Manchester City players, staff and supporters have gathered to celebrate the Blues’ latest triumph in the Premier League, converging on Manchester city center for an open bus parade.
Thousands of City fans lined the streets as their title-winning heroes made their way from the National Football Museum, along Deansgate and on a performance stage set up outside Beetham Tower.
The atmosphere among the crowds was one of jubilation, with many in attendance still barely able to understand how the devil City managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat after 75 minutes after 75 minutes on the last day.
A combination of Raheem Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Rodri, Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan was like, plus a huge display of character and personality that made City believe in the seemingly impossible. It’s hard to escape the irony that character and personality – two things Patrice Evra claimed just a few weeks ago that Guardiola’s side lack – are two things City players clearly have in abundance.
That was all the more obvious on Monday, as the players let go of their hair and rejoiced at the festivities. You may have seen the videos on social media, but let’s summarize.
It’s safe to say that some players have consumed enough alcohol over the past 24 hours, especially the likes of Jack Grealish and John Stones.
Grealish was the star of the evening, showing that he really doesn’t care about the criticism thrown at him this season by those outside the club. The 26-year-old drank, led chants, did hilarious interviews and generally only had the time of his life.
At one point Stones and Kyle Walker threatened to turn CityTV’s coverage of the parade into their own private monologue, so eager each was to publicly praise the other’s virtues.
Passing the microphone back and forth the Yorkshire-born defenders amassed praise on top of each other before Walker perfectly summed up the dense nature of this group of players.
“What a player, but personally … what a man,” Walker said of his teammate. “He’s a good man, he’s a good dad and he’s a good man. And that’s the most you want to hear from anyone. He’s my friend. I don’t classify him as a football friend, I classify him as a friend because we’ve been through so much. of ups and downs, men and he and we will go through anything. “
Seeing the City players have fun after an incredibly draining and intense season was great to see and the least they deserved, but also showed that the club had built a squad of great characters.
Guardiola, football director Txiki Begiristain and City’s scouting department have done brilliantly not only to recruit brilliant footballers over the last few years, but also great people.
At City, a player’s personality and how they match the atmosphere and atmosphere of the dressing room is just as important as how well they come together on the field.
At City everyone feels involved, even if some don’t get the minutes they might like. The sight of Scott Carson, the veteran goalkeeper who appeared this season, dancing around the stage tells you everything you need to know about squad morale.
No player is allowed to feel that they are above the rest – when he arrived in City, Guardiola immediately asked the club to redesign the dressing room as a circle so that all players could see each other. To avoid the formation of clicks, players who speak the same native language were not allowed to sit next to each other.
Players also do not despise the non-player staff because they appreciate that without them they would not have been able to achieve what they have. That Brandon Ashton, the club’s much-loved tackle, is as much a part of title celebrations as any player speaks volumes.
This focus on creating togetherness has greatly contributed to the success of City. It is an approach from which Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag might be able to learn.