SHOWS: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (DECEMBER 22, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, SANTIAGO SOLARI, SAYING: "First, this is due to the merit of the players.
To be here is a merit of the footballers and to be here is also due to their merit.
This title closes this year with goals and to be able to win 3 Champions League titles in a row and 3 Club World Cup titles in a row is history, it's something difficult to do and it will be very difficult to equal this.
This team has made history.
I already told you that I have a lot of love for this Cup, I was already playing the Intercontinental Cup in 1996 against Juventus and I played it again with River Plate in 2000 when we lost again and then we beat Olympia from Paraguay.
And now I have a title, the same title as a coach.
It's a wonderful tournament and now its more beautiful than before, so I leave this competition with a lot of happiness and satisfaction, and I want to give merit to those who deserve it." STORY: Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari credited the players on his team for the club's third consecutive Club World Cup win on Saturday (December 22) as he collects his first trophy at the helm of Real Madrid.
Real beat host club Al Ain 4-1 in the final after the Emirati minnows shocked South American champion River Plate in the semi-final.
Real have won the last three editions of the tournament, also lifting the trophy in 2014, and moved ahead of Barcelona as the team to have won it the most times.