Last season it came as no surprise when Manchester City eventually secured the Premier League title under Pep Guardiola. City were unstoppable in their title chase with the likes of Ederson and Sergio Aguero implementing Guardiola’s ethos consistently. The football they played was unlike anything the Premier League has seen before with quick short passes to create space and cuts into the box. It could be compared to the ‘Tiki-taka’ style of football which Pep has perfected. City comfortably won the league last season beating most of their opponents by at least two goals each weekend.
However, what will occur this season? Will it be a one season wonder like Leicester City? Or will it be the first of many and move into a new, dominant era under Guardiola with similar to the dominance of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. One thing that no one can deny, is that this season will be one for the record books.
The Premier League appears to be the most competitive it’s ever been this season with new managers such as Unai Emery taking control of Arsenal after the departure of Arsene Wenger and the new chain-smoking Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri; the Premier League has new challenges for City to contend with. The race for the top 4 this season is going to be so tight, with each team determined to gain a space in the Champions League for next season and claim at least one of the four pieces of silverware available.
There are also those outside the ‘top 6’; A surprise this season may come from Watford. They are my dark horse for the season as I believe they will gain a place in the Europa League next season. An attack led by Troy Deeney is a deadly one and is still regarded as one of the most underrated strikers in the Premier League as he can create space for other players and has possesses plenty of power in both his presence and shooting.
However, I still believe it will be a comfortable title win for City yet again. The football they play is of the highest quality and with the addition of Riyad Mahrez the attack looks more unstoppable than last season. The only way many teams will have a way of stopping the attack is by parking the bus for the entire match and playing 11 men at the back. As much as I hate to see City win again, it seems inevitable.
But that is the beauty of football; it rewards those who have a great plan and great players. However, City’s huge financial backing, which many teams in the Premier League do not have, causes problems in the long term. The gap between the richest and poorest teams continues to grow, meaning the amount of teams who can realistically disrupt the hierarchy decreases with each season that passes. But I suppose Leicester City proved that splashing all the cash doesn’t necessarily mean you will always win. The Premier League is obviously still capable of a fairytale or two.