As Barcelona’s 2010/11 season draws to a thrilling climax, the Catalans’ 2-0 win over cross-city rivals Espanyol means that they need just one point from their remaining three Primera Division fixtures to claim their third consecutive title. A strike from Andres Iniesta and a headed goal from defender Gerard Pique handed Barca all three points.
If Pep Guardiola’s men avoid defeat in Wednesday’s trip to mid-table Levante, they will record their best run of title-winning form for nearly twenty years. The ‘Dream Team’ of the early 1990s, built by the legendary figure of Johan Cruyff and studded with star names like Hristo Stoichkov, Michael Laudrup and Ronald Koeman, won four La Liga titles in a row between 1991 and 1994.
Another key component in that well-oiled machine of Cruyff’s was of course the man who currently occupies the manager’s office at the Camp Nou, Pep Guardiola. Some of the Dutchman’s magic must have rubbed off on Guardiola as now his team, equally adorned with world-class players, closes in on the biggest consecutive haul of titles since those heady days under Cruyff’s stewardship.
With Sunday’s triumph, the Catalans now appear to have drawn a clear line under the quadruple of Clasicos that were shrouded in so much controversy. Captain Carles Puyol offered a concise explanation as to why the temperature had reached boiling point against Real Madrid: “If one cl