Manchester City Football Club are really good. The football they played last season was a thing of beauty, the fact that they cantered towards the Premier League title by mid-April and achieved a record-breaking 100 points, thanks to a late strike from Gabriel Jesus on the season's final day away at Southampton, is something that will never be forgotten. It will, quite literally, go down in history.
This time around things have followed a similar pattern at the Etihad, despite a slight wobble around Christmas time which saw the Sky Blues fall to two surprise defeats within the space of a week against Crystal Palace and Leicester. Pep Guardiola's side have epitomised the word dominant, destroying almost everything in their path as they look to blow a hole in the history books by winning the quadruple.
Having already claimed the League Cup for the second time in as many seasons in February, should they once again lift the Premier League title next month, beat Watford in the FA Cup final and win the Champions League at the start of June, they will become the first side in footballing history to ever win four major trophies in a single season. There's an extremely good chance that they will do this, too.
Currently in pole position to win the Premier League for the second consecutive season, trailing challengers Liverpool by just two points with a game in hand over their Merseyside rivals, the Cityzens are also just a game away from winning the FA Cup thanks to a slender 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday evening.
City have won the Premier League three times in the previous decade. They've won the League Cup four times in the previous decade. They've won the FA Cup, too, in 2010-11, but as fantastic as all these achievements are, as precious as they are to the club, one thing is still missing - dominance in the Champions League. Last season they were dumped out by Liverpool in the quarter-final phase, that would've hurt. This time around they're at risk of being humbled by another English side, this time Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur.
Last night saw a massively out-of-sorts City side fall to narrow defeat against Spurs in their brand new sparkling arena, with Son Heung-min scoring the decider twelve minutes from time after Harry Kane had limped off with what looked to be a season-ending ankle injury. So what happened to City last night? They were a shadow of their normal selves in north London, looked bereft of confidence and lacked their usually so poignant cutting edge in front of goal.
Star performers went missing, while Pep Guardiola's refusal to change things until in was too late left everyone watching on astonished. Was last night merely part of the Spaniards bigger plan, or did he in fact just make an incredibly rare error and get it all wrong at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?