What does it take to become a true threat to the Premier League title?
Well, this is a question posed by many, and answered by only a small few -
since the inception of the Premier League in 1992 only five clubs have lifted the trophy.
Manchester United have obtained the most in the Premier League's short history with 12. Chelsea and Arsenal come second with three apiece, while Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City finish off the list with one each.
So how have these small few obtained the coveted Premier League title,
and how can Premier League title hopefuls get their hands on the biggest prize in English football?
I believe it takes a delicate mix of talent, experience and youth to threaten at the top. Obviously you need talent, and a world-class frame of players to start with.
Generally a spine, starting with the goalkeeper, into the central midfielder and through to your striker is a great way to start. Sprinkle some experience around your most crucial roles: central defence and central midfield. Add some young energy in the flair positions - right/left midfield, centre forward/striker - and you're really starting to create a climb for the summit.
There generally seems to be two types of manager: the tactician and the attack-minded manager.
For example, Harry Redknapp is very much attack-minded and lets his players express their threat going forwards. While his replacement at Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas, is more of a tactically-minded manager, preferring to highlight his opponents' weaknesses and prey on them.
Neither is the wrong way to be, and both in this example launched Spurs towards a possible title challenge in the years to come. But having a team with the ability and willingness to coincide with their manager's mentality is also crucial.
Mentality and team chemistry
As Manchester United have proved over the years with their never-say-die attitude, mentality can be more than half the battle.
United have clinched an extraordinary amount of points from the dying moments of games, either when stuck in a stalemate or on the cusp of losing all three precious points altogether.
Team chemistry adheres to this in many ways. Know the players around you, read their minds and there is always a chance. Knowing that your striker will make that run, or that your midfielder will create that chance, and you are always in it mentally.
Team chemistry can be the difference between winning and losing at the very top.
A fairly obvious statement when it comes to winning titles is that you have to win games.
Home games become your bread and butter. Make a home ground your fortress - a place that teams fear - and you're already half way to beating them. Accumulate a decent winning streak and you're now affecting the opposition's mentality, with the reputation of a winning team you can have a real pull on the players you're about to face.
Equally as important is beating the teams around you. Winning games against other title contenders is an important weapon in the armoury of Premier League winners. It is, of course, these teams that you are in direct competition with. Claim points from them and you're now in the driving seat.
Yes, true to the modern game, money talks. As the most recent champions of England, Manchester City, can testify. If a nice man from overseas is willing to invest countless amounts of his hard-earned cash, you're a contender. Chelsea also launched their title challenge in the same manor.
The best players cost the most money. Having the cash alone may not attract them all, some players prefer the club reputation and winning history over wages, but you'll certainly hook a few.
If you have the funds to meet these huge price tags, and the savings account to spend on the players' and agents' huge wage demands, you can assemble a dream team of overseas and homegrown talent ready to tackle English football's biggest award.
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