Man City's NINE steps to the Quadruple and football immortality

Man City’s nine steps to the Quadruple and football immortality: Pep Guardiola’s trophy-hunters can wrap up the Premier League in three games but Chelsea, Spurs and PSG will be desperate to spoil the party

  • Manchester City have moved a step closer to an historic Quadruple success
  • Pep Guardiola’s side overcame Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League
  • They will now take on Paris Saint-Germain in first Euro semi-final since 2016 
  • This weekend they face Chelsea at Wembley in semi-final of the FA Cup
  • City can win Carabao Cup for a fourth successive season against Tottenham
  • Premier League title should be wrapped up in early May despite United’s form 

Manchester City finally overcame their Champions League quarter-final hoodoo and took another giant stride towards a truly historic Quadruple on Wednesday night.

Pep Guardiola’s men can still win the Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europe’s top competition between now and the end of May.

All season long, Guardiola has insisted it is simply impossible to achieve the four-trophy feat.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola at the centre of wild celebrations after Phil Foden’s goal sealed their win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals

Foden scored to secure City’s 2-1 win in Dortmund and a 4-2 aggregate victory on Wednesday

But with the prizes now coming into view, City could achieve this unprecedented level of success in a minimum of nine matches and a maximum of 12.

After they overcame Borussia Dortmund to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2016, we map out game-by-game what City need to do from here to seal their place in football immortality.

Saturday vs Chelsea – FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

Having dispatched Dortmund, City’s next assignment is a meeting with fellow Champions League semi-finalists Chelsea at the same stage of the FA Cup.

Both teams come into the match at Wembley on a high following their European progress in the week with City seeking a repeat of their dominant 3-1 win over Chelsea back in January.

However, that was when Frank Lampard was still Blues manager and their defence looked devoid of confidence. They look a team transformed under Thomas Tuchel and won’t exactly roll over while they chase a first trophy of his tenure as a marker of their rapid progress.

City made mincemeat of Chelsea in their Premier League meeting back in early January

Wednesday April 21 vs Aston Villa – Premier League at Villa Park

With a blank midweek for the European competitions, attention returns to getting the job finished in the Premier League title race.

City’s weekend defeat by Leeds United has prolonged things a little longer and it allowed Manchester United in second to close the gap to 11 points.

And that will reduce further to eight if United beat Burnley at Old Trafford in their game in hand this Sunday.

A rescheduled trip to mid-table Aston Villa can re-establish that double digit lead and keep City on course to wrap up the title in early May.

City currently enjoy an 11-point advantage over Manchester United at the top of the table

Sunday April 25 vs Tottenham – Carabao Cup final at Wembley

It’s a swift return to Wembley for Guardiola’s men the following weekend and the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham offers the opportunity to tick off the first of their four trophies.

City have absolutely dominated in this competition in recent years and could win it for a fourth consecutive season and for the sixth time in eight years.

The final was pushed back a month in the hope that some spectators could attend as the country’s Covid-19 restrictions are gradually rolled back and 8,000 will be in attendance, including 2,000 fans of each club.

Jose Mourinho would love little more than ruining Guardiola’s Quadruple tilt at this late stage.

A couple of thousand City fans will have the chance to watch them in the Carabao Cup final

City have won the Carabao Cup for the last three seasons and will got for four-in-a-row

Wednesday April 28 vs Paris Saint-Germain – Champions League semi-final, first leg at Parc des Princes

Attention then quickly reverts to City’s holy grail of the Champions League, with the first leg of what is undoubtedly a daunting semi-final against PSG.

This is the first time City have reached the semi-finals of the competition under Guardiola after three straight quarter-final exits.

Having just knocked out the holders Bayern Munich, PSG will be as eager as City to win the big prize for the first time ever.

City will certainly hope to score an away goal or two in the Parc des Princes and ensure they’re the favourites returning home for the second leg.

Paris Saint-Germain, who knocked out Bayern Munich, will be formidable semi-final opponents

Saturday May 1 (TBC) vs Crystal Palace – Premier League at Selhurst Park

This fixture, mathematically, is the earliest that City could wrap up the league title.

But that would require them winning the Villa game as well as this trip to Selhurst Park and United, in the meantime, to take just one point from their three games against Burnley, Leeds United and Liverpool.

If that was the case, both sides would have played 34 games and City would have a 16-point advantage with only 12 points left to play for.

However, given their decent form of late, it’s unlikely Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will take such a low return from that trio of matches.

Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy the last time they were champions in 2019

Tuesday May 4 vs Paris Saint-Germain – UEFA Champions League semi-final, second leg at the Etihad Stadium

A night of high drama is almost guaranteed at the Etihad as both City and PSG bid to reach the Champions League final – City for the first time ever and PSG for the second.

As the Parisians proved with their 3-2 victory over Bayern in Munich, home advantage doesn’t necessarily count for a great deal and they’re capable of winning anywhere.

High stakes indeed but if City do prevail on aggregate they can concentrate on domestic commitments while looking forward to the final in Istanbul at the end of the month.

Pep Guardiola knows a tactical masterclass over two legs is required to overcome PSG

Saturday May 8 (TBC) vs Chelsea – Premier League at the Etihad Stadium

The exact dates and kick-off times for this weekend of Premier League football have yet to be finalised but it offers City another opportunity to clinch the title.

If United have lost one or more of their games in the interim, City could win their third league title in four seasons by defeating Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on this weekend.

The meeting with Chelsea is by a good distance the toughest of City’s six remaining league matches, however.

Benjamin Mendy celebrates with Sergio Aguero after scoring against Leicester recently 

Wednesday May 12 vs Newcastle – Premier League at St James’ Park

This is more realistically the moment when City will get over the line in the title race if they and United both continue their winning form.

Win this game on Tyneside with their present lead over United and there will be no route back with just two more fixtures to complete.

Another factor working in City’s favour when it comes to wrapping up the title is their vastly superior goal difference to United (currently +44 compared to +27).

So while that won’t mathematically seal things for them it will, effectively, make them champions and potentially a little earlier than this.

Guardiola will hope this is the case, so he can keep key players fit and fresh for the upcoming finals.

Raheem Sterling will be absolutely pivotal to City’s chances of rewriting the record books

Saturday May 15 vs Leicester City/Southampton – possible FA Cup final at Wembley

The chance to win a second – or likely third – trophy comes the following Saturday in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Leicester City or Southampton will provide the opponents should City make it to the national stadium for the third time in less than a month.

City will be aiming to win the FA Cup for the second time under Guardiola and if they manage that, their fans will be getting very excited indeed.

Guardiola with the FA Cup after City’s win in 2019 – this is likely to be trophy No 3 secured

Saturday May 15 (TBC) vs Brighton and Hove Albion – Premier League at the Amex Stadium

If City make the FA Cup final, their league visit to Brighton will have to be rearranged, most likely to the following midweek.

In the event they still need points to secure the title, you’d imagine they’ll be able to pick them up at the Amex.

Sunday May 23 vs Everton – Premier League at the Etihad Stadium

Assuming all goes to plan, this will be party day at the Etihad Stadium as City parade the Premier League trophy following their final-day game against Everton.

They’ll be doing everything in their power to prevent this being a nervy occasion in which they need something to keep ahead of United, who go to Wolves at the same time.

In all likelihood, this afternoon will be a coronation and free of stress.

Barring a remarkable collapse, Kevin De Bruyne will get his hands on the Premier League trophy once again on May 23

Saturday May 29 vs Chelsea/Real Madrid – possible Champions League final at the Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul

History could well beckon for City on this night as they bid to become the first English club to win the Quadruple.

Many have tried and failed but, if all goes to plan, City will have a shot at history as they take on either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

What a night it could be for the club – but will the footballing fates be kind?

The Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul is set to host the Champions League final on May 29

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