Now that we know Manchester City’s Capital One Cup final opponents will be Sunderland it’s tempting (as well as being slightly presumptuous) to assume that the Sky Blues have all but secured the first leg of a potential quadruple this season.
However, while City are rightly favoured to secure their third ever League Cup success it’s domestic silverware that they’ll probably have to settle for this term.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini has been quick to play down talk of a possible Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League quadruple, an eventuality priced at 50/1.
The Chilean boss was quoted as saying: “I’m very proud of the team that we are still in four competitions.”
“We are not thinking about that (winning all four competitions). We are thinking just to win every match.”
Instead, the smart money would appear to be on the Manchester outfit securing a Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup treble with odds of 8/1 available on Pellegrini’s boys lifting all three of those trophies.
A maiden Champions League last 16 appearance has throws up a tie against four-time winners Barcelona, a tough assignment even if you accept the argument that the Catalans are entering a downward spiral.
Rather, City’s English recent league and cup pedigree has been the team’s strong point with the 2011 FA Cup victory acting as a precursor to their championship winning success the following season.
A shock cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic last term aside, Man City have been ultra consistent in knockout competitions in recent years.
And with an upcoming crunch clash with rivals Chelsea, the Citizens also have a massive opportunity to really assert themselves in the title race.
Having scored 42 goals in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium so far this term they’ll be confident of delivering a hammer blow to Jose Mourinho’s side’s own aspirations.
A victory in that contest would surely see the price on a potential treble plummet further.
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