Football’s most confounding clash: Man City clinch treble and assert dominance as England’s premier team in bewildering fashion!
The class of 2022/23 from Manchester City has boldly claimed to be the greatest football team in English history. Their triumph in the Champions League against Inter Milan, resulting in a treble win, has led to comparisons with other teams at the top, such as Manchester United’s treble winners, Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles,’ and Liverpool’s 1980s legends.
To establish their claim, Manchester City’s achievements must be considered alongside staggering, awe-inspiring statistics. They won 44 games out of 60 in all competitions and secured their third consecutive Premier League title with ease, finishing five points above Arsenal on 89 points. Furthermore, they scored an incredible 150 goals throughout the season, the most of any team in Europe’s top five leagues, with star player Erling Haaland setting a single-season Premier League record of 36 goals.
However, Manchester City’s success came not just from the individual brilliance of its players, but also the collective effort. Unlikely hero Rodri scored the winning goal against Inter in Istanbul, while goalkeeper Ederson made a series of important saves throughout the season.
Despite Manchester City’s formidable performance, other teams cannot be discounted. Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ graduate players David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Gary Neville, along with Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, and Jaap Stam, accomplished their treble victory by the narrowest of margins, beating Arsenal to the Premier League title by one point. Their crowning glory came in a remarkable fightback against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ went through an entire top-flight campaign without defeat, winning 26 games and drawing 12. Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, and Robert Pires provided the Gunners’ elegance, while Patrick Vieira and Sol Campbell added muscle. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s 1983/84 team, led by Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, and Alan Hansen, won the European Cup and claimed their fourth European crown in eight years and their third successive top-flight title.
Finally, Manchester City’s challenge is to establish a European dynasty to rival that of the Liverpool team four decades ago. Guardiola has expressed the importance of winning in Europe to be considered a great team and vows to work hard next season to remain at the top.