Is the current Manchester City team the greatest in Premier League history?

Is the current Manchester City team the greatest in Premier League history?

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Aug 12, 2023
Imperious Manchester City beat West Ham 3-1 at Etihad Stadium to become the first team to win the English league title four seasons in a row.

The Premier League is arguably the most competitive football league in the world, with top clubs like Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal also vying for supremacy. City's ability to consistently outperform these rivals speaks volumes about their quality.

To determine if Manchester City is the greatest Premier League team ever, comparisons with other legendary sides are inevitable. Manchester United's treble-winning team of 1998–99, Arsenal's "Invincibles" of 2003–04, and Chelsea's dominant side under Jose Mourinho are often cited as benchmarks. Each of these teams had its unique strengths and achievements, making the debate a subjective one.

Manchester City's recent era of dominance, characterized by a plethora of trophies, record-breaking performances and a revolutionary style of play makes a compelling case for them being the greatest team in Premier League history. While the debate will continue, what is undeniable is City's profound impact on English football and their role in elevating the standards of the Premier League. Whether they are ultimately regarded as the greatest will depend on personal perspectives but their place among the elite is firmly cemented.

What do you guys think, Is it just luck working for City or have they truly become the Thanos of the EPL?
Manchester City's domination of the domestic game is now so all-consuming that a historic fourth successive Premier League title is treated like an inevitable matter of routine.

City went into the final game of the season ahead for the sixth time in seven seasons needing only a win over West Ham United to lift the crown once more - and they duly delivered.

In doing so, Pep Guardiola's all-conquering team once again proved they are the great untouchables of the Premier League.

They appear impervious to normal pressures - and the fact they have rewritten the record books will barely provoke excessive comment or deep-dive analysis. It was expected. The seismic shock would have been failure to complete their mission.

It is a stretch to say Manchester City have become so aligned with success that these unprecedented feats are met with a shrug of the shoulders, but the fact they have won 19 and drawn four of 23 league games since losing at Aston Villa in December has surprised very few.

This is where the elephant in the room must be mentioned because every City success will be accompanied by the narrative that they still face 115 Premier League charges for alleged financial irregularities - charges the club are at pains to stress they strenuously deny.

It is 15 months since those charges were levelled at the club. Unless and until there is clarity and a verdict, City will always be subjected to this outside noise and suspicion every time they win a trophy.

If the measure is football, however, there are no arguments.

Source: BBC
Yes, they have just won the fourth successive Premier League title and we may see him winning the next few titles as well. They have world class players in all departments and probably the best football manager.
No way! Can't even be considered as being the best until the 115 charges are hanging against them.
Can't say the greatest team but yes, they are one of the greatest ones.
Arsenal 2001-2004

The Gunners' legacy of this timeframe was the incredible 'Invincibles' season of 2003-04 when they became the first, and still only, team to go unbeaten in a Premier League campaign.

French stars Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires, as well as Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp, were aided by England defenders Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell in a side that made history.

Chelsea 2004-2007

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho celebrates winning the league with his players

Jose Mourinho helped establish Chelsea as one of the Premier League's top teams when he arrived in 2004.

And his personality - as he became known as 'the Special One' following a slight misquote from his opening Chelsea news conference - shook up the Premier League.

He led them to two Premier League titles, and a second-placed finish, in his three full seasons in charge before a fractious exit - which would become a running theme in his managerial career.

Stalwarts of the side included England trio Frank Lampard, John Terry and Joe Cole, plus goalkeeper Petr Cech, holding midfielder Claude Makelele and striker Didier Drogba.

Manchester United 2006-2011

This was seen as Ferguson's second great United team.

After three seasons without a Premier League title, they went on to win three in a row and four in five years.

They lifted their second (and most recent) Champions League trophy in this time, beating Chelsea on penalties in 2007-08.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were the attacking stars of this team, with Ronaldo leaving after the third consecutive title. Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was finally a worthy replacement for Schmeichel, Rio Ferdinand was impressive at the back and Giggs and Scholes were still going strong.

Manchester City 2017-2024

And finally, Guardiola's current City side, who are the first team to win four top-flight titles in succession, that takes their tally to six in seven.

That run started off with a record 100-point haul in 2017-18 and 98 points the following season.

Last season they managed the Treble of winning Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League titles.

City's dominance, with just one Liverpool title puncturing the run, has been helped by their sensational form in the run-in in most of the campaigns.

Kevin de Bruyne, Ederson, Bernardo Silva, John Stones and Kyle Walker have been there for all the titles, with Sergio Aguero and then Erling Haaland banging in the goals.

Source: BBC

Grealish will be 'back' after 'struggles' - Guardiola​

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has backed Jack Grealish to return to form after "struggles" this season.

After playing a key role in City’s historic Treble success last season, including being a starter in both the FA Cup and Champions League finals, Grealish has been on the outside of this term’s run-in.

Grealish, 28, started both legs of the Champions League quarter-final defeat by Real Madrid but featured for only 10 minutes in City’s five games in May.

He was an unused substitute in key Premier League games against Tottenham and West Ham and was on the bench throughout the FA Cup final defeat by Manchester United.

Guardiola instead opted for Jeremy Doku off the bench and the Belgium winger scored in the 2-1 defeat.

While he was named in Gareth Southgate’s initial 33-man squad, Grealish cannot be completely certain of his place at Euro 2024 given the attacking options at England’s disposal.

But Guardiola doesn’t see any significant issues with his £100m record signing.

“He will be back," said the City manager.

"He’s struggled this season and Jeremy has made an incredible step forward as everyone has seen in the last games. But Jack will be back at the level of last season, I'm pretty sure."

Summer changes at City?

Guardiola has already said he is committed to the final year of his City contract.

He does have issues to address this summer though, even after a season in which his side became the first team in English football history to win four league titles in a row.

At 32, Kevin de Bruyne has one year left on his current deal but, not for the first time this season, looked a shadow of his usual self against United and was replaced after less than an hour.

Midfielder Kalvin Phillips is likely to leave the club this summer after his disastrous loan move to West Ham.

There are also question marks over first-choice goalkeeper Ederson, who has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, and understudy Stefan Ortega, who was at fault for the opening goal against United and also has a contract that expires in 2025.

City paid Wolves £53m for midfielder Matheus Nunes in September but he started just seven Premier League games, only one since February, and like Grealish remained on the bench as the campaign reached its climax.

“I know some players have to take a decision on whether they stay with us and some players might come,” said Guardiola.

“My sporting director says everything is fine for next year but right now, I don’t know what might happen.”

There is likely to be one significant addition to the squad next season in the form of 20-year-old wide-man Savio.

The Brazilian has been outstanding in Girona’s amazing La Liga campaign, which has qualified them for the expanded Champions League.

He was already on loan from another City Football Group club, Troyes, and his switch to Manchester is expected to be confirmed in the next few weeks.

Manchester City want to commit Erling Haaland to a new deal and Arsenal have enquired with Barcelona about Mikayil Faye.

Manchester City have made tying down Norway forward Erling Haaland, 23, to a new deal at Etihad Stadium a priority.