Unbeaten Barcelona seal title with four games to go

Barca remain unbeaten in the league this season, but needed two late goals from Messi at the Riazor to secure the win having seen Deportivo fight back from 2-0 down. In the end we were the best. The win was sufficient for the Catalan club to mathematically seal the title, with four games to spare.

Could a charging Valencia side underline their title credentials with a victory against mighty Barcelona at The Mestalla?

Messi, who made his Blaugrana debut in in 2004, has won nine league titles with Barcelona and the insane stat from Miguel Delaney further underlines what he has achieved with the club.

Coach Ernesto Valverde's men completed a league and cup double after thrashing Sevilla 5-0 in last week's Copa del Rey final, regaining the Spanish crown from Real Madrid and relegating Deportivo in the process.

Not only did it take place in the middle of a long weekend, when many locals leave the city, but Barca fans are still reeling from their shock elimination by Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Barcelona's next goal is to try to finish the league unbeaten, something which has never happened in the competition's current format. "He has managed the dressing-room perfectly", Alba told reporters.

Deulofeu had made 10 appearances for Barca this term before leaving on loan for Premier League club Watford in January in search of regular first-team football.

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"I'm very happy", he said.

The hosts paid tribute to Barcelona even before the match started with its squad lining up outside the tunnel and applauding their rivals as they entered the field. He also played a key part in Spain winning the 2008 and 2012 European Championships to complete an unprecedented run of dominance for Spain and its tiki-taka tactics modeled on Barcelona's ball-possession style.

Messi scored in the 38th, 82nd and 88th minute, after Phillipe Coutinho had put Barca ahead on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Cristiano Ronaldo at in Munich, Germany, April 25.

The emotions were very different for Deportivo, for whom the result confirmed their relegation from LaLiga. The team has lost six times and drawn five under his command, returning to the second division for the first time since 2013-14.

Lionel Messi Of course, the Argentinian striker, top scorer in the league with 32 goals, led from the front and, at times, dragged his team to victories they did not deserve. This was no one-day job.

  • Stacy Houston