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Big winners

The English football season might have finished last week, but this weekend there was still plenty going on across Europe, with two of the continent’s giants wrapping up successive league titles. Barcelona and Internazionale both won their respective league on the last day of the season, and Jose Mourinho’s Inter side have now completed two thirds of what would be a historic treble should they win the Champions League next Saturday.

Barca finished the season with an incredible 99 points, scoring 96 goals in the process, with the world’s best player Lionel Messi contributing 34 of them (he bagged 47 in all competitions this year too). Pep Guardiola has given part of the credit to Barca’s outstanding season to arch-rivals Real Madrid, who pushed them all the way but could only draw 1-1 at Malaga, while Pep's men beat Real Vallodolid 4-0. After spending €260million in the summer, not winning the title is almost certain to cost Manuel Pellegrini his job.

‘I have to congratulate the coach and players of Real Madrid for an extraordinary campaign,’ said Guardiola. ‘Without them we would have not been able to get 99 points, they have pushed us all the way. They have dignified their profession and their club.’

Inter meanwhile won 1-0 at already-relegated Siena thanks to another crucial goal from Diego Milito, denying Roma, who won 2-0 at Chievo, an improbable Scudetto win. However, the Italian press has been full of rumours that Mourinho is going to be on the first plane to Madrid after the Champions League final, win or lose. Something the man himself has been quick to deny, in his usually oblique fashion.

‘At this point, I am not thinking of myself, my only thoughts are Inter and my players,’ the Inter boss told the club’s TV channel. ‘After the final in Madrid, there will be time for me to be a little bit selfish for one, two or three days and I will think what makes me happier from a professional standpoint.

‘But right now, I can say with 100% certainty that it's not true that I have one foot and a half at Real or that I am already the Real coach. In fact, I am very far away from being Real coach.’

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