Xavi: Barcelona Women are 'an example for the men's team'

Barcelona clinched their seventh Primera Division title in typically dominant fashion.

A 5-0 demolition of derby rivals Real Madrid saw them wrap up the season with six games still to play.

Their latest win gives Barcelona a gargantuan 22-point cushion and puts them completely out of reach, with opportunities still on the table to bank even more points.

The triumph puts them in perfect stead to host the upcoming El Clásico clash later this month at the Camp Nou. A sell-out crowd of the 99,000 capacity stadium will be the stage for the first leg of Barcelona vs Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final.

With a quadruple to play for, Barcelona continue to completely dominate Spanish football.

Former player and current Barcelona men’s manager Xavi has paid his respects to the women’s team and admitted they are leading the club as a whole by example.

“For several years [the women’s team] have been showing us the way with how they play, how they compete and the hunger they have despite winning everything last year,” the Barca icon said.

“We have been watching them and it’s a wonder to see them play. They are leading the way in the same way as the Dream Team did in their day or as Pep [Guardiola’s] Barca side did later. They are an example for the men’s team.”

Unstoppable form

Thanks to their perfect streak so far, Barca are on track to smash last season’s performance, which saw them finish with 99 points after winning 33 of their 34 matches.

The champions were dealt just one loss in the Primera Division in the last campaign — ending up on the wrong side of a thrilling 4-3 scoreline against Atlético Madrid.

Barcelona bagged an astonishing 167 goals across the term — averaging 4.9 goals per match — and conceded just 15. They are also well on their way to bettering this tally, with 136 already in the bag.

The precedent was set with a thumping 5-0 win over UDG Tenerife in the opening round. After establishing this would be yet another breeze to the title, Barcelona have won every single match more than convincingly.

The Catalonians have scored at least three goals in each outing so far this season, with their biggest scoreline coming in a 10-1 dismantling of Sevilla.

Goals galore

Barcelona boasts some of the best talents in the world, including Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas, who is in the running to win this season’s Golden Boot with 16 goals so far.

Also up at the sharp end of the goalscoring table and leading the way is Asisat Oshoala with 17 goals, while Lieke Martens boasts 15 and last season’s top scorer Jenni Hermoso has 12.

Goals have also come from other creative trailblazers including Clàudia Pina, Fridolina Rolfö and Aitana Bonmatí.

With only six goals conceded this term, credit must also go to Barcelona’s solid defence. In their last three title-winning seasons, the Catalonians have let in just 27 league goals.

With games still left on the calendar, Barcelona have the opportunity to further extend their impressive lead as they aim for a perfect finish to another scorching season in the Primera Division.

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