Monday, August 20, 2012

The Premier League

Yes, yes, I know it’s a little late as the season has already started (with some surprising results I might add), but as the new Premier League football season begins, I will give my 2 cents worth on whether Manchester City will retain the title they won so dramatically last season.

Champions- Manchester City
In a word; Yes! I believe Manchester City will win the title again this season. Last season, they had tons of problems; Carlos Tevez’s 5 month golfing trip, unhappy players, Kolo Toure’s suspension, but manager Roberto Mancini still managed to get them to the title. Basically, they have the best squad in the Premiership and for that reason I have to pick them again as the champions of the coming season.

Runner-up- Chelsea
A lot of people are saying that this season will be between the 2 Manchester clubs, but I have to disagree. I think a lot of people are discounting Chelsea at their peril. Frankly, Roberto Di Matteo has done an incredible job since taking over and he had won the one title owner Roman Abramovich really want - the Champions League. With the Champions League out of the way, Chelsea now seems intend to get the Premiership crown back. They have been very busy in the transfer market with Marko Marin, Eden Hazard and Oscar all coming for big money. The squad has experience, quality and hunger. They will challenge for the title.

Second Runner-up- Manchester United
Manchester United may have made big news with the signings of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa, but I personally doubt the duo will get them the title. The main thing is that they are both attacking players but the problem for Man Utd last season wasn’t in the attack. It was in the midfield! To be more exact, it was the lack of a ball-winning midfielder and the over-reliance in the ageing duo of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. As good as van Persie and Kagawa are, they are not going to be able to help out in this area. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson may have made a major statement in the transfer market, but he might also have made the wrong buys.

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