Sitting on my couch, in front of the tv on Saturday nights can be quite boring when there is no live premier league football to watch. That’s why I’m starting to feel like a little kid on the eve of Raya knowingly that in just a few more hours, The English Premier League will be back and there’s no better way to kick start the new season than with my beloved, Manchester United, as they take on Swansea City at Old Trafford in an early kick-off match at 7.45pm (Malaysian time). Malaysian Red Devils can tune to Astro, Channel 810 tonight and watch the beginning of a new era under Dutch master, Louis van Gaal.
English Premier League Is The Best
Never mind that the world’s top player such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Toni Kroos are playing their trade in La Liga. Doesn’t matter that the four semi-finalists in UEFA Champion League last season came from the Germans and Spanish Leagues. I still rate English Premier League as the best in term of entertainment. The football is played on faster tempo here and attack is the name of the game. Less tactic involved and no keep-the-ball-and-bore-your-opponent-to-death style of play. Everything is open and every team has the chance to win the game. Even the team at the bottom can register a win over the team at the top. So unpredictable and so entertaining.
The Top Four
While most people in this planet are going gaga over Chelsea and tip Manchester City as the main challenger, I think Arsenal and Manchester United will surprise them all.
Arsenal’s biggest strength is obviously stability as they benefit from having a manager who has been in charged for more than a decade at the club. Everyone at the club knows how to play the Arsenal way and with the newly added quality from Alexis Sanchez and maturity in some of their key players like Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, they have a good chance to end their long run of Premiership drought.
Manchester United meanwhile, may be 7th last season but the quality is always there. With Roooney, Van Persie, Mata up front, the Red Devils have one of the most fearsome attack in the league. Under Van Gaal, the club has managed to develop a sytem that will make full use of the trio’s outstanding talent. But the biggest advantage of all is the absence of Champion League’s distraction this season. More often than not, teams competing in Champion League tend to drop points in the game immediately after the CL match. European hangover, perhaps!
Chelsea boast the best team on paper and a proven manager in Jose Maurinho. If they can get the best out of their multi-talented stars such as Oscar, Deigo Costa, Ramirez, Eden Hazard, André Schürrle and Cesc Fàbregas, then they will be unstoppable. Nonetheless, I have a feeling that Maurinho’s priority is the Champion League rather than the Premier League. Plus, he will need to be at his best to keep so many stars at the club happy. It will be interesting.
Manuel Pellegrini surprised me when he won the English Premier League in his first season at City. By doing so, the Chilean has managed to discard his ‘near man’ tag and now his CV includes winning title at one of the major leagues in the world. He will rely on the same players once more to retain the league. Ivorian powerhouse, Yaya Touré will be the driving force behind Manchester City’s title defence while Sergio Agüero is the player they will look upon for goals and creativity. If they can keep these players plus influential captain, Vincent Kompany, fit and in good form throughout the campaign, then they are in for a good shout for the title.
Other teams that can sneak into top four are Liverpool, Spurs and Everton. These three teams have good manager in Brendan Rogers, Mauricio Pochettino and Roberto Martínez but they simply don’t have enough quality and depth to compete with the top four. Not yet! But, football can be a strange game and as you had seen last season, Manchester United can slip to 7th and Liverpool finished 2nd. However, in order for that to happen again, Liverpool must pray that their key players can stay fit throughout the season and Rogers can also juggle his team playing in Europe and Premier League this season. That’s not going to be easy!
Anyway, I’m looking forward to the new Premier League season and hope it will be better than the previous one. With the transfer window still open and new signings are expected to come before the end of the month, things can change very quickly especially if clubs can bring in quality player that can suit their style. To all football fans out there, here are two questions that I want your feedback:
Which team will win the Premier League this season?
Who will be the top four?
Your feedback will be very much appreciated. Get ready for the new English Premier League season. I hope you will enjoy the football.
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