2023 was probably the best year in Manchester City’s history. The blues claimed five trophies throughout the year, the first time this has ever been done by an English side. City stamped their dominance on the game, not just at a national level, but also across Europe and the world as they took every major trophy on offer.
Here, we look back at five of the most memorable moments of an amazing year.
26th April - City Break Arsenal Hearts
City had started the year a huge 8 points behind leaders Arsenal with just one game in hand. Slowly, the blues chipped away at that lead, even briefly topping the table after a 3-1 win at the Emirates.
The blues only dropped four points after that match, but it was enough for the Gunners to open a five-point lead, albeit by playing two games extra. On 26th April, the title race turned in City’s favour as the blues crushed their title rivals 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium to close the gap to just two points. Feeling the pressure, Arsenal would eventually crumble and City went on to comfortably win the league.
17th May - Blues Crush Real Madrid
This was a crucial week for the blues. They were one win (or an Arsenal defeat) from winning the Premier League title for a third consecutive season, and now faced the mighty Real Madrid for a place in the Champions League final. Having already secured a place in the FA Cup Final, a historic treble was on the cards. A 1-1 draw in Madrid set up a tense second leg, but City were in no mood to give their Spanish opponents anything.
Bernardo Silva’s brace gave the blues a 2-0 half-time lead, an own goal by Eder Militao and a cool finish by Julian Alvarez sent the blues to Istanbul and the treble dream remained alive.
3rd June - Mr Whippy Downs United
The first-ever Manchester derby FA Cup final saw the blues attempting to secure the double against their old rivals. City were hot favourites to lift the cup however, memories of the 2013 defeat to Wigan were still in the minds of the faithful. United, the only team to achieve the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, were determined to stop City in their own pursuit of the treble.
However, their resistance to City’s attack lasted just 13 seconds as Ilkay Gundogan fired City into the lead. United had touched the ball once before Gundo’s shot flew past David de Gea, and not even a dodgy penalty by Bruno Fernandes could save the reds. Gundo fired in a second, just six minutes into the second half to secure the double, and United fans’ only hope to stop City were Italian side Inter Milan.
10th June - ISTANBUL!
Exactly one week after beating United, City lined up in Istanbul, ready to take their place amongst the European elite. Two years earlier, the blues had lost 1-0 to Chelsea, but manager Pep Guardiola wasn’t prepared to let them miss out again. The main talking point was leaving Kyle Walker out of the starting 11, but Pep knew what he was doing as he masterminded City’s treble.
After a tense first half, which City just about edged, the blues survived a scare when Ederson saved from La Martinez, when a goal looked a certainty. Manuel Akanji allowed the ball to drift past him, and the Brazilian keeper stopped what could have been disaster for City. The blues pressed back and, in the 68th minute, sent the travelling supporters into dreamland.
Akanji’s pass into the area found Silva, whose attempted cross was knocked out of the area, only as far as Rodri, who seized the opportunity and passed the ball into the back of the goal. The City end of the Ataturk Stadium erupted and, although, Inter had several gilt-edged opportunities, it was City who finally lifted the trophy.
16th August - City Beat Seville on Penalties
The blues had only played one game of the new Premier League season, beating Vincent Kompany’s Burnley at Turf Moor, before heading to Athens to face Europa League winners Sevilla in the European Super Cup. It was City’s first appearance in the competition and faced the side they had beaten previously in the Champions League.
1-0 down at half-time, Cole Palmer levelled for City in the second half. With neither team able to break the deadlock for the remainder of the game, the match went to penalties. The blues scored all five of theirs, while Nemanja Gudelj missed the tenth spot-kick, crowning City as the ultimate European champions.
22nd December - City Crowned World Champions
The now traditional end-of-year competition saw the blues competing in the FIFA Club World Cup. As European Champions, the blues entered the competition at the semi-final stage and beat Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds 3-0 to set up a meeting with Fluminense.
The Brazilian side were good in possession, but ultimately proved no match for the blues as City claimed their first Club World Cup. Julian Alvarez started and finished the scoring with an own goal and a strike from Phil Foden securing a 4-0 win to cap off a memorable, trophy-laden year for the blues