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PEP GUARDIOLA may say that Manchester City can’t win the quadruple this season – but some of his players are more confident.
Young full back Alex Zinchenko has gone further than his manager and reiterated his belief that the Sky Blues could win all four of the trophies they are competing for this term.
But Zinchenko, who returned to City’s starting line-up for their 6-0 demolition of Chelsea yesterday, is confident that the achievement is not beyond them.
The 22-year-old told reporters: "Hopefully we can win every title. We are going to fight for every one of them. Hopefully we can win all four.”
Were Man City to do so, it'd be the first time a Premier League team had ever won four major trophies - eclipsing the achievement of Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United side who won the treble in 1999.
He added: "We are still fighting for the title and we have to have full focus on our game now. I hope Liverpool are going to drop some points in the next game.
“But first, we have to focus on us.”
He said after the match: “Everyone involved in our team is ready to play against Chelsea and these kind of teams. It was a big game and we prepared well. We played like a real family."
In spite of his manager’s reservations, the defender had previously admitted that the chance of winning every trophy on offer was very much in the forefront of players’ minds at the Etihad.
He said in January: “We think about this every single day and every training session - we can win everything, and that's why we are here.”
City travel to Germany to take on Schalke in the Champions League round of 16 this week as they try to make the Ukrainian’s dream a reality.
Their chance to claim the first trophy of a potential quadruple comes next weekend, as they once again face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley.
NEYMAR may be resting up at home — but Paris Saint-Germain will still unleash one of the world’s hottest young hitmen at Old Trafford this week.
Kylian Mbappe would give most managers the shakes, yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certain PSG have an equally frightening challenge.
Solskjaer says Marcus Rashford is Manchester United’s answer to the French world champ.
Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg, the Norwegian added: “I can understand that there will be some comparisons. And I am sure PSG will look at Marcus the way we look at Mbappe — he’s one of the main threats.
“I have only seen Mbappe live once. But I see Marcus every single day and he’s going to be a top-quality player.
“I love working with him. The pair of them will make a massive impression on football for the next ten years. They will really light it up.”
The loss of Brazil ace Neymar — likely to miss both legs with a damaged metatarsal — gives United every prospect of booking only their second Champions League quarter- final in eight years.
Yet while it increases their chances of winning, Solskjaer wanted to test himself.
The interim boss added: “Neymar is very, very good, our fans would love to see him — and the players would love to have played against him.
“One of the things I most remember is playing the best — Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, Maldini — you look forward to testing yourself against the best.
“That’s how we were and I’m sure these boys would’ve loved to play against him.
“But we’re playing a team which still has top quality players and we will need to perform at our very best.”
When the draw was made, Solskjaer was actually watching it at home in Norway with his son Noah, with nothing more on his mind than domestic honours as Molde gaffer.
Inside a week, he was flying to Old Trafford to haul his old club off its knees — and in the thick of their European assault.
Solskjaer revealed: “Two or three days before I got the job the draw was made. Me and my son were watching it and I thought, ‘Wow, PSG, what a challenge’.
“Then the next thing I was in it, it’s now my challenge!
“It was my dream to take Molde into the Champions League, because I feel I can do something there as a manager.
“Then suddenly, bang, you’re there. You get tingles and goosebumps on nights like this. That’s how it is at Man United.
“Everyone’s been looking forward to this for so long — and PSG haven’t been to Old Trafford before.
“They’ve been in England, been at Anfield, but Old Trafford is a special night in the Champions League.
“We’ve had some fantastic nights, like against Juventus, when I remember Giggsy running down that wing.
“We need another night like that. PSG are one of the favourites for the whole thing of course — but to win it we have to beat the best.
“And it’s fantastic for me to have had 11 games coming into this, because we are prepared for it now.
“It’s not like we are coming in cold. I have worked with the players, they know what I want and I know what we’re capable of. We are confident.”
Solskjaer played a huge part in United’s memorable 1999 Champions League triumph — when his famous last-gasp winner against Bayern Munich sealed the Treble.
In his playing days, United were so dominant on the domestic scene he admitted it was really the chance of European glory which was their driving force.
And for all that United are scrapping to make the top four, let alone challenge for the title, it is no different for Solskjaer now he is in the dugout.
He added: “After we won it in 1999, we knew we were going to win the league next time. It sounds ridiculous to say, but we were so confident we would win it the next year.
“So our big focus was then just on doing it again in Europe. We needed to, because that would have made us great.
“We were a good team, but if we could win it again, it would make us a great one.
“We never managed it the next year but of course we won it again after I was finished playing.
“History will always be there with United in Europe — and now we are performing well, anything is possible.”
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