6 Big Questions Ahead Of The New Premier League Season

Liverpool

6 big questions ahead of the new premier league season

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There's only one way the Premiership champions can top their record-breaking run from last season - and that's by retaining the league title.

But are they a one-season wonder?

There's nothing to suggest The Reds will be any less relentless this time around, with their overall consistency being their biggest strength.

However, Liverpool brought in just one new addition over the summer - Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos.

This has raised some eyebrows, especially with some of The Reds' rivals spending significantly on reinforcements.

Perhaps Jurgen Klopp feels his squad is strong enough with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Virgil Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino - but time will tell if a lack of depth will come back to haunt them over the long and difficult season.

 

Manchester City

6 big questions ahead of the new premier league season

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In recent years, City have come to be known as regular title contenders (or winners), but one word seems to sum up the general mood around the Etihad ahead of the new season - uncertainty.

The former champions have yet to strengthen their leaky defence, Sergio Aguero's contract will be up next summer, but most importantly, manager Pep Guardiola's future has yet to be sorted with a year left to run on his current deal.

The only bright spark for City is PFA Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne, who was phenomenal last season, but the Belgian cannot be expected to shoulder all the responsibility on his own.

 

Arsenal

6 big questions ahead of the new premier league season

Last season was a bittersweet one for the Gunners.

They won the FA Cup, but only managed eighth place in the Premiership - their worst league finish in 25 years.

Can they bounce back?

The signs are good, and it is mainly because of manager Mikel Arteta.

He has come across as a man with a plan - someone with a clearer vision and philosophy compared to his predecessor Unai Emery.

Arteta’s big task at hand will be to instill some consistency - something Arsenal teams have struggled with in recent years.

Another challenge is to reduce their dependence on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - the Gabon international has saved Arsenal’s skin on more than one occasion, but his fellow attackers need to step up, and take some of the load off his shoulders.

 

Chelsea

6 big questions ahead of the new premier league season

All eyes will be on the Blues heading into the new season, following their massive summer spending spree.

The highly-rated Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, as well as Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva are among the seven new additions at Stamford Bridge.

The question now is, will this expensive new squad bring in trophies?

Blues boss Frank Lampard did well to guide the team to a fourth place finish in the last campaign.

His next challenge will be to get his expensive new squad to gel together ASAP, and also to sort out their goalkeeping problems following Kepa Arrizabalaga’s disastrous season.

 

Tottenham

6 big questions ahead of the new premier league season

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Will this season finally see the end of Spurs' trophy drought?

Tottenham had a strong end to the last season - picking up 18 points from nine matches to finish in sixth place.

But sixth will not be good enough for manager Jose Mourinho, especially since he was brought in specifically to win silverware.

Mourinho has added reinforcements in the form of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and right-back Matt Doherty, while Harry Kane can always be counted on to bang in the goals (provided he stays fit).

There is optimism around North London that this could be the season they win the FA Cup or maybe even the Europa League, although they still appear to be some way off from being Premiership title contenders.

 

Manchester United

6 big questions ahead of the new premier league season

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The Red Devils finished the last season empty-handed, but still managed an impressive third place league finish.

They ended the last campaign as the in-form team, going 14 matches unbeaten, which was their longest run without defeat since April 2017.

With Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial in attack coupled with the crativity of Bruno Fernandes, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side is finally starting showing glimpes of the club's former glory days.

Can United live up to the promise?

It will depend on whether their resources can cope with an assault on two fronts - their return to the Champions League and a taxing domestic season.

They also need to sort out their goalkeeping department, with David de Gea appearing far from his best during the last campaign.

 

by Nicholas Darren John

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