Manchester City has proven time and time again this season that they are a force to be reckoned with under the guidance of Pep Guardiola. While some matches have been more polished than others, City’s ability to dominate its opponents and do what it takes to win has been nothing short of perfect. This was on full display during the FA Cup final against bitter rivals Manchester United, where City emerged victorious with a 2-1 scoreline.
The match was tense from start to finish, with United having their fair share of opportunities to score. However, it was City’s composure and class that ultimately led them to victory. Captain İlkay Gündoğan was the hero of the day, scoring two goals – including the quickest goal in FA Cup history just 12 seconds after kick-off. This win marked City’s second trophy of the season and kept them on track to win the coveted ‘treble’ of the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League.
The upcoming Champions League final against Inter Milan will be the ultimate test for City, as they aim to become only the second English club to win all three major trophies in a single season. The only other club to achieve this feat is Manchester United, back in 1999. This adds even more significance to the already historic rivalry between the two Manchester clubs.
While United manager Erik ten Hag praised Guardiola’s team as the best in the world, he acknowledged that his own team still has much to improve upon. United has finished below City in the league for the past 10 years, and it will take a lot of work to close the gap. However, Ten Hag remains committed to improving the club and the team for next season.
For City, the focus now shifts to the Champions League final and the chance to make history. Guardiola has never won this trophy with City, and it is the one that the club craves the most. With the caliber of the team assembled by Guardiola, they are the favorites to win in Istanbul. If they do, it will be a historic achievement that cements their place in soccer history.
The rivalry between City and United added an extra layer of excitement, and City’s victory was a testament to their dominance this season. As they continue to chase history, all eyes will be on them in the upcoming Champions League final.