Carlo Ancelotti has claimed Real Madrid’s long history in Europe makes it easier to win the Champions League after becoming the first manager to win the tournament four times.
A year after his departure from Everton and a surprise return to the Bernabeu, the well-traveled Italian added his 14th European club title to the league title this season.
Ancelotti won the European Cup twice as a player with Milan, then led him twice to the Champions League as a manager before winning another on his first stint. Madrid.
Vinicius Junior set a record fourth as a manager as Real Madrid won Saturday’s final against Liverpool 1-0 at the Stade de France.
“It was the toughest title I’ve ever won,” Ancelotti said. “The team was pushed to fight by the fact that no one thought we could win.
“We created a good atmosphere. I think we deserved to win this contest. We suffered, but we never gave up. We came through today’s game well.
“The key was not to leave space for the front three at the back. We deservedly won against a great team who haven’t lost many games this season.
“Winning the Champions League with Madrid is easier than winning another team! There are many reasons for that. The fans are special, this club is special. I’m so happy. I’m happier than ever.
“I’m back in Madrid, we had a great season.”
It was a campaign to cherish for all associated with Madrid, where Thibaut Courtois was the star of the final thanks to the performance of a lifetime.
Ancelotti added: “I told Thibaut before the game – you reached the final, now it’s time to win it.” “And that’s what he did.”
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