Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has hailed his side’s La Liga triumph and said lifting the title feels even better this year because Los Cules finished ahead of one of Real Madrid’s best teams in years.
The Catalans clinched the title last weekend with their win at Atletico de Madrid and were presented with the trophy after their 2-2 draw with Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
For much of the campaign, Barcelona looked to be playing catch up, particularly in the autumn as Los Blancos embarked on their remarkable 22-game winning run. But the tables were turned during the spring, when Real stuttered, and Barcelona were relentless in their quest to overtake their fierce rivals.
Speaking after the final day of the campaign, Enrique said: “One cannot win a league without being the most regular – in our case, with great numbers and showing a great level during the whole year.
“Obviously there have been good and bad moments – it can’t be any other way – but you can’t say it’s been a normal season when you win the league. We have had a really good season, even better when you think that this has been the best Real Madrid of the last few years, and they have fought for the league until the penultimate week, always making things difficult for us. And that’s maybe why we value it even more.”