Premier League Status Quo Receiving Continuous Upset
Not so long ago, a mention of the Premier League would have any mind thinking of the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal as the front runners. Teams such as Tottenham and Chelsea were considered as other contenders, while Man City was an outsider. Liverpool was more of a visitor.
Not anymore though. Over the last decade or so, the dominance of the Premier Leagues top spots has been under constant challenge. There are no reserved seats anymore; you have to fight for positions and keep fighting even when you get them.
The balance upset started happening around 2005 when a Roman Abramovic backed Chelsea emerged champions immediately after Arsenal’s invincible season. The team, under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho and with the deep thirst of the likes of Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard made a bold announcement that tables were turning.
It also undoubtedly marked the beginning of a new era of financial competition. Abramovic’s billions helped the club attract some of the best players, something that for a long time was seen as a preserve of only Manchester United. Arsenal’s stadium project at the same time meant they had less to spend, giving the clubs behind them a chance to catch up.
In the ensuing years, more teams attracted competitive investment and money stopped being the main advantage anymore. Manchester City drew petrodollars which have allowed them to attract not just the best players, but also coaches. This has culminated in them defending the Premier League title for their first ever time in the 2018/19 season.
Liverpool also underwent a rebuilding period which has come to fruition with two successive Champions’ League finals in 2018 and 2019. Tottenham’s ability to contract a manager of Mauricio Pochettino’s stature has allowed them to compete, even with a mega-stadium project ongoing, and they are now in their first-ever Champions’ League final.
It’s no longer status quo in the Premier League.