Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho is thrown in the air by his players after their win over Athletic Bilbao to win the Spanish first division league title at San Mames stadium in Bilbao May 2, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
After snatching the La Liga title by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Wednesday, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho claimed that he and his players had worked hard to achieve their success.
“I won the league title in Portugal, Italy and England, but this one has been the toughest," Mourinho was quoted as saying on RealmadridTV.
"I’ve won seven league titles overall and I know what it feels like. Barcelona won all their games, as befits the great team that they are. They’ve been winning to the very last day. They are a club with great tradition that knows we deserved to win this title,” he added.
The 49-year-old asked his players to continue working hard to repeat their success next season.
“We have to continue working after tomorrow because next season will also be tough and we have games to play still in this campaign. This team deserves even more emotion and affection, and I expect the Bernabeu to give it to them in our match against Mallorca.”
Mourinho thanked Real Madrid supporters as well as the squad members' families for standing behind the team throughout the season.
“The fans, who suffer with this team, have given us their undying support. I want to congratulate all of them, especially our families, who suffer most of all.
"You can be a great fan of a club or one of the professionals that work in it, but our families suffer for us and for the club in the hardest moments. They’re there for us every day and experience our emotions throughout a very long season. My wife and children have given me all the support I need to be in top form,” Mourinho concluded.
Real Madrid clinched their 32nd La Liga title and their first in four years when Gonzalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo struck in a frenetic 3-0 win at 10-man Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.
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