A hat trick from Barca star Lionel Messi took the Argentine’s tally for the season to 68 goals one more than Gerd Muller’s all time record of 67 set in the 1972/1973 season while playing for Bayern Munich.
However, even this achievement could not steal from Madrid’s performance of the night. Madrid beat high fylers Athletic Bilbao 3-0 to clinch their first Liga title since the 2007/2008 season.
Goals from Higuain, Ozil and Ronaldo were enough to help Madrid break their 4 year jinx over their Catalan rivals. Speaking after the victory a happy Mourinho was quoted as saying that the domestic championship was the toughest of all competitions they participated in this season.
“It was the most difficult,” Mourinho said.
“Up until the final moment nobody gifted us anything, Bilbao put out their best team, the stadium was full and the team wanted to win and fight, which is the way it should be.”
“Barca won a lot of games and tried to push the league as far as possible. I think that they themselves, champions and a club with a great tradition, know that we deserve this league title.”
So Barca’s only real hope of winning any silverware this season remains in the Copa Del Rey. The May 25th final against Athletic Bilbao is scheduled to be an interesting affair as Bilbao who are already in the Europa League final, will be aiming to end their season with two trophies.
That said, Barca can pick up a few positives from the season as they prepare for life without Guardiola in the new year. Guardiola’s replacement Tito Valdano however, has a mountain of a task as he seeks to restore the Catalans back to winning ways.
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