City Thrash Watford To Win The FA Cup And Complete Domestic Treble
City took the lead through David Silva while Raheem Sterling poked the ball over the line to double their advantage before half-time.
Kevin De Bruyne, who came off the bench to replace Riyad Mahrez, slotted home City’s third with a cool, composed finish in the second half.
Gabriel Jesus added City’s fourth and Sterling completed his hat-trick to round off his side’s 6-0 thrashing of Watford.
While much of the season had been focused on City securing a quadruple, those dreams were dashed when they were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals at the hands of finalists Tottenham Hotspur.
Of course, Guardiola was quick to remind a reporter ahead of the Watford match that it was the first domestic treble for men in English football, mainly for how the women had already done it.
“You’ve got the prospect of winning the first-ever domestic treble in this country. How does that excite you?” the reporter asked.
Guardiola responded: “The first time in men’s football. The women have already done it.”
City secured the EFL Cup back in February after they beat Chelsea on penalties at Wembley Stadium.
Guardiola’s side would become back-to-back Premier League champions after thrashing Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 on the final day of the season, ending Liverpool‘s hopes of capturing the league title.
Now, City have been able to add the FA Cup to their trophy-filled season.
The City boss was cautious about the final, saying that there can be a sense of unpredictability in the match.
“It is a cup final, anything can happen like a red card,” he explained.
“In one game, anything can happen. Normally the better team wins, but a decision of the referee could make the difference.
“In the Premier League, you have another chance and can be more relaxed, but this is completely different.”
Before the final, Guardiola also said that City players would need to keep fighting hard if they wanted to keep their futures secure at the club.
“Every player has to feel they must play well or they won’t play,” he said.
“They have to feel they must win again or they will have problems, they are in trouble and won’t be here any longer.”
Congratulations on the domestic treble, City!