Barcelona: look back at their incredible 2020/21 treble season
Barcelona have dominated all obstacles encountered this season. From the Primera Iberdrola to the Champions League, until their victory in the Copa de la Reina on Sunday.
A resounding victory this weekend wraps up a breathtaking campaign for the Catalans. It will be a season for the history books as Lluis Cortes and his team soak up the glory that never seems to stop. Here’s how they triumphed in each competition …
Perfect season Primera Iberdrola
Phenomenally, Barca have won their second consecutive Spanish league title and the sixth in their history. They topped the standings with 84 points, the absolute maximum they could have achieved.
Barcelona haven’t lost a single point all season. They have won all 28 games played and scored 139 goals, which equates to an average of 4.9 goals per 90 minutes.
Emphatic performances, including their 12-0 aggregate victory over Valencia and their most significant 8-0 game against Athletic Club, illustrate just how dominant Barca were. They quickly found themselves at the top of the table in week one and, aside from a seven-week period where they hovered between second and third, were untouchable at the top of the table.
Two of Cortes’ players finished in the top five scorers of the season. Jenni Hermoso scored 16 goals, narrowly overtaking Golden Boot winner Esther Gonzales de Levante. Asisat Oshoala was the fourth top scorer with 13 goals to her name.
In terms of assists, the top three in the table were all Barca players. Caroline Graham Hansen, Hermoso and Mariona dominated the rest of the field, with a total of 28 assists.
First Champions League title
Barcelona have made history on the European stage thanks to their influential Champions League run. Before snubbing Chelsea in the final, they got the better of Manchester City in the quarter-finals, before really showing their resilience in the semi-finals.
A tight 1-1 draw in France against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg left everything to chance. Lieke Martens then became the woman of the hour with her double in the second leg, ensuring that Barcelona reached the final in Gothenburg.
This in itself was a feat, considering the fact that PSG had knocked out seven-time UWCL-winner Lyon from the competition in the previous round.
Then, of course, came the more than comfortable 4-0 victory over Chelsea. Although the English side also had a blinding season, Barca’s firepower was too much for them. An own goal from Melanie Leupolz tipped the game in their favor before Alexia Putellas, Aitana Bonmatí and Hansen put any chance of Chelsea’s return out of reach.
The Catalans became the first Spanish team in tournament history to lift the trophy.
Barcelona’s incredible campaign was rounded off with their Copa de la Reina victory to score the treble.
Against Levante in the final – which fielded the league’s top scorer – they put on a solid display despite the opposition’s attempts to nullify Barca’s iconic attack. Patricia Guijarro opened the scoring after just five minutes, before Putellas doubled the lead 15 minutes later and Marta Torrejón added a third.
Barcelona received a warning shot when Levante hit back in the second half to make it 3-2, but Barca’s smooth play scored another goal thanks to Putellas to ensure it was their name on the trophy
After such an emphatic 2020/21 season, it’s impossible not to consider Barcelona as one of, if not the best team in the world right now.
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