21 May 2012

Eliminating Barça, synonymous with winning the title

Every team that eliminated Barça in the last four seasons have gone on to win the title. Chelsea were the last team to do it as the English side claimed the Champions League in Munich on Saturday.

With the King’s Cup Final on the horizon, Barça have won 13 out of 18 possible titles since the 2008/09 season. Of the five titles that the team didn’t win, the teams that eliminated the Catalans went on to win said titles. The last team to do it was Chelsea. The Blues claimed the Champions League crown in Munich after seeing Barça off in the semi-finals.

In 2009, the team led by Pep Guardiola won six Cups and Sevilla, in the Round of 16 of the 09/10 King’s Cup, were the first team to eliminate Barça from a competition The Andalusian side went on to win the Cup at the Camp Nou. The second team to eliminate Barça from a competition was Inter Milan in the Champions League. The Italians also went on to claim the trophy in the Final.

Last season, Barça lost in the King’s Cup Final to Madrid. This season Los Blancos finished ahead of Barça in La Liga, and Chelsea won the Champions League after eliminating the Catalans in the semi-finals.

Champions League

Of the last five Champions Leagues tournaments, Barça have won two (2009 and 2011) and, of the other three, the teams that eliminated Barça all went on the win the Cup: Manchester United (2008), Inter (2010) and Chelsea (2012). (via FCBarcelona.com)