It was tough to predict who would win the 2020/21 Premier League, with Leicester, Liverpool, and Manchester United all putting in great performances and dipping in and out of the top four.
A team from the middle of the standings even managed to sneak into the top four before being relegated!
Yet Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City won their third trophy in four seasons. Unlike Liverpool’s multi-record-breaking success last season, they won 20 of 22 games from December 19th to May 8th, a 42-goal margin.
So, will Pep’s team repeat their victory in 2021/22? Or will injury-prone Liverpool or cash-spending Chelsea beat them to it? Is it possible for Manchester United to overcome their Europa League final loss and close the 12-point deficit with derby rivals Manchester City?
Following this season’s blazing performance, many predict Man City to win the 2021/22 Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s team is always changing, as he believes in the players’ quality and equality. It’s easy to see why current predictions place the champions’ prospects of success in high regard, especially with reports circulating that Sergio Aguero’s move to Barcelona may lead City to chase Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, or Erling Haaland.
Raising the Bar
There is much to be done before any other club can threaten City. To challenge City’s crown, third-place Liverpool and fourth-place Chelsea may need to make some changes.
This season, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip were all out injured for Jurgen Klopp’s team. An improved defensive line-up will be crucial if Liverpool are to surpass City.
Chelsea spent a lot of money last season constructing their team, but despite some fantastic performances, including appearances in the FA Cup and Champions League finals, they fell short (albeit without winning either game). Chelsea will need to invest heavily in their midfield and add an exceptional striker if they are to be genuine title contenders again.
Despite finishing second in the league, Manchester United finished behind Chelsea and Liverpool on goal differential. Could this be the season they match their ability and brilliance under the legendary Alex Ferguson? Maybe next season he’ll surprise us all and win a trophy or two with the other Manchester team!
Despite the fact that Manchester City is the clear favourite to win the Premier League in 2021/22, the other three teams in the top four are unlikely to pose a significant threat.