Ramos confirms Madrid won't give guard of honour to champions Barcelona

Florence Fletcher
May 1, 2018

As arch-rivals Real Madrid continue their bid for a record-extending 13th Champions League title, Barca fans are left pondering what might have been had their turbulent season gone differently.

Valverde said his players' desire to win was key to their success, which was sealed with four games remaining in the campaign.

After victory against Deportivo La Coruna won the title, and sent the opposition to Spain's second division, Barcelona players were given celebration t-shirts. "At the end of the day, the league is such a long competition".

"Champions the League. It's mine too, no?"

Barcelona-based daily Sport said: "Nothing is better than a double", which had been clinched thanks to yet another intervention by the "unstoppable" Messi.

The only disappointment will be that Valverde's side failed to make a major impact on the Champions League this season. I have tried to make sure that the team sticks together, especially through the more hard times.

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The lone domestic blemish was losing to city-rival Espanyol 1-0 in the Kings Cup in January, although Barcelona turned around that first-leg deficit and thrashed Sevilla 5-0 in the final on April 21.

Barcelona have led La Liga from start to finish and are still undefeated in the league this season.

The visitors found themselves under a little more under pressure than they would have anticipated in the opening stages, with Depor leaving their respects to the guard of honour they offered ahead of the first whistle. In all my career, I tried to be a good sportsman, a good person, being respectful.

"The key for us is think about winning the game and go onto the pitch wanting to do that", the Frenchman said.

"It's been an nearly ideal season for us in the league", midfielder Sergio Busquets said.

Despite claiming the league title, Valverde was sad to see the contrasting emotions between the two sides at the end of the game, as Barca celebrated and Deportivo came to terms with their relegation.

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