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Real Madrid reunion pays off for Ancelotti

Italy guide club to 35th LaLiga title and become first manager to win all five European leagues (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid secured their 35th LaLiga title with a 4-0 home win over Espanyol on Saturday as Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager to win all five major European leagues. Needing just a point in their last five games, Madrid scored twice through Rodrygo in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu before goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema completed the win. "It's my first time winning a title at the Bernabeu, the atmosphere is really special," Ancelotti told Movistar Plus. Ancelotti returned to Madrid last summer to take over from Zinedine Zidane for a second spell after leaving Everton. Given they've been at the top since November, it came as no surprise that Madrid won a league they've dominated for months, but slumps in form from Barcelona and Sevilla offered the chance for an early crowning achievement. Madrid are 17 points clear of second-placed Sevilla with four games to go. Barcelona have a game in hand but are 18 points behind. With La Liga wrapped up, Madrid can turn their full attention to the second leg of the semifinals at home to Manchester City on Wednesday if they need to reverse a 4-3 defeat from the opening game to advance to another European final. "Winning La Liga is something special," midfielder Luka Modric told Real Madrid TV as he paid tribute to fans who were unable to watch the club win the title due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is the earliest time Madrid have won the trophy since they won it with four games to go in 1989/90. "It's the first time we've won so many games before the end, that means a lot. Ancelotti rested Benzema and Vinicius Junior from the start ahead of Espanyol's visit and Rodrygo got his chance with two goals late in the first half used." He combined with fellow Brazilian Marcelo to put Madrid ahead in the 33rd minute when he headed in the far corner for his second league goal of the season Mariano Diaz, who made a rare attacking start, then won the ball deep in the Espanyol territory and Rodrygo shot past goalkeeper Diego Lopez with a clean finish Eduardo Camavinga played in Asensio to slam a third for Madrid on the break in the 55th minute, Modric then made way for Toni Kroos and Benzema replaced Casemiro on the hour his 42nd goal in as many games this season in all competitions, sealing a stunning triumph for Madrid on a historic day for Ancelotti. Atletico Madrid could risk missing out on their return to Europe's top club competition after losing 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao.

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Real Madrid found their true strength in the run to the LaLiga title

Real Madrid won the 2021-22 LaLiga title in a dominant manner despite struggling early in the season and taking months to climb to first place in the standings. (Author: Gardener)

LaLigaMADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid won the 2021-22 LaLiga title in dominant fashion despite struggling early in the season and taking months to claim first place in the standings. It wasn't until mid-November that Carlo Ancelotti's side managed to overtake Real Sociedad to the top of the league, putting into perspective just how remarkable their mid-to-late season run has been. After beating Espanyol 4-0 at home on Saturday, they clinched their 35th Spanish league title almost a month before the end of the season and could reach their 17th Champions League final this week if they beat Manchester City. Real are 17 points clear of second-placed Sevilla and are four games from the end to break the record for the highest point difference by a LaLiga title-winning side, which was held by Tito Vilanova's Barcelona 2012-13, who won the title by 15 points Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid. Real have never been perfect throughout their incredible run and will not be remembered as the most spectacular or extravagant champions. However, they have had guts and perseverance, and have achieved six of their last nine league wins with goals scored late in the second half, some in stunning fashion, such as falling two goals short of a 3-2 win in Sevilla two weeks ago. This win had the double effect of putting Julen Lopetegui's team out of the title race. True determination was also shown in the Champions League as the 13-time European champions battled Paris St Germain and Chelsea to reach the semi-finals. In a year when Barcelona and holders Atletico Madrid struggled with contradictions, Ancelotti's greatest virtue was keeping things simple and relying on individual talent. After a slow start to the season, his side gained momentum over the months as Ancelotti built a defensive squad ready to play on the counterattack. Karim Benzema has had a stellar year so far with 42 goals in 42 games in all competitions and also helped unleash the potential of 21-year-old winger Vinicius Jr., hitting game-changing passes to set up Benzema and Vinicius.

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Real Madrid's 35th La Liga title win

AS honorary president Alfredo Relaño reacts to Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Espanyol that sealed the 2021/22 La Liga title for Carlo Ancelotti's side. (Author: Gardener)

La LigaAS honorary president Alfredo Relaño reacts to Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Espanyol that sealed the 2021/22 La Liga title for Carlo Ancelotti's side. It was a title party that we pretty much knew was going to happen. In fact, Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti was so confident that he rotated en masse on the occasion, which is at odds with a season he's relied on so heavily (too heavily, as many of us sometimes felt). a select group of players. Surprisingly, he didn't rest Luka Modric, who deserves a Duracell Bunny award to go with his Ballon d'Or. Casemiro was also in the team, this time drafted in as a central defender to cover for the lack of bodies available at the position. Thibaut Courtois also played - as the keeper doesn't need a break - as did two half-starters, Rodrygo Goes and Marco Asensio. They're generally fighting for a single spot in the team - unless Fede Valverde is ahead of them. Considering what's next, I had a feeling Ancelotti might have kept even more of his regulars out of the line of fire, but there were no glitches. It was an enjoyable afternoon against a very limited Espanyol team. Rodrygo scored two, Asensio one and there was a late fourth for Karim Benzema, who was among those brought on for half an hour to train and burn off a bit of nervous energy. The non-regulars never let anyone down. After the final whistle, amid well-organised, understated celebrations at the stadium, Madrid lifted the trophy aloft after collecting it from RFEF boss Luis Rubiales in the dim light of the royal box. Real Madrid won the league because of good performances from players across the team - particularly the great quartet of Benzema (he was actually beyond great), Vinícius Júnior, Modric and Courtois. Perhaps the person we associate most closely with this title is Ancelotti, a manager unexpectedly appointed to oversee what we would believe to be a year of transition, with an aging team missing Cristiano Ronaldo , with no signings and a gaping hole where the team's two centre-backs used to be. Contrary to all expectations, however, the old guard have continued at a frenetic pace. Under Ancelotti Vinícius came to life, the new defensive pairing fitted in seamlessly and Madrid were a happy camper.

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Why Real Madrid's 35th LaLiga title could be their craziest win yet

Despite many obstacles in their way, Real Madrid won LaLiga in style. This is how they stood out from the competition this season. (Author: Gardener)

35thThere is no question that Real Madrid are not only the best team in Spain, but also a worthy LaLiga champion. During their title march there was guts, glory, glory, intensity and, by Karim Benzema, one of the greatest performances by a footballer in a single season for Los Blancos in living memory. None of that erases how much of an odd, edgy, unusual triumph this was - a truth that makes Madrid's performance all the more remarkable. After beating Espanyol and winning the title on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-0 win (Stream the replay on ESPN+ in the US), there remains the possibility of even more Champions League glory against Manchester City on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium follows. At the moment, it's still conceivable that Carlo Ancelotti's side will become only the second Real Madrid team since 1958 to win Spanish and European championships. Let this opportunity sink in for a moment. It is amazing. Let's hope they make it. - Ancelotti becomes first manager to win all five top European leagues - ESPN+ viewer's guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more. Madrid played their first three games away, nominally a disadvantaged start, then their first Bernabeu game in front of just 19,000 fans. On the subject of the Bernabeu, the redevelopment of the stadium, with the associated relocation of the venue, the huge investments and reduced contact with fans, can become very expensive and even threaten a club's status - not to mention its ability to win the big prizes . So winning this long slog trophy in the midst of all this disruption is commendable. In Glasgow, the Old Firm giants faced extreme financial and social trauma, as well as a lack of trophies, as they each required major upgrades to Parkhead and Ibrox. Valencia's stadium nightmare - one they don't want, another half-built and unused - has almost finished them as a club. Even the subsidized costs for the Allianz Arena, which opened for the 2006 World Cup, put FC Bayern Munich in such financial distress for a few years that they lost two of the four Bundesliga titles they could win during construction. And just ask an Arsenal fan whether the Emirates Stadium costs and the loss of Highbury (in the short and medium term) helped or hurt the club's finances and matchday atmosphere? In building a football palace (currently costing €800m) that will rival any sporting stadium in the world and will shortly propel the club to overwhelming dominance in Spanish football, Real Madrid have been relatively frugal during the transfer window and bought as a result only one significant player last summer: 18-year-old Eduardo Camavinga, who cost €30m upfront and who, despite being considered a potential exceptional talent, only started 10 LaLiga games before the weekend. Are you surprised that a title win that wasn't fueled by expensive reinforcements comes with additional benefits? That Madrid play in a reduced-capacity stadium in progress, where the fan atmosphere has been reduced, and without major investments can help the legs and lungs of a team whose first choice this season (with an average age of 29) with veterans aged 32, 34 and 36 who have played 180 games combined is an incredibly significant achievement. There are other anomalies about Madrid's 35th title, but only their third in the last 10 years. Take the Seville games. Our champions twice gave their closest pursuers a lead when they played, but then each time forced them into one of Los Blancos' favorite words, 'remontada' ('comeback'). The more dramatic of these two will-will-not games took place in Seville, a hotbed of passion and searing heat. Madrid, obviously tiring, allowed Julen Lopetegui's side a two-goal start amid the most extraordinary performances in the Champions League, looked set to crush the league leaders and then put Sevilla on the cleaning. The power, passion, inventiveness and determination of that 3-2 victory at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, after being down 2-0 and playing without their brilliant midfield enforcer Casemiro, will be shared with the winners, the vanquished and the vanquished every neutral who was lucky enough to have watched will be remembered for a long time. It is also an oddity that Madrid completed this after only having to play their bitter city foes Atletico Madrid once (a 2-0 win) and losing their home Clasico 4-0 to Barcelona. But still, think about things like this: Ancelotti's team only lost three times before winning LaLiga. The sign of the right champions. The defeat in Barcelona against Espanyol was unexpected and weak. An instant trip back to the same city, a Camp Nou Clasico and a 2-1 win that was far more encompassing and stylish than the result might suggest. Stupid and sloppy as it was, Los Blancos immediately followed up with a 4-1 win over Valencia, who love to damage Madrid whenever they can. A power play answer. The answer was four wins in a row before this weekend, 10 goals scored, six of those points were collected away from home. Phoenixes have risen from the ashes with less remarkable audacity than Luka Modric, Benzema, Thibaut Courtois et al. It is a sympathetic and much-cited nicety that this trophy completes the 're-poker' (as the Spanish football community calls a five-time triumph) of Ancelotti's league title wins in Europe's top leagues. He is special, fun to be around, he was an important footballer and his coaching career has made him a king of European football - wise, charitable, inspiring to his subjects. But let's not play around. If you've coached Juventus, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Bayern and Madrid, it's a reasonable bet that you'll collect league trophies - no? It is gratifying to see Ancelotti add LaLiga to his Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 titles; an achievement that distinguishes him as a cosmopolitan, continental polyglot and manager par excellence. But this is a championship win that I would argue is backed by his three podium finishes from Courtois, the absolutely supernatural drive to win from Modric and a group of other generals on the pitch, and in pole position by the stunning brilliance of the Vinicius-Benzema partnership. A total of 90 goals and assists since August in all competitions by the French and Brazilian. Literally amazing. Vinicius was four years old when Benzema provided his first senior assist (for Lyon against Metz) and if the Brazilian attacker plays until he is 36, which is a reasonable hypothesis, Benzema will be eyeing his 50th birthday. They are another football version of the odd couple. But even if you're a heartbroken Atleti, Barca or Sevilla fan, you'd also have to be massively mean not to admit that the 'Vin-Ben' duo are inventing fantastic freestyle jazz on the pitch. It hardly takes a glance between them to carve out or hide a scoring opportunity. They literally bring the essence of street football to LaLiga stadiums every weekend. Inventiveness, wit, risk, will to win, kick-me-if-you-dare, now-can-you-see-me-now-you-don't-stuff—I'll call the total . .. We went through several weeks where Madrid, who were in low gear up until the Grand Prix weekends, needed Courtois to be amazingly good. Normally, in "small" games when part of the team was in third gear, the towering Belgian, who has gradually taken a leadership role in this group alongside Modric, would put on a fantastic performance from a left or right top-hand corner and bring down a looting attacker to save the day in melee combat. His fingerprints are on this trophy, as well as on every ball he tipped over the bar or around the post in a variety of demanding tests around this country. Had he been injured and out for six or seven games, Madrid certainly wouldn't wear the crown so early, and maybe not at all. Of course, given that football is like the tides of the ocean - it only flows to ebb and flow back - there will be a relatively limited amount of time to pat on the back and dominate defeated, weakened enemies. Madrid need to put things right in their first starting XI and in their squad. The one they have not been able to do in over thirty years in which Madrid have only won back-to-back LaLiga titles once. But put your ear to the ground: Benzema is playing like a 28-year-old, Vinicius is playing like paradise, Modric still gripped by a fanatical desire to win, Kylian Mbappe possibly for midfield, defensive reinforcements like Antonio Rüdiger, the Bernabéu full, fervent and make more money than ever before. Say hello to this title, but heed and hear the rumble of a Madrid era to come.

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Why Real Madrid's 35th LaLiga title could be their craziest win yet

Despite many obstacles in their way, Real Madrid won LaLiga in style. This is how they stood out from the competition this season. (Author: Gardener)

35thThere is no question that Real Madrid are not only the best team in Spain, but also a worthy LaLiga champion. During their title march there was guts, glory, glory, intensity and, by Karim Benzema, one of the greatest performances by a footballer in a single season for Los Blancos in living memory. None of that erases how much of an odd, edgy, unusual triumph this was - a truth that makes Madrid's performance all the more remarkable. After beating Espanyol and winning the title on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-0 win (Stream the replay on ESPN+ in the US), there remains the possibility of even more Champions League glory against Manchester City on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium follows. At the moment, it's still conceivable that Carlo Ancelotti's side will become only the second Real Madrid team since 1958 to win Spanish and European championships. Let this opportunity sink in for a moment. It is amazing. Let's hope they make it. - Ancelotti becomes first manager to win all five top European leagues - ESPN+ viewer's guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more. Madrid played their first three games away, nominally a disadvantaged start, then their first Bernabeu game in front of just 19,000 fans. On the subject of the Bernabeu, the redevelopment of the stadium, with the associated relocation of the venue, the huge investments and reduced contact with fans, can become very expensive and even threaten a club's status - not to mention its ability to win the big prizes . So winning this long slog trophy in the midst of all this disruption is commendable. In Glasgow, the Old Firm giants faced extreme financial and social trauma, as well as a lack of trophies, as they each required major upgrades to Parkhead and Ibrox. Valencia's stadium nightmare - one they don't want, another half-built and unused - has almost finished them as a club. Even the subsidized costs for the Allianz Arena, which opened for the 2006 World Cup, put FC Bayern Munich in such financial distress for a few years that they lost two of the four Bundesliga titles they could win during construction. And just ask an Arsenal fan whether the Emirates Stadium costs and the loss of Highbury (in the short and medium term) helped or hurt the club's finances and matchday atmosphere? In building a football palace (currently costing €800m) that will rival any sporting stadium in the world and will shortly propel the club to overwhelming dominance in Spanish football, Real Madrid have been relatively frugal during the transfer window and bought as a result only one significant player last summer: 18-year-old Eduardo Camavinga, who cost €30m upfront and who, despite being considered a potential exceptional talent, only started 10 LaLiga games before the weekend. Are you surprised that a title win that wasn't fueled by expensive reinforcements comes with additional benefits? That Madrid play in a reduced-capacity stadium in progress, where the fan atmosphere has been reduced, and without major investments can help the legs and lungs of a team whose first choice this season (with an average age of 29) with veterans aged 32, 34 and 36 who have played 180 games combined is an incredibly significant achievement. There are other anomalies about Madrid's 35th title, but only their third in the last 10 years. Take the Seville games. Our champions twice gave their closest pursuers a lead when they played, but then each time forced them into one of Los Blancos' favorite words, 'remontada' ('comeback'). The more dramatic of these two will-will-not games took place in Seville, a hotbed of passion and searing heat. Madrid, obviously tiring, allowed Julen Lopetegui's side a two-goal start amid the most extraordinary performances in the Champions League, looked set to crush the league leaders and then put Sevilla on the cleaning. The power, passion, inventiveness and determination of that 3-2 victory at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, after being down 2-0 and playing without their brilliant midfield enforcer Casemiro, will be shared with the winners, the vanquished and the vanquished every neutral who was lucky enough to have watched will be remembered for a long time. It is also an oddity that Madrid completed this after only having to play their bitter city foes Atletico Madrid once (a 2-0 win) and losing their home Clasico 4-0 to Barcelona. But still, think about things like this: Ancelotti's team only lost three times before winning LaLiga. The sign of the right champions. The defeat in Barcelona against Espanyol was unexpected and weak. An instant trip back to the same city, a Camp Nou Clasico and a 2-1 win that was far more encompassing and stylish than the result might suggest. Stupid and sloppy as it was, Los Blancos immediately followed up with a 4-1 win over Valencia, who love to damage Madrid whenever they can. A power play answer. The answer was four wins in a row before this weekend, 10 goals scored, six of those points were collected away from home. Phoenixes have risen from the ashes with less remarkable audacity than Luka Modric, Benzema, Thibaut Courtois et al. It is a sympathetic and much-cited nicety that this trophy completes the 're-poker' (as the Spanish football community calls a five-time triumph) of Ancelotti's league title wins in Europe's top leagues. He is special, fun to be around, he was an important footballer and his coaching career has made him a king of European football - wise, charitable, inspiring to his subjects. But let's not play around. If you've coached Juventus, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Bayern and Madrid, it's a reasonable bet that you'll collect league trophies - no? It is gratifying to see Ancelotti add LaLiga to his Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 titles; an achievement that distinguishes him as a cosmopolitan, continental polyglot and manager par excellence. But this is a championship win that I would argue is backed by his three podium finishes from Courtois, the absolutely supernatural drive to win from Modric and a group of other generals on the pitch, and in pole position by the stunning brilliance of the Vinicius-Benzema partnership. A total of 90 goals and assists since August in all competitions by the French and Brazilian. Literally amazing. Vinicius was four years old when Benzema provided his first senior assist (for Lyon against Metz) and if the Brazilian attacker plays until he is 36, which is a reasonable hypothesis, Benzema will be eyeing his 50th birthday. They are another football version of the odd couple. But even if you're a heartbroken Atleti, Barca or Sevilla fan, you'd also have to be massively mean not to admit that the 'Vin-Ben' duo are inventing fantastic freestyle jazz on the pitch. It hardly takes a glance between them to carve out or hide a scoring opportunity. They literally bring the essence of street football to LaLiga stadiums every weekend. Inventiveness, wit, risk, will to win, kick-me-if-you-dare, now-can-you-see-me-now-you-don't-stuff—I'll call the total . .. We went through several weeks where Madrid, who were in low gear up until the Grand Prix weekends, needed Courtois to be amazingly good. Normally, in "small" games when part of the team was in third gear, the towering Belgian, who has gradually taken a leadership role in this group alongside Modric, would put on a fantastic performance from a left or right top-hand corner and bring down a looting attacker to save the day in melee combat. His fingerprints are on this trophy, as well as on every ball he tipped over the bar or around the post in a variety of demanding tests around this country. Had he been injured and out for six or seven games, Madrid certainly wouldn't wear the crown so early, and maybe not at all. Of course, given that football is like the tides of the ocean - it only flows to ebb and flow back - there will be a relatively limited amount of time to pat on the back and dominate defeated, weakened enemies. Madrid need to put things right in their first starting XI and in their squad. The one they have not been able to do in over thirty years in which Madrid have only won back-to-back LaLiga titles once. But put your ear to the ground: Benzema is playing like a 28-year-old, Vinicius is playing like paradise, Modric still gripped by a fanatical desire to win, Kylian Mbappe possibly for midfield, defensive reinforcements like Antonio Rüdiger, the Bernabéu full, fervent and make more money than ever before. Say hello to this title, but heed and hear the rumble of a Madrid era to come.

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Ronaldo could return to Real Madrid this summer

Cristiano Rolando's outstanding form for a struggling Manchester United could see him consider a move back to Real Madrid. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe 37-year-old forward has recently been linked with a departure from Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag plans a squad reshuffle and with Manchester United unlikely to qualify for the Champions League they could now lose Ronaldo despite his contract running out until 2023. The former Los Blancos star has remained in impressive form this season with 23 goals in 35 games and it is reported that he has not gone unnoticed by the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy. Ronaldo has attracted the attention of club officials who are now trying to set up a La Liga return for the Portugal international, who did the same move in June 2009 for a then-world-record fee of £80million. Carlo Ancelotti's side were crowned champions on Saturday as Real Madrid clinched the LaLiga title after a comfortable 4-0 win over Espanyol and it looks like they are already preparing to take the crown next time Probing agents and contacts about replacement for the midfielder, sources told ESPN's Tom Hamilton and Rob Dawson. Clubs have sent wanted lists to top agents and Wolves' list includes a replacement for their 25-year-old midfielder. Manchester United have been offered the option to bid for Neves, according to ESPN sources, but there is also strong interest from clubs in LaLiga and elsewhere in the Premier League. Wolves are also in the hunt for a forward this summer but finding someone to follow in Neves' footsteps is high on their list. ESPN sources say both Neves and agent Jorge Mendes have desires to switch players this summer. Neves has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Arsenal but has remained under Bruno Lage this season. He has made 28 appearances in the Premier League, contributing four goals and two assists. He has been out since mid-March with a knee injury and is under contract with Wolves until 2024. Napoli will demand a fee of £85million this summer if they agree to part ways with coveted striker Victor Osimhen, according to Ekrem Konur. The 23-year-old has caught the attention of clubs across Europe this season with his form, which has netted 17 goals in 29 games, and there appears to be competition for his signature, with plenty of moves for new striker options Hag is aiming to make Tyrell Malacia his first signing in the summer, reports The Mirror. The Ajax Amsterdam manager will join Manchester United at the end of the season and having already scouted the 22-year-old Feyenoord left-back, it looks like he will try to lure him into the Premier League. It is reported that a £20million fee is being asked to secure his services. Benfica are looking to sign 25-year-old winger David Neres, reveals Nicolo Schira. Before the turn of the year, he started just five times for Ajax and scored four times from the bench in a further 16 appearances. Barcelona want to take advantage of Kenan Yildiz's contract situation, Mundo Deportivo report. The 16-year-old midfielder's contract with FC Bayern Munich expires in the summer and although the Bundesliga club are looking to sign him on a new contract, it now looks like the Blaugrana will try to secure him on a free transfer when his contract expires. - AC Milan are on the verge of a move for Renato Sanches, write Calciomercato. The Serie A team have been negotiating a deal for the 24-year-old midfielder with Lille since January after making a late attempt to sign him during the winter transfer window.

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Master! Real Madrid win LaLiga title

Real Madrid won the LaLiga title on Saturday after a 4-0 win over Espanyol gave them an unassailable lead. (Author: Gardener)

LaLigaAle Moreno and Luis Garcia praised Real Madrid's consistency as they secured their 35th LaLiga title with a 4-0 win over Real Madrid. Ale Moreno and Luis Garcia praised Real Madrid's consistency as they secured their 35th LaLiga title with a 4-0 win over Real Madrid won the LaLiga title on Saturday after beating Espanyol 4-0 an unassailable lead over Barcelona at the top of the table with four games to go. Rodrygo's first-half double set the champions' choice on course for the title at the Santiago Bernabeu before Marco Asensio made it 3-0 just after the break. Karim Benzema clinched a fourth-place finish after coming on amid jubilant scenes at the Bernabeu. The league title is Madrid's second trophy of the 2021-22 season after winning the Spanish Supercopa in January. They will try to keep hopes of more titles alive in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City, who are 4-3 behind. Manager Carlo Ancelotti - who returned to the club for his second spell as manager last summer - will become the first manager to win the title in the "five best" European leagues: Italy's Serie A, England's Premier League, France's Ligue 1, Germany's Bundesliga and now Spain's LaLiga. The season we had in the league was spectacular, with a lot of consistency. Today we have to celebrate, I want to celebrate. I like what I do and the five leagues [I've won] means I've done pretty well. I'm proud to be here and to win trophies for Real Madrid and I want to keep winning trophies for Real Madrid." Madrid have now won a total of 35 La Liga victories, the most Spanish clubs, ahead of Barcelona with 26, four of those titles have come since 2010 - 2012, 2017, 2020 and now 2022, a period in which the club has also won four Champions League titles. Ancelotti was appointed last June - after predecessor Zinedine Zidane resigned - and the team has the season started strong, fueled by the performances of forward duo Karim Benzema, who has scored 42 goals in all competitions, including 26 in LaLiga Vinicius Junior.While rivals Atlético and Barca struggled to find consistency, Madrid extended an impressive lead and have been standing since Top of the table since November Madrid have rarely looked like they've been caught, losing just three times in LaLiga: to Espanyol in October and Getaf e in January and a 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona in March. Madrid managed to balance national duties with a Champions League run in which they eliminated PSG and Chelsea in the Round of 16 and Quarters respectively. They will host City on Wednesday to book their fifth Champions League finals spot in the last decade. President Florentino Perez was full of praise for Ancelotti, saying: "Maybe he didn't expect it but when we called he said he would come running. He has coached many teams, he always says the difference here in Madrid is that ." the players are madridistas, which is a plus.” “He has a lot of experience in squad management and I think he did a very good job. He identifies with Real Madrid, its values ​​and what it represents, that's important."

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Ancelotti is in a class of his own as Real Madrid win their 35th La Liga title

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid secured their 35th LaLiga title with a 4-0 home win against Espanyol on Saturday as Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager to win all five major European leagues. Madrid needed just one point from their last five games, beating twice in the first half at the Santiago de Santiago through Rodrygo […] (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridMADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid secured their 35th LaLiga title with a 4-0 home win against Espanyol on Saturday as Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager to win all five major European leagues. Needing just a point in their last five games, Madrid scored twice through Rodrygo in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu before goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema completed the win. "It's the first time I've won a title at the Bernabeu, the atmosphere is really special," Ancelotti told Movistar Plus. Given they've been at the top since November, it came as no surprise that Madrid won a league they've dominated for months, but slumps in form from Barcelona and Sevilla offered the chance for an early crowning achievement. Madrid are 17 points clear of second-placed Sevilla with four games to go. Barcelona have a game in hand but are 18 points behind. With La Liga wrapped up, Madrid can turn their full attention to the second leg of the semifinals at home to Manchester City on Wednesday if they need to reverse a 4-3 defeat from the opening game to advance to another European final. "Winning La Liga is special," midfielder Luka Modric told Real Madrid TV as he paid tribute to fans who were unable to follow the club's title win in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. "We played a great game, the atmosphere was incredible and we hope to repeat this Wednesday." It is the earliest time Madrid have won the trophy since they won it with four games to go in 1989/90. "It's the first time we've won so many games before the end, that means a lot. We had an incredible season and now we want to celebrate that a bit," said Modric. Ancelotti rested Benzema and Vinicius Junior from the start for the Espanyol visit and Rodrygo capitalized on his chance with two goals late in the first half. He combined with fellow Brazilian Marcelo to put Madrid ahead in the 33rd minute when he headed into the far corner to score only his second league goal of the season. Mariano Diaz made a rare attacking start, then won the ball deep in Espanyol territory and Rodrygo rolled past goalkeeper Diego Lopez in a second with a clean finish. Benzema scored his 42nd goal in as many games in all competitions this season, sealing a stunning triumph for Madrid on a historic day for Ancelotti.

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Real Madrid claim their 35th LaLiga title; Alaves grab the lifeline

Ancelotti has since guided clubs to league titles in Spain (Real Madrid), Italy (AC Milan), England (Chelsea), France (Paris Saint-Germain) and Germany (Bayern Munich). (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid claim their 35th LaLiga title; Alaves grabs lifeline Real Madrid have won their 35th LaLiga title with a 4-0 win over Espanyol. Carlo Ancelotti's men drove to an easy win over a rival who appeared to be an unwelcome guest at Saturday night's celebrations, thanks to two first-half goals from Rodrygo and extra strikes from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema. Ancelotti rested nine of the 11 Real Madrid players who faced Manchester City in last Tuesday's Champions League, leaving only Luka Modric and Thibaut Courtois in the line-up for next week's European second leg. Rodrygo scored his first goal in the 33rd minute after receiving a cross from left-back Marcelo and beating two defenders before scoring with a low shot over Espanyol keeper Diego Lopez, according to Xinhua. Mariano Diaz scored the second goal after forcing the Espanyol defense to make a mistake when trying to play the ball out from behind. Rodrygo got the ball and hit the post with a close shot. Camavinga, Modric and Mariano were replaced after 60 minutes by Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Isco, who thought he had added a fourth with 20 minutes left but it was ruled out for offside. Benzema, on the other hand, scored his fourth goal with a typical first finish after a move by Vinicius Jr. and Isco. Ancelotti has since guided clubs to league titles in Spain (Real Madrid), Italy (AC Milan), England (Chelsea), France (Paris Saint-Germain) and Germany (Bayern Munich). Sevilla took the lead in the first half thanks to a Youssef En header, Neysri's fourth league goal of the season, but a stubborn Cadiz equalized in the second half thanks to an excellent free-kick from Lucas Perez. Atletico Madrid's fourth-place finish appears to be in jeopardy after they were beaten 2-0 away by Athletic Club Bilbao, who kept their hopes of playing in Europe next season alive with an impressive win. Despite Angel Correa's deflected shot bouncing off the post in added time, Atletico never looked like they would bounce back from the second goal. Athletic are now a point behind Villarreal in seventh place, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at Alaves after a hangover from the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. Alaves took a two-goal lead in the first half thanks to goals from Victor Laguardia and Gonzalo Escalante and the Vitoria side stopped to move across Levante after Villarreal's Samuel Chukwueze equalized two minutes later. Hugo Duro's first-half goal for Valencia was canceled out by Oscar Duarte's 81st-minute equalizer for Levante in the city derby. Levante had 24 shots on target but only got one from Duarte in the 81st minute.

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Ronaldo could return to Real Madrid this summer

Cristiano Rolando's outstanding form for a struggling Manchester United could see him consider a move back to Real Madrid. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe summer transfer window is fast approaching and there are plenty of rumors about who is going where. Real Madrid plan to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, The Mirror reveals. The 37-year-old forward has recently been linked with a departure from Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag plans a squad reshuffle and with Manchester United unlikely to qualify for the Champions League they could now lose Ronaldo despite his contract runs until 2023. The former Los Blancos star has remained in impressive form this season with 23 goals in 35 games and it is reported that he has not gone unnoticed by the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy. Ronaldo has attracted the attention of club officials who are now planning a LaLiga return for the Portugal international, who made the same move back in June 2009 for a then-world-record fee of £80million. Carlo Ancelotti's side were crowned champions on Saturday as Real Madrid clinched the LaLiga title after a comfortable 4-0 win over Espanyol and it looks like they are already preparing to take the crown next time defend season. - Napoli will demand a fee of £85million this summer if they agree to part ways with coveted striker Victor Osimhen, according to Ekrem Konur. The 23-year-old has caught the attention of clubs across Europe this season with his form, which has netted 17 goals in 29 games, and there appears to be competition for his signature, with plenty of moves for new striker options be weighed. - Ten Hag are looking to make Tyrell Malacia his first signing in the summer, reports The Mirror. The Ajax Amsterdam manager will join Manchester United at the end of the season and having already scouted the 22-year-old Feyenoord left-back, it looks like he will try to lure him into the Premier League. It is reported that a £20million fee is being asked to secure his services. - Benfica want to sign 25-year-old winger David Neres, reveals Nicolo Schira. Neres is reportedly keen to join the Liga NOS side after joining Shakhtar Donetsk in January before the season was cut short by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He had previously made just five starts for Ajax before the turn of the year and scored four goals in a further 16 appearances. - Barcelona want to take advantage of Kenan Yildiz's contract situation, Mundo Deportivo report. The 16-year-old midfielder's contract at Bayern Munich expires in the summer and although the Bundesliga club are looking to sign him on a new contract, it now looks like the Blaugrana will try to secure him on a free transfer when his deal is up. The Serie A team have been negotiating a deal for the 24-year-old midfielder with Lille since January after making a late attempt to sign him during the winter transfer window. After initial progress on personal terms has slowed, it is now reported that the Portugal international wants to join San Siro and will accept a lower salary than his representatives demanded in January.

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