It is Real Madrid. Los Blancos have won the La Liga title for only the second time in last nine years and their first league trophy in the last five years. The dogfight has come to an end and it was Real Madrid that was standing tall at the end of a rigorous season.
La Liga has gone down to the wire more often than not. In fact, the biggest Spanish trophy has been decided on last match day on 36 occasions out of a possible 86. It is only understandable, given that La Liga currently has at least three European heavyweights, who kick off their campaign as potential Champions League finalist.
La Liga gets decided again on last day. It has been the case in 36 out of 86 seasons. 41.8% of the time #competitive 6.30pm @SkySports 1
However, any doubts over Madrid’s Championship claim were put to bin early in the night when a brilliant Isco pass was coolly converted by Ronaldo. Meanwhile, the Catalans fell behind early to Inui’s far post stunner and were looking at a possible upset. Real Madrid calmed the nerves in the dressing room with a scrappy second goal.
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Barcelona’s season was pretty much summed up by their performance in the final match. The Catalans threw away way too many easy points against the likes of Alaves and Deportivo. The Catalans trailed by two goals till the hour mark and had to find yet another comeback in them.
It has been the trend throughout the season. They let one too many comebacks to be done and they have only themselves to blame.
Madrid were able to grind out results effectively throughout the campaign. They were poor so often this season in different matches but always found a get out of jail card. They weren’t excellent but they popped in with just enough performances. They undeniably had a better squad.
Congratulations to Real Madrid on winning the 2016-17 La Liga.
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There were numerous controversial decisions that aided the men in white but that should not take away from what has been an impressive campaign by Zidane’s men. “Real Madrid B” is the term used by the Spanish Media for his second string side and it is to Zidane’s credit that his supposedly “B” team has got the better of few oppositions that Catalans couldn’t. Despite the refereeing blunders, the Catalans had so many chances to take the initiative in the title race but they squandered them all.
They could have slept imagining the Messi’s iconic celebration in Madrid but they were left reeling about the Ramos’ late equalizer in Camp Nou. They could have slept imagining Messi’s injury time winner against Valencia but they will be left wondering about the misplaced pass by Ter Stegen against Celta Vigo. Football is a game of fine margins.
As Sir Alex Ferguson once rightly said, “Football, Bloody hell!”