Club president is over the moon with the Spanish giants’ first major trophy since 2008 and wants his players to focus on conquering Europe
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is delighted with their Copa del Rey conquest insists his side are now targeting the Champions League crown.
The nine-time European kings defeated Barcelona 1-0 after extra-time in the final of the Copa del Rey in Valencia on Wednesday evening.
It is Madrid’s first triumph in the cup competition since 1993 and Perez is overjoyed to have won the one trophy he had been absent in his stint as president of the Spanish giants.
“I am delighted partly because it was the only cup that I had not won,” Perez told reporters after the game.
“I won the Champions League, the Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup [in my first spell in charge].”
Referring to Madrid’s defeat in the final of the Copa in 2002 and 2004, he enthused: “I only lacked the Copa del Rey and it is third time lucky for me.”
The 64-year-old then went on to analyse the contest, which was decided by Cristiano Ronaldo's header in extra-time.
"In the first half, we were the better team, but they [Barcelona] were better in the second. We went missing in the second half, but Di Maria could have scored and Ronaldo too," he said.
"Playing a game in a final is always special, and against Barcelona, there was a bit of tension. But football is the real winner here as it has been a great 'fiesta'. Millions of spectators have enjoyed this with us, and Spanish football is to be congratulated."
Perez now wants his Madrid team to maintain the momentum and conquer Europe this term.
“Now we have to get the final of the Champions League and win it – that would denote a good season,” he declared.
Madrid will take on the arch-rivals Barcelona in the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition with the first-leg to be held at the Bernabeu next week.