The Premier League resumes its rights this weekend. More than ever, the English top flight will be in the spotlight this season.
The brilliant fight between City and Liverpool
There is likely to be another fierce battle between Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race this season. The two teams also had a good first battle last week, when the Reds won (3-1) the 100th edition of the traditional Community Shield. A taste of the announced duel, which the two British giants will try to perpetuate for the fourth time in five years. Pep Guardiola against Jürgen Klopp, two generals determined to bring down their best enemy in this incredible tactical rivalry. With their bed of stars, a little more embellished by a golden signing window, Liverpool and City will still be in charge of marking the top of the English table.
The new headliners
Over €1.2 billion was spent in the Premier League this summer. An astronomical number that accompanies the arrival of many foreign stars. The face of this summer holiday is Erling Haaland who left Borussia Dortmund to join Manchester City for 60 million. With this major swoop in the market, Liverpool retaliated by securing the services of Uruguayan wonderkid Darwin Núñez from Benfica for 100 million with bonus.
They are not the only big fish to have left their foreign tide for cold English waters. After eight seasons at Napoli, Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly signed for four seasons with Chelsea Blues, who also signed Raheem Sterling. Alongside Manchester United, it was Ajax defender Lisandro Martínez who settled at Old Trafford for £67 million.
Arsenal’s golden recruitment
From their progression under Arteta’s paw, the Gunners have wanted to put the small plates on the big ones for this new season with one of the best recruitments – on paper – in England. Arsenal have spent around 110 million to compose a new golden trio with Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus and Fábio Vieira. One player per line to give new weapons to the young Spanish tactician. After a good 5th place in the table last season, it will be interesting to see if the club from the boroughs of London manage to find the Champions League, where they have not played since 2017.
Nottingham Forest are back in the top flight
After 23 years of going back and forth between the second and third divisions, the legendary Nottingham Forest club finally finds the English elite. Double winner of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1979 and 1980, it is one of the oldest and most popular clubs in the country which returns to the Premier League this season, to the delight of the 31,000 fans at the legendary English City Ground. football stadium built in 1898. And this daydream will take center stage french as Welsh coach Steve Cooper can count on several Habs in his ranks: Moussa Niakhate, Loïc Mbe Soh or Giulian Biancone.
The Red Devils in Dutch version
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Michael Carrick, Ralf Rangnick… Undoubtedly, the management of Manchester has drawn a line under these last irregular years marked by a rather vague project. If the rumor of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure is still current and has occupied space in the British columns, the Red Devils open a new page written by Erik ten Hag. The former Ajax coach comes with a clear philosophy and above all a long-term project. The successive departures of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingaard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani demonstrate the desire for renewal at Old Trafford. To get a solid first year, ten Hag repatriated Lisandro Martinez, who he worked with for three seasons in Amsterdam. Almost a similar situation for Tyrell Malacia, a young Dutch prodigy who arrives in Manchester from Feyenoord, in the Eredivisie.
Newcastle Project Year 1
After climbing the table in the second half of last season to finish 11th, Newcastle saw big things in this first summer transfer window of the Saudi era. With the arrival of Sven Botman, Matt Targett and Nick Pope, the Magpies strengthen their solid base created this winter and consisting of Bruno Guimarães, Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood. Under Eddie Howe, Newcastle are aiming for a European ticket in their first full campaign since the club was taken over by the Saudis last October. Undoubtedly, the spotlight will also turn to the side of the park of St. James.
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Richarlison’s long-awaited confirmation at Tottenham, Everton’s reaction after escaping relegation, Leeds United’s Americanisation with Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson…