Premier League resumes with many contenders


Published on : 11/09/2020 – 22:13

The 2020-2021 season of the prestigious English football championship, the Premier League, begins this Saturday, September 12. As often, the battle will be tough for the league title and European places. We will also be following closely the Marcelo Bielsa attraction in Leeds.

It’s mathematical, not everyone will be able to help themselves to the banquet of the Premier League 2020-2021, the most watched football championship in the world. If Liverpool still seem armed to keep their crown, Manchester City intends to take it back. But beware of the Chelsea spender and a Manchester United found. For European places, the fight promises to be exciting between Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham.

Liverpool-Manchester City the expected duel

Two months after his league title, Liverpool are betting on stability. After two exercises with 196 cumulative points, the « Reds » of Jürgen Klopp have certainties and players who know each other by heart. The Salah-Firmino-Mané trio begins this Saturday against Leeds, its fourth season. A rarity today and an asset for tomorrow, as their complementarity sparks.

For its part, Manchester City has been more active in the transfer market after a disappointing year punctuated by a new early elimination in the Champions League. The 2019 English champion did not hesitate to pay 45 million euros to bring in from Bournemouth, Nathan Aké, a Dutch defender of Ivorian origin. An ideal additional defensive weapon to contain the tremors of a season which promises to be decisive for Pep Guardiola, at the end of his contract next June, like his Argentine striker Sergio Agüero. Armed to win everything with De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Manchester City will be eagerly awaited, as every year for a decade.

Chelsea and Manchester United in ambush

In recent weeks, Chelsea have been driving the transfer market. It is the most spending club with 200 million euros invested in large part on attacking players: more than 120 million on the Germans Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig. Added to this, the 40 million euros put on the table for Moroccan Ajax Amsterdam Hakim Ziyech and the 50 million for Leicester left-back Ben Cilwell, who will be guided by former Paris Saint captain. -Germain Thiago Silva. A reinforced, even bloated workforce that could allow « Blues » to play spoilers.

At Manchester United too, we have something to be afraid of. The « Red Devils », charmless a year ago, were the most attractive in June-July. The Portuguese Bruno Fernandes sublimates the team, Paul Pogba does not want to leave, the forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are twirling and decisive. Manchester United, which has grown stronger with the arrival of midfielder Donny von de Beek from Ajax, will have a say in a season spiced up by the Champions League.

Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton, fighting for Europe

Eighth in 2019-2020, its worst ranking in the 21st century, Arsenal saved their season a little by winning the FA Cup. The « Gunners » tumble down and don’t seem much better equipped to go up the slope. The workforce seems unbalanced between a crumbly defense (48 goals conceded in the league last season) and a sometimes flamboyant attack with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, close to a contract extension. The arrival of the Brazilian from Chelsea Willian can perhaps help them restore their image.

But, this may not be enough against competitors who have strengthened, like Everton. The team coached by Carlo Ancelotti want to join in the fight and have given themselves the means in the midfield, with James Rodriguez of Real Madrid, Allan of Napoli and Abdoulaye Doucouré of Watford.

Tottenham for its part, has beefed up its rearguard, rarely flawless in recent months, with the purchase of Irishman Matt Doherty from Wolverhampton (17 million euros).

L’attraction Marcelo Bielsa

Jürgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, the Premier League had no shortage of great technicians last season. One could hardly imagine more flamboyant benches in the same championship. And now the English elite are in their ranks ” Crazy “ Marcelo Bielsa. The former coach of Bilbao and Marseille lifted Leeds to the Premier League with his clearly identified style: stifling pressing and complete possession, or almost. This year, the Argentine will aim for maintenance, with his ideas, always. He will meet admirers (Guardiola) and other captivating guides like Klopp, with whom he will meet this Saturday, at 4.30 p.m. UT.


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