6 of the Greatest Teams to Fall Short of Winning the Premier League Title

This season marks the 25th of the Premier League's existence and boy have there been some great title winners! Much is spoken of Mourinho's 2004/05 winning team, or Man Utd's team that dominated the 2008/09 season. However, Spurs' team of last year got us thinking about those who just missed out. Mauricio Pochettino's team of last season and Liverpool's 2013/14 side spearheaded by the 'SAS' may be 2 of the most well known sides to miss out on a title, but here is a list of the 6 greatest teams...

Manchester United (1994/95)

In a season which has often been heralded as a heroic one after the unlikely Blackburn Rovers won the title, the Red Devils' 1994/95 team lost out on the Premier League trophy by just one point.


Unlike most of the other Man Utd teams, they did not have a prolific goalscorer throughout the season, with both Eric Cantona and Andy Cole scoring with ease until disciplinary and injury problems respectively cut their seasons short. 


However, this was a team with a rock solid defence featuring Steve Bruce, Denis Irwin and Gary Pallister which conceded only 28 times in 42 games - one of the best defensive records ever in the Premier League

Newcastle United (1996/97)

Kevin Keegan's 1995-96 side is often remembered as one of Newcastle's best of the Premier League era, but his team the following season was better.


Both sides finished second to Man Utd, but the acquisition of Alan Shearer produced a lethal attacking partnership with Les Ferdinand which netted 41 goals across the 1996-97 season.


Highlights of that year included a 5-0 thrashing of United, a hard-fought win away at Arsenal despite Keith Gillespie's red card, and with Peter Beardsley and David Ginola on either wing some quick attacking displays which will always epitomise Keegan's reign at St James Park.

Arsenal (2002/03)

Thierry Henry will take the plaudits for his 32 goals which saw the Gunners win the FA Cup and reach the second group stage of the Champions League, which the 1998/99 team failed to do, the performances of Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell in defence must not be overlooked.


Thierry Henry will take the plaudits for his 32 goals which saw the Gunners win the FA Cup and reach the second group stage of the Champions League, which the 1998-99 team failed to do, the performances of Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell in defence must not be overlooked.


The addition of Gilberto Silva to a midfield with stars Robert Pirès, Freddie Ljungberg and Patrick Vieira layed the foundations for Arsenal's 'Invincibles' team the following year.

Liverpool (2013/14)

101 goals, but no title. Depending on your perspective you could either blame the strength of Man City or Liverpool's shaky defence for the Reds' failure to win the title in 2014.


Widely seen as one of the greatest attacking teams in Premier League history, the 'SAS' of Suárez and Sturridge produced 52 goals, while talisman Steven Gerrard chipped in with 14 of his own.


Despite this, 50 goals conceded was the worst defensive record in the 'Top 6' and ultimately dented Liverpool's hopes of a first Premier League title. On a positive note, manager Brendan Rodgers did win the LMA Manager of the Year for his troubles.

Tottenham Hotspur (2016/17)

A team that will be fresh in the memory, it is hard to fault Spurs' side of last season. They only lost 4 times as won as many as their rivals Arsenal's cherished team of 2003/04.


Despite injuries frontman Harry Kane netted 35 times in all competitions and was supported by Son (21 goals) and Alli (22). In Walker, Rose, Verthongen and Alderweireld they had a defence which most envied, and their midfield was not too bad either!


Chelsea's title-winning side was just too good. Put that Spurs team in most other Premier League seasons and the trophy would have been taken back to White Hart Lane.

Chelsea (2006/07)

FA Cup winners, League Cup winners, Champions League semi-finalists, but second place for the 'Special One' in the 2006/07 season.


Mourinho's title-winning Chelsea side of the season before was strengthened by the additions of Ashley Cole, Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack among others, but despite losing only three times they lost out on the title by 6 points.


With Essien, Makélélé and Carvalho still in their prime, and Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba's 54 goals writing themselves into Chelsea folklore, Chelsea's 2006/07 side must be seen to be the greatest not to win a Premier League title. 

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