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EPL 1998-2008 Title contenders

Postby Learning » Sat May 18, 2013 10:17 am

Im just wondering a bit exactly, since during this time, I did watch EPL but didnt follow it very closely. I started out supporting Liverpool way back, then on and off neutral for a long time, sometimes I watched somtimes I didnt. Im interested in the title race and the winners during this time, I know of cos the main club was Man U, a long fight with Arsenal during 1998 onto about 2004, that Man U dominated 99-01, then exchanged titles with Arsenal in the next 3 years, then 2 years Chelsea, then Man U 3 straight.

Im specifically wondering why Man U lost their domination for that 3 year period after they won back the title from Arsenal in 2002-2003? We all know about the 99 treble side, but what was their lineup in 2000-2003 that made them win 3 out of the 4 years? Especially the year in between Arsenal's 2 titles? Arsenal I know Bergkamp, Henry, Pires, etc. during this time. What about 1998, what were their lineup when they won the title?

The other thing I wonder is why Chelsea lost their domination after 2 years? I know that more recent time around 2007-2008 I started watching more again, Ronaldo must have had a big influence to lift Man U's dominance, and I know about Chelsea not getting the right players in but I think they still had the core after the 2 years, was it more of other factors or Mou losing the edge after 2 years? Losing the likes of Robben and Duff. Why were they sold?

Thanks :P
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Postby Seamus » Sun May 19, 2013 9:56 pm

I Think United needing a bit of rebuilding during after 2003, it was probably their weakest title winning side (even including this years), Chelseas spending power really took the title off them and they could have continued to dominate but Abrahmovic stopped spending when the recession hit - he had to sell one of his yachts, god bless him!.
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Postby Learning » Mon May 20, 2013 5:26 pm

Thx guys I have gotta more info too, just wish I had time to witness and kept up to date like I do nowadays :) A bit nostalgic and its always great to see title being fought closely and back and forth, and not just all Man U :D
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Postby Gazza-LFC » Mon May 20, 2013 9:02 pm

No problem mate :)
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