Manchester City are just one game away from securing the heralded Treble of the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
Manchester City odds to win the Treble
At the start of the season, you’ll always get odds for Man City to do the Treble and Quadruple, but usually they fall away pretty soon as it’s tough to focus on all four fronts for the entirety of a campaign. Liverpool did manage it last season, winning the EFL Cup and FA Cup but lost the Champions League final and the Premier League on the final day of the campaign – to Man City.
This season, Man City’s Quadruple dreams were ended in January as they were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Southampton but they are still on for the Treble. Just one English men’s team has ever won the treble of the top flight, European Cup and FA Cup, and that was Man City’s neighbours Manchester United in the 1998/99 season, of course.
So, can Man City become the second English men’s team to win the Treble? They are incredibly 1/5 to do exactly that with Sky Bet!
Manchester City odds to win the Champions League
For all their domestic domination, there’s something missing for Man City. The major goal for a club looking to build itself as one of the biggest and best in the world. Something Paris Saint-Germain have also struggled to obtain in their own quests: the Champions League.
Man City went so close to a first Champions League title in 2020/21 but they lost to Premier League rivals Chelsea in their maiden final appearance. Last season they looked on course to reach back-to-back finals with a chance to put that Chelsea defeat behind them, as Liverpool did in 2019 by winning the Champions League a year after being a losing finalist.
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The Citizens made light of a potentially tricky group last season, finishing top ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig to set up a last 16 tie with Sporting, comfortably beating the Portuguese side 5-0 on aggregate. Things were a lot closer in the quarter-finals as Man City edged a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid to set up a semi with the seemingly invincible Real Madrid.
Man City had Real Madrid on the ropes in the first leg and will have been disappointed to come away with only a 4-3 lead, and that came back to bite them as Los Blancos won the second leg 3-1 after extra-time, which included them scoring two goals in a matter of moments when Man City had looked safe in the final.
This season, they made light work of the groups, going unbeaten against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Copenhagen to set up a last-16 date with RB Leipzig. They had few issues dispatching the Germans 8-1 on aggregate before eliminating Bayern Munich comprehensively in the quarters.
And this time Man City got their revenge on Real Madrid in the semi-finals, absolutely smacking the defending champions 5-1 on aggregate to reach the final for the second time in the club’s history. It was a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Man City wasted no time at the Etihad to put Los Blancos to the sword with a first-half brace from Bernardo Silva setting them on their way to a 4-0 win.
Humiliating Real Madrid, there was also a moment to forget for the social media manager of UEFA in the build up to the game. Trying to drum up excitement and participation for a competition to win tickets for the final, the tweet said that the finalists had been confirmed, two hours before the second leg of Man City vs Real Madrid kicked off.
And to make matters even worse for the account, they had Real Madrid taking on Inter Milan in the final! The tweet was, of course, eventually deleted but the internet never forgets.
- Sky Bet are offering odds of 1/4 for Man City to win the 2022/23 Champions League
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Man City’s influence on the football landscape
In news that sent tremors across the Premier League landscape, Man City were charged in February by the Premier League for allegedly breaking financial rules over a nine-year period between 2009 and 2018.
The club faces an anxious wait to learn the outcome of the charge — which has been referred to an independent commission. Punishment could range from a hefty fine, to a points deduction, or even expulsion from the division.
In light of the news, some notable figures mockingly called into question the legitimacy of City’s three title wins during that period, with former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva rhetorically tweeting “Am I a Premier League champion?”, jokingly referring to Liverpool’s runners-up finish in 2013/14.
Am I a Premier League champion ?
— Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) February 6, 2023
Although a tongue-in-cheek response to City’s current predicament, Lucas’ social media post does pose an interesting debate about how the Premier League would have shaped up over the last decade-and-a-half without a neo-powerhouse bankrolled by the state of Abu Dhabi.
Well, in an alternative universe without City, it would have meant that Steven Gerrard got his hands on a Premier League winners’ medal, while Jose Mourinho would have backed up his “one of the best jobs of my career” comment — referring to Man Utd’s second-placed finish in 2017/18 — by actually winning the whole thing.
Premier League winners without Man City (since first title win in 2011/12)
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Of course, then there is the question of how the transfer market would have panned out over the last 15 years or so. Despite being a spendthrift club, City only actually have one player in the current top 10 of the Premier League’s most expensive transfers. Jack Grealish. Without him, Nicolas Pepe makes the cut…
And, finally, without City being around, an extra Champions League place would have been up for grabs. Among some of the most notable fifth-placed clubs over the years while City ensconced themselves in the top four include Newcastle United in 2011/12 (though fourth sealed Europa League progression that season as Chelsea won the Champions League); Everton in 2013/14; Leicester City in 2019/20; and Leicester City again in 2020/21.