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Man City overtake Chelsea as England’s fourth most successful club


Manchester City have overtaken Chelsea as England’s fourth most successful team following their Champions League win, writes

City secured their first ever major European title with a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan on Saturday night, as Pep Guardiola earned his third victory in the competition.

In doing so, they completed the treble, having won the Premier League and FA Cup earlier on this season.

They became just the second team to do so, after rivals, Manchester United, in 1999, and moved up the list of England’s country’s most successful clubs with the win in Istanbul.

City now have 26 major trophies to their name, overtaking the Blues’ 25, and they are now hot on the heels of Arsenal, who have 31.

The club was short on trophies before they were taken over in 2008, and success began to come thick and fast.

Under Guardiola, the club have won five Premier League titles in the last six years, having previously lifted the title under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini.

They have, however, won 10 major honours since they were first investigated over financial breaches, with a Champions League, four Premier Leagues and five domestic cups to their names.

The club is currently being investigated over 115 charges of alleged Financial Fair Play breached, but they have maintained their innocence since the first charge.

The charges relate to alleged breaches over a nine-year period, which started in 2009 and goes on until 2018.

Pep Guardiola has pledged to be at the club next season, though called for a conclusion to the investigation to arrive soon.

Chelsea, meanwhile, won their last trophy in 2021 when they beat City in the Champions League final. Since, however, their form has slid, and they appear some way off lifting another title.

Liverpool remain top of the list with 45 titles, though Manchester United closed the gap this season after winning the Carabao Cup, and now sit just two behind.