The Premier League resumes its rights this weekend. More than ever, the English top flight will be in the spotlight this season.
The brilliant fight between City and Liverpool
Another fierce battle is likely to take place between Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race this season. The two teams also fought their first great battle last week, when the Reds won (3-1) for the 100th edition of the traditional Community Shield. A taste of the announced duel, which the two British behemoths will try to perpetuate for the fourth time in five years. Pep Guardiola against Jürgen Klopp, two generals determined to bring down their best enemy in this incredible tactical rivalry. With their bed of stars, a little more embellished by a golden transfer window, Liverpool and City will still be responsible for punctuating the top of the English table.
The new headliners
More than 1.2 billion euros were spent during this summer transfer window in the Premier League. An astronomical figure that accompanies the arrivals of many foreign stars. The face of this summer vacation is called Erling Haaland who left Borussia Dortmund to join Manchester City in exchange for 60 million. With this big blow in the market, Liverpool retaliated by securing the services of Uruguayan wonderkid Darwin Nunez from Benfica for 100 million with bonus.
They are not the only big fish to have left their foreign tide for cold English waters. After eight seasons at Napoli, Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly signed up for four seasons with the Chelsea Blues, who also signed Raheem Sterling. On the Manchester United side, it was Ajax striker Lisandro Martinez who settled at Old Trafford for 67 million.
Arsenal’s Golden Recruitment
Building on their progress under the paw of Arteta, the Gunners wanted to put the small dishes in the big ones for this new season with one of the best recruitments – on paper – in England. Arsenal have spent around 110 million to compose a new golden trio with Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus and Fábio Vieira. One player per line to give new weapons to the young Spanish tactician. After a good 5th place in the standings last season, it will be interesting to see if the club from the London suburbs will manage to find the Champions League, which they have not played in since 2017.
Nottingham Forest’s return to the top flight
After 23 years of going back and forth between the second and the third division, the mythical club of Notthingham Forest finally finds the English elite. Double winner of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1979 and 1980, it is one of the oldest and most popular clubs in the country which returns to the Premier League this season, to the delight of the 31,000 fans at the City Ground, legendary English football stadium built in 1898. And this daydream will take center stage frenchy since the Welsh coach Steve Cooper can count on several Habs in his ranks: Moussa Niakhate, Loïc Mbe Soh or Giulian Biancone.
The Red Devils in Dutch version
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Michael Carrick, Ralf Rangnick… The Mancunian management has definitely drawn a line under these last irregular years marked by a rather vague project. If the rumor of the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo is still relevant and has taken up space in the British columns, the Red Devils are opening a new page written by Erik ten Hag. The former Ajax coach comes with a clear philosophy and above all a long-term project. The successive departures of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingaard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani prove the desire for renewal at Old Trafford. To achieve a solid first year, ten Hag repatriated Lisandro Martinez, whom he worked with for three seasons in Amsterdam. Almost similar situation for Tyrell Malacia, young Dutch prodigy who arrives in Manchester from Feyenoord, in Eredivisie.
Newcastle Project Year 1
After rising in the standings in the second half of last season to finish in 11th place, Newcastle saw things big in this first summer transfer window of the Saudi era. With the arrivals of Sven Botman, Matt Targett and Nick Pope, the Magpies reinforce their solid base created this winter and made up of Bruno Guimarães, Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood. Under Eddie Howe, Newcastle are aiming for a European ticket in their first full campaign since the club was taken over by the Saudis last October. No doubt the spotlight will also turn on the side of St. James Park.
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