Manchester City face second tier Watford in the fourth round of the FA Cup today with an unprecedented ‘quadruple’ of trophies still in their sights.
London: No team in English football history has won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and European Champions League in the same season, although Manchester United came close in 1999 with a ‘treble’ that excluded the League Cup.
But City, who this week clinched a place in the League Cup final with a 9-0 aggregate thumping of top-flight rivals West Ham, are just a point behind Premier League leaders Arsenal and through to the last 16 of the Champions League, albeit they face Spanish giants Barcelona in the knockout stages.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini is obviously proud of his boys. “I’m very proud of the team that we are still in four competitions,” he said. “We are not thinking about that (winning all four competitions). We are thinking just to win every match. Now we’ve finished with the Capital One (League) Cup until March. It’s very important to continue in the FA Cup, so we must win against Watford on Saturday. We’ll continue with the same winning and ambitious mentality.”
FA Cup on TV
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