Barca set sights on second celebration

Barca set sights on second celebration

Barcelona celebrated their latest trophy success with their fans last night - and immediately set their sights on doing it all again in two weeks’ time.

Thousands of supporters packed the streets of the Catalan city to watch Barca’s open-top parade in celebration of winning the Primera Division title this week.

Barca clinched their third successive league crown and 21st overall on Wednesday after getting the point they needed at Levante to ensure they could not be overtaken by second-placed Real Madrid.

That was Barca’s ninth trophy in just three years under coach Pep Guardiola, but there could be more success this season as they take on Manchester United in the Champions League final at Wembley on May 28.

That match is already on the minds of Barca’s players, with captain Carles Puyol, speaking after the parade had reached the Nou Camp, saying: “We want to thank the support that we’ve had all season. There is one last effort remaining for us, and have no doubt that we will give it everything to be here on the 29th celebrating the Champions League.

“Enjoy this league which is well deserved, they’ve attacked us from all sides and they will continue doing it, but we do what we do: play football.”

Playmaker Lionel Messi, who has scored over 50 goals in all competitions this season and is now third in Barca’s all-time list of record goalscorers, was quickly to the point in addressing the fans, saying: “It’s an enormous joy to be here again and celebrate the league, but I will save my words for the 29th. I will talk then.”

Centre-back Gerard Pique, who will be facing his former club in the Champions League final having been at United from 2004-08 before returning to Barca, said: “First I would like to give thanks to all the coaching staff for these three years.

“Second, to all you (fans) for being here every game, you deserved the league like us. And lastly, I want you to see you all here again on the 29th.”

Barca are in action again tomorrow when they host Deportivo La Coruna in their penultimate league game of the season.

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