Barcelona STILL Have Objectives To Achieve
Fresh from their UEFA Champions League victory, FC Barcelona will complete the most successful season in the clubs history on Saturday when they face Deportivo La Coruna in the league.
Having become the first ever Spanish team to win the treble of European Cup, La Liga and Copa Del Rey in a single season, Barcelona will look to round off the season in style against Depor.
Although there is the potential that Barcelona will ease off, the frightening prospect for Deportivo is what might happen if Barcelona play without pressure.
“We have made history and now we have to enjoy it,” Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez - one of the star performers in a Barcelona shirt this season – told the club’s Web site.
Incredibly, there are still two objectives remaining for Pep Guardiola’s men. Should they score four goals on Saturday, they will beat Real Madrid’s record of 107 league goals set in the 1989-90 season.
Also, Samuel Eto’o, who scored Barcelona’s first goal against United,is targeting the Pichichi prize for the league’s top scorer. The Cameroon striker has 29 goals but trails the leader, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Forlan, by two goals.
While the match means little to Barcelona, Deportivo will be looking for an upset victory which could secure a European place, should Valencia lose at Athletic Bilbao.
“Our possibilities are low but we have to believe in the chance we have and we have to fight for it,” Deportivo coach Miguel Angel Lotina said.
Elsewhere in La Liga, Juande Ramos reign as Real Madrid manager will come to an end against a battling Osasuna side fighting to avoid relegation.
Defender Fabio Cannavaro, who is rejoining Juventus at the end of the season, is also set to make his final appearance in a Real Madrid shirt.
Written by Danny Watson, a professional sports writer who blogs about football news.