It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")
Liverpool thought they had scored eight minutes from the end when Salah ran at the retreating Madrid defence, turning them one way and then another until he only had Courtois to beat. He hit his right foot shot sweetly enough but Courtois produced a quite brilliant save to push it away with his right hand. Salah beat the turf in frustration. He and this Liverpool team will have to wait for another day for their revenge.
It was time for him to galvanize another team that had the money but not the ideal brain to reach the top - Chelsea would rope in the Portuguese and reap a rich harvest. Mourinho laid the foundation for today in the last decade and a couple of years later, he will work wonders for Inter and Real Madrid.
Manchester City won their fourth Premier League title in five years on Sunday but nearly let the trophy slip from their hands, coming back from two goals down to beat Aston Villa with three goals inside an electrifying five minutes late in the second half.
New coach Erik ten Hag watched on as Manchester United lost 1-0 away to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur have pipped Arsenal and qualified for the Champions League with a 5-0 victory over already-relegated Norwich City on Sunday.
A stoppage-time goal from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic earned Lazio a dramatic 2-2 draw at Juventus in Serie A on Monday, a point that sealed the Rome club's spot in next season's Europa League and overshadowed farewells from Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala.
A late second-half header from Youssef En-Nesyri earned Sevilla a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Sunday, securing Julen Lopetegui's side Champions League qualification despite extending their winless run to four games.