What a season it has been in the English Premier League a two way tussle for the league title has been between Manchester City and Liverpool for the past 5 months and they can barely be separated as we come into the last 4 games of the season. Just who will win the league?
Manchester City as champions remain the bookmakers favourite to retain their crown, but the public seem to be swaying for Liverpool, maybe it is the better story, since the Reds have not won a league title since 1990. Indeed the last time Liverpool won the league the Premier League in its current format did not even exist.
Manchester City can go a long way to knowing if they will be crowned champions by beating Manchester United tonight in the derby. Liverpool are currently in first place with 88 points and are 2 points clear of City- but City have this game in hand and could move one point clear at the top with just three games left to play.
It is incredible to think that if City and Liverpool win all of their remaining games that Liverpool would end up on 97 points and still lose the league title. The teams have really pushed each other to the extent that they have improved each other too in what has been an incredible title run in. We are not seeing such runs in in La Liga where Barcelona are close to wrapping up another title, in France and Italy the league champions were known this past weekend with PSG and Juventus respectively winning their leagues. But in England this one looks like going down to the wire.
In that respect one could fathom that this title if it is to be City’s would be Pep Guardiola’s hardest title he has ever won. Let’s face it with Barcelona and Bayern Munich there was never much of a challenge. Sure Real Madrid lurked in the back but were half the team they have been in the past few seasons and at Bayern there seemed to be even less of a challenge.
Even last season in the EPL City romped home to a league title with weeks and games to spare winning the league by almost 20 points. But this season has proved differently and in short a Guardiola team has never had to be this consistent and relentless to win a title. It is why if City win it wouldn’t be a shock despite Guardiola’s bulging trophy cabinet and even all of those glorious Champions League wins at Barcelona if he was to say that this was the hardest trophy to win and with that the most crowning success of his career.
Guardiola isn’t just trying to achieve dreams at City this season by winning back to back titles he is also trying to quash the ultimate one for Liverpool, this is taking its fullest psychological toll on both himself and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. The story continues tonight and then again at the weekend for the right to be called the new champions of England, and what a story it has been.