Mancity have only crowned the Premier League champions yesterday, but it is never early to look ahead for the upcoming season. Will Mancity win the title for the third time in a row? Or is this Liverpool’s year? Which clubs are heading in for an exit next year? Which top 6 side is in for a real transition? Let’s find out.
Man City To Do A Hat-Trick?
Pep Guardiola’s side lifted the famous trophy for the second time in two seasons. They are also favourites to win the trophy again. Man City squeaked it to another Premier League title this season – a far cry from the 19-point margin that saw them home a year ago. But is it too much to hope for a similarly tight tussle next time?
The fear is that Liverpool was only 1 point behind them and they possess the quality in their squad to overcome the defending champions. After winning the most prestigious trophy in entire Europe, Liverpool looks fairly determined to stop this season from becoming a repeat over the previous season. With the likes of their strong starting lineup, Liverpool is one of the strong favourites to take the Premier League home this year. Over the tenure of Jurgen Klopp Liverpool have seemingly improved season after season. They are looking a real threatening side these days especially at home. With their strong press and impressive counter-attacking football, they have definitely become a side to be feared. As for Man City their possession-based style of play and the depth in their squad, even their reserves they can be a good contender for this year’s Premier League title.
After the jolt of this season’s scare, and with nobody beyond Liverpool who can obviously keep pace with them again, City look well placed to run away with things again next season.
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Teams On The Top-6 Fringes Close The Gap?
Man City and Liverpool have left every other club trailing in their wake, and if the season ought to be repeated now, a different outcome would be highly unlikely. While the trend in recent years has been to talk of a “Big Six,” there is every indication that at least two of that cabal could be reeled in.
When Wolves defeated Arsenal 3-1 at Molineux late in April, hammering home their claim to seventh place and a Europa League spot, it was genuinely difficult to tell which side ought to be a stronger man for man. Would Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho or Diogo Jota not have a stab at establishing themselves in Unai Emery’s side. The same could be said for many of the Leicester team that eviscerated them the following weekend. The impression, given the late-season surge in form of those behind the traditional boys, is that the gap is no longer very big at all.
Wolves, with their big financial backing and the background assistance of Jorge Mendes and their outstanding team management, are hard to look away from, while Leicester brim with forwarding momentum under Brendon Rogers. Even Everton with their great youthful squad can cause an upset. With their new acquisition of Italian forward Moise Keane have sent a strong message to their opposition. In the final five matches of the season Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United-in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively — picked up 10 points between them. Wolves, Everton and Leicester netted 23, and it may not have been a fluke.
Another Year of Transition For Man Utd?
The murmurs are growing stronger: should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job title be changed, at best, to “interim” once again? The bottom fell comprehensively out after their famous victory over PSG in the Champions League Round of 16s.
Ander Herrera, departed the club this summer. He rightly said that the club “need time” to reclaim their place at the top of. He used Liverpool as an example of a club whose fans had been patient and given their club time to revive. Whether or not Solskjaer really has the gravitas to complete the job, United’s supporters should prepare for a season in which young players like Mason Greenwood and, perhaps, players from abroad with something to prove are phased in.
With the likes of players like David De Gea and Paul Pogba, the squad possesses enough talent within itself to compete for the top 4 this season.
Chelsea To Go With The Youth?
With the transfer ban thrown their way and the transfer of their star man Eden Hazard, Chelsea will look forward to putting their trust mainly upon the youths of the club like Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. Experienced players like Kante can be very helpful to structure the development of the youth
The club announced Frank Lampard as their new manager for the upcoming season. It would be interesting to see if Lampard can become successful at the top level as a manager as well. The youth of the club really deserve their chances this season after an impressive display last season.
Norwich To Be This Year’s Surprise Package?
Clearly, nobody including me expected Norwich City to storm through the second tier on the way to being crowned champions. Even fewer predicted them to enjoy a comfortable time of things back in the big time. But Daniel Farke’s side was equipped to make the inevitable purveyors of doom and gloom eat their words.
The Canaries have a clear identity throughout the club with their excellent sporting director, Stuart Webber, and a wealth of exciting youngsters who play slick passing football from front to back. The full-backs, Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis, have turned plenty of heads higher up. Their Argentinian schemer, Emi Buendia, is also a very exciting player. Finnish striker Teemu Pukki finishes the chances off. Norwich does not intend to tweak much, if anything, for the new campaign.
Burnley, To Get A Run-Out?
I personally would have considered Sean Dyche as a contender for manager of the season for 2018-19. Hear me out: Burnley’s dogged, never-say-die spirit seemed to have completely crumbled at the start of the campaign. With a 4-2 defeat at Fulham, probably their lowest point. It seemed they had finally run out of road. What an achievement, then, to pick it up again, rediscover the tension and commitment that had belied a limited talent pool to take them this far, and ultimately finish six points clear of the drop.
The plaudits are right to say that, but that cannot hide the fact they are still overperforming. Only Brighton had fewer shots on target this season. They have wasted no time in dispensing with Chris Hughton as they seek a more expansive approach. Nobody should suggest Burnley do the same with Dyche, but without a few extra strings to their bow. It is hard to see them weathering another campaign without dropping into the danger zone.