Following Manchester City’s nervy victory over Burnley and Leicester City, the Mancunians are one match away from potentially defending the English Premier League title. The Sky Blues will travel to East Sussex on Sunday to face the Seagulls, and should the visitors win this match, they will win the title.
Over the past ten years, no EPL side has won the Premier League in consecutive seasons. The last English club to retain the title was Manchester United, where the Red Devils won the league in 2006/07, 2007/08 and 2008/09.
Moreover, the last English club to defend the league title in a FIFA World Cup year was Liverpool, where the Scousers won the English First Division in 1981/82 and 1982/83 (the World Cup was held in the summer of 1982). Given several players were fatigued after competing in football’s most prestigious competition, this is a truly remarkable achievement.
As for City’s club record, should Manchester City win the title on a Sunday, this would be the first time in City’s history where they have won a league title in consecutive seasons. It would also be the third time in their history where the Sky Blues have won both the EFL Cup and the EPL title in the same season, known as a domestic double.
Finally, should Manchester City defeat Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend to win the EPL title and then defeat Watford in the FA Cup final next weekend, the Sky Blues would become the first English senior men’s club team to complete a domestic treble. Only Manchester United have bettered this result, where the Red Devils completed a continental treble in the 1998/99 season. During this period, United won the EPL title, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
Whilst the possibility of making history would delight their fans, the Sky Blues cannot be complacent as they head into the final day of the 2018/19 EPL season. City are one only victory away from retaining the EPL title, but they are also 90 minutes away from a potentially catastrophic result. The Sky Blues must be cautious.
Overall, Manchester City are on the verge of something remarkable, but they cannot allow their nerves to get the better of them. Otherwise, this season will be viewed as an opportunity wasted and would be deemed as a failure.
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