One hell of a year!
1. Man City –
Premier League Champs, Carabao Cup Champs, FA Cup Champs, Champions League QF
5 games into the season City were 3rd with 13 points, 2 behind Chelsea, and Liverpool who had both won their opening 5 games. 10 games into the season City now led the table but were ahead only on goal difference as Liverpool also had 26 points. MW 15, City were still unbeaten and now had opened up a 2 point gap over Liverpool. City then went through a devastating 5 games of which they lost 3 as City fell into 2nd now 7 points behind Liverpool. The next 5 games City only lost 1 and a slump for Liverpool meant that City went back on top level on points with 62. City then won their next 5 games to open up a 1 point lead at the top. MW 35 and the one point lead remained as it was another 5 wins for City. City then won their final 3 games to seal the title a point ahead of Liverpool with 98 points on the board. City became the first team to retain the title since Ferguson’s United although unlike last year they were pushed until the final day.
Trophy no.1 for City was the Carabao Cup. City beat Oxford United 0-3, Fulham 2-0, Leicester 1-3 on penalties, Burton 10-0 over two legs in the semis, and Chelsea 3-4 on penalties. Not the toughest of runs but Chelsea pushed them to the limit in the final.
Trophy no.3 was the FA Cup which saw City get the domestic treble although Pep and co will say they completed the quadruple as they count the Community Shield. City beat Rotherham 7-0, Burnley 5-0, Newport County 1-4, Swansea 2-3, Brighton 1-0, and Watford 6-0 in the final. City’s close victories correlated with their poor form during the winter period but they comfortably won in the end. One of England’s best ever club sides? For sure.
City lost to Spurs in the Quarter-finals of the Champions League on away goals as the aggregate was 4-3. For Pep and co this one trophy continues to allude them.
2. Liverpool –
Premier League Runners Up, Carabao Cup 3rd Round, FA Cup 3rd Round, Champions League Champs
Liverpool began the season winning their first 5 games as they sat 2nd. 5-10 saw them draw 2 but remain 2nd level on points with City at 26. 10-15 they drew 1 and so remained 2nd but 2 points behind City. 15-20 saw them win 5 and took them to 1st opening up a 7 point gap from City. 20-25 saw them only win 2 and so they dropped back into 2nd level on points with City at 62. 25-30 Liverpool won 3 and dropped a point behind City. The final 8 games Liverpool would win all 8 but so would City and so they missed the title by a 2 points because a point would have seen City win on goal difference.
Liverpool lost in the 3rd Round of the Carabao Cup 1-2 to Chelsea.
Liverpool lost in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup 2-1 to Wolves.
Liverpool just about managed to get through their group on away goals as they went on to beat Bayern 1-3 in the Round of 16, Porto 1-6 over two legs in the quarters, Barcelona 4-3 over two legs in the semis, and Tottenham 0-2 in the final. After the Premier League heart break Klopp managed to win his first trophy at Liverpool and Liverpool won their first trophy since they won the League Cup in the 11/12 season. The final was anti-climatic but their 4-0 win over Barcelona in the 2nd leg will remain legendary.
3. Chelsea –
Premier League 3rd, Carabao Cup Runners Up, FA Cup 5th Round, Europa League Champs
Sarri began his time at Chelsea brilliantly as won their first 5 games to sit top of the table with 15 points. 5-10 saw Chelsea win only 2 games and so dropped they dropped into 3rd with 24 points. 10-15 saw Chelsea win 2 and lose their first 2 games as Sarri and co dropped into 4th with 31 points. 15-20 saw Chelsea win 4 of their games and remain 4th with 43 points. 20-25 saw Chelsea win 2 and lose 2 once again as they remained 4th but now 7 points behind Spurs and 2 ahead of United. 25-30 saw Chelsea 3 and lose 1 and so Chelsea dropped into 6th, 4 points behind 3rd placed Spurs. 30-35 saw Chelsea win 3 and lose 1 again but due to teams around them Chelsea rose to 4th, 3 points behind Spurs. 35-38 Chelsea managed to finish 3rd, a point above Spurs. The start was great for Sarri, while a poor form at the beginning of 2019 cost Chelsea heavily. A stuttering finish to the season though meant that Chelsea finished 3rd best.
Chelsea began their Carabao Cup journey by beating Liverpool 1-2 at Anfield. Chelsea then beat Derby 3-2, Bournemouth 1-0, and Spurs 4-2 on penalties in the 2nd leg after Kepa made some brilliant saves. Chelsea then lost the final to City 3-4 but only after they had pushed Pep and co to the limit for 120 minutes.
Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. What followed was a 3-0 4th round win over Sheffield Wednesday, and then a 0-2 loss to United at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea though ended the season with a trophy as they began their Europa League journey topping their group with 16 points. An 0-8 aggregate win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Round of 16 followed. Slavia Praha were beaten 5-3 on aggregate in the quarters, and Eintracht Frankfurt were beaten 4-3 on penalties in the semis, Kepa again was the hero. Chelsea then beat Arsenal 4-1 in the final to seal the deal. Chelsea had already sealed a place in next seasons champions league but the Europa League trophy was a good bonus and Spurs loss in the Champions League meant that Chelsea were still the best team in London. Chelsea now have the most trophies since the year 2000 than any other English team.
Premier League 4th, Carabao Cup SF, FA Cup 4th Round, Champions League Runners Up
Spurs won 3 and lost 2 of their first 5 games in the league as they sat 6th in the table. 5-10 saw Spurs win 4 and lose 1 as they climbed into 5th. 10-15 saw Spurs win 4 and lose 1 again as they climbed into 3rd. 15-20 saw the same pattern as Spurs remained 3rd, two points behind City. 20-25 saw 4 wins and 1 loss again as Spurs opened a 7 point gap from 4th in 3rd. 25-30 saw 1 win and 3 losses as remained 3rd but only a point above 4th. 30-35 saw 3 wins and 2 losses as Spurs stayed at 3rd and 3 points clear of 4th. 35-38 saw 2 losses and a draw as Spurs ended the season 4th and typical Spurs fashion caused their own fall.
Tottenham started their League Cup journey with a 4-2 win on penalties against Watford. Spurs then beat West Ham 1-3, Arsenal 0-2, and then beat Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg of the semis but lost 4-2 on penalties in the 2nd.
Tottenham beat Tranmere Roves 0-7 in the 3rd round of FA Cup and then lost 0-2 to Crystal Palace in the 4th round to get knocked out.
Tottenham’s best part of the season came in the Champions League. Similar to Liverpool they just about got through their group thanks to goals scored. Tottenham then beat Dortmund 0-4 on aggregate in the Round of 16. Tottenham then beat City 1-0 in the 1st leg of the quarters and lost the 2nd leg 4-3 but went through on away goals. Tottenham then lost the first leg of the semis 0-1 to Ajax, but beat Ajax 2-3 in Amsterdam to again reach the final on away goals. Away goals could not help Spurs in the final as for one their is no such rule in the final and two they did not score any. Tottenham dominated the game but Liverpool won 0-2. Another trophy less season for Spurs but some good DVD moments.
Premier League 5th, Carabao Cup QF, FA Cup 4th Round, Europa League Runners Up
Arsenal began the season with 2 losses and then 3 wins as they sat 7th in the table. 5-10 Arsenal won 4 and drew 1 to climb into 4th. 10-15 Arsenal won 2 and drew 3 to drop into 5th. 15-20 Arsenal won 2 and lost 2 to remain 5th. 20-25 Arsenal won 3 and lost 2 to drop into 6th. 25-30 Arsenal won 4 and drew 1 as they climbed back up to 4th. 30-35 Arsenal lost 3 and won 2 to drop into 5th. Arsenal lost 1 drew 1 and won 1 of their final 3 games to finish the league in 5th. Arsenal had the easiest run in of the teams fighting for the Champions League spots but with most of them away games it meant that they lost them and so Arsenal collapsed under the expectation.
Arsenal began their League Cup journey with a 3-1 win over Brentford. Arsenal then beat Blackpool 2-1, but lost to Spurs 0-2 at the Emirates.
Arsenal faced Blackpool in the FA Cup as well as they beat them 0-3. Next up was United and the Red Devils beat Arsenal 1-3 at the Emirates a game most memorable for Lingard dancing on the pitch.
Arsenal similar to Chelsea topped their Europa League group with 16 points. Arsenal then beat Rennes 4-3 on aggregate in the Round of 16. Napoli were beaten 0-3 on aggregate in the quarters, and Valencia 3-7 on aggregate in the semis. Momentum was on Arsenal’s side going into the final but after a decent first half Arsenal collapsed in the 2nd as they lost 4-1. A trophy less season for Emery and co as they look to improve in 19/20. Banter FC.
6. Man United
Premier League 6th, Carabao Cup 3rd Round, FA Cup QF, Champions League QF
Before the season started United and Mourinho were supposed to be the ones to push City and Liverpool in the title race. Things got off to a rocky start as United won 3 and lost 2 of their first 5 games to sit 8th. 5-10 United won 2 and lost 1 as they remained 8th. 10-15 saw United win 1 lose 1 and draw 3 as they stayed at 8th. Mourinho then suffered the sack soon after and Ole came in as interim manager. 15-20 United won 4 and lost 1 of their games to climb to 6th. 20-25 United won 4 and drew 1 as they climbed to 5th. 25-30 saw United win 3 and lose 1 as Ole was appointed the permanent manager United had got into the top four but dropped out to be 5th. 30-35 United won 2 and lost 3 as they fell into 6th. United then drew 2 and lost their final game as they ended the season 6th. As interim manager Ole did brilliantly but as soon as he was appointed the permanent manager things went south.
United under Mourinho lost 7-8 on penalties to Lampard’s Derby County in the Carabao Cup 3rd round.
United began their FA Cup journey with a 2-0 win against Reading, United beat Arsenal 1-3 next and then Chelsea 0-2. Those 2 wins came as Ole was the interim manager, once he was appointed permanently United lost 2-1 to Wolves.
United finished 2nd in their group in the Champions League. United then lost to PSG 0-2 in the first leg of the Round of 16 but came back to beat PSG 1-3 in Paris as they progressed on away goals. Ole was then appointed the permanent manager and United lost to Barca 4-0 on aggregate in the quarters. A shameful season for United but hey Ole is at the wheel for next season, let’s see if he can repair the car or damage it further.
Honorable Mentions –
Wolves came ready for the Premier League and achieved the name of top 6 killers during the season. Wolves began the season poorly but held City to a point at home as they were 9th. 5-10 saw Wolves take a point at Old Trafford, but mixed results elsewhere meant that they were 10th. 10-15 saw Wolves get a point at Arsenal, and a 2-1 win against Chelsea but the other results were poor and so they dropped into 12th. 15-20 saw Wolves beat Spurs 1-3 at Wembley and decent results elsewhere saw them climb up to 7th. 20-25 saw Wolves beat Leicester, West Ham, and Everton to solidify a place in 7th. 25-30 saw poor form but a draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea as Wolves remained 7th. 30-38 saw a 2-1 win against United and a 3-1 win against Arsenal as Wolves remained 7th but heavily influenced the top four race. To sum up thats 1 point against City over two games, 0 points over Liverpool but they did beat Liverpool in the FA Cup. 4 points against Chelsea, 3 points against Tottenham, 4 points against Arsenal, 4 points against United including beating them in the FA Cup as well.
Wolves are going to be a dangerous team next season if they can figure out how to win against bottom 10 teams. Leicester, Watford, Newcastle, Everton, West Ham can be thrown into the mix as well.
Juventus won Serie A by 11 points at the seasons end but they failed to win any of their last 5 games and were knocked out of the Coppa Italia and Champions League and so Allegri decided to call time on his stay at Juventus. Napoli finished 2nd but went trophy less, while Atalanta got into the Champions League for the first time in 3rd with Inter in 4th. Milan and Roma will play in the Europa League. Lazio won the Coppa Italia.
Barcelona won La Liga by 11 points but that was it as they lost the Copa Del Rey and were knocked out in devastating fashion by Liverpool in the Champions League. Atletico finished 2nd, Real Madrid finished 3rd in what was a horrible season for them as they saw Zidane come back. Valencia finished 4th. Getafe, Sevilla, and Espanyol should be in the Europa League. Valencia also won the Copa Del Rey as they beat Barcelona in the final.
Bayern won the Bundesliga by 2 points as Dortmund suffered a horrible 2nd half to their season which saw them lose several games. Dortmund finished 2nd, Leipzig 3d, and Leverkusen 4th. Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg, and Frankfurt should be in the Europa League. Bayern also won the DFB Pokal as they beat Leipzig 0-3 in the final. This season also saw the likes of Robben, and Ribery say farewell to Bayern.
PSG won Ligue 1 by 16 points as they romped to another title, PSG though failed in Europe and failed to win the Coupe de France as it was useless season in the end. Lille finished 2nd and got Champions League football after several years, while Lyon finished 3rd and thanks to Chelsea’s Europa League win automatically qualify for the Champions League. St.Etienne will play Europa League football as they finished 4th. Monaco finished 17th as they suffered a horrible season and will hope to have a better one next year. Stade Rennais won the Coupe de France by beating PSG in the final.