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Tuesday 20th March 2018

End of Season Reviews for Premier League Top Ten

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Ahmed Ahmed

Mon, 13 May 2019 18:21 GMT

After the end of what former England striker, Alan Shearer, described on Match of the Day as the “best Premier League season ever”, Manchester City, as many expected, retained their league title after collecting a total of 98 points from their 38 games. This was despite missing, through injury, last year’s PFA Player of the Year, Kevin de Bruyne, for large parts of the season. The strength of City’s squad was clear to see as Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling stepped up with outstanding performances throughout the season. Having already won the Carabao Cup in February, they have a chance of completing the treble by beating Watford in the FA-Cup final on Saturday May 18th.

City were pushed all the way by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side who finished just a point behind in second place. The Reds were buoyed by the signings of goalkeeper Allison last summer, as well as centre-back Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018. Those two helped the club to the best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just 22 goals. A far cry from last season where defence seemed to be their weak point as they conceded 38 goals. They still have a chance of silverware with a Champions League final against Tottenham to look forward to. Klopp would be hoping to strengthen the depth of their squad in the summer to try and overcome the Manchester club next season.

Considering the circumstances, this season Chelsea would be delighted to finish in third place and qualify for the Champions League. The club are banned from signing any players this summer and not qualifying for the Europe top competition would have been a devastating blow. But with Eden Hazard likely to leave for Real Madrid in the summer they managed to agree a deal to sign Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January. He is due to join the club at the beginning of next season.

Spurs who finished fourth would also be pleased to secure Champions League football next season. The north London side had to move their home stadium during the latter part of the season, after the completion of the new one billion-pound Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. At one point the Lilywhites looked like they were challenging for the title before fading away in late February. They still have a chance of making history by winning their first ever Champions League with the final against Liverpool to come on Saturday, June 1st.

Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager at the start of the season. The Frenchman left club last season after 22 years in charge. The Gunners finished fifth this year, which is a slight improvement to last season’s sixth place finish, but the defensive problems and the dismal away record continue. Emery would be looking to strengthen his defence and possibly his midfield if he has ambitions to finish higher next season. He still can make his first season a success by winning the Europa League final against Chelsea on Wednesday, May 29th. Victory will mean that Arsenal will qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Wolves who were promoted to the Premier League last season, exceeded a lot of expectations as they finished seventh with 57 points. The sixth highest ever of any promoted team’s first season in the Premier League. Everton ended the season strongly to finish eighth, but will be disappointed with the inconsistency which marred their season.

Leicester City sacked Claude Puel in February after a poor run which culminated in a 4-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace. They appointed former Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers who helped the club to a decent ninth place finish. West Ham appointed former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini at the start of the season. They recovered from a horrid start, in which they lost their first four games to finish strongly, ending up in 10th place, but would feel they are capable of finishing a lot higher after finding themselves on the wrong side of a lot of decisions throughout the season.


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