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Courtois: ‘A very long, very difficult year’

Thibaut Courtois: 'A very long, very difficult year'

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Thibaut Courtois, who kept another clean sheet in a Champions League final today, admitted to Movistar TV after the match that he struggled this season due to his long absence through injury.

He said: “It was a very long, very difficult year, with lots of support from my team-mates, medical staff and fans. I am happy to end it like this, with a clean sheet.

“I was relaxed. The mister (Ancelotti) knows me, Andriy (Lunin) had a good year, and we have to thank him. I knew I was ready, from the games I played, and training at a high level.

“You’d have to ask the boss what would have happened if Lunin had not been sick. He has a lot of confidence in me and I am happy to be able to return that confidence.”

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Real Madrid beat Dortmund live updates: Carvajal and Vinicius Jr goals seal Champions League final triumph
Max Mathews

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Max Mathews·

Live Reporter

Real Madrid beat Dortmund live updates: Carvajal and Vinicius Jr goals seal Champions League final triumph

Met Police: 53 arrests made at Wembley Stadium tonight

Met Police: 53 arrests made at Wembley Stadium tonight

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The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that there were 53 arrests made at Wembley this evening.

Met Police commander Louise Puddefoot said in a statement: “We are confident that the overwhelming majority of attempts to unlawfully gain access to Wembley this evening were unsuccessful thanks to the efforts of officers, stewards and other stadium staff.

“Officers have made 53 arrests at Wembley – five for pitch invasion and the majority of others for attempts to breach security. Major sporting events often attract attempts by those without tickets to bypass perimeter fencing or otherwise gain entry.

“Videos shared online showing groups running into entrances do not necessarily represent successful attempts to enter the stadium. There are typically multiple further levels of security beyond an initial entrance. Officers remain in the area outside the stadium and will deal decisively with any criminality.”

Real Madrid beat Dortmund live updates: Carvajal and Vinicius Jr goals seal Champions League final triumph
Champions League final police make more than 50 arrests after pitch invasion, attempts to breach security

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Real Madrid beat Dortmund live updates: Carvajal and Vinicius Jr goals seal Champions League final triumph
Michael Bailey

15m ago

Michael Bailey·

Live Reporter

Real Madrid beat Dortmund live updates: Carvajal and Vinicius Jr goals seal Champions League final triumph

Your views: ‘Well played Dortmund… Wished better for them’

Your views: 'Well played Dortmund... Wished better for them'

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💬 Andrew B: “I bet Bellingham is gutted he didn’t sign for (Manchester) United, now more than ever!”

💬 Ian W: “It was like watching the Paris final from two years ago, where Liverpool were the better team but couldn’t get the job done. It brings to mind a quote from Gary Lineker about Germany: “Champions League football is a simple game… 22 men chase the ball for 90 minutes and at the end, somehow…. Real Madrid win again.”

💬 Dave C: “Real Madrid are the NY Yankees of football. You hate that they always win, but you have to acknowledge that they are a great team.”

💬 Matthias L: “Well played to Dortmund. Fought hard. Wished better for them. Could’ve won it with their first-half dominance. Somehow Madrid does it over and over again. Something about them and the UCL. Great send off to the legendary Kroos.”

Real Madrid beat Dortmund live updates: Carvajal and Vinicius Jr goals seal Champions League final triumph
Max Mathews

19m ago

Max Mathews·

Live Reporter

Real Madrid beat Dortmund live updates: Carvajal and Vinicius Jr goals seal Champions League final triumph

Mats Hummels: ‘I’m super proud’

Mats Hummels: 'I'm super proud'

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Mats Hummels, speaking to German broadcaster ZDF after the match, said: “We had a great match. I’m super proud of the team for how we presented ourselves here.

“We played bravely, with heart, and played quality football. We only just missed out on scoring a goal.

“Real Madrid then strike, as they’ve done many times before.”

Real Madrid beat Dortmund live updates: Carvajal and Vinicius Jr goals seal Champions League final triumph
James Horncastle

22m ago

James Horncastle·

Serie A Correspondent

Real Madrid beat Dortmund live updates: Carvajal and Vinicius Jr goals seal Champions League final triumph

Madrid aren’t inevitable

Madrid aren't inevitable

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Despite enjoying a 15-3 record in the final of the European Cup/Champions League, Real Madrid are in fact not inevitable.

They went 32 years without winning this trophy. Then another 12. Between 2004- 2011 they couldn’t get into the quarter-finals.

As much as it feels like they scrape through and get lucky, it’s not all “vibes” and history.

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