Comparing Man City’s Premier League Dominance With Chicago Bulls’ NBA Title Reign in the 1990s

Comparing Man City’s Premier League Dominance With Chicago Bulls’ NBA Title Reign in the 1990s

Joel Reyes
May 20, 2024 at 7:22 AM
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  • Manchester City won their fourth consecutive Premier League title on Sunday
  • They have now won six Premier League trophies under manager Pep Guardiola
  • The City boss compared their dominance to the Chicago Bulls' reign in the 1990s

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There's just no stopping Manchester City right now.

They made history on Sunday, becoming the first team to win four consecutive Premier League titles.

Sports Brief compares City's recent dominance to the Chicago Bulls' NBA title reign in the 1990s after Pep Guardiola mentioned Michael Jordan's team in a post-match interview.

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Michael Jordan lifts the NBA trophy; Pep Guardiola kisses the Premier League trophy after leading Man City to the 2023-24 title. Images: Jeff Haynes/ Visionhaus.
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Man City's Premier League dominance

The Premier League has never been the same ever since Pep Guardiola took his managerial talents to the blue half of Manchester.

City have won six Premier League titles in the last seven seasons under the Spaniard's watch, including each of the last four.

Guardiola first won the league title in England in the 2017-18 season, leading Manchester City to an incredible 100-point campaign.

They recorded 32 wins, four draws, and two losses, finishing 19 points above second-placed Manchester United in the title race.

City had to dig deep to defend their title in the 2018-19 season. They won their last 14 league matches to beat Liverpool by one point in the title race.

Liverpool's 2020 title win inspired City to embark on one of the most dominant runs in Premier League history.

They reclaimed the title in the 2020-21 season, beating second-placed Manchester United by 14 points.

The 2021-22 season was a tighter affair, with City needing a miraculous comeback against Aston Villa on the final day to beat Liverpool by one point in the title race.

City made it three league championships in a row in the 2022-23 season, finishing five points above second-placed Arsenal, who collapsed down the stretch.

The Gunners learned from their lesson the past season and finished strongly in the 2023-24 season. They won 16 of their last 18 league matches to finish with 89 points.

That still wasn't enough to dethrone the champs, as Man City finished their campaign with 91 points. They won their last nine league matches to hold off Arsenal and Liverpool in the title race.

Chicago Bulls' NBA dominance in 1990s

Pep Guardiola compared City's current dominance in the Premier League to the Chicago Bulls' championship reign in the 1990s.

Michael Jordan and the rest of the Bulls won six NBA titles in an eight-season span during the 1990s, making them one of the greatest teams in basketball history.

The Bulls won their first-ever NBA title in 1991, beating the Los Angeles Lakers in five games in the NBA Finals. They successfully defended their title in 1992, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 in the NBA Finals.

They entered rarefied air in 1993 when they accomplished a three-peat against the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals.

Jordan shocked the world when he announced his retirement before the 1993-94 season. He decided to play baseball before returning to the Bulls late in the 1994-95 season.

They got eliminated by the Orlando Magic in the 1995 Eastern Conference semi-finals, a result that left a bad taste in the mouths of Bulls players.

The Bulls rebounded from that playoff loss by winning three straight championships from 1996 to 1998.

They defeated the Seattle Supersonics 4-2 in the 1996 NBA Finals, a title that Jordan dedicated to his deceased father.

He then led the Bulls to back-to-back title wins over the Utah Jazz in 1997 and 1998 to complete their second three-peat of the 90s, per Sports Illustrated.

Guardiola's future Man City plans

Sports Brief recently reported on Guardiola's future plans with Manchester City.

He revealed in an interview that he is closer to leaving City than staying.

He promised fans, however, that he will be back to manage the champion's next season.

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Joel Reyes
Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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