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Real Madrid Makes History With 15th Champions League Win

The Spanish Team Defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in an Epic Final at Wembley Stadium

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Real Madrid has once again etched its name in the annals of soccer history by clinching its 15th Champions League title. The Spanish giants have long dominated this prestigious tournament, but this year’s journey to the final was anything but straightforward. With a challenging path and a tough final against Borussia Dortmund, Madrid’s victory showcases their unwavering spirit and strategic prowess under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti.

 

Real Madrid Makes History With 15th Champions League Win
Real Madrid | Glyn Kirk / AFP

 

The Road to Glory

This season, Real Madrid faced numerous hurdles on their way to the Champions League final. From facing formidable opponents in the knockout stages to dealing with injuries and tactical challenges, every step was a test of their resilience. Despite these obstacles, Madrid demonstrated their characteristic determination and tactical flexibility, a testament to Ancelotti’s expert management.

In the final, Dortmund came out strong, dominating the first half and putting immense pressure on Madrid’s defense. At halftime, it seemed like Dortmund might take the trophy home. However, Madrid’s veteran players and Ancelotti’s strategic adjustments turned the tide.

 

Ancelotti’s Tactical Masterclass

Carlo Ancelotti, known for his calm demeanor and tactical acumen, played a crucial role in Madrid’s success. During the halftime break, he made significant changes that revitalized the team. Moving to a clearer 4-3-3 formation, Ancelotti’s adjustments brought out the best of the Real Madrid players, transforming their performance in the second half.

Experienced players like Luka Modric, Dani Carvajal, and Nacho Fernández stepped up, delivering motivational talks that reignited the team’s fighting spirit. Federico Valverde highlighted the impact of these veterans, saying, “The veterans spoke, those with the most experience, and then the coach finished it off. Ancelotti is the best in the world and perfect for this club.

Ancelotti’s ability to inspire and adapt was evident as Real Madrid came back stronger in the second half, ultimately securing the victory. Joselu, reflecting on the halftime changes, humorously noted, “We were suffering, but this team never gives up and always comes out on top.

 

The “Tactic of the Dead” and a Winning Mentality

One of the secrets behind Real Madrid’s success according to soccer news outlets is what they call the “tactic of the dead.” This strategy, which Ancelotti has perfected, involves maintaining composure and seizing opportunities even when the team appears to be on the ropes. Lucas Vázquez explained, “We are a team that knows how to suffer and knows our moment will come. Ancelotti has told us that the ‘tactic of the dead’ still works. It seems like we’re against the ropes, and then we always come out on top.

This mentality has been a cornerstone of Real Madrid’s success and overcome tough soccer games. Toni Kroos, reflecting on the team’s future, expressed confidence that the winning culture will persist even as players come and go. “The team might play with a different style without me, but they will keep winning, as always.

Looking ahead, the UCL 2024-2025 is set to undergo significant changes in its format. The tournament will expand from 32 to 36 teams, featuring a single league where each team plays eight matches—four at home and four away. The top eight teams will advance directly to the knockout stages, while those ranked ninth to twenty-fourth will compete in a playoff round to secure their spots.

With these changes on the horizon, Real Madrid will continue to adapt and strive for excellence. As Ancelotti aptly put it, “We will adapt to what we have, and we will keep winning.

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