You have a feeling that Real Madrid will be a little bit disappointed with their season despite ending the season in dramatic fashion with their late parade against city rivals, Atletico in the Champions League final in Lisbon. Yes, they won the La Decima they so desperately craved since 2002 when they won their 9th and last Champions League but you have to feel had they been well on form they would’ve secured the treble.
They finished 3 points behind Atletico Madrid who won the title ahead of Barcelona but Carlo Ancelotti will know that it was Real that threw it away as opposed to Atletico winning it. A spell in 3 games where they picked up just 2 points out of 9 ultimately sealed their fate and left it out of their hands. A home draw against Valencia was followed up by another draw away to Real Valladolid and a dismal defeat to Celta Vigo.
Real Madrid also won the Copa Del Rey once again thanks to a tremendous solo goal by world record signing Gareth Bale who scored one of the goal of the seasons with the winning goal. The Welsh winger has proved to be a man for the big occasions towards the end of the season as not only did he score the winning Copa Del Rey final goal but he also scored the second and decisive goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final before goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo put a rather flattering score line in the favour of Real.
However, Carlo Ancelotti was brought in purely because of his solid record in Europe where he has won the competition on more than one occasion as both a player and a manager. So no one can argue with Ancelotti’s performance as he delivered the La Decima that has been on fans wish list for over a decade. It seemed fitting that Ancelotti’s no.2, Zinedine Zidane was the man who scored the winning goal the last time Real won the Champions League trophy way back in 2002.
Cristiano Ronaldo also edged past Lionel Messi in the previous year with his goals and performances and was noted by FIFA as he was crowned with the Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo’s goals once again proved pivotal in Real’s cup double this season as he also broke the Champions League record for most goals in a single campaign with 17 goals, including a penalty in the final. This contributed 33% of his final goal tally of 51 goals for the season.
Ancelotti also has to take credit for changing the formation at Madrid to largely suit world record signing Gareth Bale. Under Jose Mourinho Real formed a 4-2-3-1 formation which was changed to a straight forward 4-3-3 which created a front trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. Despite such star studded names all lining up to grab the goals, Ancelotti managed them superbly.
Still, some fans can look at what might’ve been considering the transition that Barcelona endured under Tito Martino and failed to capitalise on their slump this year. Although no one would’ve expected rivals Atletico to triumph how they did, you can’t help but feel the treble was there for Real’s taking.
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