The Premier League 20/21 season is now over and we are already looking ahead to the 21/22 campaign
Last season wasn’t the best in terms of a title challenge in the Premier League. Man City eventually ended up running away with it, finishing 12 points clear and then 17 points clear of 19/20 champions Liverpool.
The title race was ruined by the number of injuries acquired by Liverpool early on in the season. City didn’t start well but capitalised on Liverpool’s downfall and put together a run of 19 games unbeaten to put themselves firmly top of the table. At one point it looked as if Man united may be a surprise contender but that didn’t last long at all. The most exciting fight was for the top four, which once again went down to the final day with Leicester missing out once more and Liverpool and Chelsea sneaking in.
The excitement for the 2021/22 Premier League is building already, with fans set to be back in stadiums from the first week. We imagine a lot of money will be spent again this summer as the Euro’s rises players prices and everyone looks to catch up to City.
Man City – 4/6
After finishing the season top and so convincingly, it’s no surprise that Peps side are the favourites for this season once again. They have the best squad in the league and Pep has shown this time and time again by changing his team most weeks and still getting results.
Manchester City go into this season with lots of experience on how to win the Premier League. Guardiola is an experienced manager in terms of league winnings teams and all of his players now know what it takes. They have three titles in the last four seasons and no other manager in the league has regained or retained a title, unlike Pep.
The club are yet to bring in any new players but their chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, has already promised even more investment. Sergio Aguero recently left the club and City need a new striker. They are linked with last seasons Golden Boot winner Harry Kane and if he joins everyone else may as well not bother. City have always spent money and you can guarantee whoever they get this summer will only make them stronger next year.
City have shown they can turn around a poor start and still finish top. However, they recently lost the Champions League final and this is their main aim as a club. City are desperate to win it and could they potentially take their eye off the league next season to go one better?
Chelsea – 9/2
After what was looking at one point like a very poor season, it couldn’t have ended much better for Chelsea last season. They replaced manager Frank Lampard with Thomas Tuchel who came in and had an instant impact. He took them to two finals, the FA Cup and the Champions League, beating City to the latter in Porto last week.
Tuchel has made Chelsea a very hard team to beat with the way he has set them up. Players like Mount, Rudiger, Kante and Jorgihno have shone under the new manager and will be hoping for the same next season. One thing they do struggle with though is in front of goal. Striker Timo Werner had a tough first season in the Premier League with just six goals. There are rumors circulating that Chelsea are looking to bring in either Lukaku or Haaland which would be a huge boost.
Chelsea beat City twice this season in three games, both times winning was with Tuchel in charge. They can beat the big teams, but to finish at the top, they need to do it against the lesser sides which they have struggled at times with.
Liverpool – 5/1
Klopp and his team will be happy that last season is over and they somehow managed to get into the top four. It was a very poor season from their standards, but most of this was down to their injuries. They lost all four of their centre backs early on and had to go into the transfer market to replace them and by that time the damage was done.
Next season though, you can be sure they will come back with a bang. All of their players, bar maybe Joe Gomez should be available from the start of the season. They have already done a bit of business this summer, bringing in centre back Ibrahim Konate who will bolster their defence.
When Liverpool have a full-strength side, they are one of the best in the world. If they can get everyone back in time and start performing as they did in 2019/20, they can take City and Chelsea all the way. Liverpool are famous for their fans and they will be able to welcome them back next season which will give them a massive advantage!
Man United – 9/1
Last season was another year of progress for both Man United and Solskjaer. They finished the season in second place and were even first at one point during the year. However, they will still be disappointed with both the start and end of the season and know this is something they can improve on.
United need to bring in some new players in this summers transfer window. The key positions they need to improve in is centre-back, right-wing, centre mid and maybe a striker. The board are supposedly going to back Solskjaer and give him the money he needs to get players, but we expect some to depart the club too.
Under Solskjaer, they have made it to four semi-finals and one final, in which they lost in the Europa League to Villarreal this season. There is still a debate as to whether Solskjaer is the right man to take United back to the top and winning trophies again. He has done a very good job at steadying the ship but this could be his make or break season.