The 2017/2018 Premier League season produced, among other things, the first Centurion that the league had ever seen.
Manchester City blazed the trail and “managed” a Premier League season in which they scored for fun, scored for their lives and scored goals which kept the chasing pack well at arm’s length – or even farther.
It was a Premier League season in which all three clubs which had gained promotion decided against going back; a move that forced three other teams down the drain. The season that saw Arsene Wenger and Arsenal part ways – or so we think – and saw Liverpool turn Anfield into a fortress, a ground no other manager wanted to visit.
For the managers, it was a season that put some benign enmity between Roman Abrahmovic and Antonio Conte. Pep Guardiola again registered his name in the Premier League Hall of Fame. Jurgen Klopp’s gengen pressing was as impressive as ever and Sean Dyche did the unthinkable – with such a lean purse.
It was a season Harry Kane struggled to keep up with Mohamed Salah, despite teammates’ goals being credited to his name. Virgil van Dijk became such an expensive player, and Richarlison, who’s now to be sold for £50m took the world by storm…for a couple of weeks and then changed his mind.
It was a Premier League that fans won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
But it’s all gone now.
In just a few days, the 2018/2019 season will kick off, and in grand style, with the opening day featuring mouth-watering games, including the one between Arsenal and Manchester City.
Will there be over 2,5 goals?
Will Unai Emery get his first win as an Arsenal manager?
Will Manchester City continue from where they stopped last season?
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Speaking of City, Pep’s Cityzens is the team to beat this campaign. It’s certain the league will want to slow them down this campaign; make them slow enough to be caught this time and maybe even overtaken on the points table.
That’s one of the many reasons why pre-season friendlies have started for these various clubs. The summer transfer market is very much on, with players switching allegiances for supposedly “greener pastures” and “more playing time.”
The league is set to continue from where it stopped: with the usual suspects battling it out for the top spots on the league table. Of course the three teams that gained promotion will be hoping to stay afloat by the time May 2019 comes around.
No VAR yet, which means we have to rely heavily on goal-line technology and fans will be left with hour-long debates about questionable referee decisions. Remember the Liverpool vs. Tottenham game, the one in which Harry Kane was awarded two penalties?
Manchester City fans will be hoping to retain their trophy. Manchester United will be looking to snatch from them – in style or not. Liverpool fans will be hoping the world-record-breaking defense can help them “lead their charge” to a first Premier League title.
The Gunners and the Blues will be hoping their new managers can find their feet as quickly as possible.
Of course, a top-six finish (at most) or a 17th-place finish (at least)!
A new Premier League season is around the corner and we can’t wait!
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