The 2022-23 football season saw Man City win the prestigious treble. In doing so, City won their first Champions League crown and dominated the Premier League and FA Cup. By securing the treble, City have made a place for themselves with some elite teams.
One such elite team is FC Barcelona. In 2009, the La Liga champions won the treble in dominating fashion. Since City now won the treble, many wonder how they would fare against the 2009 Barcelona side.
City legend Yaya Toure provided his thoughts on the same. Toure was a part of the 2009 Barcelona team that won the treble. Choosing the Spanish side to beat City, Toure said:
"“Thierry Henry, Messi, Samuel Eto’o, who was the best in the world. After that, Iniesta and Xavi. Then me and Busquets. That team was so complete. It would be tough but that team, with the mix of superstars, so many great players, I think they would win. 100 percent.”"
He further continued:
"“It was a dream. Even when we were in a training session, it was so intense. The levels we had every day. Imagine Iniesta when he was 26, 27. Xavi when he was 28… those players in that period were incredible.”"
While Toure’s statements might not go well with City fans, there is enough to be happy for. While MCFC ended their 22-23 campaign with a trophy, they now have the opportunity to start the upcoming season by winning silverware.
Man City face Arsenal in the Community Shield Final
Last season, City derailed Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Premier League by coming from behind and overtaking them. They can do the same on August 6th when the two teams clash in the Community Shield Final.
Considering City won their last game against Arsenal 4-1, they will be favorites going into the game. However, considering the improvements Arsenal have made, they shouldn’t be taken lightly. The game between the two teams will be interesting to watch.