Sports Football 18 May 2019 Final flourish

Final flourish

AFP
Published May 18, 2019, 2:07 am IST
Updated May 18, 2019, 2:07 am IST
Manchester City up for FA Cup title match, treble on mind.
Sergio Aguero (left) and Raheem Sterling have been major performers for Manchester City.
 Sergio Aguero (left) and Raheem Sterling have been major performers for Manchester City.

London: Manchester City are on the brink of a domestic treble, with only Watford standing in their way in Saturday’s FA Cup final, but a potentially historic season risks being overshadowed by several probes into the club’s off-field conduct.

City became the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League title last weekend, holding off Liverpool by a single point at the end of a thrilling race thanks to a run of 14 consecutive league wins to end the season.

 

Pep Guardiola’s men also retained the League Cup in February, the first leg of their potential domestic clean sweep, which has never before been done in England.

Guardiola’s side have smashed a host of records during his three-year spell in charge, despite a disappointing trophyless debut campaign in England.

However, a first-ever clean sweep of League Cup, Premier League and FA Cup would give this City side a claim to be the best England has ever produced.

In contrast to City’s trophy-laden decade, Watford have never won a major trophy. Despite losing twice to City in the league this season, Hornets boss Javi Gracia is counting on a comeback.

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