‘Madrid disappointed not to win La Liga’

Andres Iniesta claims Real Madrid are “disappointed” not to have won La Liga, despite their Champions League triumph on Saturday.

Madrid won a record-breaking 11th European cup at the weekend as they defeated Atletico on penalties after a 1-1 draw in-game, but their wait for a League title was extended to four years following Barca’s back-to-back successes in 2014-15 and 15-16.

“This isn’t about a single match or Madrid winning the Champions League,” the midfielder told Cadena SER.

“This goes beyond any game or competition. We celebrate our own [victories], we’re happy with our successes and disappointed with our defeats, as they are.

“They won the Champions League but will be disappointed not to have won the League.

“The fans and us, as a team, should be very proud of the season we’ve had. Of course, defending the Champions League was important, but next season we’ll fight again.

“No club have won twice it in a row, so it shows how difficult it is to win [the CL]. The evaluation of our season should be very good.

“We watched the Champions League final in Austria. It was exciting, especially for the lottery of penalties.

“Penalties are a cruel way to decide the winner of the Champions League, but it’s not unfair.

“I haven’t been able to congratulate my Madrid colleagues yet because I haven’t seen them and they have a week off.

“One rejoices in the successes of [one’s colleagues in the national team]. I hate to wish anything bad on anyone because things can ultimately backfire on you.”

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