Manchester City will have to wait a year for another assault on a Treble but they can join Manchester United in another exclusive European club this month.
Victory over Paris Saint-Germain in their semi-final means that Pep Guardiola’s side are one win away from success in both the Champions League and their domestic league. And while the European tournament is meant to mark out the best of the best, the demands of the football calendar and the fierce competition faced means that very few teams have been able to pull off this particular double.
In the Champions League era, it is a feat that has only been managed 13 times by a total of eight clubs with only one of those British; Barcelona (four times), Bayern Munich (three), Real Madrid, Ajax, Inter, AC Milan, United and Porto (all once). Two of those Barcelona wins came under Guardiola. Extending to the history of the European Cup, a further seven teams have pulled it off including Liverpool (twice) and Celtic.
A City victory in Istanbul would see them join this elite company as well as augment a season that has already been exceptional; the Carabao Cup was the first trophy in the bag while the Blues need just two points from their remaining four games to wrap the title up.
Combining domestic with European success has seemed even harder given the conditions imposed by the pandemic. Remarkably, when the draw for the last-16 was made none of the teams in it led their respective league; of the four semi-finalists, Guardiola’s side are the only table-topper.