Barcelona head to Manchester with the La Liga title almost secured. There were five minutes left when they finally found a way past Jan Oblak and four minutes left when they found their past him again, late goals from Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi taking Barcelona 11 points clear with seven games to go. The chance of a treble remains, Old Trafford permitting. Into the final of the Copa del Rey, an eighth league title in 11 years beckons and so they move on to the title that obsesses them most – that “lovely trophy”, in Messi’s words.
Diego Simeone had said Atlético must win to have any chance in the league, and they didn’t. Nor did they draw even though for so long, it appeared they would. Things might have been different too but for a red card shown to Diego Costa. In the end, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Mike Phelan watched from the stands as Suárez turned and bent a brilliant shot beyond Oblak in off the post, then watched again as Messi slipped away and rolled the ball inside the same post. As he leapt, the Camp Nou chanted “campeones”. No one doubts they will be now.
Source: The Guardian – La Liga