It’s a question for the ages.
Which side deserves the honour of being named the best Premier League team ever?
For some, the quality of the football on display is the decisive factor. For others, only cold, hard stats count, while for old romantics of the beautiful game, it’s all about the story.
The debate over the best Premier League team ever will continue to rumble on, but we’ve picked out our six of the best…
Best Premier League Teams Ever – Ranking the Top Sides from EPL History
6. Chelsea, 2003/04
Mourinho v1.0 at Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese manager built a ruthless killing machine of a side as he made his debut in English football as the ‘Special One’.
Back in 2004, this side really was special, with their nearest rivals unable to lay a glove on them from practically start to finish.
Aesthetically perhaps not the most instantly pleasing of the great Premier League teams, with only 15 goals conceded all campaign, they were certainly the meanest. Sometimes defence really is the best form of attack.
5. Man Utd, 1998/99
A team that broke the mould in the late nineties. Utd showed that English sides really could compete on all fronts with the right investment, management and team spirit.
As the first English side to lift the revamped Champions League, they also set the template for other Premier League sides in Europe. Utd helped usher in the golden era for English clubs that followed over the next decade.
It took some unforgettable late drama at the Nou Camp to seal Sir Alex Ferguson his most memorable triumph. However, this squad rightly remains one of the most feared Premier League sides in history.
4. Man City, 2018/19
Followed up their 100-point season with the clean sweep in domestic competition. Man City showed no signs of complacency as they reigned supreme in the Community Shield, League Cup, Premier League and FA Cup.
That made them the first ever side to hold all four of England’s major trophies at the same time.
After accumulating an unprecedented 198 points in just two Premier League seasons, they will remain the team to beat in 2019/20.
3. Leicester City, 2015/16
Not the greatest side in Premier League history, but undoubtedly the greatest story.
The Foxes pulled off perhaps the biggest shock in sporting history as they held their nerve time and again in the title chase to taste the sweetest victory of them all.
An unfashionable team patched together by an unfashionable manager in Claudio Ranieri somehow contrived to turn the formbook on its head. It’s a script even Hollywood would reject as too unrealistic.
Finally, one stat that far too often gets overlooked when looking back over that incredible season. Ranieri’s fantastic Foxes didn’t just win the Premier League – they eased to the title by 10 points. Dilly ding, dilly dong.
2. Arsenal, 2003/04
It had been a difficult couple of seasons in North London with Arsenal slipping down the pecking order in the Premier League hierarchy.
However, they still held the ultimate trump card over their rivals. Wenger’s Invincibles are still the only side to go a whole season unbeaten in the Premier League, as they clocked up 26 wins, 12 draws and 0 losses.
Arsène Wenger was at the peak of his powers as he engineered arguably one of the most elegant title wins in history.
An Arsenal side boasting the likes of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg showed Premier League fans that style and substance can work in tandem to brilliant effect. Despite his later struggles, Wenger will always be remembered fondly even by neutrals for the way he transformed English football. That season will be his epitaph.
1. Man City, 2017/18
The year Pep Guardiola’s record-breakers became the first Premier League side to hit the 100-point mark in the history of the competition.
City memorably sealed that monumental points haul with practically the last kick of the season and won 32 of their 38 games during the season.
Over 19 points clear of second-place Man Utd, and with a goal difference +33 better than any of their nearest rivals, this special City side set the gold standard.
Even more impressively, they would go on to be the first team in 10 seasons to retain their title the following year.
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