Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is proposing to lead the Cityzens to a notable treble, including the UEFA Champions League title this season.
Manchester City are almost certain to win the English Premier League after Arsenal got beaten by Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.
However, Pep Guardiola and his men will face a Wembley showdown with city rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday, 3rd of June, 2023.
In Europe, Man City are into the second UEFA Champions League final in their history after demolishing Real Madrid 5-1 on aggregate in the semifinals on Wednesday, 17th of May.
There has been a lot of tension put on Guardiola as the Spanish manager is yet to secure Europe’s top trophy with Man City.
Meanwhile, Manchester City goal machine Erling Haaland stated earlier that his goal is to win the prestigious honor with the English club.
Below is a breakdown of City’s remaining fixtures and what they need to do to achieve a truly memorable treble triumph.
Man City vs Real Madrid in brief;
Man City dominated Real at Etihad Stadium, winning 4-0 (and the tie 5-1 overall).
Against Real, City dominated from the opening minute, and only two incredible saves by Thibaut Courtois on Erling Haaland delayed the opening goal until Bernardo Silva scored in the 23rd.
After Silva made it 2-0 in the 37th minute, Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez scored in the second half to seal an overwhelming victory for City.
Their current home European unbeaten streak stands at 26 games, dating all the way back to September of last year.
On June 10th, City will play Inter Milan in the final of Europe’s largest football tournament, which they have never won.
What does Man City need to do to win the treble?
Pep Guardiola and his team’s treble hopes rest on the final month of the current campaign, they have just three games left in the English Premier League, one FA Cup final, and the Champions League final.
English Premier League;
The Cityzens have three matches in hand in the Premier League, with their away outing to Brighton (now rescheduled for the final week of the season).
But their 3-0 triumph over Everton, mixed with Arsenal’s loss to Brighton on Sunday, 14th of May, by the same scoreline, has left them at the top of the league table.
Since their point loss to Nottingham Forest on February 18, City have gone unbeaten in the league. With a win over Everton, they extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games in the Premier League.
However, Man City might secure League glory on Sunday, 21st of May, if they manage to defeat Chelsea who are not in good form this season.
In the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, Man City will be the favorite to win, but they will have a tough challenge from local rivals Manchester United, who have already won the EFL Cup this season. The main event will occur on June 3.
The Cityzens breezed into the final with a 3-0 semi-final win over Sheffield United, thanks in large part to a hat trick by Riyad Mahrez. Meanwhile, Manchester United advanced after beating Brighton & Hove Albion in a penalty shootout.
UEFA Champions League;
Guardiola’s squad advanced to the Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid after eliminating Bayern Munich in the quarter-final.
Last year, they were eliminated by Madrid at the same stage as the defending champions staged a dramatic comeback.
Man City lost 6-5 on the night thanks to a brace from Rodrygo in stoppage time and a penalty kick from Karim Benzema in overtime.
This time, City came away with a 1-1 draw in Madrid thanks to a goal from Kevin De Bruyne. Guardiola’s squad dominated the defending champions 4-0 on the road to secure a 5-1 aggregate victory.
In addition, Manchester City will lock horns against Inter Milan in the Champions League final on the 10th of June, in Istanbul, Turkey.
Manchester City treble history;
Guardiola guided Man City to the domestic treble of the Premier League, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup in the 2018–19 season. For the first time in the club’s history, they swept all three major trophies (four if you include the Community Shield) in a single campaign.
They won the league by a single point over Liverpool in a thrilling finish. They were able to finish the season on a high note by beating Brighton 4-1 on the road.
City won the EFL Cup after a penalty shootout against Chelsea and the FA Cup after a 6-0 hammering of Watford.
To top City’s feat from four years ago, though, would take a treble of Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League victories. It would also mean they’d join Manchester United as the only English club to ever accomplish this triple crown.
Naturally, Guardiola accomplished a similar feat when he was the coach of Barcelona, leading the team to victories in the 2008–09 La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Champions League.
What’s next for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City?
After they booked a spot in the Champions League final, the Citizens will shift their attention to Premier League when they’ll host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, 21st, of May, by 16:00 GMT.