As the 2012/13 Premier League draws nearer, here’s a look at this years potential title contenders:
It’s definitely a good time to be a City fan. After turning not just Manchester, but the whole nation blue in May, Roberto Mancini and his side will be in no mood to relinquish the Premier League.
You can almost guarantee City will invest before the end of the summer, although they’ve been slow of the starting blocks so far. Mancini’s has already stated his intentions to make an assault on Europe this season.
Emulating rivals United by winning a treble may be beyond the current squad, but they look a good bet for England’s top prize for a second consecutive campaign.
Alex Ferguson’s side will be raring to begin the new season, having had the title stolen from their grasp in the last seconds of the 2011/12 campaign.
United have a young squad who are growing game by game – the likes of David de Gea, Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young are all due big seasons, while new signing Shinji Kagawa could prove to be a big influence throughout the next 9 months.
The Red Devils will definitely be contenders again this season and by bringing in a few new players before the end of the window, Sir Alex could secure his 20th Premier League title.
The biggest challenge to the Manchester clubs is likely to come from Roberto Di Matteo’s Champions League winners.
Having won the race to sign Belgian wonder kid Eden Hazard and with a squad packed with experience, they certainly have a good chance this season.
The departure of Didier Drogba may affect their goal tally, but with the likes of Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata and a rejuvenated Fernando Torres among the ranks, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Blues barely miss the Ivorian.
It must feel likes déjà vu for Arsenal – another rescued season, another captain wanting to leave the club.
Much rests on the future of Robin Van Persie going into the new campaign and whether any replacement can make up for the loss of the Dutch striker. Especially considering he created/ scored 53% of his clubs goals last term.
However, Wenger has spent a large sum of money so far this summer. We’ve seen some big name players introduced at the Emirates. With a good start in their opening fixtures, Arsenal will no doubt finish in at least the top four again, if not higher.
After a truly abysmal league campaign last season, it’s now up to ex-Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers to get Liverpool back on track.
He was a revelation at his old club, but with so many Liverpool players underperforming last year, it’s tough to gauge the current squads’ potential.
If the relatively inexperienced manager can implement his passing game, however, then you cannot write them off with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luiz Suarez in the side.
Despite the arrival of an exciting young manager in Andre Villas-Boas, the influx of new, younger players and a different tactical approach suggest this might be a transitional season at spurs.
The departure of Luka Modric could cause a problem for the side. He’ll be a very tough player to replace, but both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen have impressed elsewhere.
If everything goes to plan, I think Tottenham definitely have the chance to finish amongst the top four teams this season.
So who do you think will win?