After securing the FA Cup title in a dazzling contest against Manchester United, Pep Guardiola takes another big leap in writing his name in the history books. The Cup is Pep’s second piece of silverware for the season, having already won the Premier League title. The club still has one more important job: win the champions league title next weekend. With this success, they will be on course to achieve one of the greatest achievements in football, the treble.
Manchester City were up and running in a bright start that allowed Man United no breathing room resulting in a very early goal, the fastest in the competition. An Ilkay Gundogan stunner left De Gea glued, squeezing its way to the top corner. Man United struggled to find their way back into the game after the goal, with much of the play going one way. Thanks to a stroke of luck, United were handed a penalty following a controversial handball by Jack Grealish. Bruno Fernandes made no mistake putting the ball in the back of the net to hand his team a lifeline in the game. The game was, however, put to bed in the 51st minute when Gundogan scored yet another beauty. 2-1 was the full-time score as Manchester City added magnificence to their trophy cabinet.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s legacy now at risk
Sir Alex Ferguson’s legacy was at stake going into this match. He is the only manager to have won the treble in England with Manchester United back in 1999. Therefore, the expectation was for United players to turn up with added motivation to defend this achievement. However, the Citizens proved too good for them, and they fell short of this objective.
Pep Guardiola has now set his sights on a treble and a chance to replicate Fergie’s greatness. Next weekend, he will face a resilient Inter Milan FC in the Champions Leagues finals. If he can achieve this, he will take seat among the most illustrious EPL managers ever. This will be a legacy that even the geniuses like Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho failed to achieve in England.
Pep’s remarkable season
Pep Guardiola has had a very successful season, achieving most of his targets. He had set his eyes on defending the league title and achieved this emphatically. His powerful force had to chase down an impressive Arsenal, who had their sights well set on the title. He capitalized on Arsenal’s three-game slip and powered the Citizens to the trophy. He bridged an 8-point gap and finished the season 5 points above his closest rivals.
The FA Cup is now their second piece of silverware this season, with another trophy sprinkling the icing on the cake. Pep Guardiola and his men have successfully accomplished two vital tasks and now have all their energy fixated on the most significant match. The Champions League has always been the holy grail for Man City. Thus, the importance of winning this trophy this time cannot be understated, given the position they are in presently. If Guardiola can go ahead and clinch this one, it would be difficult to escape the supposition that he would have rendered himself one of the greats in the game.