Can Anybody Stop Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United Or Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City From Winning The Title?

Posted: July 23, 2016 in Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Football, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur
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The answer to the above question has to be “yes”. If not then we may as well award the trophy now and just play the season for fun, which wouldn’t be much fun. Here’s a quick look at the contenders.

CHELSEA:

Their best signing could turn out to be Antonio Conte. Having taken an unfancied Italy to a penalty shoot-out defeat to the very much fancied Germans in the Euros, he has already proven that he can get the best out of a team considered no more than slightly better than average. He has also experienced winning the title in Italy so, the only real question is, can he do it in England?

There should be no reason why not. He has a much better than average team at Chelsea and the signing of N’Golo Kanté has only strengthened an already formidable midfield. He has also bought Michy Batshuayi, another from the Belgian conveyor belt, which bodes well for the future. Further signings cannot be ruled out and I expect Conte to galvanise the team and be a serious contender for the title.

ARSENAL:

At the time of writing Arsenal have only added Granit Xhaka to their squad although Arsene Wenger is spouting his usual propaganda about the right player becoming available and Arsenal spending big money to buy him!

The problem here is that recent history does not show Arsenal following through on these statements very often. Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez are the ones who have been brought in over the years for “big” money and they have made a difference.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, the purchase of Granit Xhaka alone will not turn them into contenders for the title and fans can expect the annual cup run and battle for fourth place, which seems to be acceptable to Wenger and the board.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR:

Mauricio Pochettino’s side need to learn how to sustain a challenge, rather than petering out towards the end. Hopefully for them the addition of Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama will help them to achieve this goal. Hopefully the signing of the former will ease the pressure on Harry Kane to score a goal every game.

However, unless further signings are made, I don’t see Spurs challenging at the very top although top four should not be beyond them.

LIVERPOOL:

Judging by the money being spent by Jürgen Klopp he sees next season as an opportunity to win the Premier League. He has even addressed the goalkeeper position which, in many fans eyes, had been a problem for a while.

Having brought in Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius, Sadio Mané and Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool will certainly be stronger and I don’t think that the spending has finished yet!

Still, the top four is a more realistic aim rather than the title and I think they are more than capable of achieving it.

LEICESTER CITY:

The biggest challenge facing Claudio Ranieri at present would seem to be keeping his players. Wes Morgan is the only one to sign a new contract although it does seem that Jamie Vardy will follow suit. N’Golo Kanté has already departed for Chelsea, where he won’t be playing in the Champion’s League, and Riyad Mahrez is looking unsettled.

I hope I am wrong but I think Leicester’s title win was a one-off and Ranieri will go on to establish them as a solid Premier League team. Top six should be their aim and should be achievable.

EVERTON:

I include Everton as dark horses because they now have some money and they have Ronald Koeman in charge. Although I think it is a very long shot that they will win the title in his first season, it is not an impossibility.

Up to date he has only added Maarten Stekelenburg to the squad and seems likely to lose Romelu Lukaku who, for some strange reason, wants to go back to the club who dumped him where he will be no better off than he is now.

I still back Koeman to overcome these obstacles and turn out a decent team next season. Realistically, they should be aiming for top six and then see where that takes them.

So there you have it. These are my favourites to finish as the top eight although in which order is anybody’s guess. I still reckon United and City will be the top two and Chelsea are already looking good for third but I have been proved wrong many times before and no doubt will be again many times in the future.

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