophy Parade
The Catalan giants confirmed plans for a trophy parade through the streets of the city, with huge celebrations expected for Xavi and his players.
However, the celebrations were not without controversy. Barcelona’s players celebrated their victory in the center circle, without lifting the trophy on away turf, as fan restrictions at Espanyol prevented them from doing so.
Barca Vs Espanyol the Ugly fans
The move angered the home fans, and Espanyol ultras broke past security and onto the pitch. The Barcelona players fled the field, under security advice, with angry exchanges in the tunnel showing Sergio Busquets enraged by the situation.
Xavi expressed his disappointment at the scenes and confirmed he told the players to leave the pitch to avoid further confrontations. “Celebrating is normal, but I understand we’re not at home and you can’t be disrespectful,” he said.
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Despite the drama, Barcelona’s victory was thoroughly deserved, and Xavi has masterminded an impressive season for the Catalan giants. The former midfielder has rejuvenated a lost and disorganised team under Ronald Koeman and has brought back a solid defence to challenge for many titles in the future.
In the end, Barcelona’s quality and consistency shone through. They fully deserve their La Liga crown. The title is a major milestone for Xavi, who is now starting to establish himself as one of the game’s top young coaches.
Barcelona will now turn their attention to building a new squad for next season. Xavi’s side will be full of confidence after their La Liga triumph, and they will be eager to end the season on a high note.
However, as the celebrations continue in Barcelona, the controversy surrounding their victory at Espanyol will be a footnote in what has been a memorable season for the Catalan giants.