Manchester City’s chances of winning the ‘Quadruple’

8 Feb

This is a guest post from Vikki Steel.

This time last season a panoply of scorn was being poured all over Pep Guardiola. Audible detractors lambasted the manic gaffer, labelling him a fraud, a failure, someone who simply could not cut it in the rigorous world of English football.

Fast forward twelve months and his detractors have become notable by their absence. In fact, his Manchester City side have been so good that Unibet review have given them very good odds to make history and win a never before seen quadruple.

It’s hard to look at a section of the City team and not marvel at the improvement. Most obvious is in goals, where the phantom-like Claudio Bravo has been usurped by Ederson. While the Brazilian is more than capable in the traditional aspects of goal keeping, he excels more in his modern demands.

His distribution is like nothing we have ever seen on these shores, equally adept at fizzing ten-yard passes as he is at launching the ball the length of the field and dropping it onto the toe of an attacker. Utterly unflappable.

Walker, Stones and Otamendi all look improved, even if they do still have the occasion moment where concentration eludes them. And with Aymeric Laporte’s arrival and Vincent Kompany’s return to full fitness, City have never been more solid at the back.
Without the injured Benjamin Mendy, Pep has transformed the hitherto underused Fabian Delph from competent central midfielder into an effective full-back.

The midfield three of David Silva, Fernandinho and De Bruyne have all seen their games lifted to a level few thought possible. De Bruyne, in particular, has gone from undeniably talented, to a player capable of smashing the Messi–Ronaldo duopoly and earning himself the coveted Ballon d’Or.

In attack he has turned Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane from pacey, erratic gems, into triple-lunged juggernauts capable of getting themselves onto the scoresheet on a weekly basis. 

Pep’s final act of wizardry concerns his most naturally gifted player, Sergio Aguero. As we have seen with Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal, a player can react badly to being substituted too regularly. And while Aguero has demonstrated his discontent more than once, Guardiola has somehow managed to balance the playing time given to Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, without there being a cataclysmic breakdown in relationships.

So, can City do the impossible and sweep the board? Well, yes.

The league has been virtually clinched before February thanks to a healthy fourteen-point advantage and a lack of consistency relative to their own from their rivals. 

The League Cup looks imminently attainable after a navigating a tricky semi-final against Bristol City. Setting up an eagerly anticipated showdown against Arsenal – a game they simply must be favourites for.

The FA Cup and Champions League are harder to predict, as elimination tournaments in the embryonic stages often are. Still, City have been bequeathed favourable draws in both tournaments, Southampton at home in the FA Cup fifth round, and FC Basle in the Champions League. Neither should pose too much of a threat. 

The deeper into the respective tournaments City progress, the more rigorous the opposition shall be, it is fortunate then that they boast a squad deep enough and a manager ingenious enough to rise to the occasion.

One Response to “Manchester City’s chances of winning the ‘Quadruple’”

  1. Danny 08/02/2018 at 11:28 pm #

    Hi there

    Good article however a couple of points you need to correct. We are 13 points clear, not 14. And we are playing Wigan away in the next round of the FA Cup, not Southampton at home. I thought you would want to know.

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