How is success measured in the Premier League?
The general answer is silverware. It’s practically all we hear about. Arsene Wenger’s inability to win a trophy has dominated the offseason news cycles for the better part of a decade. A Chelsea coach’s dilemma, but Roman Abramovich’s obsession with and failure to win the UEFA Champion’s League, has made the managerial job at Stamford Bridge the textbook example of the proverbial “Revolving Door”.
But does the recent lack of champagne soaked end-of-season parties and parades make Arsenal and Chelsea unsuccessful clubs? Maybe in relation to the competition winners, but each tournament has only one of those. This measure ignores the possible relative success of 95 percent of the league.
So how do the clubs who don’t compete for the major trophies decide if their season was one of success or failure?
The English Premier League heats up on Monday when defending champion Manchester United and second-place challenger Manchester City meet at Etihad Stadium.
Anyone who has followed the action this season knows that the match has enormous EPL title implications. Should United win, they will go six points clear at the top of the table.
Though the Citizens will not be mathematically eliminated, they would need to win there last two games, and have United lose both of their games. I think City will handle the games against Queen's Park Rangers and Newcastle United with little difficulty, but United have the easier go of it not just in terms of opponents, but also pressure as they would only need one point out of either contest to secure the title for a record 20th time.