Two more trophies to end the Luis Enrique era

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The blaugranes claimed their 29th Copa del Rey title and were runners-up in the league in a battle which went down to the last weekend of the season. Barça started the season with a victory in the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla

FC Barcelona end the 2016/17 season with two more trophies: the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey. The campaign began on a winning note with the Club beating Sevilla 5-0 over two legs to claim their first silverware of the year. Barça, in Luis Enrique’s final season in charge, also won their third Copa del Rey in a row, the 29th in the Club’s history, thanks to a 3-1 win over Alavés in the final that was played at the Vicente Calderón stadium in Madrid. The blaugranes dispensed with Hércules, Athletic Club, Real Sociedad and Atlético Madrid in on their way to the final against the Basque club.

In the league Luis Enrique’s team battled right until the final weekend of the season only to come up just short with Real Madrid taking the title. Nevertheless, there were plenty of positives from the league campaign as the blaugranes were top scorers in the competition (116 goals, a Club record in the league). Leo Messi’s performance in the win over the league champions at the Santiago Bernabéu will live long in the memory with the Argentine scoring a dramatic last minute winner. Messi was also top in the league with 37 goals, a total that was enough to earn the European Golden Shoe as the continent’s top league goalscorer. Luis Súarez scored 29 league goals and topped the assist list in the league with 13.

Finally, in the Champions League the blaugranes began in imperious form, topping a group that contained Manchester City, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Celtic. In the last 16 they produced one of the greatest comebacks in history, overturning a 4-0 deficit from the first leg in Paris with a miraculous 6-1 win at Camp Nou, Sergi Roberto scoring the decisive goal in the final seconds. Nevertheless, Barça could not repeat the feat in the quarter-finals, going out over two legs to eventual runners-up Juventus.

All in all, a year with ups and downs but with two more trophies to bring the Luis Enrique era to an end, the coach having claimed nine from a possible 13 titles. Without doubt, a tremendous achievement under the Asturian who leaves with his head held high three years after taking over as first team coach.

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