Last weekend, the English Premier League (EPL) season kicked off, one of the most interesting and spectacular European championships. The first round gave fans a number of sensations, including a tough Liverpool draw with newly-returned Fulham and a depressing defeat for Manchester United against Brighton. RIA Novosti Sport is trying to solve the main problems of the new Premier League campaign.
Changes are not expected in the list of main contenders for the Cup – again there are “Manchester City” and “Liverpool”. Both clubs strengthened the front line on point before the start of the season: the Reds bought Uruguay’s Darvin Nunez from Benfica and the Citizens relied on 21-year-old superscorer Erling Haaland. Their absentee opposition could play a key role in the trophy fight between Man City and Liverpool. Nunez scored a spectacular goal on his heel in his Premier League debut, but Liverpool couldn’t squeeze in Fulham. After the results of the first round, the Netherlands took the lead – they scored a double goal against the Norwegian West Ham, and Manchester City started the season with a victory.
Last season, Londoners entered a turbulence zone. The club faced serious financial problems after the departure of Roman Abramovich, but managed to finish third. It will be difficult to repeat such a result in the new season. Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has complained of a lack of pre-season transfers and an imbalance in the squad. Manchester City’s winger Raheem Sterling, Napoli’s defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Chelsea’s win against England’s reigning champions Brighton cornerer Mark Cucurella arrived at the club.
At the same time, the club lost its two main defenders, Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen, hired forward Romelu Lukaku and could be left without another striker Timo Werner. Such losses will seriously complicate the fight for Tuchel’s top 4 team, especially given the quality work of competitors in the transfer market.
North London derby
Tottenham and Arsenal are one of the main candidates for a Champions League spot at the start of the new season. Both London clubs have strengthened their rosters with quality players. Everton’s Brazilian striker Richarlison, Brighton’s strong defensive midfielder Yves Bissuma came to Tottenham, while Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet and Inter (who knows a lot about offense) Ivan Perisic strengthened the defensive line. Arsenal also invited Gabriel Jesus and Alexander Zinchenko, who knew Manchester City’s manager Mikel Arteta closely, to the team and bought creator Fabio Vieira from Porto.
Zinchenko’s assist helped Arsenal start with the win, but Tottenham didn’t fall behind and crushed the opposition a day later. The struggle to get into the top 4 between these clubs can be particularly fierce, as Tottenham took Arsenal from the coveted foursome at the end of last season.
Manchester United started the season with a new manager, but Cristiano Ronaldo was the main newscaster of the summer. From time to time, new details about the transfer saga, which took place with the participation of the Portuguese, were reflected in the press. It seems that Ronaldo admitted he made a mistake by returning to Manchester United and had no intention of staying at the club. Later, rumors that other teams were interested in the forward dissipated and Cristiano returned to the Red Devils. But for how long? A chaotic transfer campaign and a first-round defeat to Brighton did nothing to keep the Portuguese on the team, plus Eric Ten Hag left him on the bench in the opening game of the season.
Note that another team has emerged aiming for the top of the Premier League. This is Newcastle United, which was acquired by investors from Saudi Arabia last season. In the summer, the new owners didn’t throw any money but organized rational points boosts for Eddie Howe’s team, as Aston Villa’s full back Matt Targett bought England goalkeeper Nick Pope, relegated Burnley and Lille centre-back Sven Botman . Howe quickly managed to maintain an attractive and effective style of play that pushed Newcastle from the relegation zone to 11th place last season. With a successful set of conditions, the Magpies are quite capable of building success in the new season.
back to championship
Nottingham Forest is back in the Premier League this season after 23 years. Two-time European Cup winners are one of England’s most decorated teams, but they will have to work hard to stay in the elite. In the first round, “Forest” lost without much chance to “Newcastle” and started the season in the relegation zone.
Southampton, whose main signings are Manchester City youth’s goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu and midfielder Romelu Lavia, and Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, who moved to Manchester United this summer, will also play for Brentford, which has lost its original creative power. It’s a tough time.” Fulham and Bournemouth have traditionally risked being “elevator teams”, although these clubs have started the season with a bang: Londoners have forced Liverpool to rebound twice and the south of England team have confidently tackled Aston Villa at home .
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