Barcelona clinched a memorable 2015-16 La Liga triumph on Saturday, beating Granada 3-0 to win for a second year in a row and a 24th Spanish title overall.
Luis Suarez bagged a first-half brace, firing the Catalans on their way. The team had to beat Granada to ensure Real Madrid wouldn't overtake them in the standings, and they did just that, as the Uruguay international added a third goal after the break.
Bleacher Report UK congratulated the team:
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Congratulations, Barcelona La Liga champions 🏆 https://t.co/uQJuOVKCjc2016-5-14 16:48:50
Per the club's official Twitter account, manager Luis Enrique thought the title was well deserved:
FC Barcelona @FCBarcelona
🔊 Luis Enrique: "A deserved title. The team has shown they can overcome difficult moments. I am really happy" https://t.co/3ejM4ZdqGZ2016-5-14 17:09:31
The Catalans started the season in excellent form, building on their treble-winning season from last year. A 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in September was followed by shocking losses against Celta Vigo and Sevilla just a few weeks later, but those proved to be minor blips, as the Blaugrana embarked on a historic unbeaten run soon after.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid struggled, and manager Rafa Benitez was sacked and replaced by Zinedine Zidane in January. Under Zidane, Real improved, but the Blaugrana still appeared to be cruising to the title.
The title race took a dramatic turn in April, however. Coming off a 2-2 draw with Villarreal, Barcelona lost the Clasico to Real Madrid 2-1 at home in a poor showing. Here's a look at the highlights of that match, via MadridistaTV:
The loss had a big impact on Barcelona, who would lose three of their next four across all competitions, including a 2-0 defeat at the Estadio Vicente Calderon that saw the team drop out of the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Atletico.
Barcelona turned their attention to La Liga, where an 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna gave the Catalans the momentum they sorely needed. Here's a look at the highlights of that match, in which star forward Luis Suarez bagged four goals, via GOKI:
The Uruguayan would add four more goals in the next match, a 6-0 win over Sporting Gijon, setting up another unbeaten run heading into Saturday's clash with Granada.
Atletico were right on Barcelona's tails until a Week 37 loss against Levante, and Real still had a chance entering Saturday's fixtures, providing Barcelona failed to beat Granada.
The title is Barcelona's seventh of the last 11 seasons, and the Blaugrana haven't finished a campaign outside the top two since 2007-08, when the team finished third.
Enrique's troops will have the chance to add another trophy to their collection later this month, as they'll face Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey on Sunday, May 22.