A new season begins today and with it will begin the dreams of millions of fans and the hundreds of players that will compete for the highly coveted title of the Barclay’s Premier League Champions. This time around we see several new managers with a different mindset and approach towards winning the league and competing in other cups too. It will be all about the managers and their master playbooks for this season. Here is what lies in store for the top clubs, their challengers and of course my predictions for the season.
The current champions of England face their greatest test in the last 26 years. Being led by David Moyes, nostalgia will prevail at the “Theater of Dreams” as Sir Alex Ferguson will be missed. With inclusion of Zaha, it does provide another winger to the club but they still lack a quality midfielder. No notable signings have been made by Moyes so far and with the unending Rooney saga, it all looks shaky at the Man Utd camp. With tough fixtures one must expect a slow start from the red devils. But traditionally, they always lift their season post December, but that was under SAF.
With “The Special One” taking charge of the London club, it all looks good at Chelsea. They have a near perfect team and with inclusion of Schrulle, they have one of the best midfield in the EPL. Will Torres have a good season or not still remains a big question, but what will be interesting is how does he manages his squad. Lukaku’s return too helps them bolster their attack.
With 4 more power players – Fernandinho, Jovetic, Navas and Negredo added to their squad, they once again have the best team in the premier league. With Mancini’s departure and Manuel Pelligrini taking charge, things will change for the better for this club. He is known to bring out the best out of underachievers and this side does have several talented players.
AVB has managed to sign some fantastic players like Paulinho and Soldado to strengthen his London team. This could just be the season where he works wonders for the club. Just like Man Utd and Liverpool, they too face an unending fiasco over a player’s departure – Gareth Bale. If he stays back, this will be the strongest Tottenham team we have witnessed over the years. If he goes, it brings in lot of money to buy atleast 3 new players. They will surely pose a great challenge for the top 4 spot.
With departure of more than a dozen players, Arsene Wenger once again has had a depressing transfer season. They still have immense quality in their squad but now they lack the depth. A lot will depend upon the club’s icon players like Walcott, Wilshere, Podolski and others. Winning the league seems a distant dream for them winning a single piece of silverware should be the focus. Arsene Wenger has to make some signings or Arsenal will have a tormented season.
This Merseyside team needs to stamp its domination quickly come start of the league. They look more balanced than the last season with few good players being added to the squad to replace few others that have been sold. Mignolet will be the man in between the sticks for the side this season and that could just be the difference between the Liverpool this season and the one we have seen for several years. They should aim for the Champions League spot this time around.
My Predictions for this season
EPL Winners: Manchester United or Chelsea
FA Cup Winners: Manchester United or Manchester City
League Cup: Manchester City or Chelsea
Champions League: Real Madrid
Europa League: A Champions League dropout
Top Goalscorer: Robin Van Persie