Barcelona thrash Real Madrid 5-0 – clinch women’s league title
Barcelona’s women’s team won the Primera Division in spectacular fashion on Sunday, defeating Real Madrid 5-0 to claim the title for the third season in a row.
With six games remaining, Barcelona has a 22-point lead at the top of the standings.
Barcelona won a historic treble last season, winning the league, the Champions League, and the Copa de la Reina.
They could go one better and complete the quadruple after already winning the Spanish Super Cup this season.
Barcelona is in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they will face Real Madrid again, this time over two legs, and the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, where they will face Real Sociedad next week.
The home leg of the Champions League against Real Madrid will be placed at Camp Nou, which has a capacity of 99,000 people.
But coming back to this match, Alexia Putellas, the winner of the Ballon d’Or, scored twice, and Patri Guijarro and Jenni Hermoso also scored. Babett Peter also scored an own goal.
A throng of 6,000 people gathered at the Estadi Johan Cruyff to watch Barcelona’s ladies make it 24 victories in 24 league games this season. In those games, they have scored 136 goals while conceding only six.
Xavi full of praises
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said the women’s team paved the way for the men after winning the Primera Division for the third time in a row with a 5-0 win over Real Madrid on Sunday.
Xavi stated that the kind of football they play, as well as their persistent ambition for success after winning the Treble last season, serves as an example for the men’s squad, which is attempting to reclaim its place at the top of the game.
After watching his side beat Osasuna 4-0, Xavi took the opportunity to publicly applaud Jonatan Giraldez’s women’s team.
“For several years [the women’s team] have been showing us the way with how they play, how they compete and the hunger they have despite winning everything last year,” Xavi said.
“We have been watching them and it’s a wonder to see them play. They are leading the way in the same way as the Dream Team did in their day or as Pep [Guardiola’s] Barca side did later. They are an example for the men’s team.”
The Dream Team refers to the Barcelona team coached by Johan Cruyff in the early 1990s, which won four consecutive league titles as well as the club’s first European Cup.
Alexia Putellas’ comments
After Sunday’s title win, star woman Putellas said: “I don’t think we are conscious of what we are doing. But I think that’s a good thing.
“The first stage of the season has served to get us into a position to fight for everything.
“Now is when the trophies are decided and what matters working hard every day. We want to win the lot.”
Next Sunday it will be the turn of Xavi’s team to take on Real Madrid when Barca’s men visit the Bernabeu!