Barça secure La Liga and reach the European Cup Final, Sevilla are in the Europa League Final
THE SPANISH WEEK IN REVIEW
Five days of triumph for FC Barcelona – winning the Spanish league and reaching the Champions League Final, and tragedy for Real Madrid, losing the league and getting knocked out of Europe.
The big two went their separate ways in Europe first. Barça lost 3-2 in Munich but advanced 5-3 overall while Real could only draw 1-1 at home to Juventus and left the competition 3-2 on aggregate.
A weird yet entertaining match at the Allianz Arena saw Barcelona lose yet come away victorious, thanks to Messi’s minutes of magic in the first leg.
The Lipoqq game was very open and five goals could well have been more. Mehdi Benatia’s opener for Bayern in the seventh minute briefly gave Bayern hope of overturning the 3-0 first leg lead but then a Neymar brace put Barça out of reach at 5-1 on aggregate with two away goals.
Luis Suarez set up both strikes unselfishly, confirming how well the two South Americans are gelling with another Latin lyricist Lionel Messi pulling the strings close behind them.
With the tie out of sight, attention turned to Pep Guardiola and the strange figure he cut on the touchline. What was going through his head as his former proteges dismissed his current crop with such ease?
Was he contemplating eating his words and returning to his spiritual home? How long will it take to bring the German champions up to the same level? And will Munich even give him the time…?
The fact Germany’s top side, featuring five World Cup winners, had been so comprehensively dismissed is proof enough this is a fine Barcelona …