Man City are crowned Champions of Europe after 129 years History

For the first time in our 129-year history, Manchester City are Champions of Europe after a 1-0 victory over Inter in the Champions League final on a wonderful night in Istanbul.

It’s the game’s ultimate club prize – the pinnacle of European football – and this win secures a glorious Treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup in what has been the greatest season in the history of Manchester City. 

But this victory in Europe hasn’t come easy.  Since qualifying for the first time in 2011, there have been more lows than highs. Two chastening group-stage exits under Roberto Mancini. The insipid semi-final defeat to Real Madrid in 2016 that meant Manuel Pellegrini’s final weeks in charge would end with a whimper.

The dramatic and unceremonious quarter-final loss at the hands of Tottenham in 2019, which ended in VAR controversy. The defeat in their first final in 2021 against a Chelsea side many felt we were superior to. And, perhaps most crushing of all, last season’s semi-final defeat to Real Madrid that saw us uncharacteristically concede late goals before losing on aggregate.

All those disappointments, part of a steep learning curve in the most unforgiving of competitions, have now dissipated into the Istanbul night sky.

Source: Man City

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