Sunday 18 August 2019

'Best team in the world' - Vincent Kompany's proud boast as Man City complete the treble

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Cup REUTERS/David Klein
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Cup REUTERS/David Klein
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany declared he was leading the best side in world football after they became the first English team to complete a domestic clean sweep of trophies with a thumping 6-0 FA Cup final win against Watford at Wembley.

The scale of City's dominance over their outclass opponents highlighted the chasm in class between a dream team that has been built with well over £1billion of transfer cash in recent years, with Kompany insisting his side deserve to be respected as the finest in the game.

"It's the best team in the world for me," said Kompany. "To set such a high standard for so long - not just for one year but two years running now. What a club, what a privilege.

"What a season this has been. This starts with the manager who sets the standards and the young players in this team have improved so much and gone to the next level.

"As soon as we scored the two goals it opened up the game for us and we were able to make more chances. It wasn't as easy as the score makes it look. But what a season, what a tremendous club."

A composed Pep Guardiola relished his side's third trophy success of the season, as he was already targeting improvements next season.

"We have to get better, always you can improve. There is no sense to stay still," declared Guardiola.

"It was an incredible final for us and we have finished an incredible year. To all the people at the club a big congratulations, especially the players because they are the reason why we have won these titles."

Raheem Sterling scored two second half goals as City put Watford to the sword and he may be credited with a hat-trick after he appeared to pinch a goal from Gabriel Jesus by lashing home a shot that was about to cross the line after 38 minutes.

While Sterling admitted he didn't know whether he would become the first player to socre an FA Cup final hat-trick since Stan Mortensen's famous treble in the iconic 1953 FA Cup final, he was delighted to collect his first FA Cup winners' medal.

"I grew up here and saw this stadium get built. It's a massive dream come true to win trophies here," said the England winger.

"The boys did brilliant. My goals added to the win. It was brilliant from everyone, It shows what the manager is building here. He said we needed to get the mentality right and we did that and did it exceptionally well.

"It's been a long season with the World Cup as well but everyone has been on their A-game and come through."

While City celebrated their triumph with gusto on the Wembley pitch, the scale of their victory ensured there was to be very little tension or drama in a 138th FA Cup final that merely confirmed Guardiola's side are now the dominant force in English football.

On the evidence of this latest trophy victory, the biggest threat to City in the next few years may be football authorities who are pushing to punish the club for breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations, with expulsion from the Champions League among the punishments reported to be under consideration.

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