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Manchester City's treble chase: Two trophies down, one to go

Sunday Jun 04, 2023 17:38 pm

By Onyeka Uwakwe
Wembley Stadium,   Sports

An exceptional  double by Ilkay Gundogan gave City a 2-1 victory over their rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup Final. With the upcoming  UEFA Champions League clash against Inter Milan, the Cityzens appear to have firmly set their eyes on a historic treble.
Manchester City earlier completed a decisive 2-0 over Newcastle United to win the English League Cup ending a six-year wait for a trophy before moving with a with a 2-1 win over Manchester United on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.
Manchester City vs Manchester United 2-1 – as it happened
Ilkay Gundogan scored the fastest  goal after 13 seconds — an FA Cup Final record. The German midfielder unleashed a surprising shot that left United’s defence and goalkeeper in shock.
Nevertheless, Manchester United fought back into the game and were awarded a controversial penalty,  Jack Grealish having been deemed to have handled the ball inside the box. Bruno Fernandes stepped up confidently for the Red Devils and converted the spot-kick, leveling the score. Bruno Fernandes penalty levelled the  Unitedl before halftime. 
In the second half, Kevin De Bruyne delivered a cross into the box, and once again, Gundogan confirmed his finishing ability by spectacularly volleying the ball into the net from the edge of the area. 

Ilkay Gundogan

This victory marked City’s second trophy of the season, further entrenching their dominance in English football under the guidance of their manager, Pep Guardiola.

The fans’ excitement echoed throughout the stadium from the early goa,l just as the final whistle brought celebrations among the City faithful. 

With a double by Gundogan gave City a 2-1 victory over rivals United, to the delight of the Cityzens, the City have one game away from winning a historic treble if they beat Inter Milan this Saturday, June 10.

Erling Haaland

Analysis, predictions 

Sports pundits in the Department of Mass Communication, Federal Polytechnic, Oko have different views on the possible outcome of the match. While Dr. Ben Obioha  predicts a win for Cityzens, Mr. Osy Moses thinks Inter Milan will carry the day, hinging his prediction on experience.

Dr Obioha said Manchester City is currently the best team in the world and unlikely to disappoint the Cityzens. in his thinks the combination of Erling Haaland and Ilkay Gundogan will do an enormous damage against Inter Milan.

Mr Moses has a different view as he thinks experience will count and will be supplied by players like Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli. He listed other players likely to help trucate City dreams and they are: Hakan Calhanoglu, Francesco Acerbi, Niccolo Barella, Denzel Justus, Lautaro Martinez, J Correa and lDennis Curatolo.

A football analyst and a student of the department, Kingsley Asukwo while congratulating Pep Guardiola  on his resilience for Manchester City, is of the view that Nerazzurri of Inter Milan will give them a run for their money.

His reasons: Inter Milan is a top notch to crack, and the are playing a very compact pattern of football that can frustrate any opposition.

Secondly, their defense is so difficult to break no matter how ruthless the attack.

Thirdly, Asukwo's football permutation is that Inter Milan will be springing a surprise against the Citizens as they will be playing with little or no pressure, adding that on the 10th of June Inter Milan will deny Manchester City the treble chase.

In any case, given the last match, Pep Guardiola has delivered a treble message. And if Guardiola’s side wins, it will be the  second-ever treble achieved by an English club, after United first achieved the feat in 1999.

Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli

Pep Guardiola| Credit| Getty Images

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