As Manchester City defeated Inter Milan on Saturday in Istanbul to secure a historic treble, manager Pep Guardiola said that his team's Champions League victory was preordained.
Rodri's goal was all it took for City to win the European championship and cap off a nearly faultless campaign that also saw them win the Premier League and the FA Cup. With the victory, City became the second English team to clinch a triple, matching their crosstown rivals Manchester United's feat from 1999.
Speaking after the hard-fought triumph, as cited by Reuters, Guardiola remarked that he was fatigued but happy with the result. The city manager lauded Inter and remarked that a club has to be lucky in the Champions League.
Guardiola went on to suggest that the triumph was written in the stars for his squad.
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Exhausted, calm, and satisfied It's so hard to win it," said Guardiola following a hugging session with everyone in his squad and the club's leadership.
"Inter are pretty excellent. I told you at halftime to be patient. You have to be fortunate. This contest is decided by coin toss. It was predetermined in the stars. It belongs to us."
Guardiola conceded that his squad wasn't at their optimum level in Istanbul, but Inter did generate some decent opportunities to score.
"We weren't performing at our best. The squad took a stride ahead after the World Cup, and we were there." Guardiola added, "It wasn't our best game."
The forthcoming season, in which City will be vying for a fourth straight Premier League victory and will start as favourites to defend their Champions League crown, is something Guardiola claimed he lacks the energy to focus on.
There must be a break; it's been too long. I am too exhausted to consider the upcoming season.
We now have international fixtures for our players. UEFA and FIFA should consider it. Two or three weeks have passed since the Premier League ended. It's excessive. Next season, we'll start from scratch."">