The race has never been stiffer as the English Premier league not only saw injection of new players into clubs, but also injection of new coaches, with each bent on proving a point.
Chelsea turned back to the Special One who brought them back to the limelight after 50 years of hiatus. The relationship which went sour and made Jose Mourinho leave the club is back on track now, and owner Roman Abramovich might have gotten his first long-term coach since buying the club in 2003.
Mourinho left for other leagues and won trophies both in Italy and Spain, but home is where your heart is, and the Special One is back home with the hunger for success we all know him for.
Manchester City owners have spent over £900m to turn the club into regular contenders, but they want more than just being contenders, they want to win every now and then. Roberto Mancini couldn’t deliver and so time came for their goodbyes.
Manuel Pellegrini knows his onions, and he’s a well respected coach with great feats with different clubs. What he did with Malaga last season was enough for the billionaires of Manchester to bring him to the premier league. If not for anything, they brought Pellegrini to get their hands back on the EPL title and become a force in Europe.
The Chilean has been given enough money for whatever, and he knows he has to deliver. Pellegrini’s drive will make for a stiffer battle at the top of the league table. He has a great squad, and he’s a great manager.
Manchester United has been at/around the top for a long time and everyone knows it’s the ‘Fergie factor’. But now that the old man is gone, other teams have seen an opportunity to dominate. Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes may be too big for former Everton Manager David Moyes, but he has put it on anyway.
The way big players have been turning down the chance to play at one of the biggest football clubs in the world should make Moyes worry and remind him he’s not Fergie, though he’s putting on his shoes.
United might have fallen a little behind other top teams in the EPL before Moyes gets used to the hot seat, but no one can write Manchester United off yet. Besides, Fergie isn’t totally gone….
Arsenal has shown a ‘seriousness’ the club has not shown in years. Wanting to pay over £40 million for a player is unbelievable. But Arsene Wenger wants Luis Suarez by all means, and good thing is; the player also wants to leave Liverpool. All things being equal, a deal will be done before the season commences and the Suarez factor may well put Arsenal in the running for their first trophy in over 8 years. Whoa! someone is even counting here http://www.sincearsenallastwonatrophy.co.uk/
They want to put this behind them and experience how it feels to win again. For Wenger, this season should be it, and he is serious this time.
Liverpool may be the least favourite on this list, but Brendan Rodgers haven’t done badly since taking over from Kenny Dalglish. He is rebuilding the club and he seems to be getting it right. Whether Luis Suarez leaves or stays may determine how far the club goes in the coming season. If the Reds keep Suarez, they may spring up surprises.
Tottenham Hotspur is keeping Gareth Bale after rejecting Real Madrid’s millions. This shows how serious the club is about the coming season. Roberto Soldado is a great addition to the White Hart Lane ranks. We sure are in for great surprises in the coming season.
I just can’t wait!
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