Following Manchester City’s two supremely convincing domestic cup victories, over fellow Premier League outfit West Ham and Blackburn Rovers respectively, both Vincent Kompany and former Manchester United trainee Robbie Savage have come out suggesting winning the Premier League, F.A. Cup, Capital One Cup and elusive Champions League in one season is not beyond Manuel Pellegrini’s men. With Manchester City on the verge of their 100th goal this season from just 33 fixtures in all competitions there is no denying their attacking strength in the form of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, however whilst form continues to bring Man City up to speed with the best clubs in Europe, it raises the question… Is the Quadruple a possibility for any team?
Whilst the Manchester City captain has emerged as one of the most consistent and reliable centre backs in world football, placed between the England number one and African Footballer of the year, his view of the quadruple being ‘only a matter of time’ seems naive.
For a team still under a relative transition period following Roberto Mancini’s departure in the summer, the failure to win the F.A. Cup and defend their first top flight title since 1968 came as a set back for the ‘noisy neighbours’. Achievement in all competitions requires an incredible amount of fixtures that would demand a squad of such strength and depth that no club team in the world has. For a club that has lost to Cardiff, Aston Villa and Sunderland already this campaign, I simply do not see them having the consistency to compete for the most competitive league in the world as well as overcoming Europe’s finest such as Munich, Madrid and Barcelona.
Local rivals Manchester United performed the sensational ‘treble’ in 1999 with the ‘Class of 92’ as the driving force. But whilst the top three Ballon d’Or contenders play away from the Etihad, the ambitious quadruple really does seem a long way off.