Quadruple is still a & # 39; fantasy & # 39; but the impressive City of Man in good condition on all four fronts


The Premier League champions have won their last eight games, scoring 33 goals and conceding twice, but talking about winning the lot is too early.

Pep Guardiola has understood quite well the chances of Manchester City to win the quad as "fantasy", but after his 5-0 defeat in the FA Cup of Burnley on Saturday, the constant presence of the Blues in the four competitions will play a important role in your chances of success this season.

Liverpool are already out of this particular tournament and the Jurgen Klopp team will have the opportunity to go further in the Premier League while City are busy playing in the Carabao Cup final.

There is also the possibility that the Manchester derby in March will be delayed until April or even later, given a possible stack of accessories. The way City handles all these games will make or destroy them, and their campaign.

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It could undoubtedly cause further fatigue in the future and City fans could even expect Liverpool to beat Bayern Munich so the Reds can not fully concentrate on the Premier League title starting in March.

However, at this time, the supporters, players and managers would prefer to be in these competitions than outside them and, in that sense, the City is in an enviable position.

They will face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final next month, not long after a Champions League draw looks presentable with Bundesliga Schallke.

With Arsenal and Liverpool out of the FA Cup, City can also keep their fingers crossed for a convenient fifth round draw.

If they are distractions of the Premier League, they are certainly welcome, and with a squad as deep as this, there should be every confidence that they can stay in the fight for a few weeks or even months.

That's how they got that far, of course. A mix of young aspirants and experienced squad players earned them a place in the Carabao Cup final, but in the FA Cup, Guardiola has always been strengthened.

On Saturday at Etihad, City substitutes scored 51 goals between them in all competitions this season.

Manchester City celebrates vs. Burnley, FA Cup

During the two FA Cup matches to date, Sergio Agüero, Leroy Sane and David Silva have not started, but Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nicolás Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus have, and with Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho, always influential in the mix on Saturday, shows that Guardiola would prefer to win this trophy than to stay at home and rest for a Premier League match.

There may be weaknesses in some areas of the squad, that is, at the base of the midfield and on the left-hand side, but if you consider that three of the defenders on the left side of the City were lost in Saturday's squad and could still appeal Danilo, It's hard to make that case too strong.

Fernandinho, however, is as close as irreplaceable in this team and his physical condition in the coming months will also be crucial, so he will have to be handled with care. As it happened in Huddersfield last Sunday, the Brazilian was substituted as soon as City went 3-0.

Anyway, what's the point of looking too far? This article could have been written a year ago, with City ready for a Carabao Cup final, ready to play against Basel in Europe and tied against Wigan in the FA Cup.

They lost in Wigan, of course, and as soon as the Basleans were defeated, they faced the reality of facing an appropriate challenge, eventually losing to Liverpool in the Champions League, after a combination of the Reds' accuracy and the inaccuracies of the arbitrators. .

So, for now, all you can do is concentrate on the challenge in question.

"We can try to win tomorrow, that's all I can badure you," Guardiola said Friday when asked about the possibility of winning the fourfold. "The other is fantasy."

The Catalan was impressively restrained in his response to an issue that has quickly resurfaced now that City wins again. After all, less than a month ago they asked him if he should change his football philosophy after two defeats, at home to Crystal Palace and far from Leicester.

Those dark days seem far away now. After losing in Leicester, City have won eight of eight in all competitions, scoring 33 goals and conceding only twice, and not since the victory over Liverpool on January 3.

If that keeps something like that, it could be a very special season.

But there is a long way to go yet. City are still in all four competitions. For now, however, everything else is really fantasy.

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