An epic six-way title race
It’s time for the top six – or even seven – to vie for the title on the last day of the season
Manchester United fans won’t agree, but FFT is desperate to see more of the kind of last-gasp drama that saw Blackburn win the league in 1995, or Manchester City become champions in 2012.
Last term’s title battle became something of a non-event, despite Tottenham’s best efforts. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were comfortable winners despite fantastic late-season form from Spurs, which saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side close the gap down to four points at one stage, before their London rivals eventually secured top spot with two matches to spare.
Even in 2015-16, when Leicester defied all the odds to win the title, they won it at a canter. No team got closer than fives points away from the Foxes in the final two months of the campaign, and Jamie Vardy & Co. ended up topping the final standings by a margin of 10 points.
The last time things went down to the final day was 2014, when all Manchester City needed was a routine win against a disinterested West Ham to kill off any lingering hope of Brendan Rodgers lifting the trophy aloft at Anfield.
No, it has been a full five years since we saw any discernible last-day dramatics at the top, and we want to see some more. Picture the scene: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Man United and Tottenham all level on points going into the final game of the campaign; a straight shootout for the title. Then all six drawing, before Everton come out of nowhere to snatch away the Premier League crown with a dramatic win at West Ham.
OK, that may be wishful thinking, but we would settle for two teams going into the last afternoon’s action level pegging, both with a near-equal chance of winning the title, then 90 minutes of tooing and froing, before the whole thing comes to a dramatic crescendo with one season-defining moment you’ll bore your grandkids about. Is that really too much to ask for?
“IT’S BEEN FIVE YEARS SINCE WE SAW ANY DISCERNIBLE LAST-DAY DRAMA AT THE TOP, AND WE WANT MORE OF IT”