Manchester City's jubilant manager, Pep Guardiola, wore his emotions on his sleeve after clinching the coveted triple crown with his team, known affectionately as the 'Citizens' The culmination of their victory came in the Champions League final, after which Guardiola shared some choice words with the football governing bodies.
A Triumph Long in the Making
Guardiola's much-anticipated European victory with Manchester City came to fruition in an electrifying final in Istanbul. The Citizens faced a formidable adversary in Inter Milan, ultimately triumphing through a decisive goal scored by Rodrigo.
Embracing the euphoria of victory, Guardiola let loose on the pitch with his teammates. He then sent ripples through the global football community with his post-match comments, highlighting the difficulty in securing the title of European champions.
“It was written in the stars that we’d win this season – and we did. This f*cking trophy is so difficult to win," he remarked. Guardiola acknowledged the challenge, the anticipation, and the patience required to triumph in such a contest, as well as the element of luck and the importance of momentum.
"This competition is [a toss of] a coin. The momentum came from winning the Premier League and FA Cup and now we have this," Guardiola reflected. The exhaustion of the triumphant season was apparent, with him commenting, "I have no energy to think of next season and we need a break."
Embracing the Challenge and Honour
In the wake of this victory, Guardiola acknowledged the honour of standing alongside legendary figures in football, such as Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, he also expressed the burden of expectation and the need for rest before contemplating the challenges of the next season. “I need a break. My chairman said: ‘Oh, London is next season’s venue of the final,’ so I don’t tell you my answer to him," he quipped.
Guardiola also voiced his determination to prevent Manchester City from becoming another team that disappears after winning the Champions League. He candidly admitted the pressure he felt, especially this season, and the general consensus that his team's legacy would be incomplete without a Champions League win.
“People [may] say I have to win trebles every season. I am a good manager, Pep, but not that good,” Guardiola concluded with humility. His words marked the end of the exhilarating 2022/2023 European football season. But the excitement of football continues unabated with the national teams' gathering next week.
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