April is City’s Month

Manchester City’s 2-0 win over the weekend is the start of what is a crucial month for the Blues. Playing twice a week until the end of April, any slip up could see City’s quadruple chances vanish into thin air.

This season’s Premier League title race is set to go to the wire with both City and Liverpool still having some big teams left to play. Jurgen Klopp’s side only have Chelsea to play at Anfield while Pep Guardiola has the task of taking on Tottenham Hotspur on April 20th and then a huge Manchester Derby just four days later. 

There is also a tough trip to Crystal Palace on April 14th which caused a lot of problems for City last season. Squad depth is going to prove crucial for Guardiola as the majority of players are fit and raring to go, but balance will be key. While retaining the Premier League would be an amazing feat and stop the Liverpool fan Twitter apocalypse, the ultimate goal is winning the Champions League.

Ever since Guardiola arrived in the summer of 2016, the ultimate goal has been winning the Champions League. With pundits and the bookies billing City as the favourites to win the biggest prize in club football, this season feels like the best chance to lift the trophy. However, there is no easy task facing Tottenham Hotspur.

A picture shows a general view of the interior of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ahead of the Legends football match between Spurs Legends and Inter Forever, the second and final test event for the new stadium in London, on March 30, 2019. – Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino believes the club’s state-of-the-art new stadium has been worth waiting for after months of delays. Spurs trained at the 62,000 capacity venue for the first time on March 28 and will play for the first time there on April 3 against Crystal Palace. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The first leg at Tottenham’s new stadium on April 9th marks the start of a three-match series between the two sides meeting three times in 10 days. These matches will be taxing.

For Spurs, having the first leg at their new stadium in what will be the first ‘big’ game there and they will want to make a statement by getting the upper hand against the Premier League champions. 

City cannot afford to replicate their quarter final performance against Liverpool last season. Otherwise, the tie will be over and City fans will have to cancel those flights to Madrid.

When it comes to winning silverware, the FA Cup looks to be the easiest task. A semi-final against Brighton could not have been a better draw for City.

Still enthralled in a relegation battle, it is clear that Chris Hughton’s side will be placing all their efforts into staying in the Premier League. However, City have been on the fair end of FA Cup upsets in the past so they cannot afford to take their eyes off the prize.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Lewis Dunk of Brighton & Hove Albion celebrates victory following the penalty shoot out during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Millwall and Brighton and Hove Albion at The Den on March 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

If they do get past Brighton, they will face a difficult task in the final. It is clear Watford and Wolves are putting all their efforts into winning this competition and with the final taking place a week after the Premier League season finishes, that’s enough time for both teams to come up with a game plan to beat City. 

Bear in mind, Wolves know how to annoy Pep Guardiola’s side. Just watch the game at Molineux back at the start of the season!

As always, the last few months of the season will prove to be exciting. But for Manchester City, success hangs by a thread. With how dominant this team is, it feels like this season is the one which could define Pep Guardiola’s time at the Etihad Stadium. And with that, this month could be its making or its undoing…

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