The Premier League is the most popular and competitive football league in the world, attracting some of the best players and managers in the game. Since its inception in 1992, there have been 50 clubs that have played in the Premier League, but only seven have won the title. Choosing the best five teams of all time is not easy, as there are many factors to consider, such as points, goals, trophies, style of play, and longevity. However, based on these criteria, here are my picks for the best five Premier League teams ever.
5. Liverpool (2019/20)
Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for a league title spectacularly, winning the 2019/20 Premier League by a massive 18 points over second-placed Manchester City. The Reds dominated from start to finish, losing only three games and setting a record for the earliest title win in the remaining games (seven). Led by Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool played with intensity, passion, and flair, scoring 85 goals and conceding only 33. The front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino were unstoppable, while Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker provided solidity at the back. Liverpool also won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in the same season, completing a memorable treble.
4. Chelsea (2004/05)
Chelsea’s first Premier League title under Roman Abramovich was also their most impressive, as they broke several records in the process. Managed by Jose Mourinho, Chelsea amassed 95 points, the most ever in a Premier League season, until Manchester City surpassed it in 2017/18. They also conceded only 15 goals, the fewest ever in a top-flight season in England. Chelsea had a balanced and powerful squad, with Petr Cech in goal, John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho in defense, Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele in midfield, and Didier Drogba and Arjen Robben in attack. Chelsea also won the League Cup in the same season, beating Liverpool 3-2 in the final.
Manchester City (2022/23)
Manchester City became the first team to win three consecutive Premier League titles since Manchester United in 2009, as they finished with 97 points, five ahead of second-placed Arsenal. Pep Guardiola’s side played with flair, creativity, and brutality, scoring 112 goals and winning 31 games. They also won the FA Cup and the Champions League, completing a historic treble. Manchester City had many stars in their squad, including Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Dias, and Ederson. But the standout performer was Erling Haaland, who scored 52 goals in his debut season at City, breaking several club, league, and European records.
2. Arsenal (2003/04)
Arsenal achieved something that no other team has ever done in the Premier League era: they went unbeaten for an entire season. The Gunners earned the nickname “The Invincibles” after winning 26 games and drawing 12, finishing with 90 points. Arsene Wenger’s side played with style, flair, and elegance, scoring 73 goals and conceding only 26. They had a formidable squad, with Jens Lehmann in goal, Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure in defense, Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva in midfield, and Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp in attack. In the same season, Arsenal also reached the FA Cup semi-finals and the Champions League quarter-finals.
1. Manchester United (1998/99)
Manchester United achieved something that no English team has ever done: they won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League treble in one season. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side showed incredible resilience, determination, and quality throughout the campaign, winning many games with late goals and comebacks. They finished 79 points in the league, one point ahead of Arsenal. They beat Newcastle United 2-0 in the FA Cup final. And they staged a dramatic comeback against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, scoring two goals in injury time to win 2-1. Manchester United had a star-studded squad, with Peter Schmeichel in goal.
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