Man City’s dominance continues
Manchester City of course faced off with Tottenham in the 2021 League Cup final on Sunday afternoon.
The Citizens have established themselves as League Cup experts over recent years, having won four of the previous five editions of the competition.
And after Aymeric Laporte’s header secured their 4th title in a row yesterday, City drew level with Liverpool for the most League Cups ever won (8).
Make that 4 🏆🏆🏆🏆💙💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/Mee3poOIeg
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) April 25, 2021
Neville praises Pep Guardiola
In the aftermath of the final, meanwhile, Manchester United legend Gary Neville has made a rather big claim about Pep Guardiola.
Since taking the reins at the Etihad, the Spaniard has dominated the English game and broken several records – including clinching the highest points total in a single Premier League season (100), and overseeing the first male English side to secure the domestic treble.
Now, with Guardiola heading towards his 3rd league title in five years, Neville – speaking on his podcast – has suggested that City may have the greatest manager of all time on their books:
“I think they may have the greatest manager of all time, when we look back in sort of 10, 15, 20 years’ time. Just the way in which ease he’s infiltrated countries and dominated football. But also influenced others, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it, and you look at how he’s one now in three different countries, dominating now in this country, is going to win the league title very soon in the next couple of weeks – that’s three in five years it would be – they’re massive achievements, playing the way in which obviously they play as well, which is with technical players, dominating possession.”
Neville did, however, add that the one missing piece from Guardiola’s Sky Blues legacy remains a Champions League title:
“The big one is the Champions League, obviously a huge couple of weeks coming up for Manchester City against PSG because if they were to win that they would have a great chance. And that would be I think the sort of the cherry on the icing on top of the cake of Pep Guardiola’s reign at Manchester City.
“I don’t think you can leave without winning it, it would feel incomplete if he left this country without winning the Champions League. I know that happened in Germany but I think here Manchester City will give him the time to do it. And it almost feels like he has to, to sort of say that the jobs ‘I came to do this and this is what I’ve done and look how I did it’”.