While it sounded You shook me all night longof AC / DC through the speakers of the Zayed Sports City Stadium, the River Plate players received without a single smirk the medal that accredited their third place in the Club World Cup after beating Kashima (4-0). Nothing to do with the faces of the Al Ain players moments later, proud runners-up in a tournament in which nobody has believed more than them and in which they gave the surprise by eliminating the king of the Libertadores in the semifinals. "We did not have enough power," said his coach, Zoran Mamic.
It would be because of the custom – the whites have 11 international titles since the Lisbon Championships in 2014, and 14 have added domestic titles since 2013 – but in the faces of the Real Madrid footballers there was a certain sense of happy routine. In the presence of confetti and fireworks, one of the elements for which the Emiratis are more pirouetted, boats and jumps were added that as soon appeared as they were blurred. The public did not leave the stadium until the white players completed a return to the field. Bale, elected Golden Ball of the tournament after his triplet in the semifinals – shared the title of top scorer with Santos Borre de River – and Marcos Llorente, best player in the final, they added some more passion to the conquest. Let the song to continue the party outside Thundestruck, Another hit by the Australian band and the unofficial anthem of Atlético de Madrid, did not seem to matter either.
Record of Ramos and Marcelo
"You do not always win finals and you do not always get goals in my case," Llorente said. "We want to go for all the titles and this was one more. We have to go game by game in the League, the Cup and the Champions, because in the three of us we are alive and we have to go for the three, "said the canterano, who in a few weeks has gone from absolute oblivion to settle as a relay of guarantees for Casemiro.
Some titles know Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, that with this Mundialito and add 20 titles with the white shirt, surpassing the mark of Iker Casillas and Camacho (19). Benzema, who has 17, also ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raúl, with 17.
"This is the merit of the players," said Santiago Solari, who in two months in office has already his first title as coach, after replacing Lopetegui. "This club has made history in this period and it will be difficult to match," added the Argentine, who, however, refused to look beyond the trophy he had just won. "The next step is to go on vacation. I think this group deserves it, "said the Argentine coach. Neither wanted to move forward if for the return of those holidays contemplates the incorporation of a footballer to the staff in this winter market. "That's not something I have to discuss here," said Solari, who on other occasions already commented that among his competitions was not to sign players.
"I feel good playing in this competition," said Luka Modric, one of the most prominent players in the match. "Last year I had a couple of opportunities to score goals and I did not get it. I'm very happy to win this title, for us it was very important, this will give us confidence for the future, "added the Croatian, who with this final adds 14 goals with the shirt of Madrid, 12 of them from outside the area, like the one that opened the scoring against Al Ain.
"Everyone tells me that I have to shoot more, but I like to pass other teammates. I do not shoot a lot, but every once in a while, when I shoot, it enters. I'm not anxious about this, the important thing is to give my best and help the team in other aspects of the game, "said the midfielder.