Pep Guardiola can fulfill Sheikh Mansour’s Man City vision by doing what Sir Alex Ferguson could not

Will Manchester City or Pep Guardiola stop after entering the royal football halls? No chance.

City became the second English team to win the treble last week, joining Manchester United in winning the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup in the same season. If there were any doubts left about how good this City side was and where they stand in the debate about the greatest sides of all time, they were answered in Istanbul.

Having reached new heights, it would be understandable if Guardiola wanted to take a step back and spend more time on the golf courses than going again next season. His reputation and legacy are secured forever, now.

However, Guardiola dismissed that idea on the pitch at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, saying City ‘reset to zero’ in pre-season and will look to defend their three titles and show they are not satisfied with just winning a Champions League.

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Owner Sheikh Mansour was on hand in Istanbul to see City complete their rise to the top table just 15 years after he took over. He has featured in just one game in that time before last weekend but will have been delighted to be at the stadium to witness the club’s biggest ever moment.

He welcomed Guardiola, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, CEO Ferran Soriano and Director of Football Txiki Begiristain to Abu Dhabi this week and they brought all three trophies with them.

Sheikh Mansour ‘assured’ his visitors that City’s performance this season ’embodies the club’s strategy’ and the group ‘reviewed the club’s march, future plans and strategies in the sporting and investment fields and plans for 2023/24.’ It was with the aim of “ensuring the strengthening of the club’s position locally, Europeanly and globally.”

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