La Liga, Football

Barcelona win 2022/23 La Liga title

Barcelona claimed their first La Liga title since 2019 with a -2 win over cross-town rivals Espanyol on Sunday.

La Blaurgana took an early lead at the RCDE Stadium through Robert Lewandowski and never looked back to add two before half-time, with Alejandro Balde getting one in and Lewa adding the other.

Jules Kounde added a fourth early in the second half before Javier Puado and Joselu scored consolation goals.

The win was Barca’s 28th in Xavi Hernandez’s amazingly dominant campaign. Despite facing literal European champions Real Madrid and promoted Atlético de Madrid, the Catalans made light work of the La Liga title race, winning the league in four games. The key to victory surprisingly was Barcelona’s remarkable defensive record. The club have scored just 13 goals in 3 league games all season and Marc-Andre ter Stegen has the chance to set a new clean sheet record in recent games – the German is one shy of the current record.

At the other end, summer signing Robert Lewandowski helped himself to another 30-goal season – his eighth consecutive 30-goal campaign.

Next season, La Blaugrana hope to bring their domestic form to the continent as well. Barca have endured a rather disappointing Champions League and Europa League campaign, but are confident they can impress again in Europe after a decent transfer window where they are likely to add quality depth to their squad.

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