(WFI) Pep Guardiola knows that to be considered one of the best teams in the history of England, Manchester City will probably have to win at some point the “Double”.
It is true the City is a very fine squad that has won the English Premier League with five games remaining in the season, equaling the feat achieved only in the history of that country by Manchester United twice (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton in the 1984-85 campaign.
It is also evident that City’s first league title since 2013-14 has been done with a mesmerizing style of football that proved all of Pep’s doubters wrong. Numbers tell only part of the story: City has only lost two of 33 games in the Premier League campaign and has scored 93 goals. It is the team with most goals, most points, most passes and most chances created in England.
It is indeed a fact that Guardiola’s boys already lifted a trophy back in February when they won the League Cup against Arsenal.
But Guardiola knows that the FA Cup is at this point the missing piece. City’s exit of England’s most traditional competition against second-division Wigan a few weeks ago is a major embarrassment for a club with unlimited financial resources that should be expected to win that trophy too. After all, in his two seasons at the job, Pep has spent nearly 600 million dollars on players.
History reminds us that in 130 years of English football, only 11 teams have managed to win both the League and the FA Cup.
But for a team to be included among the best of all times in England or any other football nation, winning the “double” is a must. And that is only the start. After the “Double”, the “Treble” ensues if you add the Champions to the equation. That European dream however may still very fuzzy at a club that not long ago was known more for its underachieving record than for its membership to football’s highest elite.
By INSIDER Javier Monne
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