Can Manchester City win the quadruple this year?

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Manuel Pellegrini has said the quadruple is the target for this year, can they actually do it?

Manchester City are currently still involved in all four competitions this season, and have a chance of winning each trophy.

Obviously clubs involved in all four competitions try and win every game, and so the quadruple is always the ideal scenario. It has never been done before though, but Manchester City are so far well placed to give it a good go this season. There is still a long way to go, but you wouldn't rule it out at this stage following their recent good form.

Pellegrini said ahead of their replay with Blackburn Rovers: "During the season with injuries and the amount of games we have to play it's very difficult, and that's why no-one's done it before. But you must have the mentality to at least try to do it and that's what we're trying to do at this moment."

Their likeliest chance of silverware comes in the Capital One Cup. The club have all but secured their place in the final of the competition after smashing West Ham United for six in the first leg of their semi-final tie. Sunderland or rivals Manchester United would await in the final, and City would be favourites against either of them.

They will try and progress in the FA Cup tonight with a replay against Blackburn Rovers lying between them and the fourth round. City of course won the FA Cup in 2011, before losing in the final to Wigan Athletic last year, and will hope to lift the famous trophy once more this season.

For the first time in their history, they have managed to progress through to the knockout stages of the Champions League this season. However they couldn't have been handed a more difficult tie. Although it is a mouth-watering prospect for the neutrals as they will take on Spanish champions Barcelona. Pellegrini has faced Barca on many occasions having managed in La Liga with Villarreal and Malaga. He will believe he knows how to handle the Spanish giants. This competition could represent their biggest challenge though, having never won it before, there is a lot of pressure - mainly coming from the Manchester City board.

City have been rampant in the Premier League of late with their home form being exceptional. They have won all ten of their home league games so far this season, scoring an incredible 38 goals and conceding just six in the process. Their home form could in fact give them the edge over Barca in the Champions League. They currently lie in second place in the Premier League just one point off top spot currently held by Arsenal. Many have made City their favourites to go on and win the league though due to their large squad.

Manuel Pellegrini has an abundance of talent available to him, and even with players like Samir Nasri out injured they have more than enough cover. This could prove crucial come the end of the season. Whereas if Arsenal and Chelsea suffered a couple of injuries to their strikers, then you would question whether they could sustain a serious title challenge.

There is no reason why Manchester City cannot continue progressing on all four fronts. In the space of six weeks from the 29th January to 12th March they will face Barcelona twice as well as league games with Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Manchester United. There is also likely to be the Capital One Cup final game for them to deal with in that time. Those six weeks will be crucial for the club, and we will have a much better understanding of the quadruple challenge then.

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