Cristiano Ronaldo’s headed goal in extra time gave Jose Mourinho his first trophy with Real Madrid when they beat arch rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final last night.
But the silverware won’t be taking its place in their trophy cabinet for a while yet — it will need major repairs after it was accidentally dropped from the open-deck bus during celebrations.
Sergio Ramos was showing the trophy to thousands of fans lining the streets when it slipped from his grasp and it fell to the ground in front of the bus which promptly ran over it.
Mourinho was concentrating on the success rather than the aftermath and he said the triumph over Barcelona shows his side can compete with their rivals and can come out on top in the clubs' forthcoming Champions League semi-final tie.
His side rode their luck at times before edging out their fierce rivals thanks to Ronaldo's header in extra-time.
Angel di Maria, who set up the goal for the Portuguese, was later sent off but Madrid held on to give Mourinho a first trophy in Spain.
“I am thrilled to win the Copa del Rey — it is something special,” Mourinho said after the game.
“It's a fantastic triumph against a great team like Barcelona — and we deserved it.”
Mourinho's men were humbled by Barca in his first Clasico, a 5-0 drubbing at the Nou Camp in late December.
But a 1-1 draw at home to the Catalans in the Primera Division renewed optimism and Mourinho believes this triumph shows his team can match the Spanish champions. “We can take them on over two games; we have just done that,” he said.
“There is no reason we can't beat them in the Champions League because we have just drawn once against them and then beaten them.”
And the former Chelsea and Inter Milan coach says the Copa del Rey is just the beginning for this Madrid side.
“I came here to do a job and change the mentality of the club,” he said. “We have started to do that and it's satisfying — but it's just the start.”
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was philosophical in defeat.
“Life is like that — you can't always win,” he said.