A new day is dawning in English Soccer. Manchester City has started a whole new thing. They have started a dynasty. After defeating Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final, their quest to become one of English football’s most successful single-season sides takes flight. Now, City could go on to enjoy a period of domination both on home soil and in Europe. The club is about to create a dynasty like we have never known and seen in English football.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?
The shock FA Cup defeat at Wigan Athletic last month ended the dream of a historic quadruple and this defeat would have disappointed a perfectionist like Pep Guardiola, City’s coach. In the context of what City can still do this season, the defeat to Wigan could be the catalyst that motivates them to win anything win-able this year. After cruising past Arsenal to win the Carabao Cup at Wembley last month, City is one step closer to realising their dream.
‘Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.’ The stakes for City are almost as high and a few weeks ago, Guardiola was aiming for a quadruple trophy this season, not until their shocking defeat to Wigan. But now that they’ve won a league cup, City have a chance to become England’s third winners of a treble, emulating Liverpool’s 1983-84 collection of European Cup, Football League Championship and League Cup trophies. The second club to break that record was Manchester United. In 1999, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United won the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘We aim above the mark to hit the mark.’ This simply means that if you really want to meet your target, aim above and over your target. Paul, the Apostle, puts it this way in Philippians 3:13-14 ‘Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it yet. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.’
Guardiola is pressing towards achieving a goal. His goal is to start a dynasty. At the moment, there is no consistently dominant club in English football since Alex Ferguson’s retirement. City’s form this season suggests they could fill the void, even though Guardiola is humble about it as he has often refused to publicly make such grandiose claim.
Manchester City and their manager, Pep Guardiola are now aiming for a treble of League Cup, Premier League and Champions League.
Not only that Guardiola has transformed City into this year’s dominant force, he wants to prove they are not a one-season wonder. They are likely to remain dominant for a few years to come. Because they have the kind of money all other clubs can only dream about.
After a 12-month bedding-in period, City has spent so much money that makes its neighbours jealous and very uncomfortable. Their spending habit provoked Jose Mourinho to make an extraordinary claim that it will be ‘difficult’ for Manchester United to compete with Manchester City going forward because there are ‘no limits’ to how much the Premier League leaders can spend.
Guardiola has defended his huge spending since taking charge of City, with the £57m arrival of defender, Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao taking his outlay in 19 months to £448m, more than half of which has been spent on defenders.
But the money paid out is starting to be converted into trophies, and City is now able to focus on consolidating their position at the top of the Premier League with the club on the verge of winning the Premier League and through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.