Pep Guardiola guided his Manchester City side to their first trophy of his reign at the weekend. A poor performance from Arsenal, meant City hardly had to get out of second gear. Over 80,000 people were at Wembley Stadium, with millions more watching around the world.
The appetite for English football around the globe is growing, as is the following for City. Spreading out with sister clubs, and strategic partnerships, Manchester City have fans far and wide. I decided, after Sunday’s victory, to reach out to a few of these fans and find out what they thought of the win.
I wanted to know why they followed City, what they thought of the season so far and what were their expectations going forward. Here’s what I got back:
Christopher (Boston, MA):
I watched the Carabao Cup at the Banshee in Boston with MCFC Boston. I thought it was a relief to finally get our first trophy.
I live in Boston, and I first got into City because my girlfriend’s family is from Manchester
Her mother was a war bride in WWII that lived through the Manchester Blitz.
I expect City to win the Premiership. I can really hope for the Champions League, but think that the competition will be tough.
North of the American border, Ayrone, who has been supporting City since the first ever football game he watched, the 6-1 derby win.He had no clue who City were, despite knowing some of their players from international football; but the football they played that day was breathtaking. Plus, his favorite colour has always been light blue, so it fit. Heres what else he had to say.
Ayrone (Ottowa, ON):
Ayrone watched the game alone in Ottowa, Ontario in East Canada. He says he never watch City games with others, it is bad luck.
Talking about Sundays game City completely outclassed Arsenal on every blade of grass. Patience has paid off. We didn’t have the personnel to succeed last season with the aging fullbacks in particular. The players have learned the system and we are seeing the pay-off.
And what of the future? I expect City to get younger by replacing Toure with a young CDM and bringing Maffeo into the first team. I expect City to get to the semis of UCL this season, but to win it in 2019 or 2020.
Back across the border to hear from two more American based fans. Renato is from Brazil, and now lives in California. Got into City because of the Gallagher’s in the late 90’s. His team in Brazil was awful, and their biggest rivals wore red. He related in every level!!
Finally there was Frederick.
Frederick (Woodbridge, VA):
From Woodbridge Virginia. Got into City about 6 years ago during the Pellegrini days. I just saw a City game and fell in love with the club. Initially I didn’t want friends to know I have soft spot for City, kept denying it until i couldn’t miss a single City game.
Overtime I confessed to love City and been watching their games since. I read any and every material about City, watch all press conferences and vlogs. Haven’t come across a City fan club in my area of Virginia. Followed a couple of Arsenal fans to a sports bar in D.C. this weekend to see the Carabao Cup. And City didn’t disappoint.
My plan is to join the Capital City Blues. I’m in a couple of those pictures with some Cityzens we took at the Lucky Bar in D.C.. Come on City. CTID!!
What are your thoughts on the game, and the future for City? Let us know at Man City Square.