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City Historic 2023: A Year of Unprecedented Triumphs
- Updated: January 2, 2024
In a remarkable 2023, Manchester City achieved unprecedented success, clinching the Big Five trophies and etching their names in football history.
January: Balancing Acts and Setbacks
City started the year reaching the FA Cup fifth round and securing three Premier League wins. However, a loss to Manchester United and Carabao Cup elimination tempered the early successes.
Key Highlights: Edging past Chelsea, Southampton’s League Cup upset, and a controversial Manchester derby defeat.
February: Bouncing Back in Style
City rebounded with a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa and an impressive win at Arsenal. Despite a draw at Nottingham Forest, they showed resilience in the Champions League against RB Leipzig.
Key Highlights: Haaland’s brilliance against Villa and Arsenal, and the dominant Champions League display.
March: Champions League Glory Beckons
March saw City maintain their domestic dominance with wins against Newcastle and Crystal Palace. However, the highlight was a stunning 7-0 Champions League triumph over RB Leipzig.
Key Highlights: Haaland’s incredible five-goal performance and reaching the FA Cup semi-final.
April: Thriving on Multiple Fronts
A hectic month included a crucial win against Liverpool, a convincing victory over Bayern Munich, and a successful Champions League quarter-final against Leicester. City also advanced to the FA Cup final.
Key Highlights: Haaland breaking Premier League records, Mahrez’s hat-trick, and triumphs over Bayern and Leicester.
May: Sealing the Premier League and Champions League Final
Haaland’s record-breaking goal secured the Premier League title. City then faced Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, drawing 1-1 in the first leg before a historic 4-0 win in the return fixture.
Key Highlights: Haaland’s record-breaking goal, dominating Real Madrid, and clinching the Premier League title.
June: Completing the Treble
June witnessed City’s FA Cup final victory against Manchester United, with Gundogan’s heroics securing the trophy. The Champions League final against Inter Milan in Istanbul ended in a historic 4-0 win.
Key Highlights: Gundogan’s FA Cup final heroics and the Champions League triumph against Inter Milan.
July: Celebrations and Preparations
A short break preceded City’s return for friendlies in Japan and South Korea. Despite a defeat to Atletico Madrid, the focus shifted to the upcoming season.
Key Highlights: Acknowledging global fan support during Asian friendlies.
August: Community Shield and Super Cup Drama
City suffered a Community Shield defeat to Arsenal but secured the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla. The Premier League started positively, with Haaland leading the charge.
Key Highlights: UEFA Super Cup success and Haaland’s impact in the league.
September to December: Navigating Challenges
City faced challenges with defeats to Newcastle and Wolves. Nevertheless, they secured victories, including a significant Champions League win against Red Star Belgrade.
Key Highlights: Haaland’s continued brilliance, Doku’s standout performances, and making history in the FIFA Club World Cup.
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By- Sahiba Suri