Barcelona is currently 11 points ahead of nearest rivals Atlético Madrid in the La Liga standings. With seven games to go, it is all but inevitable that the Blaugrana will be lifting the trophy. But, when will they officially be crowned the La Liga champions?
Their next La Liga fixtures see them facing Valencia, Celta Vigo, and then Deportivo. However, most fans have a wistful gaze fixed on the upcoming El Clásico on May 6th.
Could Barça really lift the trophy after a victory over their biggest rivals?
It’s possible. Mathematically, considering there are only seven games remaining, teams can earn a maximum of 21 points during these next few weeks.
As Barcelona is already 11 points ahead, it means that they could lift the trophy on the 6th if they manage to win the next four consecutive La Liga games.
Other competitions can now be prioritised
However, it is not just the league that Barcelona has to worry about at the moment, as they face Roma in the second leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday, and then Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on the 21st.
Therefore, although Blaugrana fans are hopeful to celebrate a win over Madrid together with a trophy celebration, it is unlikely. Key players may be rested against Celta Vigo on the 17th in an attempt to prioritise the chances of winning the Copa del Rey final.
As Valverde knows his team is already almost certain to win the La Liga trophy, why not maximize the chances of winning more?
Barcelona will surely choose to rest key players the same as we saw in this week’s match against Leganes. Sergio Busquets did not feature, and Andrés Iniesta and Jordi Alba both got a bit of a rest coming on as substitutions. Although that match finished 3-1, it was hardly a convincing team performance and mostly Messi being Messi.
Most likely, the trophy will be hoisted after wins against Villarreal or Levante in mid-May. But, Barça fans can dream, as anything is possible in La Liga.