Pep Guardiola reveals Sir Alex Ferguson text before Champions League final

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Pep Guardiola reveals Sir Alex Ferguson text before Champions League final

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, disclosed that he received a text from Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United boss, prior to the Champions League final.

Guardiola expressed his honor in achieving the same feat as Ferguson by winning the Treble. Manchester City secured their first-ever European championship by defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in the final, held in Istanbul.

Rodri scored the crucial goal, sealing the Treble for Guardiola’s team after their victories in the Premier League and FA Cup.

Manchester United was the only previous English club to accomplish the remarkable feat of winning the Premier League title, the FA Cup, and the Champions League in the same season, achieving it in the 1998/99 campaign. Similarly, Manchester City faced significant challenges, reminiscent of United’s experience in the 1999 Champions League final, as they had to overcome a determined Inter side and rely on goalkeeper Ederson to excel under pressure.

For Pep Guardiola, this victory marked his third triumph in the Champions League as a manager, having previously achieved it twice during his tenure at Barcelona. However, winning the competition once again in a season where his team clinched the Treble made the achievement even more extraordinary and meaningful for the Spanish manager.

Guardiola said: “I can’t wait to be on the bus with the three trophies. It’s an honour for me to be like Sir Alex Ferguson – he sent me a message this morning (Saturday).”

With Manchester City’s Champions League triumph, Manchester has joined a select group as the second city in history to have two of its clubs win the prestigious competition.

Previously, only Milan had achieved this distinction, with AC Milan and Inter Milan collectively securing the Champions League title on ten occasions. The success of both Manchester United and Manchester City in the competition solidifies Manchester’s status as a footballing powerhouse.

Guardiola added: “Sometimes it looks like this competition this year, this final was written in the stars. The goal, the chances they had. Ederson’s save where in extra time you could lose the game.

“I will be the same person and we will be the same team and we will be the same club. Today was our year, but in the past to do it of course we are incredibly satisfied to achieve something unique, the Treble for this club.”

Pep Guardiola reveals Sir Alex Ferguson text before Champions League final

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