Tito Vilanova's Barcelona have celebrated their 22nd La Liga conquest at a damp Camp Nou after defeating Valladolid 2-1 on Sunday.
Despite having to negotiate the terrible conditions in front of their lowest home crowd of the season, the Blaugrana did enough to sweep aside the lowly rated opponents and appease the 56,055 fans who managed to stick it out.
In Victor Valdes' 500th and potentially final appearance for the club, it was Andres Iniesta who created the first chance of the match when he sent David Villa away, who could only direct his shot marginally wide.
The first goal came after 21 minutes when Pedro latched on to a ball from Xavi, who had no hesitation in firing a low shot under Jaime in Valladolid's goal.
It was the Spaniard's first goal of the season, and was not to be the home side's last. Xavi's corner was met by Pucela and former Barcelona youth defender Marc Valiente, who could only deflect the ball into his own net.
In the second half, Cesc Fabregas and Martin Montoya had chances to net a third, but it was Victor Perez who scored the third goal of the game, when he converted from the penalty spot after Montoya felled Manucho.
Notwithstanding the late scare, Barca received the La Liga trophy after the final whistle, and in a fitting gesture, captain Carles Puyol gave the silverware to Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidal, who both recently battled major health scares.
“We won the league, but the most important thing is that Eric and Tito are with us,” said Puyol, before adding the traditional battle cry of “Long live Barca! And long live Catalonia!”
“From all of us, it is a real pleasure to share this title with you,” Vilanova told the fans. “It was gone for one year, but now it is back.”
“We are proud of this title but we are also proud of (Vilanova and Abidal),” said Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez. “They deserve it for having fought back to be here.”
The win keeps alive the possibility of equalling Real Madrid's record of 100 points in a season, which they can do if they overcome Espanyol and Malaga in their final two games.
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