The 7 questions we ask ourselves about the resumption of the Premier League

Is the Premier League just a duo?

Manchester City in 2022 and 2021. Liverpool in 2020. And… City in 2019 and 2018. The Premier League has belonged to the Citizens and the Reds for years. Only Manchester United have managed to interfere in one of the top two places in 2021 by overtaking Liverpool. But otherwise, Pep Guardiola’s men and Jurgen Klopp’s men have monopolized the top two folding seats in the PL since 2018. Last season, the gap between second-placed Liverpool and third-placed Chelsea even reached the 18 point difference. a hole And this is not necessarily new in the Kingdom (+15 points in 2019-2020, +25 in 2018-19…).

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So is the Premier League now reduced to a duopoly, as La Liga has been for many years? If Arsenal, Chelsea or even Tottenham and Manchester United spared no resources during this transfer window to try and catch up, City and Liverpool still look above the fray. The arrivals of Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez, two of the world’s greatest strikers, have only reinforced this impression, despite several departures from both clubs (Sterling and Gabriel Jesus to City, Sadio Mané to Liverpool).

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

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Núñez – Haaland, which of the two will score more goals?

For this new season, the Premier League welcomes two phenomena in front of goal. And they reach two giants after monster transfers. Liverpool have thus put 75 million to secure the services of Darwin Núñez, author of 26 goals in 28 League games last season with Benfica and 6 achievements in 10 Champions League games. And City, for its part, broke its piggy bank (between 60 and 75 million according to different sources) to finally offer itself a new major in the person of Erling Haaland, the Norwegian serial scorer.

A goal machine since childhood and his explosion in Salzburg, the native of Leeds scored 86 goals in 89 meetings with Dortmund. It will be one of the attractions of the city. So which one will drive counters crazy and do better than the other? Haaland’s explosive drive is going in his direction. But in Guardiola’s city, he will have to find his marks then…

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How will Chelsea approach after Abramovich?

Chelsea is no longer owned by Roman Abramovich, who bought the club in 2003 before turning it into a stronghold of the Kingdom and Europe. Todd Boehly, head of the consortium that got his hands on the London club, is the new boss, after being appointed chairman of the Blues. A real earthquake on the banks of the Thames. How will this new era play out at Stamford Bridge, after a year spent under the sign of uncertainty? The doubt hangs for now.

The London transfer market has caused some frustration in the halls of Chelsea, while Raphinha, Jules Koundé (targeted by Tuchel) and Andreas Christensen have gone to Barca and Antonio Rudiger has signed for Real Madrid while Romelu Lukaku returns to the Inter. But with the arrival of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly and while other reinforcements are being mentioned insistently (Frenkie De Jong, Marc Cucurella…), there are reasons to say that Thomas Tuchel will still have a strong squad. If the Blues manage to close their targets, of course…

Raheem Sterling

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Can Erik ten Hag save Manchester?

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, José Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United has multiplied its technicians. With mostly contradictory results. If United finished second in 2020-21, disappointment was regular at the end of the season for the Red Devils. Today and after several months of reflection, a new boss has arrived: Erik ten Hag. And with hope.

A three-time Dutch champion with Ajax Amsterdam, who he led to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019, the Dutchman seems to have the profile to succeed in the pharaonic task that awaits him: to straighten out the club. His playing philosophy, his charisma and his ability to advance youngsters but also to remobilize experienced players seem ideal in the current context. But he will have to be given time to put his principles in place. And that he manages the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, who wants to leave. Two points that can be key. But they are not guaranteed in the North of England.

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Can Gabriel Jesus bring Arsenal back to C1?

Author of a remarkable season, however, finishing in fifth position – two points behind Tottenham and the Champions League – Arsenal have still given themselves the means to continue growing to regain their past status. With the arrival of Marquinhos (São Paulo, for 3.5 million euros), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City for 35 million euros), Matt Turner (New England, for 6.5 million euros), Fabio Vieira (FC Porto, for 35 million euros) and especially Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City, for 52.5 million euros), Mikel Arteta has new weighty arguments, especially if William Saliba, back on loan, confirms the his beautiful season with Marseille. What to say that Martin Odegaard’s Gunners, who started the season with success on Friday evening against Crystal Palace (2-0), finally have the means of their ambitions especially if Gabriel Jesús plants up front as he did in preparation (7 goals). in 5 games).

Gabriel Jesús at Arsenal

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Newcastle finally living up to their potential?

Bought by a Saudi investment fund at the end of 2021, Newcastle were set to be one of the big players in the transfer market. But after a winter market that did not necessarily live up to expectations despite the arrival of Bruno Guimaraes, the Magpies remain very low-key this summer.

The club from the north of England did not topple. If goalkeeper Nick Pope (Burnley) and Matt Targett (Aston Villa) have landed, Sven Botman (Lille) is the main recruit after being bought for 37 million. At the moment we are far from the craziness that was expected during the takeover. And the heights of the Premier League are not yet for this season.

Steven Gerrard or Patrick Vieira, which former glory will shine brighter?

Twelfth and fourteenth in the Premier League last season, Patrick Vieira (Crystal Palace) and Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa) lived up to expectations in their first season on the Premier League bench by finishing in “respectable” places after inherit complicated situations. But now they will have to confirm and aim higher if possible.

For this reason, the two former midfielders have registered reinforcements (Cheick Doucouré, Chris Richards for Crystal Palace, Diego Carlos, Boubacar Kamara for Aston Villa) without losing too many people. But on paper, Steven Gerrard, who also saw Philippe Coutinho stay at Birmingham, seems to have a little more right to think about a European place. But that’s on paper…

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