They say records are made to be broken, but the fact of the matter is that no English side has ever claimed the quadruple before.
Much of that has to do with the Premier League being by far the most competitive top flight in world football – as Manuel Pellegrini has discovered this season, namely against Sunderland and Cardiff, even the most expensively-assembled cast in the division can be easily overawed by one of the Premiership’s minnows if they aren’t performing to the utmost of their capabilities. There is no such thing as pre-determined result in the Premier League.
Furthermore, English football has a knack of luck favouring the underdog. Just consider the Citizens’ FA Cup final defeat to Wigan last season – they essentially lost to a Championship side, in a match determined by a single goal.
If City are to claim all four trophies available to them this season, they’ll have to fight against the awesome tide of history. Manchester United’s 1999 side are considered to be one of the greatest English football has ever seen, and even under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, they could only manage a treble.
Likewise, Roman Abramovich has spent untold millions on Chelsea, and their greatest achievement to date is their League and FA Cup double in 2010, and FA Cup and Champions League double in 2012.
Should Manchester City claim all four pieces of silverware, it will be an incredible feat. But history suggests it’s simply impossible.