Premier League 2018/19: What should be considered a successful season for the traditional top six
The Premier League season is already in full flow and this festive period represents the biggest fixture schedule of the whole season. The current top six includes Everton but one would think that a traditional power house like Manchester United will wake up in time to make it back to the top six.
However, success for each team in the top six is relative. While some teams should be satisfied with a top six place and a domestic cup run, others would be absolutely gutted if they do not win the title or any other cup competition.
Here's a look at what each of the top six should consider a successful season.
#1 MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City began the season as they ended the previous one. They are undefeated in the Premier league and through to the last 16 of the UEFA champions league.
Many pundits thought they would struggle a little in the injury enforced absence of Kevin De Bryune but they have not. They are on course to break all the records they set in the league last season.
The major disappointment from this season has been their laboured performances in the champions league. They struggled in the game away to Hoffenheim and the both legs of the Lyon tie.
Success for City this season must involve them reclaiming the premier league title, winning a domestic cup competition and at least a semi final berth in the champions league.
Manchester City are the only reason why Liverpool have not been taken too seriously this season. The Reds have not played as brilliantly as they are capable of but they have managed to go stride for stride with City.
A successful season for the Anfield based club has to include a top two finish and a cup triumph. The greatness of this Liverpool team has to be validated with a trophy.
A quarter final place in the champions league, a cup triumph and a top two finish are the minimum requirement for their season to be considered successful.