Did Manchester City Bite Off More Than They Could Chew with Quadruple Talk?

Phil KeidelContributor IIMarch 5, 2014

"More, more, more! How do you like it, how do you like it?"
"More, more, more! How do you like it, how do you like it?"Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Manchester City have the Capital One Cup in hand and, if you listen to manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Sky Blues are not nearly done collecting trophies this season.

“We have won this trophy and we are now the only club with a chance to win all the competitions," Pellegrini told Mark Ogden of the Telegraph after City won the Capital One Cup for the first time in 38 years.

“For a club like Manchester City, to fail is not acceptable. We won one trophy today, but nobody can think that is enough," Pellegrini added emphatically.

Are City overreaching with their heady suggestions that they could win the Capital One Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League in the same season?

Allow me to answer that question with this one: If it were Chelsea in City's position now, or one of the great Manchester United sides of the recent past, would this question even be asked?

Of course not, which is why City are right to reach for every trophy they can possible get a hand on—and to tell anyone who will listen that that is what they intend to do.

Pessimists and City detractors surely feel that, having won arguably the least of the four prizes so far, City are suffering from some premature jocularity at their prospects to finish the job.

Navas and Negredo came to City to do stuff like this.
Navas and Negredo came to City to do stuff like this.Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

The two-goal deficit they will take with them to Barcelona for the second leg of their Champions League tie presents a far greater threat to City's quest than Sunderland's quick strike in the Capital One Cup final did.

Even stalwart City fans might, in a candid moment, concede that City would be better served cooling their rhetoric and reining in their dreams.

As Scoop put it in Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles"On a scale from one to 10, if you aim for six and get six, everything will work out nicely. But if you aim for 10 in all things and get six, you're going to be very disappointed."

Scoop would have made a horrible football manager.

Pellegrini and City are doing exactly what a team with nearly endless resources and a dozen or so cup-tested, winning players in place should do.

By speaking of the quadruple as though it is a real thing, a journey that can be made, Pellegrini infuses belief in his players that they can do it.

If they fall short, so what?

For the sake of argument, say City "only" manage to win the FA Cup by June, with one of their rivals winning the Premier League and their Champions League run quickly aborted. Or say City lose the FA Cup and bomb out of the Champions League but somehow win the Premier League.

Would that season be deemed a failure? Not a chance.

City are where they should rightly be at this point in the season—one cup in hand, three more in sight if not yet in reach.

Talking about wanting to win them all is not biting off more than they can chew.

It is a show of appetite.