Real Madrid won the Champions League final 1-0 on Saturday, capping a “unbelievable” season for manager Carlo Ancelotti and securing their record 14th European crown.
Vinicius Junior put his side ahead in the 59th minute after VAR denied Karim Benzema at the conclusion of the first half. He slipped a low cross from Federico Valverde past Alisson. Thibaut Courtois then produced a crucial stop on Mohamed Salah to keep the slender lead.
Real Madrid won the event by defeating PSG, Chelsea, and Manchester City in the elimination rounds before defeating Liverpool in the final.
Carlo Ancelotti, the manager, told BT Sport, “I can’t believe it.” “It was a terrific season for us.” We performed admirably. It was a tough game, and we took a lot of hits, especially in the first half. Finally, I believe we deserved to win this contest.
“We’re overjoyed.” I’m not sure what to say. I’m sorry, but I’m at a loss for words.
“I’m a record collector.” Last year, I had the good fortune to come here and enjoy a terrific season. A superb club with a great roster full of talent and mental toughness.”
Courtois was the talk of the town following a fantastic performance that included a diving save against Sadio Mane and a late Salah save.
He says he felt mistreated before the bout and was glad to be able to establish his worth.
Courtois told BT Sport: “I mentioned yesterday in the news conference that when Madrid plays finals, they win.” “I happened to be on the right side of history.”
“I read a lot of tweets today implying that I would be humbled.” The situation was reversed.
“I wanted to win a final today for my career, for all the hard work I’ve put in to earn respect for my name, which I don’t think I get enough of, especially in England.” Even after a fantastic season, I received a lot of criticism.”
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He exclaimed, “Wow.” “Unbelievable. “I can’t believe what I’m hearing.”