Real Madrid Eyes Historic 16th Champions League Title

Real Madrid, fresh off their 15th Champions League win, are setting sights on a 16th. Coach Carlo Ancelotti aims to strengthen the team, with Kylian Mbappe among potential recruits. Despite star departures, the club remains a powerhouse, boasting talents like Vinicius Junior and Jude Bellingham.

PTI | London | Updated: 02-06-2024 17:15 IST | Created: 02-06-2024 17:15 IST
Real Madrid Eyes Historic 16th Champions League Title
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Real Madrid had barely begun celebrating a record-extending 15th Champions League title when coach Carlo Ancelotti started to plot a 16th. The all-time kings of Europe refuse to loosen their grip on the trophy. By the start of next season, the best might get even better.

"In this club, there is constant demand. It is never satisfied," Ancelotti said following Saturday's 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium. Madrid's latest triumph came without a recognized striker, filling the gap with English midfielder Jude Bellingham. But come next season, Ancelotti will have more options. Brazil's young talent Endrick is on his way, and Kylian Mbappe remains the player most coveted by Madrid fans.

Mbappe, leaving Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent, could join past Galacticos like Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo in donning the famous white shirt. "If that was to happen, it would be amazing (to have) a player like him," Bellingham said.

Mbappe boasts qualities that compare favorably with the game's greatest. Known for his speed, balance, and prolific goal-scoring ability, he could rival Erling Haaland and Harry Kane as Europe's deadliest forwards.

"It's the only little thing we're missing in terms of that clinical (number) nine, and if (Mbappe) was to come and give us that, we'd be in a really, really great place. He'd take us to another level," Bellingham added.

With Mbappe and Endrick, Madrid would arguably boast the richest array of attacking options, with Vinicius Junior already among the world's finest forwards, demonstrated by his performance in the final. Vinicius' skillful play led to the corner from which Dani Carvajal opened the scoring and later sealed the win with his own goal. Bellingham, La Liga player of the year, played a crucial role in this, showcasing Madrid's depth in talent.

Despite the departure of top-class forwards over the years, Ancelotti has adapted, keeping the Spanish giants at the pinnacle of European soccer. "It was complicated to think that I could do that - winning in three years two Champions Leagues and two (Spanish) leagues with a team that was changing little by little," Ancelotti remarked.

Madrid's continued dominance comes as Manchester City, under Pep Guardiola, also rises in power. While Ancelotti's attack will improve, he will have to cope without veteran midfielder Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement. "Something is going to happen for sure. We will be competitively lost. He is a really important player for us, but we have players that can replace him in a different way," Ancelotti said.

"If we don't have Toni Kroos, we will adapt. We have fantastic players and resources to remain competitive," he concluded.

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