Premier League Preview - The two horse race edition
Football : What can the pack do?
So a quick run through of what each team in the supposed chasing pack might be able to do to catch up with Liverpool and Manchester City.
First and foremost, City and Liverpool have to start losing games on a more regular basis. Liverpool have lost 1 game in 49. City’s freak loss to Norwich shows that it can happen, just not often enough for everyone else in the league. If Spurs, Arsenal et al all improved by 3-4 wins on last season, they still would not catch up with the top two unless they start dropping more points.
Chelsea - Well the season has started with mixed results, but the kids are coming good so far. Mount and Abraham have stolen the headlines but in order to improve they will simply have to get better at the back as well as going forward. They have lots of top class players, and it is disingenuous to suddenly label them as a team of youngsters. To catch up with Liverpool and City they need to begin by putting away the teams below 8th on a regular basis, and build up to beating their close rivals over the course of the season. Start by taking the ‘easy’ points, then worry about the big games thereafter.
Spurs - This Spurs side has not played well for all of 2019. The Champions League final was a rollercoaster ride but it papered over great cracks in the teams overall performance. Losing 13 league games is so far short of the top its unheard of. Their 4th place finish came courtesy of everyone else being equally as inconsistent. To improve they simply must start winning some away games and stop giving away winning positions. Signings probably not the answer, a rethink over tactics and an ever changing starting eleven would be the place to start.
Arsenal - A combination of strange signings has made for a varied start to their Premier League season. Up front they look potent, at the back they need more than David Luiz. The question remains as to where a top class centre back is coming from, and why he would want to play in the Europa League. If they can fix the leaky defence, they should start bullying teams with the pace and speed they have in the side. However, they are not going to be beating either City or Liverpool anytime soon on current evidence.
Manchester United - Well. Ole Ole Ole Ole. It is frankly a nightmare job at the moment and it seems that signing a right back and a centre back has not solved all of their problems. The atmosphere still seems flat, and constant rumours about their supposed best player will not go away. A huge clear out is required, and then two seasons of pain whilst the young blood they do have grows into their boots. At the moment there is nothing they can do, no amount of money will fix the problems they have within the squad.