Written by @ollie.g02
Is it really probable, or even possible, for Manchester City to do what no other English team has ever achieved - winning the quadruple: all four trophies in one season; arguably the peak of success.
I call winning the quadruple the unspeakable because it's such a hard tasm no one would have even suggested it before - the idea is authoritative but almost silent like a fart in a lift. So much so that every time it's brought up at a Manchester City press conference, Pep Guardiola quickly dismisses his side's chances of winning all four trophies. He was correct about the sky blues not being able to go unbeaten this Premier League season after a blip against Liverpool. However, with the Merseyside team slipping up since and other Premier League rivals so far behind, this is a competition that really is City's to lose.
A comeback now from City's closest rivals, both in distance and in the table, would certainly match City's own comeback to take the 2011-12 league title to say the least. Even despite the addition of City target Alexis Sachez to Mourinho's men.
As much as a defeat to Arsenal in the league cup final is, on the other hand, quite probable, the rematch of last season's FA Cup semi-final is City's to win in Guardiola's first Cup final for City, who have some unfinished business to take care of against the team that stopped them from reaching a cup final last year.
And the FA Cup itself is a beautiful competition - it only takes one average game and a team a division or two below will pounce on the opportunity to take advantage of a team who are supposedly currently the best in the country. However, on paper, Pep Guardiola does not enjoy defeat at the best of times so he's not that coach who claims not to focus on a competition - one reason this City team are the most likely out of any to claim all four trophies that are up for grabs.
So domestically, City are solid. They proved that in the first half of this campaign. Where I would be slightly nervous is on the European front. City's ambition is to be Europe's best and it's about time an English club stepped up to retake that title, in my opinion. Yet it remains to be seen whether Manchester City can actually sweep aside Europe's elite or if one of the most prestigious trophies in sport will be the downfall of an excellent footballing side.
If you could describe the first half of the season as comfortable for Man City, the rest of this half could be somewhat complicated.
Collecting trophies simultaneously is always a hard task for professional sportsmen and women, probably even harder in the top flight English football than athletics (Usain Bolt achieved the Olympic triple treble; and Mo Farah achieved the Olympic double double) or rugby union (in which Saracens recently did the double), for example.
However, you can say for sure the foundations for Manchester City to become the historic side to achieve the feat are well and truly in place. If not this season, perhaps next season will see Man City collect the league, two cups and champions league. Although, I think the quadruple is definitely on for City this season, time will soon tell if 2017-18 will see Manchester City do what no other English team has ever done...