The 2019/20 Premier League title race was anything but close. Without a top-flight title in 30 years, Liverpool cast aside their demons to secure the trophy with seven games remaining – a full two games quicker than the previous record-holders. Manchester City demonstrated their intention to wrestle the title back next year with a crushing 4-0 victory following the restart, but can any other teams challenge for the title next year? We think so.
Having won the 2017/18 and 2018/19 titles, Guardiola’s City side are sure to make a return to form next season. The problem with the Premier League in the 2019/20 season was that Manchester City and Liverpool were the only two genuinely world-class sides in the division. Manchester United remained inconsistent under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Chelsea a young team in transition under Frank Lampard, Tottenham Hotspur struggling for an identity under Jose Mourinho, and Arsenal simply not very good at football for large stages of the season.
2️⃣5️⃣0️⃣ combined goals in all competitions under Jürgen Klopp!— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆) (@LFC) July 8, 2020
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7️⃣9️⃣ Mane ⚡️
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Many of the traditional big boys have been exhibiting flaws, yet almost all of them look set to improve drastically in time for next season. First up, Manchester United. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January has transformed the balance of their play, and the Portuguese seems to be a natural partner for World Cup winner Paul Pogba. United look much better and are sure to make drastic moves in the transfer market. According to football betting markets, Manchester United are 8/1 to win the title next season, which puts them as third favourites behind the usual suspects.
Next, Chelsea. There are some doubts about their game management, and Lampard’s side are prone to shipping goals unnecessarily. Their array of attacking talent is something to behold, though. The arrivals of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax will bolster an already dynamic squad.
As for Tottenham Hotspur, it is perhaps less clear that progress will definitely be made next season. Mourinho hasn’t yet demonstrated that he can solve the puzzle of a seemingly unbalanced squad. In previous jobs, the ‘special one’ has enjoyed his most successful season during his second campaign at a club, so perhaps he can turn the North London outfit around to help them to challenge at the top end of the table once more.
Spurs’ North London neighbours Arsenal are also working their way through a rebuild after Unai Emery turned out to be the wrong successor to Arsene Wenger. Mikel Arteta looks a promising option, and his expansive style of football could work wonders if he is given enough time. The fans won’t necessarily expect to challenge for the title straight away, but a marked improvement is a must next time around.
In truth, no team could challenge Liverpool in the slightest as they eased to a historic title. That said, every season is different, and the clubs below Jurgen Klopp’s side all look as though they are likely to improve in the next few months, something which hasn’t always been true in recent years. Next season’s title race could be an absolute blockbuster.