Manchester City will return to the Premier League on Saturday knowing that he will have more than 15 games to win. With the League Cup already to their credit, they are two points behind the leaders of the league with a game to play and will face Brighton in the FA Cup semifinal and Tottenham in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. In addition, they are bookies favourites to win all competitions. So can they do it?
Only two other English teams still had the chance to win the quadruple before March 30: Chelsea in 2006-07 and Manchester United in 2008-09.
Managed by Jose Mourinho, Chelsea lasted until May 1 with the hope of a white ball sweep, before losing to Liverpool on penalties in the semifinals of the Champions League.
Two years later, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team arrived on April 19, before his dream ended with a defeat in penalties against Everton in the FA Cup semifinal.
The United team played three games after winning all four trophies but also lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final.
The best feat in United’s history was winning the Treble in 1998-1999, but they were far from the quadruple of the season, losing to Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the League Cup on December 2.
Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ in 2003-04, another legendary Premier League team, may have remained undefeated for the duration of the season. But their fourfold hope ended on February 3rd. finals.
The Manchester City Centurions, who broke Premier League point records and broke records to win the title of last season, fought on four fronts until 19 February before losing to Wigan in FA Cup.
But the best effort of the city before this year was reached in 2013-14, when Manuel Pellegrini’s team lost to the FA Cup quarter-finals on March 9 – again in Wigan – so a relief that she is not facing the Latics this season.