Manchester United, the only English club to have won the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup treble, may soon have company as Manchester City is closing in on achieving the same feat. City has reached the Champions League semi-finals for the third consecutive season, with a 4-1 aggregate win over Bayern Munich, and now face defending champions Real Madrid.
If City wins against Real Madrid, they will be favorites to win the competition, with AC Milan or Inter Milan waiting in the final in Istanbul on June 10.
Domestically, City are well on track to win their fifth Premier League title in six seasons. Although Arsenal holds a four-point lead at the top of the table, they are showing signs of nervousness after costly draws against Liverpool and West Ham. City has a game in hand and home advantage when they host Arsenal for a potential title decider.
City’s unbeaten run of 15 games since February includes a draw against Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, where the young striker scored his 48th goal of the season. Despite doubts about City earlier this year, manager Pep Guardiola has restored key players, such as Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, and Ruben Dias, to the starting lineup, resulting in a defensive solidity without blunting the effectiveness of Haaland.
City’s odds of achieving Alex Ferguson’s greatest achievement at Manchester United have been slashed, with the club being the bookmakers’ favorites for all three competitions they are currently in the hunt for.
However, Guardiola has warned about the tough competition ahead, with Sheffield United and Arsenal as upcoming opponents. Bernardo Silva, a midfielder for City, expressed the team’s confidence and consistency, highlighting their determination to bring some titles back home.
If City can continue their strong performances, they may soon join the ranks of Manchester United as the only English club to have won the coveted treble.