Barcelona remain on track for trophy-laden season

Barcelona’s 4-0 aggregate victory over Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the Champions League has left them on course to complete a clean sweep of silverware this season, with the Catalans slight favourites ahead of Liverpool in the outright betting for the top European title.

Having won the Spanish Super Cup back in August, Barca are still in with a chance of adding three more trophies to their tally.

The Catalan giants are currently nine points clear in La Liga with six games to play, giving them plenty of opportunity to rotate players and ensure their top stars are in peak shape to play crunch games.

With a semi-final tie against Liverpool in the Champions League and a clash with Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey still to come, Barca fans have plenty to look forward to over the next few weeks.

Ernesto Valverde’s side have a busy end to April, with league fixtures against Real Sociedad (H), Alaves (A), Levante (H) crammed into an eight-day period.

Three wins from that run of fixtures could be enough to secure the title, particularly with nearest challengers Atletico Madrid facing Valencia during the same spell.

Securing the title this month would be the perfect preparation for Barca’s Champions League semi-final tie against Liverpool.

The Reds visit Barcelona on Wednesday, May 1, with the return leg scheduled to take place at Anfield the following Tuesday.

Barcelona comfortably breezed past United in the last eight and they are strongly fancied to see off Liverpool’s challenge.

The Spanish side have been in superb form at the Nou Camp and forward Lionel Messi is enjoying yet another stellar season.

Liverpool lost all three away games during the group stage, although they have improved to win at Bayern Munich and Porto in the last two rounds.

However, Barca are expected to prove far too classy and should book their place in the final against either Ajax or Tottenham Hotspur on June 1.

Barca visit Celta Vigo in La Liga in between the two Champions League ties, before completing their league campaign against Getafe (H) and Eibar (A).

They will then turn their attentions to the final of the Copa del Rey against Valencia on May 25. The competition has been kind to Barca in recent times, with the club lifting the trophy for the past four seasons.

Valencia last appeared in the final back in 2008, when goals by Juan Mata, Alexis and Fernando Morientes sealed a 3-1 victory.

Barca have lost just two of their last 29 meetings with Valencia in all competitions and they look a banker bet to enhance that record in the cup final.

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