REAL MADRID have won a record 34th LaLiga title after their 2-1 triumph over Villarreal.
For the 34th time overall and the first time in three seasons, Real Madrid is the king of Spain. Los Blancos won La Liga on Thursday by beating Villarreal 2-1 and mathematically eliminating second-place Barcelona. Real has won 10 straight games since the return of soccer in Spain in June, going on an unbelievable run that Barca simply could not match. Barcelona lost on Thursday to Osasuna, putting Real seven points ahead of its rival.
Real got the winning goal from Karim Benzema in the first half, and he added a second score on a 77th-minute penalty kick. But the story all along, as on Thursday, had been the defense. A late Villarreal goal ruined Los Blancos’ clean sheet, but they had six in 10 games post the league came back from its COVID-19 shutdown last month. With Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane leading the way, Los Blancos cruised to the title in such convincing fashion that overcoming the deficit in the Champions League next month against Manchester City now doesn’t seem like an impossible mission.
Barca failed to look convincing time after time when it mattered most, while Real Madrid looked as dominant as the days of Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu in a brilliant stretch.
The title win is massive for Real because Barca was the clear favorite to win the league with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez being joined by Antoine Griezmann in attack. But following the dismissal of coach Ernesto Valverde in January, it just never clicked for Barca, and Real took advantage — and the trophy.