FIGHTING for three trophies at the same time was always going to throw up some horror ties.
Guardiola’s side play four games, in three competitions, in just 11 days next monthCredit: Getty
Man City are still in the hunt for three trophiesCredit: Getty
Four crunch games between April 5 and April 16 will ultimately define this campaign as a success or a failure.
Things get underway when Guardiola’s side host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals on April 5, with the club desperate to go one better than last year’s final defeat to Chelsea.
But if they do get the two-legged tie off to the perfect star at the Etihad there will be no time for celebrations.
That’s because title rivals Liverpool come to town just five days later – in a game which could decide whether the Premier League trophy has sky blue or red ribbons on it this year.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are just a point behind City in the table, and would leapfrog the current leaders with a win in Manchester on April 10.
But win that game, at home, and the title is all but guaranteed to be heading to City for a second consecutive year.
Again though there’s no time for parties if Klopp and Co are beaten in that clash of the titans.
The Champions League second leg at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium follows just three days later on April 13.
And Diego Simeone’s LaLiga champions will be desperate to knock City out of the competition after doing the same to cross-town rivals Manchester United in the last round.
City will then jet back to base to gear up for yet another crucial clash three days later on April 16.
Liverpool again are the opponents, but this time at Wembley, in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Four tough games against two top teams, which will either see City inconceivably end the season trophyless, or keep alive the hunt for an historic treble.
And if there’s any team that can come through that nightmare period unscathed, it’s Manchester City.