soccer 5/6

No matter what happens, Liverpool taking Manchester City to the final day in the Premier League title race is all I could have ever hoped for. I’ll be honest, I’m a Liverpool fan. That means I have been wanting Manchester City to falter for weeks. However, this Manchester City team just won’t let that happen. Even though I might be disappointed that Liverpool doesn’t win the title, all I ever wanted was a good race, and I got that and then some. This has been one of the most interesting title races in any sport I have ever watched.

       For those who are keeping score, if both teams win the rest of their matches, then Manchester City will finish with 98 points and Liverpool with 97. Just to put that into perspective, the most points any Premier League side has ever achieved is 100 points, which was by Manchester City last season. The second most was done by Chelsea in the 2004-05 season when they tallied 95 points. Think about that, this season will most likely have the second and third highest point totals ever in the Premier League. Having that happen in the same season is just fun to watch. Even though my team would be the one to lose the league, taking it to the final day is all I could have wanted.

This Manchester City side will have tallied 198 points in a two-season span. That’s just ridiculous. This is probably the best Premier League team ever. Pep Guardiola will most likely have led this team to two straight Premier League titles, which hasn’t happened since 2007-09 when Manchester United won it in back-to-back seasons.

However, talking about the greatness of Manchester City is giving Liverpool not enough credit. Last season, Liverpool lost to Manchester City by 25 points. Now, this season they might lose by only 1 point. That is a massive improvement. Also, Liverpool finished with 75 points, and this season they might finish with 97 points. A 22-point improvement is what was needed to take this season to the final day. Yes, it could have been even better. There were plenty of matches they should have won, but everyone has a bad day. Jurgen Klopp has made this side into one that is to be feared. Liverpool has only lost one match this whole season. Unfortunately, that was to Manchester, which set them on course to come back and take the lead in the title race.

At the beginning of the season, all I wanted at the end of the season was to believe that my team gave it their all. To believe that they didn’t give up on the title race. I definitely got that this season. The team gave everything they could and even if they don’t win, this season isn’t the last time they will be challenging for the title in the new few years. They will continue to get better consistently. However, there are still a couple of matches left and you know what people always say. They play the matches for a reason.

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