Manchester City is one game away from being the only English team to win the treble, joining city rivals Manchester United.
In 1998-99, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United became the first side in British history to win the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League all in the same season.
Pep Guardiola’s City will join them if they beat Inter Milan in Istanbul on Saturday, giving him a second Treble after completing it with Barcelona in 2009. But how do they stack up?
Glenn Murray, a former Brighton striker, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “They are better than the Manchester United Treble-winning team of 1999.” And I say that hesitantly since I was a Manchester United fan as a kid. That generation was someone I looked up to, and it appears that feat will never be replicated.
“However, this City team is lethal. They beat them up and then move on. They are a cold-blooded winning machine. Nothing irritates them.
“They will kick back and enjoy themselves once they have proven that they are what most people think they are, which is one of the best club sides we have ever seen.”
What are your thoughts? Do you concur? Choose your combined XI from Manchester United’s Treble winners and Manchester City’s Treble chasers below and share the results with your friends.
Guardiola’s second Triple Crown?
City’s Premier League triumph in 2019 gave them a historic domestic treble, as they became the first English men’s team to win both the league and the cup.
However, while winning the league title, FA Cup, and European Cup is a tremendous accomplishment, many believe it to be the holy grail.
Guardiola’s team is one game away from becoming the tenth European team to sweep the board.
City’s meeting with destiny in Istanbul comes 14 years after Guardiola guided Barcelona to the treble in 2008-09, his first season as a top-flight manager.
Celtic won the Quadruple (including the League Cup) in 1966-67, while the other Treble winners are Ajax in 1972, PSV Eindhoven in 1988, Inter Milan in 2010, Bayern Munich in 2013 and 2020, and Barcelona in 2015.
Is this City team better than Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona from 2009? Choose your starting XI from the list below.