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Media assess City's 'Quadruple' chances

MEDIA WATCH: City's chances of multiple silverware has been assessed by the media
Can Manchester City make English football history?

Pep Guardiola’s side remain on course to win all four major trophies this season, a feat never achieved by an English side.

And the media is a awash with predictions and opinions about whether or not we have what it takes to do it.

Richard Dunne admits it will be an extremely difficult task but believes the quality in City’s squad means the impossible is possible.

Speaking in his role as a BeIN Sports pundit, Dunne said: “They got through [to the FA Cup final], they weren’t on top form but got the job done.

“When you look at the fixtures coming up in the next couple of weeks you can see why he says it is mission impossible.

“There’s five tough games in 15 days.

“If they come through with full points and all wins it would be getting closer and closer.

“At the moment it still looks mission impossible and it is a dream.

“But it is realistic because its Man City and we know what they can do, but it’s going to be so difficult to win all four.”

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Alan Shearer has described City’s season so far as “amazing”.

The former Newcastle United striker, writing for BBC Sport, says to be in contention for an unprecedented Quadruple at this stage of the campaign shows the depth of quality in City’s ranks.

“The fact that, with a maximum of 12 games left, City can look at their remaining fixtures and know they are so close to a clean sweep is an amazing achievement in itself,” he writes.

“City already have the League Cup in the bag and I think they will win the FA Cup.”

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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has looked at City’s workload in comparison to title-rivals Liverpool, and he says the sheer number of games we are involved in means, sometimes, our aesthetic may have to suffer in favour of grinding out results.

“Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City with a vision for high quality, beautiful football. He wanted his players to play well and had faith that the trophies would follow," he writes in his column for the Mail. "Now, City have a shopping list of matches to get through. If they do go on to clinch the Quadruple — something Guardiola claims is 'almost impossible' — they will have played 64 games this season. Their title rivals Liverpool, by comparison, can only play a maximum of 53.

“Such a relentless workload means you risk losing some of that beauty, and we saw that against Brighton in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.”

That’s all for this morning’s roundup of the back pages. Buy stay with us throughout the day here on as we bring you all the latest news ahead of City’s trip to Tottenham on Tuesday evening.

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