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Istanbul night ended with happy tears for Man City. After 7 long years of waiting under coach Pep Guardiola, the Green Man finally had the first time in the club’s history to touch the prestigious European championship trophy. Man City’s achievement is even more memorable because they have gone through an uneven journey. A lot of emotions have been suppressed for a long time, and then when the final whistle sounded, tears kept falling. Man City’s happiness is multiplied many times, when this is not a mere Champions League championship. They have fulfilled the great “triple” dream – something that only Sir Alex Ferguson’s MU could do in the UK in the 1998/99 season.
Looking across Europe, there have been 6 other clubs that have won the “treble” next to the two Manchester teams, including Barca (2008/09, 2014/15), Bayern (2012/13, 2019/20), Ajax (1971/72), Celtic (1966/67), Inter Milan (2009/10) and PSV (1987/88). Speaking of which, we will immediately ask the question which is the greatest “triple” in history? There will be a lot of controversy, but to be fair, after what has been shown throughout this season, Man City’s “triple” is probably the best. Many people will think that Barca’s “triple” in the 2008/09 season is the best, or others are completely inclined to MU’s victory in the 1998/99 season. However, if we look at the collective Man City this season, we will see that there are values beyond the titles.
Guardiola’s Man City not only won, but the way they did it was special and extraordinary, from strength, style to creativity. Man City has the best striker in the world, the best midfielder in the world and without a doubt the best coach in the world. Like he did at Barcelona, Guardiola is re-imagining the game in the mind of a genius. No one in England can “get close” to Pep or Man City. Looking at Arsenal – Man City’s most formidable opponent in the Premier League this season, is like a schoolboy after what happened at the Etihad. In the Champions League, Man City knocked down both “boggarts” Bayern and Real Madrid on the way to the coronation. Everyone knows how rich and powerful the Gray Lobster and Los Blancos are on the continent’s most prestigious club-level playground. However, when it passed through Man City’s hand, everything suddenly became easy with the heart-stopping victories.
Like two legendary coaches Arrigo Sacchi and Johan Cruyff, Guardiola is more than just a coach. He is also an architect, a great influence in modern football matches. Under Pep’s kneading hands, Man City has constantly evolved over time and has never shown any signs of slowing down. After nearly 7 years of being coached by Guardiola, the Green Man became stronger and stronger, creating a big difference in level with the rest of the opponents in the Premier League, even in Europe. Man City’s failures in recent seasons in the Champions League are not intrinsically due to weak capacity. This team still shows a superior face, maybe it’s just that fate has not been on their side. But then, even fate was subdued by Man City.
City have the potential to become the version of 1980s Milan or Barca, after Guardiola modernized Cruyff’s methods at Camp Nou. These clubs are not only successful in the domestic league, but also become an invincible force in the continental arena. Man City’s “triple” this season really has reached perfection. They won each match by easily crushing their opponents. The overwhelming, brocade-embroidered stone style of the Green Man makes fans dizzy, and it will probably be a long time before fans can enjoy such a comprehensive team. Man City went through a difficult, even ugly match against Inter Milan. Yes, but that’s football. When in a tug-of-war, Man City’s bravery was shown, completely different from their previous versions.
Undoubtedly, Man City is now the king of European football, and their “triple” is also the greatest in history. MU 1998/99, Bayern 2012/13 or Barca 2008/09? Let’s put these collectives in a corner to welcome Man City of the 2022/23 season – the season with the perfect “triple”.