The 2017/18 season proved to be a magical one for Manchester City, who romped their way to the Premier League title, and also took home the Carabao Cup.
They smashed records left, right and centre but it seems their manager Pep Guardiola saw it coming from the start.
This is according to City fan and famous musician Noel Gallagher, who revealed that Guardiola sent him a text promising they would win the Premier League on the eve of 2017/18.
Guardiola’s first season in English football was underwhelming, with City only confirming their place in the Champions League spots on the final day and failing to collect any trophies – the first and to date, only time that’s happened in Guardiola’s managerial career.
City fans may have worried that perhaps the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss had bitten off more than he could chew with City.
But as we all know, normality in Guardiola’s world was soon restored and he’s since gone on to win six major trophies at the club, including winning the domestic treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup last term.
Speaking on Drivetime on Wednesday, Gallagher said: “After the first season [at Man City] where Guardiola didn’t win something for the first time in his career, there was a collective intake of breath between all City fans thinking ‘oh what’s going to happen now?’
“I hope he doesn’t mind me saying this but I kind of know him now and on the eve of the season I texted him good luck to the team and all that.
“And he told me that night before a ball had been kicked that season ‘we’re going to win the league, no question’.
“I was like ‘OK, whatever’ but he was very very confident. He got the players he wanted in all of the positions he wanted and he’s got that plan…it fits flawlessly and cannot be beaten.
“I thought the football we played was just jaw-dropping at times. One of the good things about lockdown is the things that are re-run and I was watching a couple of games from that season and we were just dynamite.”