The Catalan giants seal back-to-back La Liga crowns, which has propped up Barcelona Champions League betting odds.
Barcelona defeated Levante 1-0 at the Nou Camp last weekend which secured their 26th La Liga triumph. This is their 8thleague victory in the last 11 seasons, which is a remarkable achievement, even for a club of their stature.
After a goalless first half, Coutinho was substituted by Messi at the start of the second half and, as is usually expected, the whole momentum of the game changed, per providers of internet betting in Spain. 16 minutes later he found the back of the net, and it was enough to hand Barcelona another La Liga victory.
“Messi was always ready to come on and I always knew he was going to play but we also have a game on Wednesday,” said the Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde.“He has to stay active and he scores goals everywhere he goes and he has won us this title.”
“It is very difficult to win titles, especially with this margin. We have done it two years in a row and it’s fantastic to see the fans celebrate the title like this at home. Now we want to go and celebrate it.”
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Valverde’s men will take on Liverpool at home in the first leg of the semis, for which they’ve been identified as the favourite side to win, considering their depth in squad and determination to win back the trophy.
Barcelona v Liverpool – H 1.85 (6/7) D 3.90 (29/10) A 4.33 (10/3)
After being crowned champions of Spain, the Nou Camp side are focusing their efforts on Europe, on the prowl for their 6th Champions League crown. The last time they’ve won the elite competition was in 2014/15, when they truly dominated the continent with one of the most fearsome attacking line-ups in the history of the competition, consisting of Messi, Suarez and Neymar (colloquially dubbed ‘MSN.‘)
Since then, Barcelona have come up short in the Champions League, as in the preceding three editions they’ve failed to reach the last four; instead they were kicked out from the competition in the quarter-finals by Atletico Madrid followed by Juventus and then AS Roma, in 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively.
That’s why the club are anxious to get back among Europe’s elite this season.
After defeating Boca Juniors in last summer’s friendly tournament Joan Gamper Trophy, Messi took the microphone in front of a packed Nou Camp and announced the squad’s intention (of which he’s the captain) to do everything in their power to bring back the European title back to Catalunya.
“Last year we were very good in La Liga and the Copa del Rey but we were left in the dark with the Champions League,” said the Argentine.“We will do our best to bring this beautiful cup back home at the Camp Nou.”