The English Premier League (EPL) has welcomed a new dynasty. It is the ‘Man City Era’.
Man City confirmed this season’s champion regardless of the remaining games as Arsenal lost 0-1 in the 2022-2023 EPL round 37 match between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest held at The City Ground in Nottingham, England on the 21st (Korean time). Arsenal stayed at 81 points with the defeat on this day. The difference with Man City (85 points) is 4 points. However, Arsenal only had one match left until the end of the season. Man City, with three games left, confirmed the championship.
Man City succeeded in winning the EPL for the 7th time this season. In particular, following the 2020-2021 season and the 2021-2022 season, he succeeded in winning three consecutive matches. Manchester City is the second player in history to win the championship in three consecutive seasons since the launch of the EPL, following Manchester United (2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 seasons). ‘Three consecutive victories’ is a number that symbolizes a dynasty. In basketball, it is often referred to as a three-pit. Man City succeeded in winning three consecutive victories in the EPL, which is famous for its fierce competition, and has risen to the ranks of all-time great teams in name and reality.
The EPL this season has been more intense than ever. Man City was evaluated to have built an all-time power by adding the ‘monster’ Elling Holland ahead of this season, but the injuries continued and the results were below expectations. Taking advantage of this gap, Arsenal continued its solo system. Arsenal, who rose to the lead from the third round, kept first place until the 23rd round. It stayed in first place for a whopping 248 days, becoming the team that remained in first place for the longest time in EPL history and did not win. Arsenal missed the championship even after passing first until the notorious Boxing Day. Although they tried to win the championship after 19 years, Arsenal fell into a losing streak at the last minute and gave away the championship trophy.
Arsenal collapsed, but Man City’s back heart was scary. Man City continued their amazing run in the last minute. He succeeded in winning 11 consecutive victories. Man City won 4-1 in the face-to-face match against Arsenal, which was called the de facto final on April 27, and actually seized the victory. The winning mentality that has been cultivated over the past few years has shown terrifying power. Man City showed a stable performance towards the second half, and manager Pep Guardiola’s tactics were more powerful.
Guardiola’s coach is arguably the greatest manager of all time. He made three pits with three different teams. Coach Guardiola, who succeeded in winning three consecutive titles in Barcelona in the 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 seasons, moved to Bayern Munich, the strongest in the Bundesliga, and achieved another three consecutive titles. He succeeded in winning three consecutive championships in the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 seasons. Guardiola, who took over Manchester City in February 2016, led Manchester City to five EPL championships. If it weren’t for the 2019-2020 season, when Liverpool won the championship by accumulating all-time points, it would have been possible to achieve an unprecedented 6 consecutive victories. Guardiola succeeded in winning three consecutive titles with Manchester City, standing shoulder to shoulder with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Experts say that at the speed of accumulating trophies recently, it is possible to surpass Ferguson. Guardiola has already won 34 trophies. Ferguson has won a total of 40 championships at Manchester United, including 13 EPL championships.
After Ferguson’s retirement, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp and others challenged the stronghold, but no one has achieved as good as Guardiola. Guardiola is completely dominating the league in the EPL with his unique aggressive and creative football. He perfectly holds the two hares of content and grades. Of course, there are some who disparage Guardiola’s achievements, saying that he was with the best players of his time, but the achievements he made during his seven years at Man City are clearly remarkable. 스포츠토토
Guardiola’s goal after winning the EPL come-from-behind championship is now the treble. Manchester City have already reached the FA Cup and European Champions League finals. Manchester City face Manchester United in the FA Cup and Inter Milan in the European Champions League. As soon as we confirmed the league championship, we were able to focus on the two competitions. As the FA Cup final will be held on June 3rd and the European Champions League final will be held on June 10th, there is plenty of time to prepare. Man City achieved the treble by sweeping the EPL, FA Cup and League Cup in the 2018-2019 season. However, the European Champions League title was missing and was limited to the national treble.
Guardiola won the treble with Barcelona in the 2008-2009 season. Guardiola had no ties to the European Champions League after the 2010-2011 season. If he succeeds in the treble by winning the European Champions League, there is a high possibility that Guardiola’s status will rise once again. Ferguson is the only EPL club to achieve the treble in the 1998-1999 season.