City turn Manchester blue: Pep’s Treble winners celebrate with thousands of fans on bus parade as Kompany says goodbye
- Manchester City have paraded through the streets of Manchester to celebrate their historic domestic Treble
- The sky blues have become the first team ever in English football to win all three trophies on offer
- Pep Guardiola and his men showed off their Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup trophies to the masses
- Thousands of supporters turned out to see their heroes as the bus moved through central Manchester
The Treble-winning stars of Manchester City have showed off their array of silverware to supporters on Monday evening after embarking on a victory parade throughout the city.
Pep Guardiola and his men were greeted by thousands of supporters who came out decked in club colours to witness the historic occasion. Departing captain Vincent Kompany led the celebrations, as the crowds boomed into a repertoire of songs each bearing his name.
Twelve months on from their last Premier League trophy parade, City were back with the FA Cup and Carabao Cup added to the collection and now stand as the first team in the history of English football to have claimed all three within a single campaign.
Captain Vincent Kompany led the celebrations from on top of the bus, punching the air and cheering to supporters
Kevin De Bruyne took the opportunity to interview team-mate John Stones on the big screens for all fans to see
Pep Guardiola sported a decorative flat cap in honour of the late Bernard Halford, City’s former life president
The cap was specially designed in City colours, and contained an embroidered club crest in the centre
The Spanish manager waved to the crowd, while sipping a beverage along with his players and first-team backroom staff
The City turned a shade of blue, as plumes of smoke from flares drifted through the party atmosphere on the streets
Fans rejoiced in the moment, soaking in the atmosphere as the Treble winners made their way through the parade route
The streets were brimming, as players sprayed champagne into the crowd and encouraged chants to get going
On top of the bus, winger Riyad Mahrez caught one of the flares and held it aloft as the blue smoke continued to pour out
City mascots tailed the open-top bus as it continued to snake through the heavily congested streets
Cheers roared around as Kompany hoisted aloft the Premier League trophy, as fans took any vantage point they could find
Germany international Leroy Sane took a sip from a bottle as a shades-wearing De Bruyne acknowledged the fans
Youngster Phil Foden laughed while clutching an inflatable banana, which City fans often bring to matches at the Etihad
City players wore t-shirts which sported the names of the entire squad, along with the celebratory title ‘Fourmidables’
Guardiola was later welcomed onto stage to loud applause, with jets of smoke bursting out all around him
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager was keen to praise his staff and referred to them as his ‘right arm’
John Stones joked around with Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Kyle Walker on the parade stage
Jill Scott and Steph Houghton of Manchester City lift the SSE Women’s FA Cup trophy during the procession
A young fan holds up an inflatable trophy in anticipation as in the bus of players and staff approached in the distance
The nearby buildings on the parade route carried messages for the City team, and long-time servant Kompany
The masses soon began to congregate in the city centre as they prepared to welcome in their heroes
A young fan, wearing the sky blue of the club, sat atop a post box and made plenty of noise by blowing through a horn
Fans of all species arrived, to watch City players on one of the biggest days in the club’s history
A grand stage was erected by Manchester cathedral for the players to give an address to the gathered supporters
Club legend Shaun Goater was invited onto stage along with David White to address the crowds before the parade
Joe Donovan (C) and Tom Ogden (R) of muscial band Blossoms took to the stage during the celebrations
Fans of all ages and backgrounds came together, with the city of Manchester preparing for hours beforehand to create the perfect atmosphere and route.
As the audience flocked into the streets, some supporters climbed onto post-boxes and walls, searching for anything to get a vantage point and a clear glimpse of England’s all-dominating side.
Guardiola and his players could be seen on top of the bus, sipping beverages and getting into the spirit of things as the evening sun shone down.
Smiling and waving to fans, Guardiola sported a decorative flat cap in honour of the late Bernard Halford, City’s former life president.
The entire first team squad and staff were present, other than full-back Benjamin Mendy. The Frenchman is understood to have undergone an arthroscopy while in Barcelona last week, and was not able to take part.
On show also were both the Women’s FA Cup and Contintental Cup, following a magnificent campaign for the City women’s side.
At the end of the parade route, finishing at Manchester cathedral, Guardiola and his players took to a grand stage where they addressed the supporters as one.
Keen to praise his backroom staff, Guardiola told the crowd: ‘Without them it’s impossible, the players cannot do it alone and I cannot do it alone. They are my right arm and brain and everything. It’s always important to do it together.
‘We know the challenge well, we don’t need more speeches. They know me. Now is time for good dinners and good wine and enjoy this incredible season together. In three weeks we will start to look forward.’
Adding to the sentiment, club legend Mike Summerbee said: ‘This is the best run club in the world without a shadow of a doubt.
‘We’re talking about an incredibly successful football team, a group of players and one of the best managers the world has ever seen.
One fan came armed with a lifesize cardboard cut-out of captain Vincent Kompany, who will soon depart for Anderlecht
Supporters of all ages flocked to the streets in order to take part in the historic occasion and praise City’s success
The marching thousands were silhouetted in the evening sun, as they made their way to the starting point of the parade
A sea of sky blue soon formed all around, as the evening sun shone down upon the waiting City faithful
The famous ‘Blue Moon’
Earlier in the day the streets of Manchester were prepped for the big occasion, with flags given out to all supporters
He went on to pay tribute to Vincent Kompany, who is leaving the club after many success-laden years.
‘The heart and soul of this football club is leaving, Vinnie [Kompany] is picking the right time to move on. He is someone who is amazing, an amazing player and an amazing man.’
Youngster Phil Foden dedicated City’s silverware to the fans after being part of successive trophy parades.
‘I think I need a bus pass,’ Foden joked when speaking on a live feed on the club’s Twitter account.
‘Hopefully next year we will keep winning trophies next season. You can hear the noise of the fans. This is why we win trophies, for the fans.’
City and England Women captain Steph Houghton spoke of her pride as the team joined the men’s side in a four-bus parade in the trophy celebrations through the city centre.
‘Wow. What an incredible feeling,’ the defender said. ‘It’s unbelievable. We have never been a part of something like this, some of the girls are only 18, 19, so it pushes us to do well next season.
City lost just one domestic game this season but were pipped to the Women’s Super League title by Arsenal and Houghton is targeting more even silverware next campaign.
‘I’m very proud of us. The girls have been so good all season and nearly (finished) unbeaten and two trophies. Hopefully next season we can be back with three or four trophies.’
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