5 reasons why Manchester City can match Arsenal's 'Invincibles'
Ever since Arsenal won the Premier League in 2003-04 without losing a game, that team became the league's most iconic winners ever and to this day, the tag 'Invincibles' raises visions of scintillating football, unforgettable goals and a spirit that has never been matched since.
Since then there have been plenty of pretenders, who might have looked good but eventually, they lost. For instance, back in 2014-15, Chelsea were widely tipped to go unbeaten The Blues had gone 14 games unbeaten until the beginning of December but then slumped to their first defeat to Newcastle in their 15th game to end the possibility of going unbeaten.
This year, however, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City started the season brilliantly and have won 11 out of their 12 games so far, drawing the other one against Everton back in August. Since then, they have looked imperious and in spite of the fact that Guardiola has brushed aside any suggestion of going unbeaten, City look like a side that have the ingredients to emulate Arsenal's achievement.
In the end, it might not happen but there are some compelling reasons why it could. Here is a look at 5 reasons why it could happen.
#5 Squad depth
Like Arsenal back in 2003-04, Manchester City are also involved in 4 competitions including the UEFA Champions League and considering the fact how hectic it can get as the season wears on, it is quite possible for good teams to run out of steam. Hence, it does not take much for a defeat or two to come along in spite of the quality in the team and hence, Manchester City's immense squad depth is a compelling reason why they could go through the league season without dropping a game.
The club spent heavily over the past two seasons and have created one of the most complete squads in the Premier League in recent memory. For instance, if David Silva isn't available then Bernardo Siva can step on to his shoes seamlessly or if midfield enforcer Fernandinho isn't available then German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is just as good a replacement. A player like Yaya Toure can do the job in the cup games.
This is a pattern that is replicated all across the eleven and even the absence of captain and central defender Vincent Kompany has hardly been felt since John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have proven themselves to be just as good. This sort of squad depth will allow City to weather the storm when there is a fixture pile up and help them in staving off defeat for as long as possible.