Ancelotti first coach to win title in Europe’s top 5 leagues

MADRID (AP) — Not long after being thrown into the air by his Real Madrid players, Carlo Ancelotti shed tears while speaking about his latest league triumph.

With Madrid clinching the Spanish league on Saturday, Ancelotti became the first coach to lift trophies in the top five European leagues.

“I’m very proud of this,” he said. “I’ve had a very long season, but I’m still enjoying it.”

Ancelotti won with AC Milan in Italy, Chelsea in England, Paris Saint-Germain in France, and Bayern Munich in Germany.

“Now I’m with Real Madrid, and to win with Real Madrid is very special,” he said. “This is the first time for me to win a title at the (Santiago) Bernabéu, and the atmosphere here is special.”

The 62-year-old Ancelotti first coached Madrid from 2013-15 but didn’t win La Liga. But in that first tenure, Madrid won the Champions League, the Club World Cup, UEFA’s Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.

Ancelotti won the Serie A in 2004, the English Premier League in 2010, the French league in 2013 and the Bundesliga in 2017.

He coached Napoli and Everton after Bayern, without reaching any significant success. He returned to Madrid in the beginning of last season.

“I have to thank Real Madrid’s president (Florentino Perez) to give me this opportunity to return,” Ancelotti said. “I wasn’t expecting it at the time.”

Madrid won its record-extending 35th Liga title with a 4-0 win over Espanyol, gaining an insurmountable lead with four rounds to go.

Ancelotti’s only reason to complain on Saturday was Madrid’s players stopped throwing him up in celebration too soon.

“I told Marcelo that I wanted to keep going,” he said. “I was enjoying being up there in the air.”


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