Now it’s official: Pep’s relentless Man City the greatest Premier League team in history
“Perhaps you’ll value us more now?”, tweeted a member of the Manchester City backroom staff as the celebrations unfolded.
City have clinched their second successive Premier League title, overcoming 83 seconds of sheer panic at Brighton – after the hosts had taken the lead – to eventually run out comfortable 4-1 winners. In doing so they became the first team to retain the Premier League title for 10 years.
It is a victory that will reopen the debate about the league’s greatest ever champions, and surely City are now right at the top of that list?
Yet that tweet was not posted on Sunday afternoon, but Tuesday night.
The players celebrating at the time were Liverpool’s, after their Champions League heroics against Barcelona. The tweet, later deleted, hints at a frustration within the City dressing room that Pep Guardiola’s side do not get the credit they deserve.
Little wonder, given many observers were keen to downplay their 100-point season – and all the records that went with it – insisting they would have to do more this season to be regarded as a great Premier League side (something nobody demanded of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’, by the way).