Champions League win was ‘written in the stars’, says Guardiola

After his team’s final triumph over Inter Milan on Saturday, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claimed that his team’s first Champions League championship was “written in the stars.”

Despite having to rely on luck as Inter squandered several second-half opportunities, Rodri’s goal in the 68th minute was sufficient for City to win the largest prize in club football.

“It’s so difficult to win it,” Guardiola told BT Sport after the nervy 1-0 win.

“They (his players) are really good. Be patient, I said at half-time. You have to be lucky. (Goalkeeper) Ederson or they miss it, they could draw. This competition is a coin.

“It was written in the stars. It belongs to us.”

Guardiola has now won the trophy three times after his previous triumphs with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.

City’s victory also clinched a treble following their Premier League and FA Cup successes this season.

“After the World Cup the team made a step forward and we were there,” added Guardiola.

“Family and friends will join us to celebrate in the hotel. The parade is on Monday in Manchester. The treble is incredibly challenging in this sport.

Since being taken over by its Abu Dhabi supporters in 2008, City has missed the Champions League final on multiple occasions, most recently losing to Chelsea in the final two years ago.

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