May’s El Clasico tie with Real Madrid at Camp Nou is somewhat of a glorified friendly now this season after Barcelona all-but secured the La Liga title at the weekend.
Should Atletico Madrid slip up this week in any of their two La Liga games against Real Sociedad and Real Betis – and Barca win, then the Spanish title will be firmly in the hands of the Catalan club.
Matched with their domination in the league this term, which sees them remain unbeaten heading into the Tuesday night game with Celta Vigo at the Balaidos.
Barca look favourites to win, despite resting Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and the injured, Ivan Rakitic.
Three points over Juan Carlos Unzue’s side will almost guarantee the title, something that has become somewhat of a formality – given their run and the lack of fight from Atleti and Real Madrid, who have focused on European competition.
Ernesto Valverde’s will then prepare to face Sevilla on Saturday in the Copa del Rey final; another fixture they are expected to win at the Wanda Metropolitano.
So, should both those results happen – more than likely – then Barca will see their season come to an end by Sunday morning.
Yes, they will have an eye and determination to remain unbeaten but it is likely the players, especially those who are at the World Cup this summer – will take their feet off the pedal.
May’s El Clasico will pose the biggest threat to their unbeaten run, but with Zinedine Zidane’s focused on the Champions League – they to, could see the fixture as nothing more than a training game/friendly.
Season over then for Barca………