The Fascinating End of EPL
Definitely, the end of EPL will be interesting. This is because it is not a season for the Cinderella story. The case is different this year and no surprises like last year’s Leicester City followed up on EPL’s achievement by doing well in the Champions League. Even regulars including Arsenal and Manchester City failed to get into the quarterfinals. Consistently, Chelsea- representing the blue side of London- has been at the top of the table for sometime now. No one can bet against them to win the league this season.
Other big boys in the league will now battle it four the top four positions. The prize to finish in the top four is playing in the elite championship in Europe next season. Already Chelsea and Tottenham are sure of clinching two positions. Four teams have to battle it out for the two remaining slots. The arrival of Antonio Conte changed Chelsea in many ways. He came with new systems and formations besides instilling necessary unity in the dressing. Discipline at Chelsea deteriorated faster under the leadership of Mourinho. The defeat to Arsenal changed the fortunes at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham season has many features such as fast-paced football, ability to score many goals and use of counter attacks. The result is another Champions League football next season. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are the four teams battling for the remaining two champions’ league football positions. No one has more advantages to get any other slots. No one will beat Everton for the sixth slot.
Considerably, Liverpool has an easy path. Although it failed to get past Southampton in the last outing, odds in the last three games favor them. The problem is others have one or two games in hand. Guardiola’s Manchester City is in the form of the season and with two more games in hand, they can leapfrog Liverpool to third. Wins will sort them out.
The steeple for Manchester United is longer. They find themselves between a hard place and a rock. They have secured their spot in the Europa League Final. A win in Stockholm guarantees Champions League Football. The priority and main focus for Manchester United is Champions League football. It is also the shortest path for the team. Chances are they use this option.
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are their own enemies. The boss is the most experienced coach in EPL. Newbies in the league still keep him away from the title. For the first time in the history of football, Wenger beat Mourinho in a competitive match. Wenger has never failed to qualify for Champions since joining Arsenal. For the first time in the history of EPL, the top four finish is more challenging.