Man City Clinches Treble After Champions League Triumph, Pep Guardiola Crowned Greatest Manager of All Time

Man City Clinches Treble After Champions League
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Pep Guardiola has been hailed as the greatest manager of all time by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, following his triumphant success in leading Manchester City to secure the treble winners title by clinching the 2022/2023 Champions League trophy.

As we all know, The Citizens had already sealed two trophies earlier this season. Guardiola's team emerged as the champions of the Premier League after surpassing their closest rivals, Arsenal, in the final standings.

Erling Haaland and his teammates also triumphed in the FA Cup by defeating the Red Devils with a brace from Ilkay Gundogan in the final match held on Saturday, June 3, 2023.

The victory over Inter Milan in the Champions League final on Sunday, June 11, 2023, in the early hours of the morning, completed Guardiola's proteges' brilliant performance throughout the 2022/2023 period.

With this outcome, Manchester City successfully claimed their first-ever Big-Eared Trophy, equaling the achievement of Manchester United, who achieved the treble back in 1999.

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Furthermore, The Citizens' success marks a new chapter in Pep Guardiola's managerial legacy. The 52-year-old tactician became the first coach to win the treble in European competitions more than once.

It's worth noting that this is not the first time Guardiola has claimed the treble winners title with the team he manages. The bald-headed coach previously achieved the treble with Barcelona in the 2008/2009 season.

Guardiola has now joined the exclusive list of six coaches who have achieved the treble in European football. Alongside the Man City boss, the names of Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Jupp Heynckes, Luis Enrique, and Hansi Flick are also included in this prestigious list.

Ferdinand's View on Guardiola as the Greatest Manager of All Time

Guardiola's achievements this season have garnered high praise from former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand.

The 44-year-old believes that Guardiola deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest football managers in history. Ferdinand even asserts that the City manager deserves this distinction, even without leading the team to treble glory.

"Does he (Pep Guardiola) need this game to be recognized as one of the greatest (football managers)?" Ferdinand told BT Sport, as reported by The Independent.

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"I think we all agree that he doesn't even need it because it's evident in the way he sees the game. He asks his team to play in a way that I've never seen in my lifetime."

"This team has displayed a style of football that has amazed the world. It has been a long-term project and process over the years... Collectively, this team will be remembered in history," he added.

Pep Guardiola's Response after Achieving the Treble at Man City

Previously, Pep Guardiola himself spoke out after successfully achieving the treble with Manchester City. The 1971-born tactician expressed his pride in being on par with the legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

"It is an honor for me to be on par with Sir Alex Ferguson. I received a message from him this morning. It touched me," Guardiola said after the victory over Inter Milan in the Champions League final.

Sir Alex Ferguson had previously achieved a similar triumph with the Red Devils over two decades ago. He was the one who led Manchester United to treble glory in 1999.

Guardiola's impressive accomplishments and his ability to guide different teams to treble success solidify his status as one of the greatest managers in football history. His visionary approach to the game and the extraordinary impact he has had on his teams have left an indelible mark on the sport. As accolades continue to pour in, Guardiola's legacy as a managerial maestro remains secure.

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