Real Madrid became champion of the Spanish League and Marcelo lifted the cup (REUTERS/Susana Vera).

The Real Madrid sealed its thirty-fifth league showing superiority, thrashing Espanyol (4-0), with a brace from Rodrygo, goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema, in a moral boost prior to a new attempt at a European comeback, in a Santiago Bernabéu dressed as a party before recovering mysticism.

The superiority shown by Real Madrid in La Liga did not deserve unnecessary oversights or date changes in the face of an early consecration. Carlo Ancelotti signed the goal of his return, winner of the five major leagues. Champion with four days to play. Absolute dominator of a League in which he found no rival to hold his pace. Barça resigned soon, Atlético de Madrid, who defended the crown, ceased to be reliable and Sevilla lacked, for another year, that key step to believe it and fight until the end.

The panorama, with Manchester City just around the corner, it lent itself to Ancelotti’s massive rotations. The second leg of the semifinals must come with the break that a rival who is playing the Premier cannot afford. Only three starters, perhaps four after Rodrygo’s exhibition, played from the start, with Courtois in goal, the return of Casemiro as central defender due to defensive problems and the surprising presence of Luka Modric.

Real Madrid became champion of the Spanish League and Marcelo lifted the cup (REUTERS/Susana Vera).For: REUTERS

But is that a large part of madridista football goes through the booties of the Croatian magician, that when the match acquired a preseason rhythm, he invented a pass with the scent of a goal that Mariano forgave or a touch into space that raised the Bernabéu.

It was shown that nobody can fill Benzema’s place in the squad. Mariano forgave three in the first act, crashing into the post on the occasion that he was closest to the goal. There was a lack of competitive tension and Espanyol took advantage of it to gain possession but without generating danger. Only De Tomás has the goal on his mind, but he did not beat Courtois in the one he hooked.

And it is what this Real Madrid has that makes its rival believe that it has it under control and in two waves it knocks it down. After half an hour of equality, a addition to the attack by Casemiro left a dangerous cross and a shot by Marcelo as a warning. Moments later Rodrygo appeared and put the finishing touch to the League.

Electric, playing in the demarcation of Vinícius, teaming up with Marcelo and defining with a right-footed cross shot that unleashed the party in the Bernabéu stands. to the cry of “champions, champions” the rush left a few minutes of clear superiority to sentence. After forgiving Mariano, Rodrygo again punished a loss in a prohibited zone by Yangel Herrera, deceiving Diego López in the definition.

The celebration of the title began in the stands before going to La Cibeles while on the pitch the Madrid goal was for time to pass quickly with as little wear and tear as possible. The figure of Dani Ceballos grew, who has shown that he has enough capacity to have a greater role, and on the return of Raúl De Tomás, who had never played at the Bernabéu against the team that formed him, caressed the post with a free kick before to be replaced.

There was nothing at stake for a Espanyol that will have to close its stay in another scenario and that he received the third when he let the white team run. To the rhythm of the powerful Camavinga and with quality in the definition of Marco Asensio, Real Madrid widened its advantage. With time for the usual saving stops by Courtois, who again left his door clean after four games conceding, and to measure efforts.

Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid became champion of the Spanish League (REUTERS/Juan Medina).
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid became champion of the Spanish League (REUTERS/Juan Medina).For: REUTERS

On the hour, Ancelotti sat Modric and Casemiro on the field, and gave minutes, obviously unnecessary with the risk of injury in an effort, to Benzema, Kroos and later Vinícius. Because when Karim, in full scoring streak, jumps onto the pitch, he measures no effort. He saved a ball in a sprint that ended in a clear occasion for Lucas, gave a goal that was later disallowed to Isco andhow could it be otherwise, marked a pass from came his 42nd goal in 42 games. The great protagonist of a League in which Real Madrid showed authority.

Data sheet

Real Madrid (4): Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Vallejo, Casemiro (Isco, m.60), Marcelo; Camavinga (Gila, m.75), Ceballos, Modric (Kroos, m.60); Marco Asensio, Rodrygo (Vinícius, m.75) and Mariano (Benzema, m.60).

Spanish (0): Diego Lopez; Aleix Vidal, Sergi Gómez, Cabrera, Calero (David López, m.83); Yangel Herrera (Fran Mérida, m.77), Darder; Vilhena (Didac, m.65), Melendo (Morlanes, m.65), Puado; and Raúl de Tomás (Wu Lei, m.65).

Goals: 1-0, m.33: Rodrygo. 2-0, m.43: Rodrygo. 3-0, m.55: Marco Asensio. 4-0, m.81: Benzema.

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero (Andalusian School). He booked Mariano (41) and Casemiro (46) for Real Madrid.

Incidents: match corresponding to the thirty-fourth day of LaLiga Santander, played at the Santiago Bernabéu in front of 58,686 spectators. The tennis player Rafa Nadal took the kick-off. A respectful minute of silence was observed in memory of former Madrid player Freddy Rincón.

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