After the World Cup is done and dusted, Barclays Premier League football is back in August and I can assume Football hardcore fans like me can’t wait.
With that, I orchestrated in an ascending order, my predictions for next season.
6- Tottenham: Spurs would be approaching next season with a new manager. I find it weird that a team like Tottenham who are aspiring for a top four finish next season, would appoint an untested manager as Maurinho Pocheitto for that task. Make no mistake Mauricio Pochettino is a top coach. His drive and interest for young players has seen talents like Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and many more grow into players who have potentials to be world-class players in the future. And Daniel Levy, Spurs owner, felt it would be logical to appoint him to help facilitate the growth of their young new signings, and also secure a Champions League position they have been fighting for years.
However, a manager who has European football experience in his CV should be the man to take over at a club forcing a top four berth.
5- Everton: The toffees, guided by a fine coach in Roberto Martinez, finished on a high last season. Their determination almost saw them cement a surprising fourth spot, but experience is vital, and its no surprise they stuttered. After failing to secure a champions league spot the previous campaign, Everton would be fighting again for that golden four prize.
Unfortunately, its going to be a different new season. Manchester United have got an experienced new manager in them; Chelsea are interested in the title after an appalling season; Manchester City are title contenders and Liverpool and Arsenal are strong favorites to win the league next season. Its hard to see where Everton fits. Luckily, an Europa League berth is realistic for them.
4- Manchester United: Last season’s trauma cant go away quickly.
Alex Ferguson entrusted David Moyes with a big job to retain the League title for United. A job he failed to do. And culminated to the theater of dreams becoming a nightmare ground; mockery from rival fans; players uninterested of their duties- Manchester United finished 7th last season.
Now Louis van Gaal is entrusted to help ameliorate the damages created by Moyes, and also make Manchester United title contenders again. But it would be too much of a ask for a 21th league title.
LVG still needs to install his principles, and the players need to now adopt and practice. The future is bright for Manchester United football club, but next season would see them fighting for fourth sport with Everton.
3- Manchester City: Rapidly becoming English power horse, City look determined to make a mark in the 21st century. Determination, team spirit, depth, resilience were some of the key factors to their success last seson.
The game at Anfield in the previous season illustrated what Pellegirini’s men can do. In a difficult stadium surrounded by a carnival like Liverpool supporters who can make playing life hell for the away team, Manchester City, being title favorites, were stunned when they conceded 2 goals in the first half.
However, despite all odds against them; with Liverpool fans booing at every slightest chance, the boys from Manchester equalized and began dominating the game and missed series of clear-cut chances for a third. Albeit, an howler from Kompany saw the home team secure all three points from a curling effort from Countinho. Still, there were more positives than negatives for Manchester City in that game.
They would continue to possess that title contenders birth mark next season, a 3rd spot looks the most for them though.
2- Liverpool: Liverpool faithful must have been delighted when Brendan Rogers announced a new deal.
A replicate of last season certainly would take center stage next season. Had Steven Gerrad not slipped in a somewhat abhorrent fashion, Liverpool would have capped a remarkable season with a trophy.
Throwing away a two goal-lead at Crystal Palace in a title defining match described a team without experience. I still find it lacking for them next season.
Furthermore, if Livepool fail to keep hold of their talisman Luis Suarez, the odds would be against them next season. A second place finish next season is my prediction.
1- Arsenal: There is so much to say about Arsene Wenger’s side. A nine-year trophy drought ended in an effulgent fashion as Arsenal came from two goals to win 3-2 in a pulsating Fa Cup final. In the League, they were top of the table for a long period but injuries to key players saw them slip down the drain. Next season however, with vital summer signings, Arsenal are a dangerous force to reckon with.
I remember last season, I read a piece by Gary Neville for the Daily Mail. In it, he explained that the Arsenal boys needed a trophy celebration to bring them close, and togetherness would be necessary for a team that wants to win.
Well the Fa cup triumph would certainly become a catalyst for success for the Gunners.
Aaron Ramsey, who has been a revelation is most likely to become a key player for Arsenal next season.
If they can keep their key players fit, coupled with new signings and belief, the sky is the limit for the NorthLondon tribe.