Man City trophy parade: Pep Guardiola's men celebrate historic Treble

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.
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.
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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