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Can unbeaten Manchester City do the treble?

Published: 11 Oct 2016

Unstoppable Manchester City set their sights on the treble as they take on Zvezda Perm in the second leg of the Champions League tomorrow night.

On the back of a league and cup double, Nick Cushing’s side look strong contenders as they beat Zvezda Perm 2-0 in their debut Champions League match.

Cushing told the press: “Champions League is where this club wants to be,” he said. “We want to pit ourselves against the best and show we have the ability to be the best.”

City have started their Champions league campaign well and Cushing believes that the 2-0 lead will help them mentally in the forthcoming match.

“It will be important mentally for us,” he said. “The players are more content and settled. We dominated the game. We can be better in the final third but we were in control at 1-0.”

If City can keep up the momentum and use this confidence into their final matches of the season, they will be looking at the most successful period the club has ever had.

With only one match to play in the FA Women’s Super League and the Continental Cup already won, City can fully focus on the chance of lifting a third trophy. 

The match will be broadcast on Facebook Live so fans from around the world can watch the English champions in action. Team arrivals, training updates and other exclusive videos have already been uploaded to Facebook.

The players have expressed their excitement as Karen Bardsley told City.com she couldn’t be more proud to be playing in the Champions League for Manchester City.

“I am really excited about it. I’ve never played in it before and it gives us the opportunity to play some really interesting, new opposition and a bunch of new challenges we’ve never faced before.”

She added: “It’s a massive opportunity for us to achieve another goal and hopefully, win another trophy.”

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