This City side is probably the best PL team since the Invincibles. Despite our decline over the last decade, it is something that I honestly thought wouldn't be surpassed during my lifetime.
After that shocker of a performance today it is a small crumb of comfort I hold onto. When you see this shower of shite that we have to watch week in week out, you truly realise that the class of 2004 were an exceptional team not only respected by Arsenal fans but fans of other clubs too.
Don’t agree. Mourinho's first Chelsea team (lost one game and went 40+ unbeaten) and United 2008/10 (Ronaldo at his height with Rooney and Tevez, van der Sar Vidic and Ferdinand rock solid at the back) were better sides. City are the best by a distance but the fact that United sit second sums up how shit the league is - there are years that United side would have been scrapping for top 4.
So by that token as Arsenal only lost one game in 1991 ironically vs Chelski, why haven't you mentioned that team? All of Maureen's teams play functional football, they don't have great footballers. Could you honestly name the side that went 40+ undefeated without looking it up. As for United, this is a team built by Guardiola in 18 months that is already superior to anything united have produced over the last 10 years. Ronaldo didn't hit his peak until he went to RM, class of 99 is a much better team.
Just because the PL quality isn't what it used to be, looking down at City is a bit disingenious, they can only play what's put in front of them and with the exception of palace/pool have wiped the floor of pretty much everyone this season. The current team is also work in progress, yeah like Chelski they bought it all, but Guardiola is a genius in getting his teams to play a brand of football that most teams cannot live with.
Didn’t mention 91 team as you said the best team since 2004. Before my time anyway.
Nobody would say Mourinho’s teams play attractive football but that side swept aside the invincibles and cruised to two titles. No sides other than those mentioned here would have given them a run for their money over the course of a season for my money.
Can’t knock the 99 side for what they won and their achievements grant them a special status. What I would say is that out of all of those sides I would most rather play them than any of the others mentioned. We thrashed them 3-0 twice that year and the only time they beat us in 5 games was the FA Cup semi in extra time after DB missed that pen. They could easily have ended up with nothing that year. By contrast we’ve barely taken a point off the others.
If City reach the CL final I will have to rethink my view but in relative terms I still think they’re still short of being the best about. They will leak 4-5 goals across two games because of their dodgy defence and the carelessness with which they lose the ball in dangerous positions, and I don’t think they can rely on scoring 5-6 against actually quality teams to go through.