Real Madrid are 7/2 to make history and retain the Champions League in 2014/15 after Gareth Bale inspired Los Blancos to win ‘La Decima’ against city rivals Atletico Madrid in Lisbon.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side came from a goal down to beat the La Liga title winners 4-1 after extra-time to clinch the 10th European Cup of their history, giving the Spanish giants their first Champions League title since 2002 and finally ending the wait for ‘La Decima’.
For so long it had looked like Atletico would complete the most incredible of doubles, with Diego Godin’s first half-goal giving Diego Simeone’s side a 1-0 lead they still held as the clock reached the 90th minute.
But Sergio Ramos headed a dramatic equaliser in injury time, breaking Atletico hearts and handing the initiative to a rampant Real side.
Real deservedly went on to win, with goals from Bale, Marcelo and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, his 17th Champions League goal of the season, handing Los Blancos a victory they have craved ever since Zinedine Zidane’s majestic volley beat Bayer Leverkusen 12 years ago.
The win for Real means Ancelotti has become just the fifth man to win the European Cup with two different clubs, while the Italian has equalled former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley’s record of three European Cup wins.
bwin have immediately put a price of 7/2 on Real successfully defending their title next season – a feat that has never been achieved in the Champions League era.
Pep Guardiola’s FC Bayern are the narrow 13/4 favourites to reclaim the Champions League they last won in 2013, while his former club Barcelona are 7/1 to win their fifth European title next term.
Chelsea, whose manager Jose Mourinho is bidding to join Ancelotti and Paisley on three European Cup wins, are 8/1, while Manchester City are priced at 11/1 to win the first Champions League title in their history. Liverpool are 22/1, while Arsenal are priced up at 25/1.
Ateltico are 12/1 to overcome their heartbreak and go one better next season.