After the 32nd of 38 matchdays in La Liga, it’s almost certain that Barcelona will win the title despite their early troubles of losing Neymar and and failing to sign Coutinho.
They’ve performed better than even their own fanbase expected them to, and if statistically, this is their best ever run in La Liga.
They haven’t lost yet, and have racked up 25 wins and 7 draws. When they defeated Valencia, they recorded their 39th straight match without a loss, meaning that the streak dates back to last season. One would think that the win puts them above their rivals, Real Madrid, but the record for La Liga’s unbeaten run surprisingly belongs to the Real Sociedad team from 1979 to 1980.
Real Sociedad couldn’t cap it off by winning the league, as they relied on draws rather than wins to keep their streak alive, but this Barcelona team should have a different fate. They’re currently where they’ve been all season, in first place, and they hold a fourteen point lead over second place Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona’s fanbase, of course, will be very disappointed that their club is out of the Champions League before the semi-finals after their defeat at the hands of heavy underdogs Roma. But winning the league dominantly and making a mark on history should provide some consolation, as well as Barcelona’s 18 point lead on archrivals Real Madrid.
A lot of credit should be given to Barca manager Ernesto Valverde. Before the season, the narrative was that the team would suffer from the loss of Neymar and that Real Madrid had the advantage in the league. Now, under the leadership of Valverde, the current group of players broke a record that managed to last 38 years.