My 2018/2019 English Premiere League Top Seven Prediction – Realistically, but I’m Open To Surprises.
1. Man City
4. Man Utd
The citizens had no competition last season, hence no pressure. This season it’s likely to be a little fiercer, because not every player will have the same in-built hunger and desire to repeat that achievement. You need a special manager and a lot of born winners in your side who hate losing football matches. City have that.
In my opinion, this is a pivotal season for Jurgen Klopp after an impressive campaign last season despite the champions league final defeat. All four new signings are impressive – Fabinho, Alisson (GK), Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita. Following the departure of Emery Can, and the long-term injury to Chamberlain. Klopp will have to keep his players motivated and stay on top of the mind game wars. Liverpool is surely a team to look out for.
The Spurs did not make any signing but still have a squad capable of competing at the highest level. Mauricio Pochettino have been able to master the psychology of his players, and his tactics have been impressive. With a renewed hunger and motivation, they might close the gap closer than last season.
Man Utd. have underwhelmed in the transfer market. So far they’ve bought three players – Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, all relatively unknown. Though still have a formidable team but Mou will have to find a way to relight the fire under the entire squad.
Arsenal & Chelsea
The change in management make Chelsea and Arsenal unknown quantities at the moment. Last season was a dismal for both teams. New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery is a decent replacement for Arsene Wenger and has made some strategic signings thus far, but did not replace Carzola and Wilshere’s creativity in midfield, nor is there an out-and-out winger to supply Aubameyang and Lacazette. Sokratis will be in central defence, but they could still use another body there with Kosielny out injured.
Following the sack of Antonio Conte, Chelsea new boss, Maurizio Sarri did an amazing job at Napoli, but he’s not their usual high-profile appointment. Charged with a responsibility of reshaping the squad, and not much time, seemed to put Chelsea at the cross road at the moment. He has, however, secured the landing of Kepa Arrizabalaga following the departure of Cotour, for a new world-record goalkeeper fee of £71.5m, and midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid.
Both managers will have a lot of task building a shield around their players and creating a motivated environment.
Welcome home football, let the drama begin.
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