La Liga 2018/19: 5 major factors behind Barcelona's domestic triumph
Barcelona sealed a 26th league trophy after a narrow 1-0 win over Levante on Saturday. Lionel Messi was the difference-maker yet again, as individual brilliance separated the sides in a frankly sloppy match.
However, considering the bigger picture, this was the Blaugrana's eighth league title in the last 11 years - a testament to their domestic hegemony and how they've prolonged it this season. Moreover, they did it by losing only two games so far- and none in the last 23!
It wasn't a historic campaign by any means, but the Catalans have served just another reminder that they remain untouchable in Spanish football. And without any further ado, let's delve through the five biggest catalysts that precipitated yet another domestic triumph:
#5 Dominant run in the second-half of the season
Barcelona's start to the campaign was far from straight-forward. Four draws and two defeats in the opening 13 games made it an open contest, despite both Madrid teams struggling to establish stability in their respective early run-ins. And following the 1-1 draw at home to Los Rojiblancos, Sevilla were the surprise leaders - two points clear at the top and looking to upset the applecart.
But what looked to be a four-way race for the title, was completely turned on its head in the second-half of the season as Barcelona's massive upturn in form left everyone else in the dust. From matchday 19 until 35, Ernesto Valverde's side won 13 times and lost none. The quartet of draws along the way did little to dent their title hopes as Barcelona had already consolidated their positioning atop the summit.
Just to get you up to speed, during the same time frame, Atletico Madrid lost four times whereas Sevilla and Real Madrid slipped up five times in all - thrice finishing on the losing end and witnessing two more stalemates. This allowed Barcelona to open up a healthy margin which presently stands at a resounding nine points.