As the crowd cheered, the champagne flowed and Manchester City's treble winners basked in the sun It seemed grumpy to wonder how long the trophy parade will last on Monday.
The city, so long trapped in the vast shadow of neighbors and rivals Manchester United's continued success, finally had its own treble and was determined to enjoy it.
And why not?
City is the only men's team that has completed the English international. She is the first since United a decade ago to claim the title in the Premier League and has established herself not only as the dominant football team in Manchester but throughout the country.
With that in mind, you were looking too far ahead of the moment to live, marveling at the majesty of City's great football and the record under Chef Pep Guardiola.
A look through the city at the chaos that United has taken on his fourth permanent boss in six years and still in the wrong direction, however, shows how quickly success can be lost when key employees leave the clubs and the Responsible eyes turn away the ball.
United is currently paying the price after Sir Alex Ferguson resigned in 2013 after a quarter of a century.
At Old Trafford, there was an arrogant belief that their success would simply stop after Fergie, as big and powerful as the club was. But this attitude was ultimately responsible for the decline and the current misery – she was sixth, 32 points behind champions City (and 32 points before the descent of Cardiff) and had to play in the Europa League next season.
City, who has collected five of their last six domestic trophies and scored 198 points to set a massive new standard in the Premier League over the past two seasons, seems to have no such concerns, which is certainly due to the joyous scenes in their trophy recognize is parade through Manchester.
Guardiola is under contract until 2021, and City has a young squad that has the talent and experience to make only minor adjustments this summer. It may take three new entrants to defend his position at the height of English football.
But those in charge – chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, managing director Ferran Soriano and sports director Txiki Bergiristain – know that they must have a plan for the day that Guardiola decides he has achieved everything in Manchester and must continue.
Since he led Barcelona for four years and three years at Bayern Munich, with a one-year sabbatical in New York between these jobs, the city triumvirate might be forgiven for being nervous as Guardiola competes for his fourth season with The Blues.
However, you know that the 48-year-old does not intend to go anywhere.
Guardiola has made it clear that he has no plans to jump a ship. He made fun of speculation linking him to the soon to be vacant Juventus job and insisted that his plan was to find out the remaining two years of his contract.
With the prospect of a one-year ban on the Champions League in 2020/21 for alleged violations of UEFA's rules on financial fair play, Guardiola will come under pressure next season to win a trophy to elude him as Blue – and one He has not left since 2011 when he was still in Barcelona.
Guardiola knows that the conquest of Europe is the next goal for him.
And if he does not reach that goal next season and City is banned from the Champions League the following season, what price has the decorated Catalan paid to run away after four years at the top?
In this sense, it would be a rarity of City not to have already assessed the identity of Guardiola's successor, who can ensure a seamless transition and continuity in the style of play that has been such an outstanding feature of the team's achievements of the past two years.
Next step Mikel Arteta, the former midfielder of Everton and Arsenal, who is currently Guardiola's assistant.
Arteta filled the gap that left behind Domenec Torrent, Guardiola's longtime assistant, until last summer, when he took on the role of the city sister club New York City of Major League Soccer.
The 37-year-old almost returned to Gunners last summer as Arsene Wenger's successor until Unai Emery got the role. Guardiola was convinced that he would lose him.
While Arteta was desperate to be overlooked by Arsenal, it was an important bonus for City to keep him. Guardiola implicitly trusts him and values his tactical judgment and decision-making in all areas – a sentiment shared by the players who have a good relationship with their manager's right man.
Therefore, if Guardiola chooses to change, it is likely that the club will not have to look too far for his replacement and is likely to be appointed from within.
At the moment, the immediate focus of Guardiola and City, however, is that they do not stop, but build on the exploits of this season.
Guardiola will meet with Soriano and Bergiristain this week before flying back to his hometown of Barcelona to spend time with their parents Valenti and Dolors, both of whom are over 80 years old.
However, he admitted that it is difficult for him to really switch off in the summer, as he will be in constant contact with the club to ensure that the right players are added to keep them in the lead.
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