It was one of the best second halves of the season and, as usual, Lionel Messi was at its core.
Given how close the Argentine was to leaving the club at the beginning of the campaign, his continued success during the season was nothing more than a revelation.
The 3-2 victory against Valencia saw a double by Messi and another by Antoine Griezmann, who finally found some form before the match of the season against the former French team, placed at the table of Atletico Madrid, next Saturday.
This is a match that Barcelona just has to win, any other result will not mathematically take them out of the title race, but will require unlikely results to lift the silverware at the end of the season.
The man who is convinced he can do it is President Joan Laporta.
“I said before the game against Valencia that if we win the five games we have left, we are convinced that we will win the league,” he was quoted as saying by Sport.
“Well, now it’s not five, now there are four games left to win the title. I have confidence in myself. ”
With Messi in the form of his life – again – and shooting for another Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe, the Catalans certainly cannot be rejected.
If they beat the Athletes, which is by no means a given, they will need Sevilla to do them a favor against Real Madrid on Sunday to top the table for the first time this season.