Pep Guardiola motivated his Manchester City team to solidify their legacy by winning the Champions League after their recent FA Cup triumph.
Under Pep Guardiola’s leadership, City dominated their rivals Manchester United with a 2-1 victory at Wembley on Saturday, completing the domestic double for the second time.
Ilkay Gundogan was the hero, scoring both goals, including an astonishing volley just 12 seconds into the match – the quickest goal ever recorded in an FA Cup final. City displayed their superiority over their neighbors throughout the game.
Despite their exceptional accomplishments in recent years, including five Premier League titles and four Carabao Cups, they have yet to achieve Champions League glory.
They now have the opportunity to rectify that and achieve a magnificent treble when they confront Inter Milan in the final next week in Istanbul.
City manager Pep Guardiola said: “Everybody knows it. We have done incredible seasons – five Premier Leagues, two FA Cups, Carabao Cups, but we have to win the Champions League to be recognised like the team deserves to be recognised.
“and We have to admit it, without the Champions League – it has been amazing, it has been fun – but we are missing (something). We have to do it.
“We are one game away. I would say it is incredible, remarkable, that in three years we have had two finals and one semi-final of the Champions League.
“But in the end we have to win it. I know how it works. I said to the players, ‘You have to put the pressure on yourself. To be recognised as something good you have to win in Europe’.”
Pep Guardiola tells of the importance of City’s early start
Before fully shifting their attention to Inter, City can take pride in yet another exceptional display that resulted in lifting the trophy.
Although they faced some challenges, United managed to equalize through a penalty converted by Bruno Fernandes. The decision came after a VAR review controversially judged Jack Grealish to have handled the ball.
However, City quickly responded in the early stages of the second half. Kevin De Bruyne delivered a precise free-kick to find Gundogan on the edge of the area, and the German expertly volleyed the ball into the net for his second goal.
From that point onwards, Pep Guardiola’s team maintained a firm control over the game and comfortably secured City’s seventh FA Cup triumph.
Pep Guardiola said: “It was the best way to start a final. There was still more than 90 minutes left but it was important.
“In general we played a really good game. We played with a lot of risk because the threat they have up front is so big, especially with (Marcus) Rashford, but we controlled it really well.
“A final against United is always, for many reasons, difficult but the better team won. We are humble enough to accept how good they are and we did it.
“Winning the FA Cup, the emotions are so, so special and to celebrate with our people, it is really great,” Pep Guardiola added.