Spain’s top two soccer powers have pushed each other to incredible heights during the 2011-12 season, a trend they expect to maintain even though Barcelona will have a new coach this summer. But the bottom of the country’s primera division has also provided drama, particularly Villarreal’s relegation.
Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way to the title, while Leo Messi bids farewell to coach Pep Guardiola with a four-goal haul.
Guardiola leaves Barcelona having managed a record-breaking trophy haul. But over the last four years he has faced plenty of challenges off the pitch as well as on it.
José Mourinho’s side secure the liga title and overcome their Barcelona complex with a commanding performance at the Camp Nou.
Once again, the Barcelona coach’s apparent reluctance to sign a new contract is fuelling speculation about his future and that of his much-lauded team.
José Mourinho’s men went into the Clásico in superb form. They came out of it humbled once again by the Catalans.