Dubious logic determines that a surprise club are the greatest team in Europe
After the most successful week in European competition history for English clubs, the Premier League is unquestionably the greatest league in Europe once more.
Many perceive Manchester City as the best side in the country and their late win over Leicester on Monday has probably secured them a second consecutive title. However, domestic champions doesn’t have the same ring to it as European Champions, and a day later Liverpool staged an incredible comeback to reach the Champions League final after thrashing Barcelona in the most dramatic fashion.
The most dramatic, that is, until Wednesday night. Tottenham were 3-0 down to Ajax but staged their own mini-miracle to join Liverpool in the final, courtesy of a 96th minute winner. Predictably, social media went wild.
On Thursday night it was over to the Europa League. Arsenal comfortably defeated Valencia for the second time in a week to progress whilst Chelsea made hard work of Eintracht Frankfurt, ultimately reaching the final via a penalty shootout.
So Chelsea will take on Arsenal in Baku for the Europa League title, before Liverpool and Spurs do battle in Madrid three days later for the Champions League. The winners of these two matches will face one another in Istanbul in August for the European Super Cup, to determine who is the overall greatest side in European, right? Wrong.
It has been noted on social media that there is actually a side out there who have beaten all four of them this season.
Question Time – Can you name the team that has beaten ALL four European finalists this season? ? pic.twitter.com/MpNMskYvDs
— Colossus Bets (@ColossusBets) 10 May 2019
Any idea who it is? The answer, of course, is the one team who have been a thorn in the sides of the top six all season long, Wolves.
They took four points from their fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal drawing in the away fixtures and beating them both at Molineaux, although, in fairness, everyone beats Arsenal at home. Wolves also won away at Spurs in addition to knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup in January courtest of a 2-1 victory.
After exerting such dominance over their supposed peers, we are left with little option but to conclude that Wolves are, in fact, the best side in Europe this season. Unless, of course, there are a side who are even better? There is, in fact, just one side who have truly dominated Wolves this season, beating them at home and away without conceding a goal.
Is it the Champions-in-waiting, Manchester City? The biggest club in the country, Manchester United? Could it be cash rich Everton or recent champions Leicester City? It is none of them. The only side to complete the league double over Wolves this season, thus becoming the greatest side in Europe by default, are Huddersfield Town.
With a 1-0 victory at the John Smith’s stadium following a 2-0 win at Molineux, Huddersfield have given Wolves nightmares this season, single-handedly removing the Midlanders from Champions League contention.
Sure, haters will argue that 12 sides have done the double over Huddersfield but I’m happy to conveniently ignore that point and congratulate the Terriers on the honour, as well as wishing them well in the Championship next season.