Man City accomplished the feat of winning the treble, following in the footsteps of Manchester United’s achievement twenty-four years ago, albeit in different seasons.
Given City’s impressive performance in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) this year, it was difficult to envision anything other than a victory for the Premier League champions.
They remained unbeaten throughout their journey to the final. Securing a treble within a football calendar year is a remarkable accomplishment for only a few managers and groups of players. The team consists of extraordinary players.
After over a decade of attempts to claim Europe’s most prestigious club competition, Pep Guardiola, as the head coach of Manchester City, finally clinched his third UCL title. This puts him in an exclusive club of esteemed head coaches who have won the UCL two or more times.
In his previous tenures with Bayern Munich and his early days at Manchester City, his tactical experiments in the UCL did not yield the same success as the current squad has achieved this season.
Pep has silenced his doubters, who once suggested that he could not win the UCL without Lionel Messi, as Messi played a vital role in his European triumphs at Barcelona. It turns out that Pep did not rely solely on Messi.
During his time at Barcelona, he enjoyed a highly successful period in European competitions. However, since his last UCL victory, his closest attempt to lift the trophy again was in 2021, when his team reached the final but lost to fellow Premier League rivals Chelsea.
This recent achievement makes Pep the first head coach in history to win a treble with two different clubs, a feat no other manager has accomplished before him. Man City will be the team to beat in domestic and European competitions next season.
Pep has achieved nearly everything there is to achieve in football, with the exception of the World Cup. It would be a remarkable note on which to retire from the game, given Pep’s immense contributions to football.
Whether he decides to continue coaching for another season remains uncertain. He has achieved greatness time and time again.
Unverified comments attributed to Erik ten Hag in the media suggest that Manchester United is the only team capable of challenging Manchester City for trophies. If any truth lies in these claims, it’s only a matter of time.
If Pep has no plans for early retirement, next season could prove to be even more captivating than any previous season.
A fitting end to the European footballing season.