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Manchester City beat Inter Milan 1-0 in a tight Champions League final to become European champions for the first time and secure the treble.

They are the first English club to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in the same season since city rivals Manchester United in 1998-99.

Midfielder Rodri scored the winner in the 68th minute to secure the trophy for City at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

City owner Sheikh Mansour was in attendance, his first competitive City game for nearly 13 years, as they claimed their first Champions League title, which has been a major aim for the club since the Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008.

The victory was secured after losing midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in the first half to injury. The Belgian was replaced by Phil Foden on 35 minutes, the second time he has left a Champions League final early having had to go off in the 2021 defeat to Chelsea due to injury.

After a goalless first hour, the goal came when Manuel Akanji played through Bernardo Silva, who got to the byline and cut back to Rodri and the Spanaird calmly placed the ball into the net.

In the final few minutes, City keeper Ederson made an incredible save at point-blank range from Romelu Lukaku before a further stop from virtually the last passage of play of the game.

This was Pep Guardiola’s third Champions League victory as a coach and his first since he lifted the trophy with Barcelona in 2011. It is also the second time he has won a treble, having done so with Barcelona in 2009. It was his fourth final as coach after City lost to Chelsea in 2021.

The club have confirmed Guardiola and his squad will parade the three trophies back in Manchester on Monday evening.

Manchester City’s road to the Champions League

Group stage
September 6 2022 Sevilla 0–4 Manchester City
September 14 2022 Manchester City 2–1 Borussia Dortmund
October 5 2022 Manchester City 5–0 Copenhagen
October 11 2022 Copenhagen 0–0 Manchester City
October 25 2022 Borussia Dortmund 0–0 Manchester City
November 2 2022 Manchester City 3–1 Sevilla
Round of 16
February 22 2023 RB Leipzig 1–1 Manchester City
March 14 2023 Manchester City 7–0 RB Leipzig
Quarter-finals
April 11 2023 Manchester City 3–0 Bayern Munich
April 19 2023 Bayern Munich 1–1 Manchester City
Semi-finals
May 9 2023 Real Madrid 1–1 Manchester City
May 17 2023 Manchester City 4–0 Real Madrid
Final
June 10 2023 Manchester City 1-0 Inter Milan

How they did it

What they said

Pep Guardiola: ‘It was written in the stars’

Asked how it felt to win Europe’s premier competition once again, he replied: “Tired. Calm. Satisfied. It’s so difficult to win it.

“They (Inter) are really good. Be patient, I said at half-time. You have to be lucky. Ederson or they miss it, they could draw. This competition is a coin. It was written in the stars. It belongs to us.

“We weren’t at our best level. After the World Cup the team made a step forward and we were there. It wasn’t our best performance.

“I don’t have any energy to think about next season, it’s impossible. We need a break, it’s too long.

“Our players have international games now. Uefa and Fifa, think about it. The Premier League finished two or three weeks ago, now people have to come back. It’s too much. We will start from zero next season.

“We’re going to celebrate in the hotel with family and friends. Monday the parade is in Manchester. With this competition, the treble is so difficult.”

Rodri: ‘We competed like animals’

“I’m emotional. This is a dream come true. All these guys (the fans) deserve this, waiting how many years, 30, 40. The last few years we have been so close.

“It wasn’t easy tonight, what a team we faced, the way they defend, the way they counter-attack. They deserve credit because they are a great team.

“But I don’t want to forget about my lads, we gave everything. If they scored at the end and we went extra time, I don’t know if I could play, because of my calves. It was an unbelievable effort from everyone.

“I wasn’t good in the first half. I was playing shit, to be honest. But I said to myself you have to overcome the situation. I scored a goal, unbelievable.

“We didn’t expect to play well, like always. Emotions and nerves are there. But we competed until the end, some of these lads are 21, 22. Some of them it was their first final but we competed like animals.”

Ilkay Gundogan: ‘It was probably a 50-50 game – we feel very fortunate’

“Unbelievable. Difficult to put in words. Today we made history.

“It was difficult for both teams. We weren’t at our best in the first half. We were hesitating. We knew we had to do better in the second.

“It was probably a 50-50 game. We feel very fortunate it was for us.

“We knew everyone was talking about the treble. The pressure was there but this team is built to handle the pressure in the best possible way.”

Erling Haaland: ‘In finals the only thing is winning’

“Unbelievable. In my wildest dreams I would never think of this. It shows it’s possible for a guy from a small hometown in Norway. It gives hope to younger people in the indoor hall in my hometown. It’s unbelievable.

“Having good people around me my whole life and ones that I can trust is important. To have my father and mother around me here is fantastic. I’m so happy.

“After a couple of days when this settles a bit and this feeling of winning this trophy, I will want to do it again for sure. I know myself and I know this is how I will think.

“I can improve a lot. I can improve on today. I was close a couple of times in the first half. I could have got the ball from Ilkay Gundogan in the first half but he played to Jack Grealish.

“On a good day I could have scored two goals but I don’t care about that right now. In finals the only thing is winning. It’s about performing as a team to get the trophy.”

John Stones: ‘I’m so proud to play a part in history’

“To see what this team has done, what we’ve gone through. I can’t put it into words, what a feeling. Incredible (to hear my name sung), it touches my heart every time. I love every single one of them.

“It’s a big statement, only the second team to do a treble. Both equally incredible in their own right, I’m so proud to have played a part in history.”

On being a treble winner. “It’s got a nice ring to it, I’m buzzing.”

Jack Grealish: ‘I was awful but I don’t care’

“This is what you work your whole life for. I’m so happy. I was awful but I don’t care. To win the treble with this group of players is so special.

“Everyone who knows me knows how much I love football and this is what I have worked for my whole life.

“Seeing my family in the crowd makes me so emotional.

“I just said to the manager, ‘I want to thank you’. He has put so much faith in me. He is a genius.”

Kyle Walker: ‘This club means so much to me’

“I’m over the moon. I’m rarely speechless. My dream has come true, to achieve this with this club. To achieve a treble is unbelievable.

“I’m always going to be disappointed when I’m not playing but I’m 33. My example sets to the younger lads. I made a speech before they went out. This club means so much to me. To experience what I’ve experienced, I’m forever in debt.

“I said my dream is in your hands. No pressure. You can’t say Inter deserved it more than we did or we deserved it more than they did. We’re both here by merit. There has to be a loser.

“Emotions played a part. The occasion is obviously going to get to you. I got a silver one last time so to get a gold one is fantastic.

“I’m living the dream. My mum and dad are in the stands. From where I come from in Sheffield it’s not easy. I remember when my mum didn’t have a pound for the ice cream van. To have this with them, I’m so thankful.”

How football reacted

Rio Ferdinand: “One of the big things, where the emotion comes as well is a lot of these players, they’ve got to the final, they got beaten. They’ve gotten to the latter stages of this tournament and they’ve had some hard, hard losses, so it heightens this emotional feeling at this moment in time.

“It’s one of those things that you look at (like), ‘Will it ever come?’ or ‘is it too much for us, are we going to get to the top of Mount Everest?’ Well, they’ve done it. The Inter Milan team deserve credit, because they put up a fight today that not many people expected, but this team have a way of just finding a way now.

“They can beat you in a variety of ways now and Haaland was a key to that, but all the other players played their part today. Kyle Walker would have been fuming before the game, but he’s come on, played his little part and he’ll forget that. But this team deserve all the credit they get because they are a formidable, fantastic team.”

Cesc Fabregas: “It was a difficult game for them because I don’t even think they were thinking that Inter would play such a brilliant game. They gave a big fight, but credit to Man City because they found resources.

“Also your best player comes off after 20 minutes, the brilliance of Kevin De Bruyne, we’re all doubting, ‘Can they do it? Can they stand up to the challenge?’

“They certainly did and they performed to a top, top level.”

(Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)



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