No love for Liverpool, as CaughtOffside writers predict the Premier League season…
Here’s who the CaughtOffside writers reckon will win this season’s Premier League…
Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has a tremendous record in his second season at clubs, winning the title with FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid in his sophomore year. After last season’s shameful statements about being a little horse in the title race – despite greater resources than any side barring perhaps Manchester City – Mourinho has built a formidable squad. Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa are excellent additions, and the Blues ought to be able to compete on all fronts.
Man United – Yes they were appalling last season but the squad wasn’t the worst (it had happily won the title the previous season) and with Louis van Gaal at the helm you can be certain of a marked improvement. The Dutchman will hope to bring in one more big signing at least and if that’s in the form of Vidal or Di Maria then I am even more confident of the club’s chances in 2014/15.
No European entanglements will also work in their favour.
Chelsea. They’ve bought exceptionally well, and have a striker in Diego Costa capable of leading them to glory, as he did for Atletico Madrid last term in La Liga. The only weakness perhaps is Jose Mourinho’s negative approach, but that consistently gets him results against the better sides.
As it stands, Chelsea. They’ve strengthened the most this summer and Mourinho will be better prepared for it this time around. The Premier League has changed a lot since he was last in charge in here, so it would have been a surprise to see him go all the way last term.
I’ll stick my neck out and say Arsenal. I think they’ve been unlucky in the past and now look a far more confident side after ending their trophy drought. Alexis Sanchez is exactly the player they’ve needed and the football they played to thrash Man City in the Community Shield could be a sign of things to come.
Manchester City. The defending champions have two excellent players in every position and their superior squad should see them home over the course of 38 games.
Chelsea. They have bought well this summer with Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis all improving the squad and with Thibaut Courtois returning in goal and the likes of Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic already at the club, it’s difficult to look past them for the title.
Chelsea – It’s hard to look past them now that they have filled in their weak link from last season and added a quality striker in Diego Costa. Throw in Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois and they certainly look like the team to beat. They have had a season to adjust to the return of Jose Mourinho and have retained the vast majority of the squad that served him well last season.