Manchester City, led by Pep Guardiola (52), are increasing their chances of winning the treble.
The Citizens have been unbeatable this season. Having already clinched the English Premier League (EPL) title early, the team is set to face Manchester United in the FA Cup final and Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final.
If City wins both the United and Inter games, they will have won all three competitions and earned a triple. City would become the first English 메이저사이트 team to accomplish the feat in 24 years, since United did it in the 1998-1999 season under Alex Ferguson. On the European stage, it would be the first time in three years since Bayern Munich in the 2019-2020 season.
It will be a first for City, but a second for Guardiola. He won the treble with Barcelona in the 2008-2009 season, so it will be 14 years since he has done it again. The FA Cup final against United is June 3 and the Champions League final against Inter is June 11.
In an interview with Sky Sports on June 24 (KST), Guardiola was asked, “What is the next goal for City if they win the treble?
Without hesitation, Guardiola replied, “To score a goal against Tottenham,” causing the set to burst into laughter. We were expecting him to say something more ambitious, but instead, he responded with a typical Guardiola joke.
In reality, Guardiola’s City have not won in their last five trips to Tottenham. Their last win at Spurs was in October 2018, so they haven’t won at Tottenham Hotspur since the stadium opened in March 2019.
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City have failed to score a single goal in their last five trips to Tottenham, let alone pick up a point. After losing 0-1 at Tottenham on April 9, 2019, in their opening Champions League match, City followed that up with back-to-back 0-2 league defeats in February and November 2020, and back-to-back 0-1 losses in August 2021 and February 2023.
To add insult to injury, Guardiola has a problem with Son Heung-min. With the exception of Harry Kane’s away goal in February 2023, Son has always been on fire. In the previous four games, with the exception of the game just before, Son has been on fire against his own team, while City have failed to score a single goal against Spurs.
With the big goal of a treble on the horizon, Guardiola was focused on the smaller game against Spurs. This is the kind of thinking that makes Guardiola one of the best managers in the world.