The seven questions we ask ourselves about the resumption of the English Premier League

Is the English Premier League just a duo?

Manchester City in 2022 and 2021. Liverpool in 2020. And … City in 2019 and 2018. For years, the Premier League has been owned by the citizens and the Reds. Only Manchester United managed to get into one of the top two places in 2021 by overtaking Liverpool. But other than that, Pep Guardiola’s men and Jurgen Klopp’s men have monopolized the first two folding seats in the PL since 2018. Last season, the gap between Liverpool, second, and third-placed Chelsea, reached an 18-point difference. pit. This is not necessarily new to the Kingdom (+15 points in 2019-2020, +25 points in 2018-19…).

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So, is the Premier League now a duopoly, as it has in La Liga for so many years? If Arsenal, Chelsea or even Tottenham and Manchester United don’t skimp on resources during this transfer window to try to catch up, City and Liverpool still look above the competition. The arrival of Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez, two of the world’s greatest strikers, has cemented that impression, despite the departures of both clubs (Stirling and Gabriel Jesus at City, and Sadio Mane at Liverpool).

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

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Nunez-Haaland, which one will score the most goals?

In this new season, the Premier League welcomes two phenomena in front of goal. They reached two giants after monster transfers. Thus, Liverpool put 75 million to secure the services of Darwin Nunez, who scored 26 goals in 28 league games last season with Benfica and 6 achievements in 10 matches in the Champions League. And City, for its part, broke its piggy bank (between 60 and 75 million according to various sources) to finally present itself with nine main characters in the character of Erling Haaland, the Norwegian serial recorder.

A goal machine from a young age and exploding in Salzburg, the Leeds native scored 86 goals in 89 meetings for Dortmund. It will be one of the city’s attractions. So which of the two will drive counters crazy and do better than the other? Haaland’s explosive flight is pushing towards him. But in Guardiola City, he will have to find his marks next…

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How will Chelsea approach after Abramovich?

Chelsea no longer belongs to Roman Abramovich, who bought the club in 2003 before making it a stronghold for the kingdom and Europe. Todd Buehle, head of the consortium that got their hands on the London club, is the new president, having been named president of the Blues. A real earthquake on the banks of the Thames. How will this new era unfold at Stamford Bridge, after a year spent under the sign of uncertainty? Suspicion is pending at the moment.

The transfer window in London caused some frustration in the corridors of Chelsea, while Ravenha and Jules Conde (Tuchel target) or Andreas Christensen went to Barcelona, ​​Antonio Rudiger signed with Real Madrid while Romelu Lukaku returned to Inter. But with the arrival of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly and while other reinforcements are insistently mentioned (Frankie de Jong, Mark Cucurella…), there is reason to say that Thomas Tuchel will still have a strong workforce. If the Blues can finish their goals, of course…

Raheem Sterling

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Can Eric Ten Hag save Manchester?

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have doubled the number of managers. With mostly mixed results. Should United finish second in 2020-2021, disappointment was regularly present at the end of the season for the Red Devils. Today, after several months of reflection, a new president has arrived: Erik ten Hag. hopes with.

Triple Dutch champions with Ajax Amsterdam, who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019, the Dutchman appears healthy to succeed in the pharaonic task ahead of him: strengthening the club. His philosophy of play, his charisma and his ability to advance the youth as well as re-court experienced players seem perfect in the current context. But he must be given enough time to put his principles into practice. And that he managed the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, eager to leave. Two points can be a key. But it is not guaranteed in the north of England.

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Can Gabriel Jesus bring Arsenal back to level C1?

The author of an impressive season, however, with a finish in fifth place – two small points behind Tottenham and the Champions League – Arsenal still gives themselves the means to continue growing to regain their former place. With the arrival of Marquinhos (Sao Paulo, 3.5 million euros), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City for 35 million), Matt Turner (New England, 6.5 million euros), Fabio Vieira (Porto for 35 million euros) and especially. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City, 52.5 million euros), Mikel Arteta has new strong arguments, especially if William Saliba, who has returned from loan, confirms his beautiful season with Marseille. What can I say that Arsenal Martin Odegaard, who started his season successfully on Friday night against Crystal Palace (2-0), finally has their ambitions, especially if Gabriel Jesus goes up front as he did in preparation (7 goals in 5 matches).

Gabriel Jesus at Arsenal

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Newcastle, finally at the peak of its potential?

Bought by a Saudi investment fund at the end of 2021, Newcastle was one of the big players in the transfer market. But after a winter transfer window that doesn’t necessarily live up to expectations despite the arrival of Bruno Guimarães, the Magpies are still very conservative this summer.

The club from the north of England did not boast. If goalkeeper Nick Pope (Burnley) and side Matt Targett (Aston Villa) land, then Sven Putman (Lil) is the lead recruit after buying it for 37 million. We are now far from the follies expected during the acquisition process. It has not topped the English Premier League this season yet.

Steven Gerrard or Patrick Vieira, which former glory will shine more?

Patrick Vieira (Crystal Palace) and Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa) finished 12th and 14th in the Premier League last season fulfilled their expectations for their first season on the Premier League bench, taking two ‘respectable’ places after inheriting complicated situations. But now they have to emphasize and strive to a higher level if possible.

For this reason, the two former midfielders scored reinforcements (Sheikh Doukuri, Chris Richards for Crystal Palace, Diego Carlos, Boubacar Camara for Aston Villa) without losing many people. But on paper, Steven Gerrard, who also saw Philippe Coutinho staying in Birmingham, appears to have a bit more right to consider a European venue. But this is on paper…

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