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La-Liga, Soccer

Zidane calls winning La Liga at Real’best day of my pro life’

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was understandably thrilled after clinching his first La Liga title as manager on Sunday.

Zinedine Zidane thrilled after clinching his first La Liga title as manager on Sunday.

Zidane described winning the league crown as ‘the happiest day of his life’ after Los Blancos recorded a 2-0 win at Malaga to become champions on Sunday.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema saw Madrid extend their record number of La Liga wins to 33, nine more than their great rivals Barcelona, though it is their first since the 2011/12 campaign.

The Frenchman added that the sense of achievement surpassed that of winning La Liga in 2002-03 and the Champions League in 2001-02 as a player.

“We are very happy,” said Zidane. “We have conquered one of the most beautiful leagues in the world and to win it here and with this setup has been wonderful.

“As a coach there is no higher professional achievement. This is the happiest day of my life.

“It has been very special, and although the merit belongs to everyone, it is mostly the players. The key to success has been there, in the group.”

Zidane now has to prepare his squad for the Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff on June 3.

But first, the players will take some time out to enjoy their domestic triumph.

“I’m going to enjoy what we did today,” he said. “I do not think about Cardiff today.

“There are no words to define this. I would like to come up here and dance, but I will not do it. I’m very happy inside.

“Being a Madrid coach you know the expectations. They are tall and we know that. I like that.

“I have lived as a player and for me today is the happiest day, professionally. The coach totally changes things. I won everything with this shirt, but winning the league today is the maximum.”

 

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