Since its inception in 1992, the EPL has been engaged in an ongoing competition for the position of the best league in Europe. During the latter part of the 1990s, the most significant competition came from Italy's Serie A. After it followed the ascent of La Liga, which culminated with the Barça squads coached by Frank Rijkaard and Guardiola, respectively. In recent years, the Bundesliga has emerged as a potential competitor, at least in the entertainment it provides.
Because of the league's steady excellence over the course of more than two decades, it has, throughout the years, fielded some very exceptional teams in its competitions.
Their preseason expectations, involvement in other competitions, how well they did in other competitions, and the tenacity of the competition they encountered in the league have all been considered. Although finishing first in the league is not a condition, it is no surprise that all of these clubs were awarded the title of champion.
The "Invincibles" side of Arsenal was a magnificent squad, and their image might be strengthened in subsequent years because of Arsene Wenger's inability to duplicate their success during that era.
They completed a Premier League season without suffering a single loss, an accomplishment that any other club has never accomplished in the competition's history.
They became the second team in the Premier League, going into every away match undefeated. They had started the 2002/03 campaign in splendid form, which led Wenger to suggest that they could finish an entire campaign without losing a single game.
Additionally, Arsenal profited from having a squad that had developed together over time. Cole, Martin Keown (during his second stint with the club), and Ray Parlour all participated in the club's youth program at one point in their careers. A total of five years had passed since Dennis Bergkamp, Freddie Ljungberg, Patrick Vieira, and Thierry Henry joined the club. The fluid style of play that the squad had become famed for was a direct reflection of their strong camaraderie.
In addition to being an impressive unit, the squad had exceptional individuals who excelled in all areas of the field.
This was the season in which Henry established himself as the best striker in the world. He was the only player to score more than 30 goals in a season at the time, and the only other players to do so were Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, and Kevin Phillips. The former two players did so in a season that consisted of 42 matches.
When we talk about teams making comebacks, the fourth team on our list is also the most recent. Manchester City didn't do as well in other areas during the 2011-12 season. The only piece of hardware they won was a spot in the League Cup semi-finals, but the way they won the league more than made up for it.
After a few false starts when the Shaikh Mansour Group was in charge, the club eventually seemed to be on the right track by coming third in the Premier League in 2010–11.
They started the 2011–12 season strong, losing only 2 points during their first twelve league matches. During that time, they beat Manchester United 6–1 at Old Trafford in a derby match. Midway through April, they had lost three games in a row and were eight points behind United. However, they won the next three games and were only two points behind United going into the last game.
Their opponent that day was QPR, who were on the verge of being kicked out of the league. What should have been an easy win quickly turned into a big surprise.Back