From a false nine to a true nine, Manchester City will release Erling Haaland as last season’s Premier League champions show their striking addition.
City won the 2021-22 Premier League with 93 points despite lacking a target man, beating Liverpool on the final day of the campaign.
Liverpool, who were unlucky enough to come in second with 92 points, made a big investment in buying Darwin Nunez from Benfica, a penalty taker like Haaland.
The 90-point mark is widely seen as a benchmark for a team’s greatness, but managers always see room for improvement.
Here, Stats Perform looks at how teams with 90+ points from past seasons bolstered their rankings and how they fared afterwards.
city of Manchester is the only team in Premier League history to reach the 100-point mark, doing so in 2017-18and they fired former bosses Joe Hart and Yaya Toure at the end of that campaign, making just one big investment in signing Riad Mahrez (£60 million) from the city of Leicester.
Already a Premier League title winner with the Foxes, the Algerian winger added three more league medals in Manchester, including one in his first season.
Liverpool denied City a back-to-back title hat-trick as they triumphed in the coronavirus stoppage 2019-20 championship, finishing 18 points clear of Pep Guardiola’s team. The Reds then spent the bulk of £75 million purchase Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich, Diogo Jota of wolves and Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.
They recouped about half of that by selling Dejan Lovren, Ki-Jana Hoever and Rhian Brewster, before finishing 30 points down the following campaign.
CityThe encore of his ton-up season was notable for the fact that Liverpool were hot on his heels, finishing just one point behind. This one 2018-19 City’s victory was followed by captain Vincent Kompany flying to Anderlecht, while Danilo, Eliaquim Mangala, Fabian Delph and Douglas Luiz also said goodbye.
Guardiola invested wisely as Rodrigo (£62.8 million of Atletico Madrid) and João Cancelo (£60 million from Juventus) has arrived. Both became staple members of City’s squad, but their first season in the Premier League, when Liverpool rose to glory in front of empty stadiums, has likely been forgotten.
Liverpool must have wondered what it would take to bring down City after the earthquake 2018-19 campaign, although the Reds’ Champions League victory showed they were on the right track. This total of 97 points is the highest total any Premier League runners-up have achieved.
Jurgen Klopp decided that no major adjustments were necessary, investing in Takumi Minamino from Salzburg (£7.25 million) and Harvey Elliott from Fulham (£1.5 million, rising to £4.3 million). He had made his serious spending the year before, securing Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson.
When big spending Chelsea achieved a then record 95 points in the 2004-05 campaign, the Blues’ response, in the most heady phase of the Roman Abramovich era, was to spend more money.
Shaun Wright-Phillips (£21 million) and Michael Essien (£24.4 million) were newcomers when José Mourinho expelled Mikael Forssell, Scott Parker, Mateja Kezman and Tiago. The result of this negotiation? A second straight title, with Premier League points mercury soaring into the 90s again.
Two teams had 93-point seasons: Chelsea inside 2016-17 and city of Manchester inside 2021-22. Chelsea’s post-season negotiations were especially notable for captain John Terry’s move to Aston Villa. The club made money from the departure of Juan Cuadrado to Juventus, Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth and Nemanja Matic to Manchester United. they acquired Antonio Rudiger (£31 million), Tiemoue Bakayoko (£40 million), Álvaro Morata (£60 million), Davide Zappacosta (£23 million) and Danny Drinkwater (£35 million). The binge didn’t help much, however. Chelsea finished fifth in 2017-18, Antonio Conte was sacked despite an FA Cup victory.
City made Haaland his priority this year, but also added the English midfielder Kalvin Phillips (£42 million) and goalkeeper Stefan Ortega (free), While Julian Alvarez (£14 million) arrived after being signed in January. Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Raheem Sterling left.
Manchester United were the first Premier League team to reach 90 points, in 1993-94, albeit in a 42-game competition. After that title, United’s second in a row, Bryan Robson left to become Middlesbrough’s chief player and David May (£1.4 million) was purchased from Blackburn Rovers. United went after a hat-trick of titles the following season, but found Blackburn, who spend very, very hard. the record £7 million arrival of Andy Cole midway through the campaign, he failed to rescue Alex Ferguson’s team, who had 88 points, one less than the champions.
Liverpool‘s 92-point season came last time. It remains to be seen how Nunez (£64 million) handles the Premier League spotlight. Among a series of matches was Sadio Mané, who left for Bayern Munich. Mané scored 90 goals in 196 Premier League games with Liverpool.
Manchester United followed his triple campaign with 91 points 1999-2000before signing the France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez (£7.8 million). They had 80 points in 2000–01, enough to finish 10 ahead of second-placed Arsenal.
With Wright-Phillips and Essien on board, Chelsea reached 91 points in 2005-06. At the end of that season, the Blues Michael Ballack (free), Andriy Shevchenko (£30 million), from Arsenal Ashley Cole (£5 million plus William Gallas) and John Obi Mikel (£16 million). They were second best to Manchester United in the Premier League the following season, but enjoyed victories in the FA Cup and EFL Cup.
Two teams reached the mark of 90 points, Arsenal doing this on their ‘Invincibles’ season of 2003-04, with 26 wins and 12 draws. They hired the young Dutchman robin van persie (£2.75 million) at the end of that campaign and arrived in the summer. Newcomer Mourinho led Chelsea to the title the following year, with Arsenal as runners-up.
Manchester United reached 90 in 2008-09 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s final season before his £80m move from Real Madrid. Manager Ferguson then brought Antonio Valencia (£16 million), Michael Owen (free), Gabriel Obertan (£3 million) and Mama Biram Diouf (£4 million), with Valencia the only one to become a regular. With the departure of Ronaldo, Chelsea surpassed United by one point for the title the following year.