MADRID: Only by Barcelona’s incredibly high standards can winning back-to-back doubles seem like a disappointment.
The team led by Lionel Messi added the Copa del Rey to its Spanish league title on Sunday, but fell short of repeating its treble from last season. The ultimate goal, winning yet another Champions League title, ended at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals. “It was a positive season, we have won four of six titles,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said.
On Sunday against Europa League champion Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final, the Catalan club won 2-0 in extra time. Barcelona also won the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup this season.
It was the seventh season in the last decade in which Barcelona won at least two titles, and the seventh time in team history that it won both domestic trophies in the same season.