5 Reasons Manchester City Won't Win the Quadruple

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5 Reasons Manchester City Won't Win the Quadruple
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ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER

It's mid-January and Manchester City are still involved in four competitions.

They sit second in the Premier League table behind leaders Arsenal having won their last six league games, slashing the Gunners' lead at the top from six points at the start of December to just one point as it stands. Reclaiming the title after their limp defence last season is the club's primary objective for this campaign.

They are also into the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in the club's history, where they'll face Barcelona for a quarter-final place.

Watford are the visitors in the FA Cup Fourth Round later this month, and they have pretty much guaranteed a trip to Wembley in the Capital One Cup final having battered West Ham 6-0 in the first-leg of their semi-final.

It's sparked media talk of a quadruple.

According to BBC Sport, Vincent Kompany has this week spoken about City's chances of winning all four, saying:

We can't promise it will happen now, but eventually it will have to happen.

We are the players at the moment who have been chosen to do it. If it's not us then it will be other players.

This club definitely has a target to win every competition possible.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of the Cardiff match this weekend, manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to be drawn on talk of a quadruple, and he reiterated his desire to focus on one game at a time.

I think it is very important for all the players to know that the only important thing for us is to win tomorrow.

It is not useful for us to think what could happen in one month or more months.

Tomorrow if we win, we continue fighting for the Premier League. If we lose or we drop points at home it will be v difficult to continue.

I repeat and I am absolutely sure that this Premier League will be very close with five or six teams in it until the end for the title and just one or two points difference so I am just thinking about the game tomorrow.

So are City capable of winning all four trophies this season?

It's a feat that's never been achieved before, with the Manchester United side of 1998-99 coming the closest. They won an unprecedented treble—Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup—but lost in the League Cup quarter-final.

It's a near-impossible task and City are unlikely to pull if off this season. Here are five reasons why.

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