Premier League Season Preview 2013/14 - Winners And The Rest

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Cant wait for the League to begin, it seems an awful long time since Manchester United wrapped up yet another Premier League title back in May, but things are slowly gearing up for the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign. There’s been lot of ins and outs – both in terms of management and players – which only serves to increase the appetite more for the first round of encounters.

The first weekend of a new season is not unlike the first day back at school after the summer holidays. There are a few new kids to bully, and everyone wants to see what everyone else has been up to during their break. Most haven't changed much at all, save for an expensive new coat, a snazzy new haircut or a new pair of brogues from Clarks.
But there's always one who comes back having had a major makeover who is a different, barely recognizable person, and the talk of the playground. This is not only true for people who come back but also the grounds who under go a major makeover, probably Guess the Ground is a good way to to find out where the teams are going to play.


Manchester United regained the Premier League title comfortably from previous holders, last season. There it is a daunting task for the former Everton manager but he will have a strong backing around him to help him succeed. Things have been relatively quiet on the transfer front with Wilfried Zaha the only major addition. Cesc Fabregas has been courted throughout the summer which signals their intention to add more creativity and energy to their midfield but it remains to be seen whether or not that will come to fruition. Wayne Rooney remains unsettled from last season and has been courting interest from Chelsea, amongst others.

City were unable to retain the title they won back in 2012 and in all honesty, it was a pretty toothless defence. Key players were out of from at vital stages of the season and they were unable to find the motivation and enthusiasm on a weekly basis. Manuel Pellegrini has enjoyed great success in La Liga as well as the Champions League which his new club have disappointed in over the last two seasons. The blue half of Manchester have been busy in the transfer market with the signings of Ferdnandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.

Chelsea – who finished third last season – also welcomed a new manager in the summer as Jose  Mourinho returned after a six year hiatus. I’m never sure of people returning to clubs for second spells but Mourinho has never really been one for following trends and will feel he has unfinished business at the Bridge. The Blues finished strongly last season securing that third place as well as winning the Europa League. Other than their pursuit of Wayne Rooney they have went about their transfer business relatively quiet, focusing on bringing in younger players. Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel have been their two most notable signings whilst they have retained all their key personnel.

Spurs are surely the most interesting of the 20 sides we will see for the first time in the league this weekend: partly because of their unpredictability, partly because they have bashed 33 goals in eight pre-season games, partly because they may have lost the Premiership's best strike pair and actually improved, but mainly
because of the talent they have assembled .

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