Perhaps the Premier League’s so-called ‘Big 6’ group should be renamed the ‘Big 2’.
Manchester City and Liverpool have finished in the top two of the English Premier League in three of the last four years. The exception was the 2020-21 season, when injuries plagued the Liverpool defense and they had to wait until the final day to secure a top-four finish.RELATED
English football is rivalry at the highest level considering the points scored by both teams on each course.
One question remains. Can anyone break the City vs Liverpool hegemony?
The answer lies with Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United and other teams that make up the Premier’s elite sextet, the same teams that were part of the canceled European Super League project.
Each of them was very active during the summer vacation. Chelsea have new owners, United have new coaches and Tottenham and Arsenal have made big moves in the transfer market.
Look at the four hopefuls:
Chelsea have become a powerhouse in English football since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
The post-Abramović era started very busy with new American owners and rare models. Todd Boley, who heads the consortium, not only took over as executive director, but also became interim sporting director and made the signing decision.
It was feared that his lack of knowledge of the ins and outs of football would play tricks on him, but a buyout was promised. Landing from one, Manchester City, Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly arrived from Napoli to fill the gap left in the central defense after the departure of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
However, continuing to strengthen the team proved to be more complicated. After the 4-0 defeat to Arsenal on 24 June, Thomas Tuchel said he “can’t guarantee we’re ready” for the start of the season, adding that there are some players who “want to leave”. added..
Chelsea need to add centre-backs and there are concerns that Sterling, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount will not be able to provide enough scoring flow.
With the world’s best technicians, you’ll have the most complete and versatile team after you’ve gone shopping. Tottenham, led by Antonio Conte, may be aiming for the title.
With Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski on the same page, Tottenham finished the season in excellent form, winning 11 of their last 16 games. This included a win at City (both game wins over the eventual champions) and a draw at Anfield that ultimately robbed Liverpool of the title.
Conte, who took over as manager in November, immediately marked the team with a 3-4-3 strategy and demanded their signatures. They fulfilled his wish. Brazil’s Richarlison arrives from Everton to add another variation to the attack. Yves Bisouma left Brighton to add strength to midfield. And Jed Spence is a coveted right-back who may have been the best player in Nottingham Forest’s second division last season.
Arsenal’s lack of depth was fully demonstrated when they stalled at the end of last season and missed out on Champions League tickets.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta quickly fixed that in the summer, turning to the club he worked for before coming to London. Manchester City, where Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant from 2016 to 2019, have sold Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal.
Both are versatile players. Brazilian Jesus can move on the wings or in the middle. Ukraine’s Zinchenko, meanwhile, is a left-back-turned-midfielder at City.
They also signed youthful attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira, who could cost Porto €42 million, and 19-year-old Brazilian Marquinhos, with Arsenal signing a $150 million deal this summer. Spent nearby.
Their inexperience suggests they are not yet in the title mix, but qualifying for the Champions League would be the wisest goal.
Eric Ten Hug is the new coach. Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave A team of players with a history near or far from the Dutch league, such as Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Marathia.
What can you expect from United?
Fans want a better result than last season’s 6th place, but given the competition in the league and the money spent by rivals, that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Cristiano’s situation is the key. If he stays, will the 37-year-old striker follow Ten Hag’s tactical guidelines, or vice versa? Will they be able if he leaves?
Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho have scored enough goals in a season where they have to qualify for the Europa League.
Eriksen will offer more clarity in midfield, but they lack a holding midfield. It is also doubtful whether the Argentinian defender Martinez, who coached 10 Hugs at Ajax and who is a center with excellent control of the ball, will adapt to English football.