News   |    May 23rd, 2022

PEP PREVAILS AGAIN

The 2021/22 Premier League season has concluded in the most dramatic fashion. Having been nothing short of captivating from start to finish, it was Pep Guardiola and his exceptional team who defended their title on the very last day; or in fact the very last ten minutes. Manchester City have evolved into a formidable outfit, securing their 4th title in the last 5 campaigns, and even more sensational when considering the relentless powerhouse in Liverpool Football Club, who were beaten into 2nd place by a single point.
On the closing day of the Premier League Liverpool would need to win, and see their rivals lose or draw in order to snatch the trophy from league leaders Man City. With Wolves creating an early setback at Anfield, Liverpool had to fight back to eventually cruise past Wolves to a 3-1 win. It was at the Etihad where tensions were further heightened, with the former Liverpool club legend Steven Gerrard and his men forming a 2-0 lead going into the 70th minute, where all hope seemed to have gone for The Citizens. However, in true Guardiola style, the tactical mastermind implemented 3 changes to the system from which Ilkay Gundogan netted a header and the ever-reliable Rodri secured a cool finish. Gundogan rounded off the win with a brace via a clever tap in, ultimately consolidating their league lead and ruining Liverpool’s dreams of continuing their trophy charge of the quadruple.
We are undoubtedly in an era of Premier League domination by Manchester City and Liverpool, with City finishing on 93 points, and the Reds finding 92 points, with the next closest team in Chelsea trailing by a whopping 18 points on 74. The common debate is which team is better, yet I believe we must enjoy the greatness before us from both. It is a pleasure for us all to witness two footballing tyrants challenge for the league, and as Liverpool go into the Champions League final later this week in hope of adding to their FA and League Cup, English football has rarely been more competitive in Europe.
As we look at the other end of the table, it was Burnley, Norwich and Watford to fall victim to relegation as they look to recover in the Championship next season; another enthralling battle that went to the final minutes of the last game of the season. Meanwhile, Fulham and Bournemouth have secured their spots in the Premier League, with Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest to wage battle later this week in the hope of playing in the top flight next season.
Overall, let’s not forget the extraordinary effort Liverpool have put in, having played in every single competitive game and competition possible this year, whatever their outcome in Europe they have had a brilliant campaign. However, for now at least, it is Man City’s time to celebrate and get some well-earned rest before the 2022/23 season gets underway later this year.

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Alfie Bobbins - Integral Sports Management

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