It is fair to say that Manchester City won the league at a canter last season, after Liverpool, who had been their nearest rivals, were decimated by defensive injuries. This season however we have what is undoubtedly a four horse race for the title, with City, United, Liverpool and Chelsea all looking like they have what it takes to go all the way. I have been discussing this on my podcast recently with the ever-insightful William Huyler, and here is how we see each team’s chances.
It is fair to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has silenced any critics he has had, and created a solid team here at United. That fancy football means nothing without trophies however. United came second last year and with the arrival of Jadon Sancho this summer there is a feeling that he is the missing piece for this United team. The backline however must be shored up and if they get Varane from Madrid which looks likely, it is hard to see United not challenging.
Manchester City romped to victory last season but that looks unlikely to happen again this year. There is however one caveat to this, and that is whether or not they are able to secure the services of Harry Kane. Time could be up at Spurs for the England captain and you have to think that he would be guaranteed trophies if he made the move to City. If Manchester City do get Kane, we cannot see anyone else getting near that title this season.
We believe that Liverpool will be the direct challengers for the title this season, especially now that they have their backline restored. The loss of Van Dijk was absolutely massive and with him back, the entire team can now play as Klopp wants. The team will require a new striker however, and we are seeing bids going in for a number of players. Liverpool have the ethos and the foundation to challenge, but they need some injury luck and some additional players in order to make that a reality. The Reds have done very well to keep Salah and Mane happy enough to stay, and they will certainly be the difference makers here.
And finally we cannot ignore the Champions League winners Chelsea. The worrying thing about this team is the ability of Tuchel and the fact that those players are now one year older. That means a more mature Mount, Havertz, Werner and Ziyech feeling more comfortable and younger players looking to push harder to get into the team. These could be the dark horses for the title this season, and they are a very scary prospect. You do get the feeling that they will need a striker however, and there is always money at Chelsea to afford such luxuries.
Where do you see the title going this season? Let us know in the comments below this post.