Real Madrid vs Espanyol: 'I'm proud but want to keep going and win more titles,' says Carlo Ancelotti after La Liga triumph

It was the Italian tactician’s first league title in Spain, making him the first coach in history to win the top five European league trophies.

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti; Credit: Twitter/@realmadriden
By Sreejith C R | May 1, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his side’s La Liga triumph after the 4-0 win against Espanyol on Saturday. It was the Italian tactician’s first league title in Spain, making him the first coach in history to win the top five European league trophies. The Los Blancos went into the clash knowing that only one point was required to seal the title and they secured that in style, in front of their own supporters. Rodrygo scored a first-half brace at Santiago Bernabeu before Marco Asensio extended the lead in the second period and Karim Benzema completed the drubbing with a late tap-in. The result helped the Los Blancos to take an unprecedented 17-point lead over second-placed Sevilla and officially dethrone 2020-21 champions Atletico Madrid, with four games to spare. 

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I think we had a spectacular season: Ancelotti

Ancelotti started the post-match media briefing by stating “Let’s not speak for long, because I want to celebrate! I think we had a spectacular season. We were consistent and competitive in every game. I am grateful to the players for their attitude and commitment.” It was Madrid’s 25th La Liga win of the 2021-22 campaign and they have also recorded six draws and three defeats, The Los Blancos boast the best attacking record in the Spanish top flight football with 71 goals and the second-best defensive record behind Sevilla with only 29 goals conceded to date. Benzema undoubtedly has been the star-performer for the Bernabeu outfit, having netted 26 times to lead the race for the La Liga golden boot award. 

I’ve done pretty well: Ancelotti

The Italian tactician has now won league titles in Italy, England, Germany, France and Spain. On that, he said: “It’s something I am truly proud about. It means I’ve done pretty well, but I want to keep going. I’m at Real Madrid and I’m proud of that. I want to win more titles here. So, see you all on Wednesday! That’s my message for the players and the fans.” Ancelotti started his extraordinary journey of European league titles with AC Milan in 2003-04, when he led the Rossoneri to a Serie A triumph. Chelsea was next with the Premier League trophy in 2009-10. France followed as he led Paris Saint-Germain to victory in Ligue 1 in 2012-13. And then, led Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title in 2016-17.

Next up is Manchester City in the Champions League

Ancelotti has now won two trophies since returning to Bernabeu last summer, with success in La Liga following up their Supercopa de Espana final victory over Athletic Club in January. Madrid exited the Copa del Rey against the same opponent but are very much on course to end the season with three trophies, as they remain in the hunt for Champions League glory. Los Blancos will welcome Manchester City for the second leg of the Champions League next week aiming to overturn a one goal deficit after losing the first leg 4-3 at Etihad stadium.  

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