Manchester City’s quadruple dreams may have been dashed by a determined Wigan Athletic recently, however, the treble still remains a distinct possibility with the Citizens lifting the first available piece of silverware aloft at the expense of Arsenal on Sunday.
Commanding possession and taking three times more shots than their opponents City were full value for their 3-0 victory in the Carabao Cup final.
While this is the lesser of the three domestic trophies available to top flight clubs, the result will only compound the Gunners’ midweek loss to Ostersund (despite advancing on aggregate) and increase pressure on Arsene Wenger.
However, Sunday was City’s day. It didn’t take long for them to muscle their way into the driving seat either, with an uncharacteristic long punt from Claudio Bravo setting Sergio Aguero through after he had muscled Shkodran Mustafi out of the way before delicately lobbing David Ospina.
It wasn’t to be until after the interval that we saw another goal, with Vincent Kompany prodding home a well-worked corner between Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.
The real killer goal came just seven minutes later from David Silva, however, with the Spaniard turning quickly in the box before smashing a shot low into the bottom corner.
This may just be the first part of the puzzle for City to negotiate this season, however, the experience of lifting a trophy could yet prove inspirational for Pep Guardiola’s men as they head into undoubtedly the most pivotal point of the campaign.
Next up for the Etihad outfit is another clash with Arsenal, this time in the Premier League, on Thursday night. While revenge will be on the minds of the north Londoners it’s difficult to see City not extending their lead at the top.