Throughout the history of the Premier League, there have been an array of teams that stake a claim for the title as the best ever. Of course, there’s Arsene Wenger’s ‘invincibles’, Jose Mourinho’s double-winning side and Fergie’s treble winners to contest with, but are Manchester City now rivalling these teams?
Tomorrow’s Champions League quarter-final at Tottenham’s new stadium represents a huge opportunity for Pep Guardiola’s side to catapult themselves into new territory. Yes, they’ve won the league and have twice been crowned Carabao Cup champions, but the Champions League is a different prize altogether. When appointed, domestic domination will have been on Guardiola’s list, but it’s becoming European elite that will undoubtedly be the primary focus.
In Tottenham, followed by either Ajax or Juventus, Guardiola will sense a real opportunity to reach the final of the competition and create history for the club.
Having already won the Carabao Cup, reached the final of the FA Cup and with the Premier League in their hands, City are on the verge of something very, very special.
It’s difficult to argue against ‘The Invincibles’ of 2003-04. Enduring an entire season without defeat places them in a sparsely populated category, with only 16 teams in history achieving this feat – none doing so in a league as competitive as the Premier League.
Manchester United’s 1998-99 side that won the treble also represent a strong claim. Winning the league and both domestic and European titles, United’s squad was simply unrivalled. Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole – the list goes on and on. Importantly, it was led by Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the best managers the Premier League has ever seen.
However, the quadruple, although still a long way away, would have to set City apart. Bear in mind, of all City have achieved this season, their talisman Kevin De Bruyne has made only 14 Premier League appearances, scoring twice and yet to register an assist. This is opposed to last season where he scored eight and assisted 16 in 37 games. His return to fitness and form is a worry for anyone in their way as the season draws to an end.
Last season City totalled 100 points, the highest ever in the history of the Premier League. Following that with the quadruple would be something English fans have never seen the likes of before.
Don’t blink, as you may be watching history in the making.
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