posted on 2018-08-10 21:33:40
posted by Surendhar V
If you had missed our last post on the relegation battle (https://bit.ly/2vUCAC7), do give a read and come back here. Its time to focus on the top half of the table where the teams are looking a bit different from last season and they promise us to deliver a competitive season of footballing action.
Jose Mourinho made a public statement earlier, regarding the poor financial backing by the board and it seems that the Spaniard will be facing one of his toughest seasons in the Premier League. It will be interesting to see how ‘The Special One’ approaches this season and it is of utmost importance that the midfielders raise up their game and play to their potential in order to have any chances of finishing in the top-four.
Maurizio Sarri, known for his attacking football, might establish himself as one of the top managers in England, but we feel that it may take some time for him to adapt to the Premier League. Few of the players will be shifting to new roles under Sarri which could result in dropping of few points during the process. The lack of striking options upfront might also hamper their chances of finishing in the top-four and it is evident that the massive burden is on the shoulders of their key playmaker Eden Hazard.
Spurs have put their belief once again on the squad which finished third - last season, as they became the first Premier League club, not to sign any player in the summer window since 2003. They failed to land their only target Jack Grealish, meaning which the responsibility again lies on the trio of Eriksen-Son-Kane to deliver consistent performances throughout the season.
Following a poor season under Arsene Wenger, The Gunners are set to put on an improvised display under the new manager Unai Emery. Arsenal have worked well to replace their weak links and the current squad seems to have the potential to raise a few eyebrows and finish in the top-three after a couple of disappointing campaigns, provided their new backline gels together sooner rather than later.
If there is one team which might stop Manchester City from winning consecutive league titles, it has to be this Liverpool squad. With some quality signings, Liverpool are one of those few teams which won’t be much affected even if few players in the main XI face fitness issues as the season progresses. Jurgen Klopp will again be expecting his famous attacking trio Salah-Firmino-Mane to reproduce last season’s heroics and who knows This Year might finally be theirs :D
The Cityzens are our predicted champions of 2018-19 and we believe that they are still hungry for titles and could fancy their chances in the Champions League too. Pep Guardiola made just one top signing as he managed to lure Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City and it seems that the Spaniard is happy with how the rest of the squad looks like. If their star-studded midfield continue to impress this season, it is going to be one hectic job for the opposition to keep them silent.