Liverpool will lift the EPL title and match Arsenal’s Invincibles because the teams in the league currently are not good enough to stop them, Robert Pires has said.
The Arsenal legend believes Liverpool can surpass his former club’s achievement of going unbeaten this season on their way to winning the EPL because the standard of the league has clearly dropped.
According to him, everything is going well for the league leaders right now and very few people will disagree that the league is theirs.
He added that he feels people would compare this Liverpool team and Arsenal’s invincibles even if things were much harder when he was still playing for the Gunners.
His words, “Yes, because they have everything going for them: the team, the results, the luck, the coach… I think there are a lot of people who will agree.
“Considering how they have been playing for some time, I can’t see who would trouble them. Even Manchester City… when I look at the match against City [a 3-1 win for Liverpool at Anfield in November], there is too big a difference.
“It’s how they all defend. They play in a 4-3-3 and as soon as they lose the ball, especially in the middle, they are strong, physical.
“I thought they would have a little drop in speed because they don’t stop playing and they keep travelling. After Boxing Day, I thought they would fall apart anyway, and no the guys are still there physically.
“Today, technically the Premier League has dipped a little. It’s a bit of an observation people make here. When you see the squads of Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham or Arsenal, it’s not as strong as it was a few years ago. The only ones who can trouble them are Manchester City.
“They will be champions by going unbeaten, but they can also beat our record. Everything has changed today. People will compare, but I think it was much, much harder in our time.
“As I said before, technically, many teams, particularly the big ones, have gone down a notch. There were no cameras, no VAR. When the guys wanted to get stuck in…
“And, above all, when you played away. I remember the matches at Leeds [United], Blackburn [Rovers], Bolton [Wanderers]… you had to get used to them.”
“I think we’re quite close, fairly similar in terms of players, but not in terms of tactics since we were playing in a traditional, very old-fashioned 4-4-2. But physically and technically, I think we’re very similar,” he said.
“They, like us, have several players capable of making a difference, not only one or two. That’s the strong point.
“Sadio Mane is Pires! [Roberto] Firmino is Thierry Henry. Again, I don’t think anyone can match Thierry Henry, even though Firmino is very good. Titi is too far ahead.
“That’s why I would have liked to see a Virgil van Dijk-Thierry Henry duel. It would have been really interesting.
“Henderson… no, Pat Vieira is stronger, I’m sorry. Gilberto Silva, too.”
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