The Homestretch English Premier League
Definitely, the end of EPL will be interesting. This is because it is not a season for the Cinderella story. The case is different this year and no surprises like last year’s Leicester City followed up on EPL’s achievement by doing well in the Champions League. Comparing with what other regulars did such as Arsenal and Manchester City failed to do, their performance was wonderful. For almost have the season, and Chelsea has led the table. No one can bet against them to win the league this season.
Other big boys in the league will now battle it four the top four positions. The first four positions guarantee participation in the EUFA Champions League next season. Already Chelsea and Tottenham are sure of clinching two positions. It is a race among four teams to get the remaining two chances. Chelsea was transformed by the arrival of Antonio Conte after resigning for handling the Italian National Team. He came with new systems and formations besides instilling necessary unity in the dressing. Discipline at Chelsea deteriorated faster under the leadership of Mourinho. The performance has been consistent since they received a beating from Arsenal in October.
Tottenham season has many features such as fast-paced football, ability to score many goals and use of counter attacks. The result is another Champions League football next season. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have t sharpen their tools to secure the two slots. The teams have equal chances of taking the two positions. Everton will finish seventh irrespective of what happens at the end.
Things appear rosy for Liverpool. Although it failed to get past Southampton in the last outing, odds in the last three games favor them. On the flipside, the other three contenders have games in hand. Guardiola’s Manchester City is in the form of the season and with two more games in hand, they can leapfrog Liverpool to third. Wins will sort them out.
Manchester United has the biggest hurdle to skip. It is at crossroads. They have secured their spot in the Europa League Final. A win in Stockholm guarantees Champions League Football. The priority and main focus for Manchester United is Champions League football. Mourinho and his charges can use this to get their target. Manchester is likely to focus on this trophy.
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are their own enemies. Wenger has been there and understands the tricks of EPL. The question stills lingers over his failure to command performances. For the first time in the history of football, Wenger beat Mourinho in a competitive match. Wenger has never failed to qualify for Champions since joining Arsenal. The fight is big and worth for finishing among the top four in EPL.