Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kicking Curse of Back-to-Back Titles

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kicking Curse of Back-to-Back Titles

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CITY will start the 2018/19 season as favourites for the Premier League, but no side has retained the title since 2009.

United, Chelsea, Leicester and City have all claimed the trophy in the past decade - but none have been able to show their class over two seasons.

What went wrong in the title defences, and what will the Blues need to cut out if they are to avoid repeating the trend? M.E.N. Sport takes a look...

2009/10: UNITED ¦ How bad was it? IT was anything but a disaster for defending champions United as Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea pipped them by a point. A haul of 85 points and 86 goals was very impressive for second place, and Sir Alex Ferguson's side would go on to win back the title the following year.

¦ Where did it go wrong? UNITED lost both games with eventual champions Chelsea and the home defeat on April 3 was particularly damaging.

2010/11: CHELSEA ¦ How bad was it? CHELSEA gave it a go and finished runners-up but ended up nine points adrift of champions United and level with City on 71 points. ¦ Where did it go wrong? AFTER taking 25 points from their opening 10 games, the champions took just 10 from their next 10 and by the time they lost to Wolves in their next match, they were fifth.

2011/12: UNITED ¦ How bad was it? ANOTHER excellent attempt at a title defence from United, who lost out to City on goal difference while they were celebrating at Sunderland. United's tally of 89 points is the highest of any team not to win the title.

¦ Where did it go wrong? UNITED looked to have it in the bag with six games left, but a shock defeat at Wigan in April was followed by squandering a two-goal lead to draw with Everton and a derby defeat.

2012/13: CITY ¦ How bad was it? THE Blues did not lose any of their first 15 games and finished second, albeit 11 points behind champions United.

¦ Where did it go wrong? DEFEAT in their 16th league game, a home derby against United, is often recalled as a turning point.

2013/14: UNITED ¦ How bad was it? UNITED sacked former Everton boss David Moyes eight months into his six-year contract, gave it Giggsy until the end of the season and finished off the pace in seventh. …

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