The Big Year, the Treble, and Pep’s powerful words, “It’s so hard to win a trophy like this X.”
“It’s so hard to win this fxxking trophy.”
Manchester City lifted the first big trophy in the club’s history with a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League final at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday (Nov. 11).
City won its first Champions League title and became the first English club in 24 years to win the triple (Premier League+FA Cup+Champions League) since Manchester United in 1998-99.
The final showdown with Inter was not easy. Ace Kevin De Bruyne was sidelined with a hamstring injury, and goalkeeper Ederson and the defense were not in sync. Chances were few and far between, and Elling Holland was pinned down by the Inter defense. 메이저사이트
However, the goal exploded in the second half after some great link-up play between Manuel Akanji and Bernardo Silva, with Rodri finishing. City held on for the precious point and are now the best team in Europe.
After the win, City manager Pep Guardiola told BT Sport: “I’m tired, but I’m calm and I’m happy. “It’s so hard to win a trophy like this,” he said, adding, “We were destined to win. It was like a coin toss. But it was ours.”
“We probably weren’t at our best today. We didn’t play our best and the trek was difficult, but we took a step forward and now we will celebrate with our family and friends at the hotel. There will be a victory parade in Manchester on Monday,” he added.
After giving it his all, Guardiola talked about resting after such a long journey rather than talking about what’s next: “We will start from zero next season. But right now I don’t have the strength to think about the next, it’s impossible. We need a break. It’s been too long,” he said.
Meanwhile, Guardiola hasn’t forgotten the ‘Barcelona spirit’: “We have 13 games left to catch Real Madrid (Real have won the Champions League 14 times). You will have to be careful. The moment you sleep, we will catch up with you,” he jokingly warned.