Thursday, April 11, 2019

We are getting down to the business end of the football season and it is shaping up to be a very exciting finale.

Manchester City are on course for an unprecedented quadruple as it stands which will see them go down in history as possibly the greatest English club side of all time. They have already won the Carabao Cup in February and on Saturday they clinched their place in the FA Cup final where Watford will stand in their way of another trophy.

The next three weeks will have a massive say in their quest for history as they face Tottenham Hotspur on three occasions (once in the league at home and then home and away in the Champions League quarter-finals) and then they travel across to Old Trafford to face their biggest rivals, Manchester United.

If they can come out of those games unscathed I think there is a massive chance of them winning everything this year. Their closest rivals Liverpool have still to play Chelsea in the league, the toughest game they have left this season.

But the way everything is shaping up, I think it is looking more and more likely that Liverpool will win the Premier League.

Manchester City have been beating teams easily enough, winning their last nine games in a row in the league and only conceding two goals in that time. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 12 league games, but they have done things the hard way, especially in the last three league games where they have scored a late winning goal in each to keep themselves two points clear at the top having played one game more than City.

Before the season started, I thought City would win the league easily enough just because of how good they were last season and with the signings they made in the summer. Liverpool have done incredibly well to be in this position at this stage of the season and if they can beat Chelsea in their next league game, I think that they will win the league because Man City have more difficult fixtures, especially their two Champions League games against Spurs. Liverpool meanwhile play Porto which should be an easier couple of games for them.

From a selfish point of view I want Manchester City to win the league, the FA Cup and the Champions League to go with the Carabao Cup. It’s not because I support Man City (I don’t) or because I don’t particularly like Liverpool (there might be some truth in that) but because I want to be able to look back in years to come and to say I have scored against the greatest English club side of all time.

City have the experience of winning the league and that brings its own kind of pressure because of how the club has grown since it was bought in 2008 by Sheikh Mansour.

Liverpool on the other hand haven’t won a league title since 1990 and their supporters are desperate for them to break that duck and this might be their best chance.

The pressure on those players is huge. Only James Milner and Daniel Sturridge have experienced winning the Premier League. In fairness they have coped very well with the pressure so far this season but the next month will test them like they have never been tested before.

If both City and Liverpool win their remaining games they will both break the 100-point barrier in the Premier League and it would be ridiculous for one of them to lose the league in that way.

It shows the level both these sides have been playing at this season. There really doesn’t deserve to be a loser in this situation. Whichever team does lose will struggle to recover for next season so this might have to be Liverpool’s year.

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By Padraig Amond
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