Stan Collymore says the difficulty level for Man City to win the treble was 5/10

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Manchester City became the first English men’s team to complete a domestic treble this season.

Having already won the EFL Cup back in February, Pep Guardiola’s side wrapped up the Premier League title and the FA Cup in the space of seven days.

One of the greatest sides in English football history? It’s hard to say no.

City set a record by collecting 100 points en route to the title last season, and they were just two points shy of that tally this year.

The Etihad Stadium club showed great resilience to keep Liverpool at bay, winning their final 14 games to pip the Reds to the title.

Yet many are ready to put an asterisk by Man City’s name this season.

Guardiola has been given an unlimited budget with which to build his treble-winning squad, and the club’s issues with alleged breach of Financial Fair Play rules is also hard to ignore.


Collymore: Man City's treble is 5/10

And former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore is only ready to give City a five out of 10 for their efforts this season.

In Collymore’s opinion, everything was set up for City to flourish.

And their achievements pale in comparison to those of Leicester City in 2016 or Manchester United in 1999 - while the thrill of winning won’t be as joyous.

“As a footballing entity, Manchester City are magical. They get the ball down, pass it through the lines and create fantastic angles. They play with a brilliance and an intensity that is an absolute joy to behold,” Collymore wrote in his column for the Mirror.


“Pep Guardiola’s attention to detail is incredible as well and the fact he is on at his players in a bid to get the best out of them day in, day out, really is wonderful.

“I’d go as far as to say it’s almost football perfection.

“But, even so, I’m not afraid to offer the caveat that their achievement in becoming the first English team to win a domestic treble still leaves me cold.

“Because, frankly, everything is set up for them to do it.

“They have such deep pockets and so many resources that the difficulty level for them to win all three competitions has only really been a 5/10.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League

“It certainly doesn’t compare with Nottingham Forest winning back-to-back European Cups in the Seventies, or what Leeds did in the old Division One in the same era.

“And it doesn’t compare with Leicester winning the Premier League in 2015-16 or Wigan lifting the FA Cup six years ago, if you’re looking for a heartwarming story.

“For Leicester to be crowned champions of England was TWENTY out of 10 in terms of difficulty, and the sheen on the title that year was certainly different to the sheen on it this time.

“Manchester United’s Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble in 1999 was a 9.9/10. And Arsenal’s Invincibles of 2003-04 were not too far behind.

Arsenal celebrates winning the Premiersh

“For City to win the top flight these days is only a 2/10 or 3/10, given the backing they have.

“I know there’ll be plenty of people saying, ‘But Stan, United have the highest-paid player in the league’, or, ‘Liverpool and United both spent more money than their rivals when they were dominating and nobody said anything about that’.

“But Manchester United got to be Manchester United by making very good decisions regularly over a long period of time. The same goes for Liverpool and the other historically big clubs around the world.

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“I do understand where City fans are coming from when they say it’s nice that another club can challenge the established order.

“But when you can roll the dice every day and they always come up in your favour, your winnings won’t have the same lustre as those you’ve had to graft for year after year.

“With the resources at their disposal, there’s nothing miraculous about any of it.”

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