The Premier league is the most popular league in the world. The exorbitantly high transfer amounts paid, the battle for the Champions league football, the fight for survival and the smaller teams causing huge upsets, this league sees it all. This is what makes it the most eagerly awaited league in the world. So here are the five things to expect from the upcoming Premier League season.
1) The Manchester clubs as front runners for the title :
When Pep Guardiola was announced to take charge of Manchester City, enormous things were expected. It hasn’t quite worked out as spectacularly as many thought as Pep failed to live up to his incredibly high standards.
“In my situation at a big club, I’m sacked. I’m out,” said Guardiola recently. “If it is Barcelona and Bayern and you don’t win, you are out.”
“Here I have a second chance and I will try to do it better next season.”
While Man City flattered to deceive for the first half of the season, towards the end of the season, it really looked as if the team was starting to gel – Guardiola’s system was working. The young forward three of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, now joined by the 22-year-old Portuguese wonderkid Bernardo Silva, are some of the hottest prospects in world football. A coach like Guardiola is the perfect man to build a framework to play to all of their strengths and bring out their best.
Man City have made a strong start to the summer transfer window and with a few more additions to the weaker parts of their squad, we could see them as pretty serious title contenders.
From one big coach to another, from the blue side of Manchester to the red, Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are no pushovers either.
Mourinho has been dubbed as the “second season master”, and rightly so. Let’s take a look at his second season records at his previous clubs:
(a) Porto – In his 2003/04 season, Mourinho guided Porto to the league title and the biggest prize in European club football, the Champions league
(b) Internazionale – Inter won the treble – the league, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.
(c) Real Madrid – Real Madrid won the 2011/12 La Liga with a record 109 goals scored.
(d) Chelsea – In Mourinho’s second season of his second stint at Chelsea, they won the league with three games to spare
Though the Red Devils’ Premier League campaign left a lot to be desired, winning both the EFL Cup and the Europa League was a real success – and ensured United will be playing in the Champions League next season.
From what the trend suggests, United are expected to be even better in the upcoming campaign, and fans want to see the club challenge for both domestic and European honours.