The Start Of The New Season: What Can We Expect?
With the start of the season just around the corner, things are hotting up. This Premier League season promises to be one of the best ever. Instead of player arrivals, for once fans are excited about their managers. It is hard to argue with, four of the top six managers in the world are competing in England. It is undoubtedly set to be the most competitive season yet.
So what can we expect? The most obvious thing that we can expect from the new season is intense competition. Leicester performed one of the greatest achievements in English football history last season and just proved, that every single game in the Premier League is intensely competitive. This time around things aren’t going to change. Every team will believe that they can push further and further up the table. With the added incentive of the huge TV funding that Premier league teams will get (£5.1 billion) everyone will be looking to remain in the division and finish as high as possible.
Expect the mind games. For me the mind games have already begun. Guess who’s at the centre of them. Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager has just signed Paul Pogba for a world record £89 million and was critical of both Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wegner, calling them ‘disrespectful’ for commenting on the size of the transfer. It seems a bit rich, especially considering some of the comments the former Real Madrid manager has said in the past. But surely this is just the tip of the iceberg, and a preview of the dramas that are ready to come in the new season.
Quality, Quality. Some Premier League teams are undoubtedly over paying for players. European teams know that the English sides have all the money, so they are very often overcharged. However, sometimes the teams really do get value for money. There have been some big transfers this season, but finally, it looks like England is once again the place to come too. Top players such as Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Sane and Xhaka are wanting to come to England for the competitiveness. Yes the wages will certainly help.
England will fare better in Europe. This is perhaps more of a hope than an expectation. Most recently in the Champions League, English sides have fallen way off the mark. Manchester City were the first team to make it to a semi-final in three years. The competition has been dominated by the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. But now with some of the best managers in the world, hopefully things might change.
It is hard to decipher who might just be the favourite for the Premier League. But there is no doubting that it will be a fantastic season.