Who will win the Premier League in UK ?
Another season of the English Premier League begins this Saturday. So who will win it this time? Will it be Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, the defending champions, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City or Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United? All four teams have been considerably strengthened during the summer with promising new signings and look well set for the fight. But who will be crowned the Champions of the English Premier League in the end? We speak to the experts!
Alan Shearer: “The title race will be a lot tighter and I am expecting the top four to be bunched together for most of the season.
But Chelsea are still the team to beat because of their experience and I also think they will be better than they were last year when Diego Costa was injured a lot last season and Cesc Fabregas did not play his best football from February onwards. It also would not surprise me if they sign another big hitter before the transfer window shuts.”
Ruud Gullit: “I think they will buy another striker. We saw against Arsenal in the Community Shield that they might have a problem up front when Costa is unavailable. Jose Mourinho hopes Radamel Falcao is the answer but I did not see that at Wembley. I hope Falcao succeeds too, but I think Chelsea still need another powerful striker as back-up to Costa.”
Graeme Le Saux: “You know Mourinhos tactics will be spot on, even if the personnel changes. Nobody is a passenger in this Chelsea team, no matter who comes in, and reliability is one of the requirement of all his players. That consistency underpins everything they do, and on top of that they have got some amazingly creative players.”
Pat Nevin: “Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure are massively important to the City team and I just don know if they are going to be as good as they were again. If they aren , I don think City have a good enough squad to win the league.”
Trevor Sinclair: “There are question marks over the manager Manuel Pellegrini too. There were a couple of big games against Arsenal and United in the second half of last season where City were outmanoeuvred tactically and, against Barcelona in the Champions League, they were really out of their depth.”
Steve Wilson: “For me, City are in a kind of limbo at the moment. I didn expect to see Pellegrini at the club this season and would expect him to be out of the door about a nano-second after Pep Guardiola says hes willing to move to Manchester. But when, or if, that happens is anyones guess.”
Chris Waddle: “City will have licked their wounds from last season and will come back stronger. Raheem Sterling is a big addition and I am sure there are one or two more on the way to make them stronger.”
Ian Wright: “Yes. I am optimistic about Arsenals title chances every season, but this season I am more confident than usual – and not just because I am a fan and desperately want it to happen.
I am gambling a lot on their start, because they began badly last year and won only two of their first eight games, but they showed at the end of last season they can put a run together and now they know what it takes to win the title. I think the team will be tighter at the back and, with the attacking ability Arsenal have, I think they can do it.”
Jermaine Jenas: “No – but I would say Arsenal are the most balanced team and best equipped to push Chelsea all the way. Signing Petr Cech is really going to shore up their defence and could bring them an extra 5-10 points. They are the one team Mourinho will really fear this year and, if they can stay close to them throughout the season, Chelsea might react differently.”
Alan Shearer: “No. They will be closer, but I still think they need a top-class centre-forward to go that step further and win the title.”
Dion Dublin: “Yes. Ive backed them to win it because it has been far too long, but also because the pressure is now on Louis van Gaal to win things and I think Wayne Rooney will be the man to deliver for him – United as a club thrive off pressure.”
Ruud Gullit: “No. I am surprised they have not strengthened their defence more already – I don get it. Louis van Gaal did the same last year, when he brought in a lot of forward players. If building a squad is like building a house, he started with the roof instead of the foundations and it did not go well. This year, he has done the same again. It surprises me that he has confidence in his existing players at the back.”
Kevin Kilbane: “No. In pre-season Van Gaal has been playing Daley Blind at centre-half. That is all well and good in friendlies when United have lots of possession because he is excellent on the ball but, in games against the top teams, I think they could get caught out for pace on the counter-attack. They look vulnerable.”
Author: Raghav Hegde – India
Source foto: theguardian