Jack Grealish: Manchester City winger celebrates Champions League victory and securing the treble
Jack Grealish added yet another piece of silverware to his collection after his Manchester City team won the Champions League this weekend.
Jack Grealish has continuously added to his impressive resume since playing under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Having twice secured the Premier League trophy, and lifting the FA Cup trophy last weekend, Grealish and his team are now officially champions of Europe.
Guardiola’s team took on Inter Milan this Saturday (10 June). The two titans clashed at Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, in what ended in a 1-0 victory for City.
Grealish did not seem up to his usual standard, in what was an off day for him, but the world class baller still impacted on the game. Several chances for both sides in the second half, largely due to the substitution which saw former West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku subbed on for Milan. The Belgian number nine appeared to change the game for his side, but his lack of composure in front of goal kept them from scoring.
In the 68th minute of the game, Manchester City broke the deadlock. Akanji found Bernardo Silva with a brilliant through ball, Silva then attempted to square it to Foden who was in front of the goal, but the ball was deflected. As City players appealed for a handball, the ball dropped perfectly to a storming Rodri who smashed it into the back of the net. He wheeled away to the corner flag to celebrate, closely followed by Jack Grealish who was overcome with joy for the midfielder’s strike.
A sublime performance from Ederson kept several efforts on goal from hitting the net for Milan. The Brazilian keeper’s best save of the game came in the 88th minute, when a point blank header from Romelu Lukaku came inside the 6-yard box. The Manchester City goalie had lightning quick reactions to stick his leg into the path of the ball. At the end of added time, Ederson saved another on-target header, this time from Gosens. The final whistle then blew as City became Champions League winners for the first time in history.
For Jack Grealish, celebrations began immediately. After captain Ilkay Gundogan lifted the trophy, Grealish stepped aside to speak with BT Sport for an interview. The Solihull-born star was flooded with emotion, and tearfully said: “It’s what you work your whole life for isn’t it. I’m just so happy, man.” He also admitted: “I played so dead today. I was awful.” but was comforted by fellow Brummie and ex Man City player Joleon Lescott, who said: “No one’s going to remember that in 20 years time”.
Once the on-pitch celebrations ended, the players retreated to the changing room. To no surprise, Grealish was the life and soul of the party. He stood elevated in the centre of the room, and passionately sung Wonderwall by Oasis whilst holding a can of Heineken lager.
The winger’s celebrations continued as his teammates stood patiently among the chaos for interviews with the media. As Kevin De Bruyne stopped to speak with reporters, Grealish had other ideas. The Brummie sensation crashed the interview, carrying a speaker and stopping to joyfully sing: “We’re Man City and we’re on the p*** again” into De Bruyne’s ear.
The next morning at 6am, Jack was still in full-kit as he and Erling Haaland partied through the night to celebrate the historic treble-winning season. The fan-favourite duo stood elevated above a crowd of fans, who watched Grealish and Haaland dance away their seemingly unlimited energy.
Luckily for Jack, he will now be able to enjoy a long break, as City’s next competitive game doesn’t take place until August when the Premier League season restarts. For now, the 27-year-old can relish in the moment and reflect on being one of just two teams to ever secure the treble.