London (dpa) – manchester city has become the first club in england to win the national triple of championship, league cup and FA cup.
Former bayern coach pep guardiola’s team beat watford FC 6-0 (2-0) in the FA cup final at wembley stadium in london. Raheem sterling (38., 81., 87. Minute) with a treble and david silva (26.), kevin de bruyne (61.) and gabriel jesus (68.) scored the goals for the favorites, who had no sympathy for the club of english pop legend elton john. The musician is honorary president there.
In the rough final at wembley, ilkay gundogan was in the starting eleven, leroy sane came on in the 73rd minute. Minute for his national teammate.
Never before had an english man’s team won every possible title on the island, the domestic treble. "What a season," said captain vincent kompany. "What a great club."
However, manchester missed the perfect season with an early quarterfinal exit in the champions league against tottenham hotspur. The manchester conqueror will now fight for the crown of european club football against FC liverpool with coach jurgen klopp. "I’m successful in the leagues, but in the champions league I haven’t reached my standards yet," the 48-year-old starting coach from spain had said before the FA cup final at wembley.
But whether sane and gundogan will still be around for the next champions league attack seems doubtful. The two german national players are traded away from man city.
Also threatened with a champions league ban. Investigations into financial fair play offences could result in exclusion from the kings division. Guardiola firmly believes in the innocence of his club bosses in the discussion. "I know exactly what happened, i know exactly what they did and i trust them a lot," guardiola had said.
The championship title had defended manchester city only last weekend in the heartbeat final with FC liverpool. In february, the skyblues had won the league cup by beating chelsea FC on penalties – but in the english champions league final in madrid on 1. June this season’s best team on the island is just a spectator.