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Manchester City's Treble hopes

Manchester City are in contention to win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, and our expert panel talk through their hopes of replicating Sir Alex Ferguson's Treble-winning Manchester United side of 1999.

With Man City sat top of the Premier League and through to the semi-finals of the Champions League and final of the FA Cup, Pep Guardiola's charges are firmly in contention to complete an astounding treble of trophies this term.

Such an achievement has only been recorded by seven club sides in history, one of which happening to be City's rivalling neighbours Man Utd back in 1999.

This Man Utd side of 24 years ago is still revered as one of the best English teams to have ever been assembled in light of this accomplishment, with inevitable comparisons now being drawn with the Man City side of today who are now just 11/10 to replicate this trio of trophies this season.

There are still a number of testing obstacles for City to overcome if they are to attain this desired goal, however, not least in the form of overcoming 14-time Champions League winners Real Madrid over two legs in the semi-finals of this year's edition of the famous tournament.

City's attempts to scoop the treble could also be scuppered by none other than Man Utd themselves, with the Red Devils the opponents for Guardiola's side in a hotly anticipated Wembley FA Cup Final showdown in June.

Should City prevail in their treble quest this season, the debates and comparisons surrounding themselves and Man Utd's class of 1999 will not only be confined to the players on the pitch.

With the Champions League the one piece of silverware City boss Guardiola has failed to deliver across his seven trophy-laden years in charge, getting over the line in this competition to complete an iconic treble is likely to prompt many football fans to declare the Catalan as the greatest manager of all time.

Detractors to such a suggestion may feel Guardiola still has some way to go before being recognised as the most esteemed manager ever, and point towards the achievements and longevity of the last man to win the treble in charge of an English side - the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

Just like the distinguished Man City and Man Utd teams they have managed, the styles of Messrs Guardiola and Ferguson stand in contrast, but nobody can deny the impact each has had on the beautiful game.

Watch Steve Freeth, Kelly Somers and Graham Hunter discuss Manchester City's treble hopes in the video above.

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