Assessing the early contenders for the Barclays Premier League
Leicester City’s poor early season form suggests that their status as the reigning champions of England will be relatively short lived.
The Foxes have been unable to replicate the heroics of last season and currently reside in the bottom half of the table, already trailing Manchester City by eleven points. In fact, the inability of Claudio Ranieri’s team to offer a meaningful defence of their title has left the door wide open for a new club to be crowned as Premier League champions in May.
With the new season well underway we already have an idea of how the genuine title contenders may fair. Continue to the final page to see who we think will come out on top in May.
The summer saw Manchester City appoint a world-class manager whilst making further substantial investments in the transfer market as the club look to solidify themselves as one of the leading football institutions in Europe. Indeed, Pep Guardiola made an astonishing start to life at the Etihad Stadium securing victory in all ten of his opening matches in all competitions. Under his guidance City have looked impressive and at one point it looked as if they were going to breeze their way to the Premier League title, however, four games without a win have brought supporters back down to reality with a bump.
Guardiola will undoubtedly take City onto the next level but it may take some time for his ‘total football’ philosophy to fully take shape. The squad oozes quality and class, yet they still look fragile without Vincent Kompany at the heart of the defence whilst Sergio Aguero’s form and fitness will be a key factor as always.