With the Carabao Cup final right around the corner, we take a closer look at the real chances that Manchester City has to actually win the Quadruple.
There has been a lot of talk about Manchester City’s chances to do what’s never been done before, win the Quadruple of titles in English football.
This term hasn’t really been used in the past that much until now, the media has been using it more prominently as of late because Manchester City is still very much alive in the four competitions they are playing and they are performing very well in all of them.
The club’s players and the manager don’t really want to jinx anything, which is why they tend to avoid the topic whenever they start asking them about it during press conferences or at mixed zones.
But there is no doubt in our minds that Pep Guardiola is, in fact, talking to his players about this possibility.
Manchester City is currently on track to play the FA Cup quarterfinals against Swansea City on mid-March, they are fighting against Liverpool to win the Premier League and the Reds are visiting Manchester United on Sunday.
The Citizens also just won their first leg at Schalke 04 in the Champions League, and they are about to play the final against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup next Sunday.
Two days from now, things might get way more interesting for Pep Guardiola and his boys.
— MrT™ (@ZaniTheFirst) February 19, 2019
The Catalan manager is trying to keep it low key as he always has, this is one of the main reasons why his players have remained competitive for so long in the last two years.
His philosophy is closely related to taking things on a day-to-day basis, always keeping the idea that losing is the biggest possibility for them, but never keeping from delivering the best possible performances against any squad they face.
This same way of going about the season in all competitions is exactly what made Pep Guardiola win all six trophies during his first season for FC Barcelona during the 2008-09 season, but winning the Quadruple will mean that the Catalan manager has will have a unique opportunity of outdoing himself.
Sunday should be very interesting for Manchester City as United will face Liverpool at Old Trafford about two hours before they play against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium, this means that the Citizens will already know if they are still top of the Premier League or if they will have to keep fighting hard until the end of the season.
Guardiola may think that the Citizens will drop points in the remaining 12 matches they have to play, but he knows Sunday is key for their aspirations.
🗣 Periodista: "Algunos dicen que Pep no ha vuelto a ganar una Champions desde el Barça y que entonces ganó porque tenía jugadores como Messi, Xavi e Iniesta"
🗣 ¿Cuál crees que es la respuesta de Guardiola? pic.twitter.com/kgEQ5aoFzd
— MARCA (@marca) February 20, 2019
Judging on how bad Chelsea is doing right now as they just came out of a painful FA Cup elimination against Manchester United, there is a very good chance that they will win the Carabao Cup final despite playing in London.
If the stars align for them on this very busy Sunday, the first step towards possibly winning the Quadruple will be taken. But this is just getting started for Manchester City, the Champions League is a whole different animal for Guardiola’s squad.
The Catalan manager is way more pessimistic about the continental competition than he is about the others, he doesn’t really feel like his squad is ready to get all the way to the final but they actually are favorites amongst all the books around the world.
This might be the one season in which Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City actually has a good chance of at least getting to the Champions League final by the end of the season, winning the Quadruple would mean that the manager will get a shot at winning a staggering seven titles in a natural year.
This would mean that Pep has the chance to have an even better season than the one from his professional debut, we didn’t think such a feat was possible but thanks to English football, it totally is.
Así de claro, así de duro Guardiola
🗣 "A este nivel no tenemos opciones, no estamos preparados para ganar la Champions League" pic.twitter.com/Uv68kXiO97
— MARCA (@marca) February 21, 2019
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