Liverpool legend and former Manchester City forward Robbie Fowler believes we could be seeing the greatest team in English football history in the form of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The Blues returned to the top of the Premier League with an outstanding 6-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, although Liverpool have a game in hand.
And Fowler, who played for both clubs, believes in terms of squad depth and quality, City may be better than Arsenal’s legendary Invincibles side and Manchester United’s treble-winning team of 1999.
“This Manchester City squad is quite possibly the best I’ve ever seen in English football in terms of depth of quality,” Fowler wrote in his article for the Mirror.
“Better than Manchester United in ’99, better than the Arsenal squad of 2003-04? Definitely there is a case to be made. They could be the best of all time. After the 100 points of last season, they could still get 98 points this time.”
Despite their excellence, City are having to fight Liverpool and Tottenham, who are keeping up with the top two, in what is turning out to be an exciting title race.
Fowler said: “City won the title at a canter last season, because no other team was anywhere near good enough to be spoken of in the same breath.
“At least we have a race this time, a three-way race for the first time in years and a proper fight. So, next time you want to call a side bottlers, just think about what you’re saying. And here’s a couple of stats to help.
“In 2003-04, the invincible Arsenal team drew 12 matches, or dropped 24 points. That wouldn’t win them the title this season. In 1998-99, United’s treble-winning side drew 13 in the Premier League and lost three for 79 points… which may not even be enough for the top four this time.”