14th June 2024
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‘The dream continues’ – as Real Madrid win their 15th Champions League title

Real Madrid held aloft the Champions League trophy for a record-extending 15th time on Saturday, after a 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley Stadium.

‘Getting used to it? Never,’ said Carlo Ancelotti, who extended his own record of wins as a coach to five. ‘The dream continues.’

A white wall of Madrid fans at one end of the stadium serenaded their conquering heroes after goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior sealed the victory.

A predictable result came in less than predictable circumstances after Dortmund dominated the chances in the first half.

‘It was a very difficult game, much more difficult than we had expected,’ Ancelotti said. ‘We changed things because in the first half we were a bit lazy.’

Carvajal headed Madrid in front in the 74th minute and Vinicius doubled the Spanish giant’s lead nine minutes later.

Ancelotti’s fifth Champions League title was his third in two spells with Madrid and two more than his closest rivals Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola and Bob Paisley.

Carvajal, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Nacho won the trophy a sixth time to equal the benchmark set by Madrid icon Paco Gento.

Madrid’s win comes just a year after Manchester City lifted the trophy for the first time, a victory many believed would herald a new era of dominance for Guardiola’s team in Europe. Instead, it was Ancelotti who underlined his case to be considered the finest coach of his generation for his continued supremacy in the Champions League.

As well as three titles with Madrid, he was a two-time winner with AC Milan. He also lifted the Spanish title this season – his sixth league championship won in five different countries.

Madrid’s dominance of the competition defies belief, having won more than double than anyone else. Milan is the second most successful club with seven.

Madrid has won nine titles in the Champions League era and this was its second in three seasons.

‘This is the love story between Real Madrid and the European Cup. Players come, players go, but we can say that this is our competition,’ Madrid president Florentino Perez said.

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