Manchester City have been stealing all the headlines so far in the 2017/2018 season.
Pep Guardiola is once again showing why many people believe he is the greatest manager on the planet.
The side are in contention in all four competitions this season and the reality is if they perform to the standard they have all season, they will probably do a domestic sweep with the Champions League their biggest test.
With a likely Carabao Cup final win soon approaching against Arsenal, City are sitting 13 points clear of Manchester United with just twelve games remaining in the Premier League.
With the league almost certainly in the bag, City also have preferable draws in in both the Champions League and FA Cup where they will face of against Basel and Wigan Athletic.
Without further ado, here are our four arguments as to why the quadruple is attainable for this group of players.
1. Squad depth
There is no denying that this Manchester City squad is currently in the top four in Europe along with the likes of PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
They are certainly in the argument for greatest ever Premier League team that is, of course, presuming that they do clinch the title in May.
Guardiola has an absolute wealth of financial backing at the club. However, with great power comes great responsibility.
Guardiola has to, and so far has chosen his players wisely. Benjamin Mendy, Leroy Sane, IIkay Gundogan, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Danilo, Ederson and Aymeric Laporte have all been recruited during Pep’s reign.
As well as recruiting very intelligently, Guardiola has made every player that was there before a new player.
Kevin De Bruyne has been without a doubt the best player in the league this season and at times Raheem Sterling has been mistaken for Lionel Messi.
After a dire first season, John Stones has been a brick wall when called upon and Gabriel Jesus continues to establish himself as a world-class striker.
City’s bench is quietly startling. Yaya Toure, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Claudio Bravo, Nicolas Otamendi etc. It’s an amazing group of players who finally look set to live up to their full potential.
2. Pep’s multiple back-up plans
In his first season at the club, Pep experimented with numerous formations.
His preferred appears to be the 4-2-3-1, however, last season City showed that they are capable of blossoming under a 3-4-3 or 4-5-1 system also.
With the range of versatility in the squad, any formation is applicable here. Having been only found out by Liverpool this season, City showed that they are never beaten until the full-time whistle.
Having trailed 4-1, the game finished 4-3 with Sergio Aguero heading just wide at the last play of the game. The fighting spirit has never been stronger at the club then now.
3. Pep’s tactical mind
Having been accused of being lucky to manage the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, Guardiola has shown that his coaching improves players and he is also very tactically aware.
During the club’s 1-0 triumph at Stamford Bridge earlier in September, Pep’s tactical prowess was on display for the world to see.
His full-backs and midfielders constantly rotated positions in order to keep the Blues boxed in their own half and force them to play long balls which came to no avail.
He brilliantly exploited last year’s PFA player of the year N’golo Kante who was left wanting for the 90 minutes.
4. Perfect blend of experience and youth
The Man City squad is blessed with the experience of former premier league winners in the form of Aguero, Kompany, Otamendi, Toure, David Silva and Feranadinho.
Mix this with the youth and hunger of Sane, Sterling, Jesus, Gundogan, Ederson, Walker, Stones and Mendy and you have a recipe for success.
All in all, it is going to take something special to stop the Citizens in their tracks this season.
Luke Gannon, Pundit Arena