If you asked most Manchester City fans at the beginning of the season about the only trophy they would like to win at the end of the campaign, they would say the Champions League. Fast forward to February and who would not like to play Oliver Twist without the consequences?
We want to win them all if we can.
If you think so too, Bernardo Silva is with you on this one.
The Portuguese has rediscovered his form he displayed to help City dominate English football back in the 2018/19 campaign. He was so good manager Pep Guardiola named him his own player of the season.
Along with the 26-year-old’s form has come a hunger to win all that is winnable and make history once again. The last time City pressed for such a feat, it proved out of reach. The team failed to surmount a hurdle that it would normally go over under normal circumstances - beating Tottenham.
The pressure was just too much to bear.
The manager (of all people) buckled under it when he chose to play defensive against the Lillywhites in the first leg thereby losing by a goal to nil. Back at the Etihad Stadium, the team was jittery and let in goal after goal despite breaching the opponent’s defence again and again.
The result was heartbreak as the Blues failed to qualify for the semifinal despite outscoring the opponent at home. The damage had already been done in the first leg.
Shipping goals and losing out on the continent when it mattered most was fast becoming the norm under the Catalan boss when City capitulated again last term. This time, it was against lowly Lyon.
Thankfully, there is always another opportunity. This season is so far looking very promising. Talk of a quadruple has resurfaced. Bernardo Silva has asserted that the team wants to make it happen. He spoke after City’s hard-fought 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.
“Of course, we are going to try [to win the Champions League]. We know we have good momentum, but this is just the last 16. We are going to try and do well in the second leg to go through to the quarter-finals.
“Then we have the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup. It is going to be a tough season, but we are going to try to win them all.”
Of course, it is always good to dream big. But getting the job done is a different ball game. With the vastly experienced Real Madrid and Liverpool still in the competition, while red-hot Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are warming up for another appearance in the final, the road there looks perilous.
But City have never looked more ready to conquer all the obstacles before them. The team is looking like a real beast with so many players in top form at the same time.
Never in the last decade-plus have so many key players looked so dispensable.
At the moment, it seems no Sergio Aguero, no problem. No Kevin De Bruyne, no problem. The same applies to Ruben Dias, John Stones and even with no strikers upfront.
It has been incredible that all these players have missed games in the last few weeks and the team appeared to miss none as the winning run continued.
So De Bruyne actually missed about a month of football recently? Did you miss him? Well, the team did not.
Balanced in all sections of the pitch, this looks like the best time for the team to make history. But it only takes one bad moment for the house to come crashing down. So it is best to remain cautiously optimistic about our chances.
Like Bernardo, we hope to win everything. But if it does not happen in the end, we will take what we get.
Hopefully, it does happen.