While celebration continues for Coach Manuel Pellegrini after winning his first silverware of the 2015/2016 season, it is yet to be seen if they can take this recent form to claim the English Premier League or even rule Europe for the first time in their history.
The Citizens beat Liverpool 3-1 on penalties on Sunday after it ended 1-1 after extra time at the Wembley.
The Chilean and some of the old guard know their time is up. With Pep Guardiola waiting in the wings to take over at the Etihad, Pellegrini will be motivated to finish on a high. This is the ideal which can become a reality if the team is strong enough.
Is the League Cup enough?
Winning more trophies would be the most satisfying for this Chilean. After winning five domestic titles in the last four years, winning a continental trophy will be the icing on the cake. The draw this season has been favourable but a more realistic pursuit would be the league title. Currently nine points behind leaders Leicester, though with one less game, Man City will fancy their chances of making it to the top of the league.
Their League Cup win has also given them hope with some of the old guard hoping to repeat their form of two seasons ago. Then it looked like Liverpool was on the way to clinching the title having missed it over two decades but Man City in a dramatic fashion clinched it and also won that season’s League Cup.
Despite domestic success, the Sky Blues campaign on the continent have been fraught with bad luck, difficult draws and missed chances.
They never made it past the round of 16 meeting a formidable Barcelona twice in that stage. This time however, they have every opportunity of making it to the quarter finals. Drawn in Group D where they avoided the European heavyweights, they were able to finish top of their group and draw Dynamo Kiev. Having beat the Ukrainian club 3-1 in the first leg in Kiev, they are favourites to make it to the quarter final for the first time in four years.
With 12 games still to go in the Premier League, Manchester City can not be written off as title contenders. Currently sitting in fourth, the Blues are nine points behind league leaders Leicester.
Manchester City has an expensive and experience team and has what it takes to be contenders of the UEFA Champions League with the best of them. Kevin de Bruyne last year had a total of 19 assists both for Wolfsburg and City. Raheem Sterling is also an asset for the team going forward while Sergio Aguero when he is in form is one of the best strikers in Europe.
Their problem areas which can be exploited by their opponents are their shaky defence and their midfield. The backline seems to fall apart without the leadership of Vincent Kompany who has on and off form. Yaya Toure has begun to show his age and he is one of their best midfielder.
With the possibility of change, matured players will also hope to go out on a high. With their winning mentality and Pellegrini’s reputation of success, Manchester City still has the power to surprise.