Manchester City faceSchalke O4 this evening in the first of two competitions slated for the Blues this week the other the FA Cup clash at Swansea in the weekend. If City are able to come out of the two clashes unscathed this would add more credence to the noise about a potential quadruple.

Pep Guardiola has been quick to downplay any notion about the quadruple but the longer Manchester City continue to win the louder it would grow. The excuse of injuries and the squad being stretched is true to some degrees but Guardiola and his coaching staff which includes Mikel Arteta have been able to manage this excellently.

At the highest level tactics is just a small part of the game with being able to manage a crop of superstars the major aspect of the job. Guardiola has had to do without talisman Kevin De Bruyne for large parts of the season. the second injury of Fernandinho this season has been handled well with the club not crumbling like the first time.

Mahrez who looked lost for some few months has been brought into the fol in recent games and looks lively while Sterling has continued his excellent form. These factors contribute to large parts to the ability of Pep Guardiola to manage the team.

Six wins on the troth including victories to rivals Chelsea and Arsenal shows that Manchester City are back to their mercurial best. Whether grinding out results at Bournemouth to winning comfortably against West Ham the Citizens have shown their mettle.

The matches against Schalke O4 and Swansea look straight forward and if Guardiola’s men can win both they would be in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup.  By the end of the week there could be more noise about the quadruple than Guardiola envisages.

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