‘City Can Now Visualise Treble’


Pep Guardiola said his Manchester City players can “visualise” the treble after thrashing Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final.

City won 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium to win the tie 5-1 on aggregate and is now just three wins away from winning the Premier League title, FA Cup and Champions League in the same season.

Guardiola has repeatedly distanced himself from talk of a treble — achieved only once before in English football by Manchester United in 1999 — but after crushing Madrid, the City boss admitted his squad has started to think about the prospect of writing themselves into the history books.

“Let me win the first two,” said Guardiola when asked about City’s chance of winning the treble. “In the Premier League we are close. We know we need one more game and I would say we play against our neighbours [Manchester United] and against an Italian team [Internazionale] in the finals. The season is really, really good, now we have to lift it. We are close and of course we are going to try.

“We are there, we can think about it, we can visualise it. We are three games away. One each of the competitions, we can do it.”

City’s thrilling victory over Madrid came after their dramatic exit at the hands of the Spanish giants at the same stage of last year’s Champions League. Madrid scored twice in stoppage time in the second leg last May to book a place in the final at City’s expense, and Guardiola admitted the pain of that night in the Bernabeu 12 months ago had played a part in the performance.