Barcelona took revenge over Atletico Madrid for last seasona s league win at Camp Nou by taking back the title at the Vicente Calderon with a 1-0 win.
Needing a win to seal the league title, Barcelona definitely wanted desperately to get the goals, but it was Atletico who started brightly and had a couple of chances. But Barca had Claudio Bravo to thank as he kept out Atletia s initial efforts.
Barca had a few chances of their own, but couldna t convert them. The second half started the same way, with Torres having the best chance to score from 12 yards, but Bravo once again made the save. Lionel Messi finally broke the deadlock with a goal in the 65th minute, and that was enough for Barcelona to be crowned the champions of Spain.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said, a We tried to do the best we could. There are two titles left to lift but this is very satisfying. Atletico Madrid played a great game and wea re more than satisfied.a
a Wea re going to celebrate and relax for a couple days to have a good time and then we want to prepare well for the Copa del Rey. Ita s very special because of what the Copa del Rey is and wea re playing the final at home in the most beautiful stadium in the world. The double would be more interesting.
a A new cycle? I dona t know. Ia d like it to be. We have two decisive games ahead of us and we have to show that wea re the best in the world against our rivals. Ia m not the one to judge if my contributions led to the teama s success. 10 months ago I took over this team with a lot of changes, after winning nothing. We knew there wouldna t be time for transition and we tried to do things in the best way possible. There are two titles left but we have La Liga in our pocket.a
Midfielder Sergio Busquets said that while the Champions League was more prestigious, the La Liga title was the most important. He said, a a Last year was very difficult for us, we wea re playing at the highest level required to be champions. This year we were on the right track, this is the priority. Now we must celebrate because this is the most difficult competition, where you have to face every single team.a
a This is the most important title, ita s all year, playing against every team in their field and ours. The Champions League is more prestigious but La Liga is the most important.a
a You cana t win everything every year, but this isna t the end of the cycle. Wea re a very young team. Therea s a lot of us from the Pep ers and this is a historic time for us.a
a Right now we have one title, and we have two left and two games to go. This is a historic season.a