On Saturday, June 10, the final match of the Champions League between Manchester City and Inter clubs took place. The game ended with the score 1:0 in favor of the “townspeople”.
After the meeting, Man City head coach Pep Guardiola commented on his team’s success:
“I think that the script for this finale was written in the stars. I’m happy, but at the same time they could have scored and we could have lost. We are very pleased with ourselves. We made a “golden hat-trick”. This is a unique achievement.
I want to congratulate Inter on a great game. I know how they feel now. We felt the same way two years ago. But they are the second team in Europe, which is very cool.
Real Madrid, do not relax – we have 13 less Champions League, but we are coming for you.
Man City forward Erling Holland:
“Incredible feeling! Even in my wildest dreams, I could not imagine that I would win this tournament at the age of 22. It proves that anything is possible for a boy from a small Norwegian town.
I think that in a couple of days, when the emotions subside, I will want to win this trophy again.
I can add more. Much. Today was a difficult match. I had some good moments in the first half. On my day, I could score two goals. But to be honest, I’m not too worried about this. In the finals, victory comes first. It all comes down to playing as one and winning the trophy.
It was a very important match. The pressure was incredible. But working with Guardiola is something. We have a good relationship. He helps me a lot from the very first day in this club. Looking forward to next season and the opportunity to learn something new. He is the best coach in the world. I am very happy that I can train under him every day.”
Man City midfielder Rhodri:
“I’m emotional right now… It’s a dream come true. All here [болельщики «Сити»] waited… I don’t even know exactly how many years. They deserve it, we deserve it. Over the past years, we have been very close to this.
I just want to thank everyone. It was not easy – which team opposed us, how they held the defense and counterattacked. We gave our all.
I wasn’t good in the first half. Those are the finals. Don’t expect to always play well. Emotions and nervousness were present. We have big ambitions. It’s a dream. This moment will never be repeated. We hope [повторить] next year, but we have already earned the right to celebrate. That right belongs to every player who made this club great.”
Man City captain Ilkay Gundogan:
We are very happy. It is difficult to put into words all that just happened.
“It was hard for both teams. We didn’t show our best football in the first half. We were indecisive. We realized that we had to play better in the second one. The game was probably 50/50. We were very lucky that the goal was ours.
“Everyone was just talking about the “golden hat-trick”. The pressure was palpable, but we handled it in the best possible way.”