Ernesto Valverde admitted a sense of relief as a 4-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening crowned the Catalans La Liga champions for the 25th time.
A stunning opening strike courtesy of
"When you're chasing something for the whole season, it's more a feeling of 'finally' when you eventually get there," he said.
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"For me, La Liga is the most difficult competition to win," he stated. "In the Copa and in the Champions League, one bad day can knock you out. But the league is a constant over many months, and you need to have resolve and determination.
"Because of how we were knocked out [of Europe], it marked us a little bit. It was unexpected. It's difficult to do what we have done [domestically], but as we want to win everything, there's always a but."
The 54-year-old also praised vital parts of his squad's constant winning mentality, with
"The most difficult thing is to keep winning," the coach added. "Everyone has moments when they win once. The hardest thing is to keep on winning and winning and winning.
"Having to re-motivate yourself and staying at the top is the toughest thing in any sport. As Valero Rivera said: 'The difficult thing is not winning, it is winning again.'"