Carlo Ancelotti wanted to win more trophies with Real Madrid after Los Blancos secured the LaLiga title with a 4-0 victory over Espanyol.
A first-half Rodrygo double set Ancelotti’s men on their way before strikes from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema finished off the job in style at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
Madrid claimed their 35th Spanish top-flight crown with four games to spare, their earliest title since the 1989-99 campaign.
Ancelotti became the first coach to win Europe’s top five leagues. The Italian is hungry for further success in the Champions League, with Madrid 4-3 down in the semi-final heading into the second leg at home to Manchester City on Wednesday.
Ancelotti said on the pitch:
“A lot of emotion. After Madrid sealed the title, we met a challenge.
“The season has been spectacular. Lots of consistency. I have to thank the players for their work and their attitude.
“Today, we have to celebrate, not talk. I want to celebrate. It fills me with pride to win in the five major leagues.
“I can say that I like what I do. It means I’ve done pretty well.
“I’m proud. I want to continue winning titles with Real Madrid. See you on Wednesday.
“I tell the fans on Wednesday. We need this atmosphere.”
Madrid captain Marcelo also expressed his pride as he dedicated the triumph to the Los Blancos faithful.
“An immense joy,” the veteran full-back said. “We have to win it as soon as possible, which is everyone’s job.
“Very happy, and we need to keep adding. It is the fruit of work, joy, sacrifice and many things.
“That’s why we’ve won before. Celebrating it with the fans is the best. Earlier, we couldn’t, but today we can. The party is theirs.
“It is the greatest joy, celebrating at the home of the best club in the world. Today we have to celebrate. We have an important game ahead, but nothing happens to celebrate well.”
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois echoed his skipper Marcelo’s sentiments.
The Belgium international said:
“It is incredible to win the league with so many games remaining.
“We made a great effort this year, and we are delighted.
“And we have had an essential consistency in critical games, but above all, how we got through the challenging games, we had after the Clasico [a 4-0 defeat at home to Barcelona].
“We beat Celta and Sevilla at their stadium, Getafe here at the Santiago Bernabeu… Many thanks to the fans for everything. Today the atmosphere was great.
“We wanted to celebrate it because we couldn’t celebrate it with the fans two years ago due to the pandemic. Go Madrid!”
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