Saturday evening the Real Madrid was awarded the fourteenth Champions League of its history by beating 1-0 on Liverpool a Paris thanks to a goal by Vinicius. THE White Wine this year they were not among the favorites, but they are the ones who deserved the trophy the most, because they never gave up and were able to get up several times.
The journey of Real Madrid in the Champions League
They started this competition by losing at home to him Sheriff, then they recovered by winning all the other games in the group and passed as first.
In the second round they eliminated the superfavorites of Paris Saint Germain, losing 1-0 in Paris and then overturning everything in Madrid (3-1). In the first leg of the quarter-finals against Chelsea i White Wine they managed to conquer Stamford Bridge 3-1, but on the return i Blues they came close to the feat: they were winning 3-0 until the 80 ‘, when Rodrygo before and Benzema afterwards they scored the goals that allow Real to reach the semifinals against Manchester City.
The first leg between these two superpowers of world football was undoubtedly the best match of the year, ending 4-3 for the Citizens. Upon returning to Madrid the men of Guardiola they took the lead in the 75th minute with Mahrez, but in the final minutes the spell and magic that envelop Real in the Champions League and that, in one way or another, almost always lead them to win came out. In recovery, Rodrygo scored twice: playing in extra time, where Benzema completed the comeback on a penalty.
Ancelotti King of Europe
The double confrontation with Manchester CIty has exalted all the values of Real Madrid: in addition to the technical quality and the right mix of talented young people and experienced champions, there is the heart and soul of a group that never gives up. Many merits of this masterpiece must be given to the technician who led them to victory: Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian coach, after the triumph in Paris, has become the most successful coach in Champions League history. Carletto, who has now become “King Charles”, has won four: two with the Milan (in 2003 and 2007) and two with the Real Madrid (in 2014 and 2022). He is also the only one to have played in five finals in the top European competition (he only lost that of 2005 against Liverpool when he was on the Milan bench).
Carletto’s records don’t end there: he is the coach who has won the most UEFA club competitions. In addition to the four champions, she also won one Interoto Cup with the Juventus, three European Super Cups (two with Milan and one with Real Madrid) and two World Cup for Clubs (one with Milan and one with Real Madrid). But Ancelotti also holds another very important record: he is the only coach in the history of football to have won the title in the five major European leagues (Serie A with MIlan, Premier League with Chelsea, Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain, Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and Liga with Real Madrid).
The resilience of Carletto’s Real Madrid
There are those who gave it up after the adventures on the benches of Napoli e Everton, he responded to the criticisms with the results, returning to Madrid in a difficult period and doing the thing he does best: winning.
This year Carlo Ancelotti gave the blanco people a Liga, a Champions League and a Spanish Super Cup: no one would ever have expected it. With his calm and wisdom, he has managed to bring a Real no more galactico on the roof of Europe. He was good at transmitting a fundamental value to his team: the Resilience. This Real Madrid has never given up this season and has always pushed their limits. On paper it is not the strongest team in Europe, but it has beaten the most popular. Surely the Blancos have been helped by good luck, but they have always been able to face difficulties with great tranquility and willpower because, on the other hand, it is known that luck favors the daring.
And now? What’s in the future of King Charles? Nobody knows. There are those who say that he could stop, those who instead see him at the helm of a national team, those who hope to find him once again on the Real Madrid bench after a well-deserved vacation. There is only one certainty: Carlo Ancelotti is the greatest of all and it will be for a long time to come, regardless of what it does in the near future.
By Federico Poet