Manchester City are priced at 12/1 to win a second consecutive treble in 2023/24 after they were held by Chelsea in the Premier League.
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In years to come, we may look back on the barren spell and wonder what took City so long to conquer Europe, but with that monkey off the back, the target looked to be an unprecedented quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup.
Having won a sensational Treble of trophies last term, the only way Pep Guardiola's side could have enjoyed a better campaign was to win an unprecedented quadruple this season.
The prospect of this has already been ruled out, however, with City crashing out of the Carabao Cup in the third round after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle at St James' Park.
bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “Quadruple backers normally get a good run for their money at big prices on the blue half of Manchester, so their elimination at the third round stage means we’re in the rare position of not sweating about the liabilities on that front for another year.
"The best they can do is match last season’s treble and while our 12/1 quote suggests they have plenty of work to do to equal that, a trophy monster such as Pep Guardiola makes us think it’s still a case of how many as opposed to will they lift any silverware this season.”
It looked like City's best chance at a quadruple entering into the new season, but of course they've been tipped for all four before.
Once the Guardiola machine hit top speed in 2018, becoming the first team in English football history to reach 100 points, a treble – and even quadruple – looked ever more likely.
The remarkable upset in the FA Cup against Wigan scuppered their first serious treble bid, though they would complete the domestic treble the season after, being agonisingly dumped out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage against Tottenham, knowing that a semi-final tie with Ajax awaited.
An off campaign saw Liverpool crowned Premier League champions before City returned with a vengeance the following season. City were misfiring at the start of the season, but came good when it mattered, ousting rivals United and winning a fourth straight EFL Cup.
A first Champions League was within their grasp, facing Chelsea in the final, but the Blues – as they did in the FA Cup semi-final a month earlier – got the better of Guardiola’s men.
The treble was on the cards again in 2022, with semi-finals in the FA Cup against Liverpool and the Champions League against Real Madrid, but more European heartbreak followed; with Madrid needing two goals as they game entered stoppage time just to force another 30 minutes.
Los Blancos did just that, winning after extra-time as City’s wait continued.
There was no stopping them last time around, however. There was brief jeopardy regarding the title, but the moment Arsenal stopped being perfect, City swooped in. The title was won with three games to spare, and it allowed City to pick up one point from a possible six to close the season and finish on a relatively modest 89 points.
For 38-game seasons prior to City’s first title, the average points tally for the Premier League winner was 85.2. Since then it’s jumped up to 90.8, and barring Liverpool’s golden era, teams just don’t have 90-point seasons in them.
Such is City’s ludicrous squad depth, they’re able to field totally different XIs in the cup competitions and still at least reach the latter stages; in the last five seasons, they’ve made 14 trips to Wembley.
The Champions League was always the one that seemed to have a hold on City – and Guardiola. The Spaniard was routinely – and often fairly – accused of over-thinking knockout ties to his side’s demise, but this has been on the cards for a long time now.
The final defeat to Chelsea was an upset, and the loss to Real Madrid considering the position they were in was one of the most extraordinary things ever seen in the competition.
But there’s been no such drama this time. They blew Bayern away, and Real Madrid were miles off the pace in the semi-final. Inter, despite their best efforts, eventually succumbed too.
Looking ahead to this season's Champions League, City are priced as favourites to claim their second title.
City are currently 12/1 to win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in 2023/24 and based on what we’ve seen, it’s impossible to rule out back-to-back trebles.