Tuesday 24 October 2017

James Lawton: An exciting league season? Without a doubt. But the best ever? No chance

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 13: The Manchester City players celebrate with the trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 13: The Manchester City players celebrate with the trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

THERE are two things to say about the Premier League season which is being so widely hailed as the best ever, if only to placate some of the more overwrought Manchester City fans who now seem to believe that what happened at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon was right up there with the relief of Mafeking and the storming of the Winter Palace.

The first is that City undoubtedly deserved their first title in 44 years. They were the better of only two serious title contenders by a margin their goal difference advantage over the defending champions Manchester United could never begin to indicate adequately.

They won two of the three games between the clubs with much authority and in the one they lost, following the absurd dismissal of their brilliant captain Vincent Kompany, they showed, at least to some of us, that they indeed had the mettle of potential champions.

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