Liverpool may be leading the way in terms of league standings this season, but it’s Manchester City who have lifted the only important trophy to date.
Pep Guardiola’s side secured their third successive League Cup earlier this month, beating Aston Villa 2-1 at Wembley. It’s their fourth such title in five years.
Only Alex Ferguson, Brian Clough and Jose Mourinho have lifted the competition more times than Guardiola, while only Liverpool have won the tournament more times than City.
But the Spaniard boasts a unique record of his own. The 49-year-old has won 21 of his last 25 finals as a top-flight boss. And he’s won all six he’s been involved in with his current side.
Guardiola’s men also became the second side to win three successive League Cup trophies. And they once again find themselves behind the Reds, who won the competition four seasons in a row in the early 1980s.
The Manchester outfit won an historic domestic treble last season, and while the Premier League may be out of reach this time around, they could replace that with Champions League and FA Cup wins.
And a different yet equally remarkable treble could be achieved if they go all the way in both competitions.
And fixtures in both the Champions League and the FA Cup come thick and fast. A tricky challenge awaits City in the Manchester Derby on Sunday, before Arsenal visit the Etihad on Wednesday, once again in league action. Another home league encounter follows on Saturday with the visit of Burnley.
But Real Madrid then come to town on Tuesday night. The European battle sees the hosts go into the game with a 2-1 lead. And Guardiola then brings his team to St James’ Park just a few days later as they look to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.
It’s currently 9/1 for City to add the FA Cup to their trophy collection this season.
And it’s 16/1 for the club to add the Champions League title to their League Cup victory.
City are available at 60/1 to clinch a Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup treble. And it’s 80/1 for Guardiola’s side to somehow add a Premier League title to that list.
Since arriving at City, Guardiola has won two Premier League titles, as well as three League Cups, an FA Cup and two Community Shields. But the Spaniard won’t want to stop there.
With plenty still to play for this season, who knows what the club can achieve under their hugely-successful leader.