Carlo Ancelotti made a huge chunk of history in European football as the only coach to have won league titles in all five of Europe’s major leagues.
Real Madrid’s fantastic sent Espanyol to the Santiago Bernabeu to claim a record 35 league titles. Winning the league places Real Madrid as the club with the most league titles in Europe’s top flight.
Los Blancos only needed one point to be confirmed as champions, but they wouldn’t settle for less as they rioted in front of their fans. Two goals for teenage Rodrigo Goes, one from Marco Asensio and the other from regular suspect Karim Benzema, made the league title even better.
Real Madrid won the title in the 201/20 season but were unable to celebrate with fans due to the lockdown measures imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They lost the league to rivals Atlético Madrid last season, which could not celebrate with the fans either. They have now celebrated with the fans on the pitch and will take to the streets of Madrid at the end of the season.
The win was particularly big for Ancelotti, who won titles with Chelsea in England, Paris Saint-Germain in France, Bayern Munich in Germany and AC Milan in Italy. The legendary manager received another chance in the only league he failed to win in his first assignment when he was appointed at the start of the season after Zinedine Zidane’s exit.
Ancelotti, 62, was ecstatic after the final whistle. Despite his age, he was seen jumping running and partying with his players, crew and fans.
“I am very proud of that,” Ancelotti told reporters. “I’ve had a very long season, but I’m still enjoying it. Now I’m with Real Madrid, and winning with Real Madrid is very special.
“This is the first time I’ve won a title at (Santiago) Bernabeu, and the atmosphere here is special.
“I told Marcelo I wanted to continue [when his players threw him in the air to celebrate]Ancelotti joked. “I was enjoying being out there in the air.”
The former Everton manager is on the cusp of another major piece of European football history.
Along with Bob Paisley and Zinedine Zidane, Ancelotti is the only manager to win the Champions League three times. His first two titles came when he was in Milan, and the third in 2014 when he won the 10th title for Real Madrid.
He is currently in the semi-finals of this season’s competition and a win would make him the first and only coach to win it four times.
However, his team will have to beat Manchester City on Wednesday night to advance to the finals.