Real’s silent heroes: ozil and khedira become champions for the first time

Real's silent heroes: ozil and khedira become champions for the first time

With a goal, an assist and a crossbar, ozil played a key role in real’s 3-0 win at athletic bilbao to secure their 32nd league title with two games to spare. For the first time could secure the title in the primera division. "He was the best player on the pitch," the sports paper "marca" praised the german midfield strategist.

"This is the greatest title for me so far, because it rewards the hard work of a whole season," ozil said on the homepage of the german football association (dfb). "We are still really hungry and want to win many titles."

Like sami khedira, ozil is not a fan of rude words and is more of a quiet hero at real. With the title win, the national players joined the list of german soccer legends such as paul breitner or gunter netzer, who became champions with real.

With this championship, the "royals" not only broke the domination of FC barcelona after three years, but also wrote football history. With the record number of 115 goals, you have already surpassed your old best performance of 107. If the madrilenians win the two remaining games, they will also surpass the record of 99 points that barca set two years ago.

Ozil headed in the winner for european league finalists bilbao with a dream pass to gonzalo higuain (16). Minute) one that put real in the lead. Shortly thereafter, the ex-bremer (20.) with the 2:0 a preliminary decision, later he landed another lattentreffer.

Cristiano ronaldo (50.) scored the 3:0, but was not so very happy. The world star had previously failed to score a penalty against athletic goalkeeper gorka iraizoz in a rather miserable manner. The audience chanted gleefully "bayern, bayern" and reminded the portuguese of the missed penalty a week earlier in the champions league semifinal against bayern munchen.

With lionel messi scoring three goals in barca’s 4-1 win over malaga FC to take his tally to 46, ronaldo’s 44 goals have left him behind. This seems to have angered him so much that he made an obscene gesture after the final whistle.

In madrid, thousands of real fans gathered at midnight at the cibeles fountain for the first title party. The official celebration is scheduled for thursday evening. Sergio ramos promised that he would then treat the trophae better than the trophy he loved to fall from the top deck of a bus onto the street a year ago. "I’ll hold on tight to the championship cup," says defender.

Coach jose mourinho, on the other hand, has no time for rude jubilations. "I was happy about the title for five minutes and then went back to work," the portuguese reported. Like giovanni trapattoni and ernst happel, he managed to win the championship in four countries. He had previously won the title twice with porto FC, chelsea FC and inter milan FC.

Despite the championship, the final season for real also had a few dark sides. This was mainly due to the loss in the champions league against FC bayern. Mourinho’s controversial methods make him unpopular with some fans. A few months ago, there was a small rebellion among the players: according to media reports, the professionals refused to hold the referees responsible for failures, as the coach had demanded.

Real also had little luck with its new signings. None of the newcomers was able to assert themselves decisively. The ex-bundesliga pros nuri sahin (previously: borussia dortmund) and hamit altintop (bayern munchen) were hardly used at all.

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