The Premier League is now 27 years old, and arguments persist over who is truly the division’s greatest ever side.
Some use retaining titles as the yardstick, whilst others prefer win records and points totals. Whilst some say that record points totals suggest an uncompetitive league, others suggest it is the sign a truly great team.
Here’s the top five teams with the highest points totals in Premier League history…
5. Chelsea – 2005/06 – 91 points
Jose Mourinho’s second season at Stamford Bridge, which saw Chelsea reclaim the title they’d won the previous year.
Mourinho’s side led from the off, winning a record 9 consecutive games from the beginning of the season and 20 of their opening 22 games to build a lead they would never lose.
Chelsea would seal the title with a 3-0 win over nearest challengers Manchester United, and could have featured higher up this list had they not lost their final two games to Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle when the title was already sealed.
4. Manchester United – 1999/00 – 91 points
Though the 1998/99 treble-winning season was undoubtedly the finest in Manchester United‘s history, they followed up that trophy-laden year with a dominant domestic showing in 1999/00.
Losing just three league games all season, United would win the league by a huge then-record 18 points from runners-up Arsenal, scoring a then-record 97 goals in the process.
Dwight Yorke finished as the club’s top league scorer with 20, ably assisted with 19 from strike partner Andy Cole.
A 5-0 thrashing at Chelsea in October proved an anomaly, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side finishing the season with an 11-game winning streak.
3. Chelsea – 2016/17 – 93 points
Chelsea appointed Antonio Conte as manager in the summer of 2016, after the club had just finished the previous season 10th (10th!?) in the Premier League.
Few expected the Blues to challenge, but the Italian’s tactics galvanised the squad as they romped to the Premier League title.
A 3-0 thrashing at Arsenal saw the former Juventus manager famously switch to a back three, and the tweak brought stunning success with a 13-match winning run.
Conte’s debut season saw Chelsea clinch their 5th Premier League title, including breaking records for fewest draws in a season (3), consecutive wins (13) and most wins in a season (30).
2. Chelsea – 2004/05 – 95 points
If you announce yourself as ‘The Special One’ in your introduction to English football, you better have some substance to back your claim.
Thankfully, for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, the Portuguese manager had just that.
Roman Abramovich had spent big, though Mourinho delivered with a debut season at Stamford Bridge of stunning success, lifting Chelsea’s first league title in 50 years.
Along the way the club broke a whole host of records, losing just once and only conceding a barely believable 15 goals all season.
1. Manchester City – 100 points – 2017/18
A season where record upon record was shattered by Pep Guardiola’s all conquering Manchester City.
The most dominant league campaign in Premier League history, as City left all in their wake with a stunning season.
The list of records broke includes…
- Most points (100)
- Most away points (50)
- Biggest winning margin to second (19)
- Most wins (32)
- Most away wins (16)
- Most goals scored (106)
- Biggest goal difference (79)
- Most consecutive wins (19)
A season that is in all likeliness, will never be repeated.