England has never had it so good. Its clubs dominated European competition. Its men are fresh off two semifinal runs entering Euro 2020 qualifying. The women could contend for the World Cup. Yet there's a sense of unease and dissatisfaction as a result of fandom and extremism.
Giorgio Chiellini's words last season echoed Sir Alex Ferguson's famous ones from years before and cut to the core of the narrative surrounding Tottenham–one that can be changed forever in the Champions League final.
Liverpool adequately addressed its faults after losing in the Champions League final to Real Madrid a season ago and appears confident and relaxed heading into Saturday's final vs. Tottenham in the Spanish capital.
Chelsea's season ends with Maurizio Sarri's first major trophy, but the manager may not be long for Stamford Bridge, and neither may Eden Hazard after a win over an Arsenal side still angered over the circumstances surrounding the Europa League final.
Man City practically walked its way to an FA Cup victory as it destroyed Watford 6-0 at Wembley on Saturday. The win also meant it was the first ever domestic treble for a men's team in England. It was an incredible achievement, which also felt grimly quotidian.
Two things can be true: Man City can provide an exceptional product on the field, one worth admiration of fans and neutrals alike. But the club's operations off the field and its response to controversy can also be viewed as reprehensible.
It took 14 straight victories from Manchester City to fend off Liverpool and win a Premier League title race in which neither side dropped a point for over two months, and the runner-up lost once and wound up with the third-highest point total in history.