Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made a surprising declaration, stating his intention to retire if his team successfully defends their Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League titles from last season.

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Despite having a contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2025, Guardiola announced before their recent Premier League match against Aston Villa that he would step down at the end of this season should City secure the treble again.


“If we manage to win the treble this season, I will retire. That's a certainty,” Guardiola revealed to Prime Video, though the seriousness of his statement remains unclear. “I understand how challenging it is, with only Sir Alex Ferguson and ourselves achieving it last season.”


Following years of dominance in the Premier League, City claimed their maiden Champions League triumph last season, supplementing it with Guardiola’s second FA Cup victory.


City's feat matched Manchester United’s 1998/99 team as only the second English club to achieve such a treble. Previously, Guardiola had achieved a treble with Barcelona during his inaugural season as a senior-level head coach. Over the years, clubs like Inter, Celtic, Ajax, and Bayern Munich have also accomplished this milestone.


However, achieving consecutive trebles is unprecedented, especially in the English game where sustained success is challenging. City’s quest for a fourth straight league title, a feat never accomplished in 135 years, adds to the difficulty.


The team’s current form in the Premier League – with only three wins in their last nine matches and a winless streak of four games following the recent Aston Villa defeat – casts doubt on the likelihood of repeating last season’s successes.


As City prepare to defend their FA Cup title against Huddersfield Town in the upcoming third round, they have already secured a seeded spot in the last 16 draw of the Champions League after winning all their group stage games so far, alongside Real Madrid.