Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, admits it is an “honor” to have equaled Sir Alex Ferguson’s feat by winning the Treble, admitting the former Manchester United manager messaged him before the Champions League final.
On Saturday evening, City became Europe’s first champions, defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in the Champions League final in Istanbul. Rodri’s decisive goal completed the Treble for Guardiola’s men, who had already won the Premier League and the FA Cup.
United, of course, was the only previous English club to win all three titles in the same season, doing so in 1998/99 when they won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League. The city had to work hard to get over the line, just like United did in the 1999 Champions League final, with Inter generating plenty of pressure in the latter stages and drawing the best out of Ederson.
Guardiola won the Champions League for the third time in his managerial tenure, having previously won the league twice while at Barcelona. Having won it again in a Treble-winning season made it even more special for the Catalan.
“I can’t wait to be on the bus with the three trophies,” Guardiola remarked. It’s an honor to be compared to Sir Alex Ferguson, who texted me this morning (Saturday).”
Manchester is currently only the second city in history to have two clubs win the Champions League. Milan was the only previous city to accomplish this record, with AC and Inter winning the competition ten times each.
“Sometimes it looks like this competition, this final, was written in the stars,” Guardiola remarked. The objective, the opportunities. Ederson’s save, where you may lose the game in extra time.
“I’ll be the same person, we’ll be the same team, we’ll be the same club.” Today was our year, but we have done it before, and we are ecstatic to have achieved something special, the Treble for this club.”