01 May, 2018
"Very happy, winning this league brings great joy", Messi said, as quoted by Marca. They have their Liga title, which is what they wanted, and the pasillo is not a big deal for them or for us. "Leo spoke with Andres, someone with who he has an extraordinarily good relationship and who understood perfectly when he explained it to him".
Ernesto Valverde's men sealed a third La Liga title in four seasons with four games remaining following their 4-2 win against Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday that saw Lionel Messi grab a hattrick and take his league tally for the season to 32 goals. "We only lost once in the Cup (against Espanyol) and in Roma where we had a very unexpected result", Messi added.
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help Barca overcome Deportivo and secure the double.
"We regret it in the Champions League that he can not go with a treble", he said.
It will wound Real to see Barca pick up the trophy after the game in Catalonia, and it will sting further that they have done so with such ease, now 15 points ahead. The 33-year-old will leave the club he first joined at the age of 12 at the end of the season. "Maybe we give it the value it has tomorrow".
All three clubs failed to strengthen effectively either last summer or in January and after struggling last season they went into the current campaign weaker than the year before, hoping to get lucky.
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"They are really indescribable sensations on a personal level and as an athlete when you receive so much affection from people".
The quick passing in and around the box that has been their trademark earned them the breakthrough, with substitute Denis Suarez heavily involved not once but twice as Messi supplied the finishing touches.
Iniesta and Messi each have won nine Spanish league titles.
Barca began the league season with 2-0 wins over Real Betis and Deportivo Alaves, but confidence was still low in the wake of the 5-1 Supercopa de Espana thrashing by Madrid and the pang of losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.
There were contrasting emotions at the end of the match, with Barca's on-pitch celebrations a touch muted perhaps in respect for their opponents, for whom the defeat confirmed relegation.