Intrigues as EPL Comes to the End
Assessing occurring events when the English Premier League heads into the homestretch is interesting. Events do not let become just any other season. The case is different and not what happened last season when Leicester City defied the odds to clinch the title. Their performance in the Champions league were awesome; reaching the quarterfinals. Even regulars including Arsenal and Manchester City failed to get into the quarterfinals. Consistently, Chelsea- representing the blue side of London- has been at the top of the table for sometime now. No one doubts that they will emerge champions.
With the winner almost certain, focus on the remaining matches shifts to those who will make it in the top four. Finishing in the top four positions comes with a ticket to take part in champions league football next season. Already Chelsea and Tottenham are sure of clinching two positions. On the other hand, four teams are vying for the other two slots. The arrival of Antonio Conte changed Chelsea in many ways. He came with new systems and formations besides instilling necessary unity in the dressing. Discipline at Chelsea deteriorated faster under the leadership of Mourinho. The defeat to Arsenal changed the fortunes at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham season has many features such as fast-paced football, ability to score many goals and use of counter attacks. So far, they are sure of Champions League football. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have t sharpen their tools to secure the two slots. They retain equal weights to get the two slots. Everton will finish seventh irrespective of what happens at the end.
Considerably, Liverpool has an easy path. They have three matches to go and are favorable games. The only threat is that competitors have games in hand. Wins in the remaining games will assure Manchester City a third place. Wins will sort them out.
The biggest question is on Manchester United. They find themselves between a hard place and a rock. They have secured their spot in the Europa League Final. The prize comes with Champions League Football. The priority and main focus for Manchester United is Champions League football. Mourinho and his charges can use this to get their target. Manchester is likely to focus on this trophy.
Arsenal’s case is laughable. Wenger has been there and understands the tricks of EPL. It is difficult to understand why newcomers such as Conte come and dominate him. For the first time, Mourinho lost to Wenger. Wenger has never failed to qualify for Champions since joining Arsenal. The challenge is great for finishing in EPL top four.