Manchester City created history this season when they became the first English top flight team to win four titles in a row.

The Citizens were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarterfinals and lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

Manchester City assistant coach Carles Vicens has told Deportes Cope Baleares that Pep Guardiola & co. knew this season would be difficult, after winning the treble a year ago.

Vicens initially joined the Premier League winners as their youth team coach before being promoted to Guardiola’s assistant in the summer of 2021. He spoke to Deportes Cope Baleares to review this season, where Arsenal gave them a fight for the title until the end.

“If we take stock, we have to be more than satisfied. We knew we had come from a season of many successes and the next one is always complicated, it’s difficult to get people back in the right frame of mind and have the hunger to win,” he said.

“We have to congratulate the coach and the team. It’s true that we were very excited about the Premier League because it was the fourth in a row that nobody had won in England. The Champions League was very tight and escaped on penalties. In a cup final, anything can happen and against our city rivals it couldn’t happen.”

The Spaniard has praised Manchester City players for overcoming challenges faced during the course of the season.

“In January we had the Club World Cup and we had to postpone games, some players like Haaland or De Bruyne had periods out of action and this is not easy in a short squad, and also having to come back from points behind against a team like Arsenal wasn’t easy. This has been thanks to the professionalism of these competitive animals,” Vicens explained.

The Manchester City coach was also asked about the speculation around Pep Guardiola’s future. The latter has a year left on his current deal and there’s been suggestions, at least in England, that he could leave the Etihad at the end of next season.

“Pep has been at City for many seasons, the club is very grateful for his work, I suppose they will sit down and decide when the time comes,” he said.

“We have to leave Pep alone now and let him recover from the season. Then the time will come for him to make his decisions. We are bound by his contract, but first let everyone enjoy their holidays and then we’ll see what happens in the future. It’s too early to talk about this.”