Barcelona celebrate LaLiga title win with bus parade
Barcelona manager Xavi handed our beers as Barcelona celebrated winning LaLiga with an open-top bus parade on Monday, 24 hours after being chased off the field by Espanyol ultras.
Thousands of fans lined the streets to greet the players and staff 24 hours after they were crowned champions for the first time in three years following their victory over Espanyol.
Xavi, who took over in late 2021 with the club in crisis following the departure of Ronald Koeman, has led the Catalan side to domestic glory again in his first full season in charge.
A smile beamed across the 43-year-old’s face as he donned a more laid back look, waving to fans before handing one supporter on the side of the road a beer as the bus passed.
He then appeared to lead the chants on Barca’s giant blue bus which read ‘LaLiga 2022-23 champions’, with players wearing caps, sunglasses and flags as they enjoyed the occasion in Spain.
Xavi’s players linked hands and bounced around the centre-circle on Sunday night after winning what was a demolition derby but angry Espanyol supporters then broke a non-existent security cordon and headed towards the champions who made their way quickly into the dressing room.
Security initially tried to block the fans, but there were too many and they made their ways towards the players in their numbers, some yielding weapons as they took unkindly to their rivals celebrating on their pitch.
Some ultras made their ways down the tunnel and were confronted by Barca players including Sergio Busquets and Marcos Alonso, while others turned their attention to the board, with the club on the verge of relegation.
It’s not believed any players were harmed, though the quick exit from the pitch was provided a shock and a dampener to the club’s celebrations for winning LaLiga.
Source : dailymail