The League won by the Barça men’s and women’s teams is also explained by the loyalty of the fans, always present at the Camp Nou and the Johan Cruyff, equally numerous this Monday in the celebration rúa through the streets of Barcelona. Thousands of supporters—76,000 according to the Guàrdia Urbana—gathered on a seven-kilometre, three-hour journey to honor the champions who traveled in their respective buses from Travessera de les Corts to the Arc de Triomf.
“Play together, play together”, the champions boasted; “The League is ours. The future too”, was read on the champions’ jerseys in a cheerful, funny and restrained display of most of the protagonists, still hungover from the post-victory celebration at the RCDE Stadium. The dark glasses were imposed on a cloudy day that began at the Camp Nou with the greeting of President Laporta.
Despite being invited, Piqué did not participate in a caravan led mainly by Araujo, wrapped in a Uruguayan flag as a cloak, and also by De Jong and Kessié and particularly by Xavi, beer in hand, undisputed entertainer of the party, accompanied by the discreet Jordi Cruyff. “It’s very nice to have people closer than ever,” said Ter Stegen. The party will continue on Saturday at the Camp Nou when Barça will receive the League trophy in the match against Real and will give way to the parliaments of Xavi and Busquets.
The champions still have one last particularly motivating challenge left, which is the Champions League final on Saturday June 3 in Eindhoven against Wolfsburg. “I am very happy and grateful,” Alexia Putellas intervened. “We will do everything we can for our fans: Eindhoven remains. We want to give everything in the Champions League final so that they are proud of this team”, added the Barça captain.
Some fans invoked Messi’s name, as happens in the stadium, with the complicity of many players. One of the most striking was Koundé for the shirt he wore stamped with the image of Dembélé. Lewandowski also deserved attention when he started dancing while Sergi Roberto recalled: “Every time is special and now we haven’t come for years”, one more reason to understand the mobilization in the first joint street of the blaugrana peopleBarça’s engine at such a difficult economic time that it was decided to save and not open the Camp Nou.
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