Just when one thought their elimination against Manchester United in the Europa League could come to hurt them in the league, Barcelona have been handed a huge boost after Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid.
They have a chance to go ten points clear at the top of the table with 15 matchdays to go, which gives them more than enough margin for error.
Barça seem to be extra motivated now, despite European humiliation, with the reliable Achraf ben Ayad reporting an insider message from the club.
The Catalans understand that they cannot miss this opportunity now. If they win tomorrow against Almeria, it would be a huge step closer to La Liga.
Barcelona have not won La Liga since 2018/19, when Lionel Messi’s sensational 49 goals plus assists led them to the trophy. Since that, however, they have finished runners up twice, and even third on one occasion.
It is also important to note that Barça are still alive in the Copa del Rey, where they take on none other than Madrid themselves in the semi-finals. It is a two-legged affair, though, which seems to be Carlo Ancelotti’s speciality.
If they can overcome Los Blancos, though, it would pit them against one of Athletic Club or Osasuna, and just a footstep away from achieving a historic domestic treble.
Barça have already won the Spanish Super Cup this season, seeing off Madrid 1-3 in the final. Xavi spoke about the importance of winning all trophies at their disposal now, though.
“When you win the league with a big club like Barcelona, it is a good season. We are now counting on ourselves and we have important matches. If we win the double, it will be a great season,” he said, as part of his pre-game press conference.