UEFA Champions League Real Madrid clinched trophy because of sacrifice and quality – Ancelotti

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti appeared in the press room at Wembley Stadium and only had words of praise for his team, who became European champions after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the final on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Dani Carvajal, the full-back’s first Champions League goal since 2015, and a Vinícius Júnior strike on 83 minutes sealed Madrid’s win and clinched a fifth Champions League success for coach Ancelotti, furthering a record already held by the former AC Milan coach.

But while Madrid emerged as European champions once again, Dortmund were unlucky not to pull off a huge upset in London, the scene of their 2013 final defeat against Bayern Munich.

“This season we’ve had a lot of problems and lost quality players. We made up for it with commitment and collective suffering. This Champions League was won with both sacrifice and quality. One of the two was not enough, said Ancelotti.

“We never gave up. We gave ourselves a ten out of ten for the season. We’ve had a perfect season. We handled it very well. My team and my players have been outstanding.”

On the game, he said, “In football, when you don’t take your chances, the risk of conceding or losing the lead is very high. They played better than us, but they left us with options, with the game even, and in the second half, when we played better and with more balance, we won the game. This is the ninth final that Madrid has won in a row and the danger of not winning it was real “opponent.

“I didn’t need to get angry but to clarify things. Dortmund did very well and we didn’t have balance. We lost the ball in the opposition half and we weren’t well-positioned. We changed the system to 4-3-3 and it worked out better, as did the attitude in the second half. In the dressing room we were quite calm and we discussed the change of system together The players agreed to change it and we did.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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