Top five: the best ways to win a Premier League title
9 months ago, 13 Mar 19:04
Manchester City could possibly seal the Premier League title by beating Manchester United in the derby on April 7. It’s a fitting way to wrap it up, but it’s not even the best way City have clinched the title… 5. Chelsea 2009-10 The Blues went toe-to-toe with Manchester United, who had won the previous three Premier League titles, all the way until the final day. A 2-0 win at Liverpool in the penultimate game, thanks in no small part to Steven Gerrard’s first-half mistake (sound familar?) meant that Carlo Ancelotti’s side approached their last match at home to Wigan knowing that a victory would hold off United, who were also at home to Stoke. Nicolas Anelka settled whatever early nerves there may have been by breaking the deadlock after six minutes. After Frank Lampard scored from the spot on 32 minutes following Steven Caldwell’s red card, Chelsea looked home and hosed, despite United also leading by the same score. The Blues made absolutely sure by smashing in six more after the break. An 8-0 victory saw Chelsea finish the season with a record-breaking 103 goals, with 17 of those coming in their final three games, all without reply. Ancelotti took his side to Wembley the following week, where they wrapped up a Double by beating Portsmouth in the FA Cup final. 4. Man Utd 1998-99 Throughout their 13 Premier League titles, United have had it wrapped up before the final day on 10 occasions. In 1996, they had to win at Middlesbrough, which they did with ease. In 2008, victory at Wigan would have been enough and it was secured with two second-half goals, with Bolton’s late equaliser at Chelsea giving the triumph a little more gloss. In 1999, though, United secured the first part of their Treble on home soil, after being given a fright by Tottenham. On the last day, needing to match Arsenal who were at home to Aston Villa, United went behind after Les Ferdinand’s lob bounced into the roof of the net. Nerves were shredded and David Beckham’s brilliant equaliser before the break did little to ease the tension. Andy Cole was dispatched from the bench at half-time, and it turned out to be his lob that eventually sealed the victory, which remained in doubt until the last kick. It was the first time since the era of Sir Matt Busby that United had sealed the title at Old Trafford, and the only time since when they have done so on the final weekend. 3. Arsenal 2001-02 After finishing runners-up to United in all of the previous three seasons, Arsene Wenger’s side put a 19-game unbeaten run together to put them firmly in the driving seat towards the end of the 2001-02 season. After 11 consecutive wins, their penultimate game of the season took the Gunners to Old Trafford on a Wednesday night. With the FA Cup already in the bag after beating Chelsea in Cardiff the previous weekend, Arsenal just ...
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