Football never sleeps, what with the Womens’ World Cup, the Copa America and the European U21 Championships vying for our attention during time we used to think of as the European close season. And once those competitions are concluded, quicker than you can say Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Rounds, a new club season will be upon us.
Of course in this age when transfer speculation is almost a sport in itself, there’s rarely any respite from the club game anyway. Just as soon as Chelsea secured the Premier League title last season, thoughts turned to whether José Mourinho’s side could successfully retain their crown next season and join that small but prestigious list of repeat English champions.
Chelsea’s manager has repeatedly expressed caution about how hard a task it is for a championship winning side to hold on to its title, but Chelsea will be favourites to do this come autumn nonetheless. In fact, the early Betfair picture—granted, one painted before summer signings take place— has early odds that comfortably position Chelsea as likeliest Premier League winner again. Not even a tricky early season schedule for the London club is seen as a discouragement for those in the know who fully expect the Blues to become just the 19th club in English top flight football to retain its title during the near-120 year history of professional football there.
Below is a list of five of the greatest English teams to have managed this feat: