In a heartwarming revelation, Pep Guardiola shared that he received a good luck message from legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson just hours before his Manchester City side secured the treble. City’s triumph in the Champions League final marked a historic moment for the club, as they lifted the coveted trophy for the first time in their history at the Ataturk Stadium, adding to their Premier League and FA Cup victories. It was a hard-fought battle against the resilient Italian opponents, and City had to rely on a stroke of luck to come out on top.
Rodri’s crucial second-half strike sent City’s 30,000 dedicated traveling fans into a state of ecstasy. Moments later, Federico Dimarco’s shot hit the crossbar, only to rebound off teammate Romelu Lukaku. Ederson, City’s exceptional goalkeeper, then produced a miraculous save to deny Lukaku’s header in the 89th minute. It was a dramatic series of events that ultimately sealed City’s treble triumph.
Guardiola, visibly moved by the gesture, expressed his joy at receiving a message from Sir Alex Ferguson on the morning of the final. The renowned former Manchester United manager’s words had a profound impact on Guardiola, who expressed his happiness and gratitude to be mentioned in the same breath as Sir Alex. Reflecting on the accomplishment, Guardiola acknowledged the immense difficulty of winning the treble but felt that destiny was on their side this season.
Acknowledging the challenging nature of the competition, Guardiola emphasized the unpredictable nature of the Champions League, likening it to a coin toss. However, he proudly declared that the trophy now belonged to Manchester City. The team showed patience and resilience throughout the match, particularly in the first half when anxiety was palpable. Guardiola highlighted the crucial role played by Ederson’s remarkable save in securing the victory.
Manchester City’s achievement in matching the historic treble triumph of Ferguson’s Manchester United in 1999 is a remarkable feat. Guardiola’s gratitude for Sir Alex’s message and his acknowledgment of the challenges faced during the journey to victory only adds to the significance of this remarkable achievement. The treble-winning season will forever be etched in the annals of Manchester City’s history, a testament to their resilience, talent, and the touch of fate that guided them to success.
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