MADRID: Real Madrid have clinched their 23rd Spanish soccer championship but for Napoli sustaining their title defense in the Italian league is proving a precarious business.

Real completed their triumph with four matches to go with a 6-0 win over real Betis on Sunday. Their fans celebrated with hours of car-hooting and fireworks after the disappointment of their European Cup semifinal defeat by PSV Eindhoven four days earlier.

“When Real Madrid plays like we did today it’s impossible to stop us,” said Coach Leo Beenhakker. “We are honored to be champions and to return to Europe”.

He added that real “are not going to mess around” in their remaining matches, “We’re professionals and the public deserves our maximum respect”,

Article extracted from this publication >> April 29, 1988