Cup title gives Barcelona a 27th trophy in last decade

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May 24, 2016
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MADRID (AP):

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 their Spanish league title on Sunday, but fell short of repeating the 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. "We had a challenge to win everything again, but, unfortunately, it wasn't possible. Your opponents have a say as well."

Barcelona were trying to win their third treble of the decade, a feat they achieved last season and in 2008-09 under coach Pep Guardiola.

On Sunday against Europa League champions 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.

Not bad for most clubs. But not for Barcelona, who have won 27 titles in the last decade, and seven in the last two seasons.

"It was a very good season. You cannot always win the treble, but the double is a great season," said Barcelona defender Jordi Alba, who scored the decisive goal on Sunday, seven minutes into extra time at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid. "But we and the fans have to appreciate the titles we are winning with our level of play."

According to local media, nearly 50,000 fans went to the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona last night to celebrate with the team at a party filled with music, fireworks, and speeches by the players.

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