5 Of The Greatest Meltdowns In Premier League Title Race Historical past
Because the jitters start to set in for Liverpool, and Manchester Metropolis and Spurs proceed to breathe down their necks, questions flip as to whether or not they’ll maintain their nerve on the high of the Premier League desk.
The place they as soon as had been seven factors clear, two attracts in a row have decreased the hole from second-placed Metropolis to only three factors, as Liverpool seek for their first league title since 1990.
Klopp’s facet, nonetheless, wouldn’t be the primary workforce to blow a convincing lead within the title race, as Match of Day explores 5 of the largest high of the desk meltdowns in Premier League historical past.
5) Arsenal in 2007/2008
Not one of many first groups to spring to thoughts when pondering of title collapses however throughout this similar interval in 2008 Arsenal had a five-point lead on the high of the desk and had solely misplaced as soon as all season.
Their season basically collapsed nonetheless once they travelled to Birmingham in February, a sport which noticed them lose striker Eduardo to a horrific deal with, and ended with William Gallas having a meltdown in the midst of the pitch following the 2-2 draw.
Undoubtedly Eduardo’s harm had an enormous impact on Arsenal however so too did captain Gallas’ lack of management because the Gunners didn’t win their subsequent three video games and finally completed third within the desk.
4) Arsenal in 2002/2003
Arsene Wenger’s males as soon as once more, this time it was the season earlier than their notorious invincibles marketing campaign and it was one the place they actually ought to have been going into 2003/2004 as again to again champions.
With simply 9 video games to go (United had 10) Arsenal had opened up an eight-point hole over their rivals and seemed favourites to retain the crown they’d gained so impressively the season earlier than.
The Gunners nonetheless slipped in type and in probably the most dramatic video games in Premier League historical past misplaced to Leeds United with simply two video games to go, a defeat which despatched the title to Manchester and saved the Yorkshire facet from relegation.
3) Manchester United in 2011/2012
An underrated meltdown and one which was largely forgotten about as a result of unbelievable manner wherein rivals Manchester Metropolis clinched the title on the ultimate day of the season.
It’s very straightforward to overlook that Ferguson’s United had an eight-point lead over their Manchester rivals with simply six video games left within the season.
Metropolis would go on to win their subsequent 4 video games, together with a victory towards United, whereas Ferguson’s facet misplaced to Wigan, and threw away a 3-1 lead to attract towards Everton.
With the edges stage and Metropolis forward on purpose distinction, all Roberto Mancini’s males needed to do was match Manchester United’s outcome on the ultimate day. Everyone knows how that turned out.
2) Newcastle United in 1995/1996
One of the crucial thrilling title races in Premier League historical past and one that’s spoken about nonetheless to today, the 1995/1996 trophy was as a lot gained by Manchester United because it was misplaced by Newcastle.
At one stage in Januar, Keegan’s Geordies held a outstanding 12 level lead over Ferguson’s United because the league title appeared to be destined to go to St James’ Park.
Newcastle, nonetheless, had been void of title-winning expertise except for a few gamers and couldn’t deal with the stress, the notorious 4-Three loss to Liverpool the lowlight of their collapse.
United would go on to win a outstanding 13 of their final 15 league video games whereas Newcastle stumbled, and it was Ferguson who once more took house the title.
1) Liverpool in 2013/2014
“This doesn’t slip” urged Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after his facet dramatically defeated title rivals Manchester Metropolis by 3-2 to make sure that the destiny of the Premier League trophy was fully of their fingers.
What adopted was the cruellest irony the league has ever seen.
5 factors clear with simply three video games to go, Liverpool confronted Chelsea understanding that they might in all probability afford to attract, however they dare not lose.
In a accident, it was none apart from Gerrard whose slip allowed Chelsea’s Demba Ba a free run at purpose as he beat Simon Mignolet and put an enormous dent within the Reds’ title hopes.
The following week Liverpool blew a 3-Zero lead towards Crystal Palace to kill off their title desires with one sport to go as Metropolis picked up the scraps and claimed the crown