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Barcelona notably gave Real Madrid a guard of honor in 2008 but recently refused to give one following Zinedine Zidane's side's win in the Club World Cup in December a year ago.

A routine victory looked on the cards from the moment Philippe Coutinho finished Ousmane Dembele's pass, and Messi scored a 30th league goal of the campaign from Luis Suarez's sensational assist to double the lead.

"Barcelona have completed a great season and won two titles", added the Spanish skipper, who called for Madrid's fans to help his side to complete their task at hand tomorrow night.

Departing Barca great Andres Iniesta came on as a late substitute and was a given a huge roar by the generous Deportivo crowd.

Girona, also in the fight for a spot in Europe's second-tier club competition, stayed ninth. He can count four Champions League successes (2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015) in among the 32 - yes THIRTY-TWO - titles he has won at club level.

Asked at the pregame news conference whether a Champions League or domestic double was more worthy, the veteran defender knew exactly what his questioner was getting at.

Gerard Deulofeu, Javier Mascherano and Arda Turan have been left off Barcelona's title winning t-shirt.

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"It was a very special title for all of us because we are yet to lose any matches".

How appropriate it is that Iniesta's final act as a Barcelona player will be raising the league trophy aloft.

But Depor, who had to win to avoid going down, made a real contest of it.

Valverde has been a calming influence, ensuring that Barca remain Spain's pre-eminent force as they have been for much of this century.

"He has managed the dressing room perfectly", Alba told reporters. They will also be rightly envious that they are not playing in the semi-finals of the Uefa Champions League this week.

Coutinho opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a well-placed shot into the top corner after a pass by Ousmane Dembele, and Messi added to the lead in the 38th with a strike from near the far post after a ideal cross by Luis Suarez.

The win over Espanyol was followed by a 3-0 Champions League victory over Juventus, showing Barca fans that their season was certainly not to be written off.

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