Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has saluted his players and the club after they came from behind to defeat city rivals Atletico and win the Champions League for the 10th time, reports the Daily
Ancelotti’s men were the more adventurous throughout, but had looked set to lose to Diego Godin’s first half header despite constant late pressure. Eventually, however, Sergio Ramos headed home from a corner in the third minute of second half stoppage time to force an extra 30 minutes.
The first period of extra time was goalless, but as Atletico continued to tire, Real took full advantage, with record signing Gareth Bale heading in the winner, a rebound after Thibaut Courtois had saved from Angel Di Maria. Courtois was then at fault for Marcelo’s third goal, before Cristiano Ronaldo gave the score-line a somewhat flattering look with a late penalty to make the final score 4-1.
The result meant that Real become the first club to reach double figures in terms of Champions League and European Cup wins, and for Ancelotti, it makes him only the second manager to win the competition three times as a manager, having triumphed with Milan in 2003 and 2007.
After the game, he praised his players, saying: ‘We have thought about this night since the first game of the season and we finally achieved what we set out to do at the start of the campaign. We never lost the faith and we were stronger in extra time. It’s incredible what we have achieved”