Manchester City is currently chasing history. The team’s journey to Craven Cottage to play against Fulham on the 30th of March 2019 will make the first of a potential 15 matches in 64 days. This journey will end with Manchester City and Pep Guardiola becoming immortals in the world of football.
There hasn’t been an English club that has managed to achieve a clean sweep of the competition in a season. In 1999, Manchester United claimed victory in the Champions League, the FA Cup, and the Premier League, while in 1984, Liverpool won the European Cup, the League Cup, and the Premier League. Liverpool also managed to win a treble of cup competitions, including the UEFA Cup, League Cup, and FA Cup in 2001.
An Unprecedented Quadruple
After winning the Carabao Cup against Chelsea with a penalty shoot-out last month at Wembley, Manchester City are still hunting down a quadruple. Every win will take them one step closer to success in their quest. After the controversial and dramatic 3-2 victory against Swansea on the FA Cup quarterfinal on Saturday, Pep Guardiola admitted that he was tired and was in desperate need of a break. However, although the international fixtures provide a much-needed break for the players and the manager. It will only be a brief interval as the next two months will be career-defining, draining, and hectic.
Manchester City will head into the final 15 matches after an incredible run that has witnessed the team winning 18 matches and losing one from 20 fixtures in every competition they participated in. The draw against Chelsea ended in a win thanks to penalties which means they won 19 matches of the last 20. If they can maintain this kind of form, there’s no doubt that the record books will be rewritten. However, fatigue will come into play as Manchester City will need to overcome several elite opponents to claim victory in all four competitions. Their journey to the quadruple has recently been confirmed, and Manchester City is heading for a difficult two months to achieve it.
Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League
Manchester City still has 8 matches to play in the Premier League and are two points behind Liverpool at the moment. In the Champions League, Manchester City is well aware that a win against Tottenham Hotspur in the quarterfinals will set them up for a semi-final battle against either Juventus or Ajax. In the FA Cup, only Hove Albion and Brighton stand in their way to reach the FA Cup Final where they will either face off against Wolves or Watford on 18 Mat 2019.
The Premier League will be the most difficult to claim, while the Champions League is undoubtedly the most prestigious tournament to claim in 2019. Manchester City will take the FA Cup this year, but are they able to claim victory in the other two competitions to successfully rewrite history with a quadruple?