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Well said.Of course you take it now.
Just like last season a lot of us would have taken a 5th place finish from the start of the season. Context matters.
We bottled 4th, it was in our hands and we let it slip for a variety of reasons.
Just because you would've taken 5th at the start doesn't mean you can't be critical with our inability to hold on to that UCL spot when the wind was blowing our way.
The squad looks a bit paper thin in a couple of spots, mainly wings and DCM. If you address those, well... the title could be up for grabs if City's form somehow falls of a cliff.
Second sure looks doable now.
This is the kind of situation our business model should revolve around, keeping a competitive enough squad that we can pounce if we feel Liverpool, City, Chelsea or even United are caught transitioning their squads.
Chances to compete for a title revolve around Pep leaving City. Which will happen at some point. Probably relatively soon. Even at the end of this year is something of a possibility.