Manchester City could achieve one thing this season that would force Pep Guardiola to retire early, the Catalan coach has revealed.
The Premier League champions recorded a historic campaign during the 2022/23 season alongside their maiden triumph in the UEFA Champions League, after claiming the Premier League title and FA Cup in the weeks prior.
City fended off the challenge of Arsenal in an intense Premier League title race, before issuing the ultimate blow in the FA Cup final by dismissing of Manchester United, en route to an eventual 1-0 win over Inter at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.
However, a repeat of such a feat could be damaging to football as a whole, as well as Manchester City’s longer term future, following a fresh revelation from Pep Guardiola himself this week.
Speaking to Amazon Prime Video ahead of Manchester City’s clash against Aston Villa on Wednesday night, Guardiola admitted that should his players achieve the Treble once again, then he could confirm his retirement from management.
“No, I think that is a mistake,” Guardiola responded when quizzed by Gael Clichy as to whether he instructs his Manchester City players on what they need to do in order to win the Treble for a second successive time.
“To go there in the beginning and say, ‘Treble’. No, no, forget about it! Listen, if we win the Treble this season, I’ll retire, that’s for sure. Never again! I know it’s extremely difficult. How many incredible teams have been in England? It’s just happened once, Sir Alex Ferguson has done it, and then ourselves last season.”
He continued, “When we spoke, okay prepare well and start with the first game, how we try to do it, and then the second game, and now the third, and we will see. We will see our level and the competition itself dictates how is your level, the opponents dictate.
“The challenge is higher. But in September, October, November thinking about the titles, forget about it! It’s a big mistake!”
Manchester City have already claimed one piece of silverware this season having beaten Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup final back in August, and could make it five trophies in 2023 alone should they win the FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia later this month.
The reigning Treble winners are however out of one competition, having been beaten by Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup third round during the opening weeks of the campaign, while Huddersfield Town at home await in the FA Cup third round in January.
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