Manchester City took a commanding leading in their first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 with a 4-0 trouncing of Basel on Tuesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s charges have been scoring at will for the vast majority of the season, but putting four past their hosts was an exceptional achievement even by their own standards.
Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero scored a goal apiece before the interval while Ilkay Gundogan put City in the driving seat when the German found the back of the net with a goal in each half. The win in Switzerland has Basel virtually knocked out courtesy of the away-goal rule, with only damage control to play for during the return leg in Manchester.
Given Manchester City’s imperious form this season, how realistic are their quadruple chances?
Manchester United’s slump over the weekend against Newcastle United played out to City’s advantage, as it helped them establish a 16-point lead over their neighbors in second place.
The Citizens’ dominance in the League has been brutal, as they are poised to be tantalizingly rewarded with the Premier League crown during the Manchester derby, should everything play out to their merit.
Manchester City finished top of Group F with a comfortable three-point margin over Shakhtar Donetsk who finished second.
Being drawn against Basel in the last-16 was an imminent mismatch, with pundits arguing City had been pitted against a relatively weaker side.
With Manchester City potentially qualifying from the last-16, it will be interesting to monitor their reaction when they face a stern test against European powerhouses in the quarter-final, or quite possibly the latter stages of the competition.
As it stands however, Manchester City are the envy of many in the Champions League.
City have their first dash at silverware this weekend when they face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final.
This is as close as it can get in regards to securing the first piece of the jigsaw, one which Pep Guardiola is set to take full advantage of.
A comfortable 2-0 win away to Cardiff ensured City booked a place in the 5th round of the FA Cup against Wigan Athletic.
Manchester City have their noses in front in the Premier League and Carabao Cup, and could quite deservedly, contend for the quadruple.
As such, their quadruple chance is as real as it can get!
Written by Brian Humphrey
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