Messi rages as failing Barca lose LaLiga

Barcelona made it all about the Champions League and after surrendering La Liga to Real Madrid, now it is all they have left.

Winning the title last season for the eighth time in 11 years was never going to be enough. Winning the double had not been either the year before.

La Liga and the Copa del Rey had become Barca’s default, their domestic dominance taken for granted and then diminished by disappointment in Europe.

A mess of a season could still be saved by the Champions League but even the most optimistic of fans expect the worst against Bayern Munich, Barcelona’s probable opponents in the quarterfinals.


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