In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Hull City striker Dean Windass has backed Manchester City to win the quadruple this season.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been in all-conquering form and are currently on course to win the four trophies they are competing in.
They sit 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, have reached the Carabao Cup final, where they will play Tottenham Hotspur, are into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, and won the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 away from home.
It would take a remarkable collapse for City to fail to win the league or to progress in Europe, and Windass believes that squad rotation will come into play as the season reaches its business end.
Still, he has told Football FanCast that the squad’s fringe players are so good, they could win the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, while the first XI do the business in the Premier League and the Champions League.
He told FFC: “The trouble is, no disrespect to the FA Cup, no disrespect to the Carabao Cup, and no disrespect to the Premier League now because that’s a given now, it’s only theirs to lose.
“The only way they’re going to lose now, they’ve got a 25-man squad, is if 23 of them get injured. That’s the only way they’re going to lose the Premier League.
“The Carabao Cup, the only reason they won’t win that is they might just play the fringe players and they might get a bit of a hiccup.”
Windass, though, is in no doubt that the one trophy Guardiola will prize above all others is the Champions League, which remains the only trophy he hasn’t won as City boss.
He expects the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager to ensure that his very best XI is fit to play every European game, such is his desire to win the competition.
He added: “The main focus for Pep is the Champions League, where he’ll play his best XI.
“He won’t look at the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup as the main competition, which we did years ago, if you got to the FA Cup final you’d go ‘wow’. I missed out in the semis. I was devastated.
“At the end of the day, he’ll pick a team to say ‘yeah, we’ll get through to the FA Cup final, it doesn’t really matter if we don’t, because we’ve won the Premier League and the main focus is the Champions League’.
“But the fringe players could go on and win the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, that’s how good they are.”