A few weeks before the end of the season, Liverpool can still believe in a quadruple championship, the Champions League, the FA Cup and the League Cup. Before the Reds, several teams have been in a similar situation, but many have failed in the home stretch.
Neither Jurgen Klopp nor Liverpool players want to talk much about it at the moment, but the Reds are still in contention for a historic quadruple this season. Already winners of the League Cup at the end of February, Liverpool qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League, the final of the FA Cup and advanced to a smaller unit of Manchester City in the league. Dream is possible. But others believed it before him and stumbled in the final sprint.
2021: Manchester City stumble twice at Chelsea
Exactly a year ago, we were already talking about a quadruple but this time for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. At the time, Skyblues was operating in the Premier League and had plenty of time to focus on other competitions, but that was not enough. The winners of the League Cup against Tottenham, City had failed against Chelsea twice in just one month, first in the FA Cup semi-final then in the Champions League final, each time losing 1–0 on the score.
2013: Two sad weeks for Benfica
Benfica had perhaps the worst run in history in May 2013. On the 11th, the leaders of the championship, Lisboits, lost against Porto on a goal scored in extra time and allowed their rivals to take first place, one game from time. On day 15, they lost in the Europa League final against Chelsea, once again conceding the winning goal in extra time. On the 26th, they lost the Portuguese Cup final against Vitória Guimaraes. Entire.
2008: Chelsea in the shadow of Manchester United
When an English club dreams of winning everything, it often has a compatriot who is not far away. City against Liverpool this year, Chelsea against City a year ago and Manchester United on their way to Chelsea in 2008. That year, the Blues were beaten on penalties by the Red Devils in the Champions League final. They believe in the title till the last day in the Premier League but it is not MU’s fault. Chelsea ended the season empty handed, also defeating them in the League Cup final, while Ferguson’s men did the double.
2005: Milan crushed
There are disappointments that hurt more than others. In 2005, AC Milan held all cards. He is the leader of the championship until the 35th day, but gives up his throne after losing to Juventus. Two and a half weeks later, during the famous C1 final in Istanbul, Maldini and his band took a 3–0 lead at the break before Liverpool came back and won on penalties. The Italian Cup is lost in March.
2002: Leverkusen lives up to its surname
Germany’s vice-champion in 1997, 1999 and 2000, Bayer Leverkusen, received the nickname “Neverkusen” during this period. At the end of the 2001/02 season, the German club will demonstrate it to the fullest. Bundesliga leader, Leverkusen stumbles on the final day against Nuremberg, who plays its keeper, and leaves the title to Dortmund. In the process, Michael Ballack’s teammates lost the German Cup and Champions League finals against Schalke and Real Madrid four days apart.
1973: Juventus survived with one title
Everything had started well for Juventus, who became the Italian champions on the final day. Thanks to a win at the end of the match against AS Roma, Turinese passed in front of AC Milan of Gianni Rivera, defeated in Verona. But ten days later, the Old Lady was defeated by Ajax in the Champions League final, then by AC Milan in the Italian Cup final. Rossoneri took his revenge. Juventus have never achieved a Champions League-championship double.