Another season has already begun in the English premier league which is the most exciting and most watched league in the world. Last season, we had surprise package Leicester City run away with the title, but this season I don’t see this fairytale happening.
We have seen the addition of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte to the league for this new season in addition to the usual suspects Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino, Claudio Ranieri and Jurgen Klopp as the managerial heavyweights.
This season we shall see a shift from the players for once to the actions of these renowned managers. Two rounds of matches have been played so far. I purposely delayed this post so as to see these teams in action at least once. I must tell you I have been thrilled so far by what I have observed over the course of two weeks.
I will try and dissect the chances of these teams being coached by their respective managers all in a bid to lift the league title come May. I will analyze my seven top teams in a descending order on who I see winning the league.
CURRENT POSITION: 15th
Seeing E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial land in Piccadilly Circus is more likely to happen than Leicester repeating their incredible Premier League triumph, Claudio Ranieri said this on the opening day at the premier league. This just goes to show you how humble Claudio Ranieri is. Winning the league last season looks like a mistake the traditional big four would not allow to happen this year again. Claudio Ranieri first aim for the season is to get 40 points then any other thing is welcomed.
They have only lost Ngolo Kante to Chelsea so it’s pretty much the same team with new signing Ahmed Musa and have also tied down Kasper Scheimechel, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater to long term contacts. But there is this dilemma that comes with being a champion because everyone wants to beat you and nobody underrates you anymore, which was what cased their first loss against Hull City. Also Kante has left a big hole in their midfield and so far neither King or the currently injured Namplys Maendy have been able to replicate Kante’s feats.
Claudio Ranieri will need more than his pizza rewards for clean sheets and his humble and innocent stance to defend their title. I see a 7th place finish with addition of European Football to cause problems for them.
MY VERDICT: 7th