‘Barca had to win title twice’

Gerard Pique claimed Barcelona “had to win the title twice” after their triumphant response to a run of defeats last month.

Barca’s 10-point lead atop La Liga was erased by three successive losses in April, including a Clasico reverse at home to Real Madrid, and were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals by Atletico Madrid, but they bounced back with five straight wins, including Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Granada.

“We’re very happy to follow the winning dynamic of last season,” the defender said after the game.

“We’re living through a very important part of the history of this club.

“It’s the first time the club have won six out of eight titles.

“We had to win [the League] twice. When we were eight or 10 points clear, we had it won.

“Then there was a moment when it seemed that we had lost it, despite the fact we still depended on ourselves.

“We wouldn’t have won this title 20 years ago because we often sank into our own pessimism.

“However, this generation is different. We’re a winning team who always show their faces and can be trusted.

“We don’t need to do anything else now. It’s clear that if we win the Copa [del Rey] then the season will be better.

“Sevilla can beat you over one game, but I think our consistency has been magnificent."

“[On the title celebrations], I’ll give them my all. I don’t know about the others!”

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