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Premier League Seasons Part III: 2004-2011 | The Special One, Number Nineteen and the Rise of the Big Four

In the third part of our series looking at the Premier League seasons so far, we look back to when Chelsea began to emerge as a force as the new millennium took shape, backed by billionaire owner Roman Abramovich and led on the sideline, at least initially, by a certain charismatic Portuguese manager.

As the league evolved into a battle of the big four during the course of these Premier League seasons, we look back on a period that saw Manchester United surpass one of their rivals most famous records whilst Derby County set records for all the wrong reasons.

This is the third (covering the 2004-2005 to 2010 – 2011 seasons) of five episodes as part of a mini-series from the ‘Reads from The Analyst’ that looks back over the history of the Premier League, utilising Opta data insights to re-tell the story through a different lens. 

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If you liked this podcast, then please rate, review and subscribe to our show then make sure to listen to our look at the youngest managers in the history of the Premier League, which is available on our website or across your preferred podcast application. Or if you’d rather take a look at the oldest managers and players in the competition, we have also got those episodes available too.

Also don’t forget to check out our brand new podcast ‘Stats Out of Context‘, which takes a closer look at some of the stats and metrics that go into the sport that we love with episode five focusing on substitute goals.