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PL, FA Cup and UCL: City have to win at least one

Bernardo Silva scored two goals in the first half tonight, leading Guardiola's team to a dominant victory over the current defending champions Real Madrid.

Despite Ancelotti's team attempting a comeback in the second half, their efforts were futile as Eder Militao's own goal and Julian Alvarez's stoppage-time star finish highlighted the vast difference in quality between the two sides at the Etihad tonight.

Special mention to City's outstanding form, as they have an unbeaten streak of 23 games and 15 consecutive wins at the Etihad, and it has proven tonight to be all too much for Madrid - and as a result of this, it will be Cityzens facing Inter in the Champions League final on June 10th in Istanbul.

In the previous week's match at the Bernabeu, each team scored remarkable goals through Vini. Jr and De Bruyne, setting up a balanced tie tonight in Manchester. But after defeating Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, and finally conquering Madrid tonight - they now face the challenge of Inter, and the likelihood and prospects of achieving the historic treble gets larger and larger.

This now begs the question - can Manchester City actually do it? The only English team to ever win the treble just so happens to be City's neighbours from the other side of town, Manchester United - and the Red Devils have the perfect opportunity to prevent City from replicating that success. The two Manchester clubs will travel to Wembley on the 3rd of June for the FA Cup final, just 7 days prior to their UCL final in Istanbul against Inter Milan. Before those dates, they just need to ensure they retain form in hope Arsenal chasing just behind them don't catch them.

Here are City's remaining fixtures: 21/05 Man City vs Chelsea, Premier League

24/05 Brighton vs Man City, Premier League

28/05 Brentford vs Man City, Premier League

03/06 Man City vs Man United, FA Cup final

10/06 Man City vs Inter, Champions League final Now, on paper, City have huge potential for the treble - but most believe fatigue may be a cause for concern with the backlog of fixtures against hugely competitive sides as listed above. Personally, we think that with Pep's ability to rotate the squad and expressing fluidity of certain individuals out in different positions, this has been and looks to be the key reason by mid June we could have seen Pep & Co lift all three trophies. Real Madrid are one of the best squads in the world currently, and City's means to pick apart their team tonight and put on a stunning four goal performance while hogging 60% of the possession just displays the scary potential they hold to go on and win big in the upcoming weeks.

If we look at the form of some of the teams due to face Manchester City in their final fixtures, it only reinforces the idea of a City treble...for example: Chelsea have only won 1 game in their past 11 games, in all competitions. Brighton, of course are performing much better currently sat 6th in the Premier League table, having just beaten Arsenal who are also supposed to be challenging City for the title. But The Seagulls do appear to be lacking consistency with their form, too. They are either winning or losing, no draws recently - and with recently being dominated by struggling sides such as Everton, Nottingham Forest and even an out-of-form Spurs, it is hard to imagine City not being able to bag all three points at the Amex Stadium. Brentford are also another club in great form but have just lost their star man and goal scorer Ivan Toney to a suspension which could have impact on performances going forward. And to wrap up the analysis, the remaining two fixtures being the two cup finals - we think they will be decided by who wants it more. In conclusion - the Manchester City treble is well in Guardiola's grasp, but even if they are to lose form after tonight and the worst is to happen to their more-than-impressive season...surely Pep walks away with at least one trophy, right?

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