Manchester City – Premier League Champions
Manchester City have won the Premier League title for the 3rd time this season, smashing numerous records in the process.
City have scored the most goals in a Premier League season, won the most games and scored the most goals but are they the greatest Premier League team of all time?
Chelsea held the previous record points total (95) which they set in the 2004/05 season whilst Manchester United famously won the treble in 1998/99.
Arsenal went the full season unbeaten in 2003/04 which is a feat that may never be repeated.
Honourable mentions must go to Leicester City in 2015/16 who shocked the world as well as Manchester United’s team of 2007/08 who won the league and Champions League.
Arsenal’s double double winners of 1998 and 2002 are in the shadow of the Invincibles of 2004.
Manchester City 2017/18
A win at Southampton tomorrow would see Manchester City to 100 points. Considering that the maximum total for a team is 114, that is very impressive.
City have scored 105 goals so far this season and lost just two matches.
Does claiming the records points total make them the greatest team in Premier League history?
Ederson has been phenomenal in goal for the Champions whilst Fabian Delph has been one of the shock performers of the season at left-back.
Kyle Walker has been outstanding at full back whilst Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have shared the centre back duties.
Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the Premier League’s best players this season. The Belgian, along with David Silva have played a pivotal role in City’s title challenge.
Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure have taken turns in filling the role of City’s third midfielder.
Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane have been phenomenal this season and they are the reason that City have been so deadly in front of goal. Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus have been superb whenever they have been called upon.
Arsenal’s team in 2004 was quite literally, unbeatable.
The Gunners finished the season with 26 wins and 12 draws, losing exactly zero.
Thierry Henry won the Golden Boot that season after scoring 30 goals and to this day, I still can’t understand how he didn’t win the Balon d’Or that season.
Jens Lehmann did a terrific job in between the sticks after he replaced the long standing David Seaman.
Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure were a rock at the back whilst Ashley Cole and Lauren provided both defensive and attacking support from the full back positions.
Patrick Vieria and Gilberto Silva broke down any opposing attacks before starting playing the ball to their forwards.
Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires were overlooked by the outstanding Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp who grabbed all the headlines throughout the season.
Just one season after Arsenal’s Invincibles, Chelsea perhaps bettered their display.
The Blues claimed 95 points during the season and conceded just 15 goals throughout the whole campaign.
John Terry and Petr Cech were at the heart of the Chelsea defence whilst Makalele had a whole role named after him as a result of his fantastic performances.
Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba enjoyed the beginning of their wonderful partnership as Chelsea walked through the season under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United 1998/99
Manchester United’s team of 2007/08 is often overlooked by the Treble winning team of 1999 and rightly so.
United may have had Ronaldo and Rooney in 2008 but the 1999 side was absolutely unstoppable.
Peter Schmeichel established himself as the best goalkeeper in the world whilst United’s defence made sure the Danish stopper didn’t have much to do.
David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs formed one of the best midfield set ups in history whilst Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole scored for fun.
Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer always added to the suorline off the bench.
The Greatest line up
Is this the greatest ever winners line up?
I have gone for Peter Schmeichel (United) in goal ahead of Petr Cech due to the Danish keeper’s incredible reflexes.
Gary Neville (United) wins the right back spot for me but John Terry and Sol Campbell break into the line up too.
Ashley Cole (Arsenal) was the best left back in the world whilst at Arsenal and could have gone onto become a Gunners legend if he hadn’t joined Chelsea in 2006.
Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) is the only player from the current Champions that makes my greatest XI. The Belgian beats off tough competition from Arsenal’s Robert Pires.
Patrick Vieria (Arsenal) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea) claim the central midfield spots which I am sure Roy keane would disagree with.
Ryan Giggs (United) was at the peak of his career in 1999 and he would have loved to have played behind Didier Drogba (Chelsea) and Thierry Henry (Arsenal).
So that’s my greatest Premier League winners XI. I am sure this could cause quite a debate.