Guardiola’s on a mission, City’s trophies in his vision
Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, has set his sights on achieving a comprehensive array of trophies for the club following their UEFA Super Cup victory.
The triumph came after a penalty shootout win over Sevilla, with the match ending in a 1-1 draw in Athens. Despite falling behind due to Youssef En-Nesyri’s header, City managed to level the score through Cole Palmer’s goal.
The penalty shootout saw Guardiola’s team exhibit flawless performance from the spot, securing a 5-4 victory after Sevilla’s Nemanja Gudelj struck the crossbar.
Guardiola now aims to add the Club World Cup title in December to his list of honors since joining English football. This list already includes five Premier League championships, four League Cups, two FA Cups, and Manchester City’s inaugural Champions League win.
Manchester City’s Triumph Amidst Challenges and Pursuit of Perfection
“We are really pleased for the club to win this,” Guardiola expressed. “We miss just one to finish the full circle and have all the titles we can have.”
Guardiola acknowledged the challenges his team faced due to a lack of preparation for the new season, which was evident in the scorching Greek heat. The absence of key players like Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva due to injury and illness affected City’s creative play.
The Super Cup match highlighted the need for reinforcements, and Guardiola emphasized the current state of affairs: “We are not in the best moment, I would say. Football in these games, in this period, is a (toss of a) coin.” Although Sevilla had a slow start to their La Liga season, they demonstrated their ability to rise to the occasion, just as they did last season by winning the Europa League.
The game showcased Josko Gvardiol’s City debut, but En-Nesyri’s header secured Sevilla’s lead. Despite sluggish moments, City found their footing with Palmer’s equalizer. City’s gradual buildup saw Rodri provide a pinpoint cross for Palmer to score with a header. While En-Nesyri had chances to secure the lead for Sevilla, Ederson’s saves kept City’s hopes alive.
The shootout marked a fitting farewell for Sevilla’s Bounou, who is set to move to Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal. City’s Haaland and others showcased composure, securing the victory for Guardiola’s side. As the pursuit of trophies continues, Guardiola and Manchester City remain focused on achieving a complete collection of honors.