Breaking Down Manchester City's Quadruple Title Chances

Rob Pollard@@RobPollard_Featured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  The Barclays Premier League Trophy is displayed prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on December 21, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Manchester City remain, somewhat unconvincingly, on course for four trophies this season.

No one is expecting them to win them all, with the demands in terms of scheduling making it a near-impossibility, but the fact they have reached this stage of the season in contention for multiple pieces of silverware, despite a long injury list, is deserving of some praise.

But what are their chances in each?

Here we take a look at City's prospects in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.


Premier League

Two home defeats in succession have muddied the waters in the league. City looked well-positioned a couple of weeks ago, despite their inability to win back-to-back games since October, but title rivals Leicester City and Tottenham took three points from the Etihad, leaving Manuel Pellegrini's side in a precarious position.

They are six points off the top spot with 12 games to go. Their next league game is against Liverpool at Anfield, where they haven't won since 2003. Their prospects look bleak, even given the inconsistent nature of the league this season.

They only have one more opportunity to play a top-four side and claw back some ground, against Arsenal at home in the penultimate game of the campaign. It's damning that City are yet to register a win against anyone in the top five this term.

There's still a chance they could be crowned champions, though. Six points is hardly insurmountable. The main concern, however, is that where City have reeled in one side when recovering from difficult situations to win the league in the past, this time they are relying on three to falter.

Chances: moderate at best

Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany holds the Premiership trophy as Manchester City football club players prepare to take part in a victory parade on an open-topped bus through the streets of Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2014,
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Champions League

City find themselves in the last 16 of the Champions League for the third consecutive season.

The difference this time is they topped their group and therefore face their most winnable knockout tie to date against Dynamo Kiev, one of the weakest sides left in the draw.

They travel to Ukraine on Monday ahead of the first leg on Wednesday, with the return game at the Etihad scheduled for mid-March.

It's a glorious opportunity for City to make history and reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

From there, who knows. More often than not, the best team will win the Champions League, but any knockout format lends itself to surprises. Look at Liverpool in 2005 and Chelsea in 2012 for examples.

The defensive frailties affecting City mean they are unlikely to win it, but they have a chance of going deeper into the competition than ever before, which would be a huge psychological obstacle out of the way before Pep Guardiola's arrival in the summer.

Chances: not good, but there's progress to be made 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24:  The Champions league trophy is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Manchester City and Barcelona at Etihad Stadium on February 24, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Gr
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FA Cup

Much of City's chances in the FA Cup depend on this weekend’s game away at Chelsea in the fifth round.

The scheduling for the game is difficult. They play on Sunday at 4 p.m., a day before they fly out for their Champions League game in Kiev.

It could see Pellegrini opt to play a weakened side, which, given Chelsea's improved form, could be fatal.

If they come through that tie, though, anything is possible. The FA Cup has had a tendency in recent seasons to really open up. Arsenal have profited greatly, and City could this season. 

Arsenal and Tottenham are the strongest sides left in the draw. 

Chances: good

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City and his team mates celebrate with the trophy after they won the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Final match between Manchester City and Stoke City at Wembley Stadium on May 14, 2011 in London, England.
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League Cup

Undoubtedly their best chance of silverware comes in the League Cup. They're in the final already, with a game against Liverpool at Wembley standing in their way of some early-season success.

What they have to address, though, is their inability to deal with sides that press high and hard. Liverpool have already undone them this season, as have Spurs and Stoke City, which both played with intensity.

The fact is City have a better side. The travelling to and from Kiev will harm them, but they are more than capable of getting a result.

Chances: excellent

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City celebrates victory with the trophy after the Capital One Cup Final between Manchester City and Sunderland at Wembley Stadium on March 2, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael
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Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2015/16 season. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow him on Twitter @RobPollard_.


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