The English Premier League 2020-21 Season To Begin

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The English Premier League Begins Today

It’s kick-off day of the 2020-21 English Premier League Season and it begins at Craven Cottage, where Fulham play hosts to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

Now we take a quick look at the traditional top six.

Liverpool

Champions Liverpool go into the new season after a stellar 2019-20 season were they won their first title in 30 years.

The big question now is: can they repeat that feat this season?

Liverpool have not made significant attempts to improve their squad and that is totally understandable as there aren’t a lot of players who would walk straight into their squad right now.

Besides, Jurgen Klopp has come out to explain, that Liverpool cannot match the spending spree that has seen Chelsea sign a couple of high profile players.

Going into the new season, Klopp is very well aware of what defending the title entails.

“Winning the league is the best problem you can have. Everybody wants to become champions. 

“We will face incredibly strong teams so it’s all about us… how we can put these intense performances on the pitch again and again and again.

“Someone told me we have to defend the title. If there is a title out there, we showed last year we are able to go for it. 

“That doesn’t mean we will win it this season but it is there to be attacked. That is how I understand it. 

“No games, no points, let’s go for it.”

Manchester City

Second-placed Manchester City were unable to defend their title after two stellar campaigns that saw them win the English Premier League back-back.

A couple of terrible performances alongside injuries saw Pep Guardiola endure a disappointing season in charge of Man City.

Ahead of the new season, Pep was quick to acquire both Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres, and has been linked with a big-money move for Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli to strengthen his defence.

Although not winning the league, Pep has played down talks of last season being disapointing.

“We cannot forget that we won two trophies [the Carabao Cup and Community Shield].

“So we have to take a little perspective, be humble, and say ‘Not all the time we can win’. 

“And then we must learn what we need to do to avoid this situation again.”

Manchester United

Manchester City rivals, Manchester United ended the campaign on the third spot and had to fight till the very last day of the season to secure third place, beating long term occupiers of the top four position – Leicester City and Chelsea.

The challenge this season will be to maintain that momentum and improve on finishing third and maybe wining silverware.

They have reinforced their squad with Van de Beek and are being linked with making Jadon Sancho their record signing.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whose first full season on the wheels had a couple of turns and twists has indicated that his club will need to score more goals going forward if they are to improve from a third place finish.

“When we signed Fernandes, we knew we needed that kind of player. Now we’ve signed Donny, a type of player I felt we needed in the squad.

“He’s the type of person that will fit the culture, fit the team and will improve us next season and for years to come.

“He scores goals and we need to add goals from midfield. 

“Our forwards scored quite a few goals last season, Bruno came in and scored goals, but we need goals throughout the squad because we didn’t score enough to be challenging at the top.”

Chelsea

“Our forwards scored quite a few goals last season, Bruno came in and scored goals, but we need goals throughout the squad because we didn’t score enough to be challenging at the top.”

Fourth-placed Chelsea look to be the most improved side and are not joking around in the transfer market. The blues have so far spent more than £200million on players this summer after missing the last two transfer windows.

Apart from finishing fourth last season, they got to the FA Cup final and would have seen a silverware in Frank Lampard’s first season in charge if the club, had Aubameyang not been in fine form at Wembley scoring two goals to give the gunners their 14th FA Cup.

Their goal during the transfer marker was to close the gap on City and Liverpool and it is fair to say they have done so quite well.

Chelsea have shipped in Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, and Thiago Silva addressing their attack, defence and midfield while also in talks to strengthen their goalkeeping position after Kepa’s disastrous season.

Frank Lampard has played down being overly excited about the new season hinting that he would have to make them settle down and fit into life at London.

“I don’t want to talk about us making statements [with the new signings]. 

“We should be excited but also have a word of caution that we need to work with the new players.

“My job is to get them settled and get the team working as well as possible. 

“Other people can talk about whether we challenge or not. We have finished a lot of points behind in the last two seasons so we have to first look at closing the gap and building confidence. 

“I’m not jumping ahead. Expectations will always be there and I thrive on them. I came here to try and win.”

Arsenal

Arsenal did not finish fifth but begin the new English Premier League campaign filled with hope after Mikel Arteta had a promising start to his tenure at the North London club, winning the FA Cup and now, his first full season in charge of the gunners sees him take full control as first-team manager shortly after winning the community shield.

In as much as the gunners are optimistic ahead of the new campaign, they still have a thin squad despite signing Willian, Gabriel and Dani Ceballos.

READ ALSO: Mikel Arteta Job Title Upgraded To First Team Manager

With Mesut Ozil in and out of the team, they would lack creativity, and maybe signing Aouar before the end of the transfer window could help them fight for top four after finishing eight last season.

Ahead of the new season, Arsenal first team manager Mikel Arteta said: “Altogether we have been very consistent with what we are trying to achieve. We felt really supported. 

“There have been a lot of changes at the club and a lot of changes in our environment but our idea and our direction isn’t going to change. We are aiming to achieve that.

“We have created some belief among the players, the staff and our fans. Now our aim is to continue to do that, keep building and getting better and better.”

Tottenham Hotspurs

In a tumultuous English Premier League campaign, Tottenham’s first full season in their new stadium saw an abrupt change of management and a mixed bag of results and all along, the filming of an Amazon video contributed more to the drama some would think was unnecessary.

Like Mikel Arteta, this will also be Jose Mourinho’s first full season in charge of the Spurs and a lot of pressure mounts on the Portuguese this season.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty, and Joe Hart are the only signings Jose has made at Spurs and the Tottenham head coach has clearly stated that the club would not go ahead and outspend rivals, taking a sly dig at former club Chelsea.

“We are not the kind of club who can spend a fortune on players but we are all working hard to give a good balance to the squad.

“I want, I need a striker. But I want to make it very, very clear that the club knows that I need a striker and they also want a striker.

“Are we going to get one? I believe so, I honestly believe so. The team needs it for the balance of the squad.

“I don’t like that word ‘back-up’. I know we have one of the best strikers in the world. The best striker in England. 

“But I don’t like the word ‘back-up’. A squad is a squad.

“A striker can play with Harry Kane. A striker who comes here won’t be filling the back-up situation.

“It’s not to support us in such a difficult season. It’s also to try and play. And why not play with Harry?”

That makes up the traditional top six and while it might not be accurate, here is our prediction for the top six at the end of the season.

  1. Manchester City
  2. Chelsea
  3. Liverpool
  4. Manchester United
  5. Arsenal
  6. Tottenham

This is subject to change depending on how the transfer window closes for each side.

United could sign Sancho which would be a game-changer for the Manchester club, while Jose has hinted that Spurs are on the lookout for a striker to partner Harry Kane before the window closes.

Chelsea who have spent over £200m are still interested in making a couple of signings as they have been linked with Rice and Mendy while London rivals, Arsenal, are said to be interested in signing Partey and Aouar to stabilise their midfield as well as add creativity to it, but it’s uncertain the gunners can pull that off, we wouldn’t write them off tho, we saw what happened when we thought they couldn’t afford Pepe.

Liverpool are linked with Thiago to add solidity to their midfield and that signing would be a statement of intent and could change the future fortunes of Liverpool.

The English Premier League season promises to be entertaining even if it is a compressed one and we look forward to catching up on all the fun as the EPL promises 380 games this season.

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