Man City’s Quest for a Champions League Trophy

Man City’s Quest for a Champions League Trophy

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In a recent episode of Ted Lasso, following his side’s 2 – 0 defeat at the hands of their fictional challengers, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had a few words of advice for his AFC Richmond counterpart: ‘“Don’t worry about the wins or losses. Just help these guys be the best version of themselves on and off the pitch. This, at the end, is the most important thing.”

Rich advice comes from a manager famous for overthinking wins, draws, and losses and whose team has just won a fifth premier league title in six seasons. 

From the early days of the Abu Dhabi project, Man City has felt like a relentless winning machine and that feeling has only become more pronounced with the acquisition of a custom-made robotic alien in the form of goal-machine Erling Haaland. City winning everything is now so predictable that doing a league and cup double has become fairly routine.

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 Indeed, their Emirati owners could scarcely pretend to care. They acquired the club with the aim of conquering Europe and, for them, the Champions League remains the Holy Grail. Perhaps for Guardiola, too. It’s been over a decade since he last won that particular trophy. For all the talk of how winning the league is more satisfying because of how difficult it is to maintain momentum over a long period, it appears strangely easier than winning the champions league. 

City will have their latest go at the Champions league title this weekend. Their 2 – 1 victory over next door neighbors United in last weekend’s FA Cup final means they are now one game away from completing a historic treble, a feat only United have completed in English top-flight history. Do you think they’ll be able to achieve this amazing feat?  

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