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The contrast between Liverpool and Manchester City shows what a great rivalry should be – The Athletic

In a midweek when neither Manchester City nor Liverpool won, these two clubs emerged as big winners.

Between a crucial Premier League meeting in Manchester last Sunday and their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley today, City and Liverpool continued on their seemingly unstoppable path to a Champions League final in Paris later next month.

Both still have serious hopes of winning a treble (Carabao Cup winners Liverpool have a treble to go) but each other’s strength could mean none of the three trophies remaining.

And that makes for a truly remarkable situation: England’s two absolute best clubs battle it out for the Premier League, FA Cup and European Cup in the final six weeks of the season.

It’s reminiscent of that series of four encounters between Barcelona and Real Madrid over 18 days in spring 2011: Barcelona drew at the Bernabeu en route to beating Real by four points (96-92) to the La Liga title, Real beating Barca 1-0 in a Copa del Rey final that went into extra time, and Barcelona eliminated Real in a two-game semi-final from the Champions League.

You could also compare it to the situation in Germany in 2012/13: Bayern and Dortmund met in the Champions League final and the DFB Cup quarter-finals, and the two clubs finished first and second in the league.

https://theathletic.com/3248843/2022/04/16/the-contrast-between-liverpool-and-manchester-city-shows-what-a-great-rivalry-should-be/?source=rss The contrast between Liverpool and Manchester City shows what a great rivalry should be – The Athletic

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