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The Premier League Season 2015/2016 has come to an absolutely sensational end with a huge underdog winning the league. Or would you have expected Leicester City to win the whole thing?
Many big teams are going to switch things up in the offseason to pursue their ultimate goal of winning the league title.
Even though it is very early we will try to predict the Premier League Season 2016/2017 champion already by comparing the notorious title candidates.
Was Leicester the best team in the past season or did all other teams just massively fail to live up to their expectations?
The team from central England does not care about questions like this, as they made history and shocked the football world by running over the competition and finishing the league in first place.
Their whole team has an estimated net worth of 127 million euro. Teams like Chelsea (€495.75 million) or Manchester City (€501.75 million) are worth four times more than Leicester, but still failed to beat them over the long run of 38 Premier League matches.
Leicester’s key to success was brilliant counter football, implemented by Claudio Ranieri, and the perfectly selected players on their respective positions. Their most expensive player is Riyad Mahrez, valued at €20 million.
Time will tell if Leicester City will be able to keep up with the teams competing for the championship. It will be very important for them to keep the majority of their players in order to be able to play their successful system.
Even then it will be hard for them to stand a chance against football giants like Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea London, who have a much higher budget. In addition to that, other teams will now be more aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the Leicester squad and adapt accordingly.
Our prediction: Leicester City will finish in the top 7 in 2016/2017.
Manchester City finished the season at a disappointing fourth place. The club has spent over €136 million in players and was only able to win the League Cup.
The team troubled against allegedly weaker clubs, especially on the road. They lost 7 games away from home and collected just 27 points.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel: Highly-rated coach Pep Guardiola is moving from Munich to Manchester. The club is going to switch to Guardiola’s famous system, which is focused on dominating other teams by keeping possession of the ball at all times.
We are going to see massive changes in the team with several big names possibly leaving the club, such as Yaya Toure.
Manchester City will continue to invest heavily in their team by buying high-quality players, who suit Pep’s player profile. Money is not an issue for the billionaire owner and deputy minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheik Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Our prediction: Manchester City is the top favorite to win this year’s Premier League.
2015/2016 was another disappointing season for Manchester United. The team failed to qualify for the Champions League this year and will play in the Euro League instead.
Manchester still has not found its new identity under Louis van Gaal, whose results have been just a slight upgrade from his predecessor, David Moyes. The team is lacking creativity in the offense and their whole game seems very static.
Players like Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and Juan Mata have huge potential, but they hadn’t shown it enough last season.
It is still uncertain if Louis van Gaal is staying or leaving the club to make space for Jose Mourinho. There have been rumors for months now- time and money will tell.
Our prediction: Depending on who is going to be United’s next coach, the team is going to finish in the top four.
It has been more than a decade without a Premier League title for Arsene Wenger and his squad. At least, they have managed to qualify for the Champions League once again.
Even though all the other allegedly bigger teams were struggling last season, Arsenal was not able to capitalize on that. Instead, an underdog became Premier League champion.
The team had quite a good run during the season, but was not able to keep up their hot streak when it really mattered. It might be an internal team issue that they’re lacking the absolute will to win.
Wenger will need to buy a striker during the off-season who can score on a regular basis. Olivier Giroud is above average in terms of skill, but he is not anywhere near world-class strikers like Louis Suarez or Karim Benzema.
If Arsenal picks up the missing puzzle pieces during the off-season they will be in good shape to compete for the title.
What a horrible season it has been for Chelsea. After winning the title last year, they were playing absolutely awfully.
It seemed that player’s weren’t happy with coach Jose Mourinho anymore and just decided to play against him. Therefore, Chelsea was one of the worst teams in the Premier League in the first half of the season.
After Mourinho was fired, a familiar face returned with Guus Hiddink. The Dutchman led the team out of the second half and finished the season in the middle of the huddle.
This means the team will not be playing internationally next year, so there will be more time to regenerate and focus on the Premier League.
The previously announced new coach is Antonio Conte, who has worked very successfully with Juventus Turin, and will definitely improve the defensive stability and their offensive strategy.
There will probably be a lot of new, high-quality players joining the club. The Chelsea management won’t let this happen again.
Our prediction: We expect Chelsea to improve heavily and end up at least in the top 3.
Tottenham performed very well during the past season and managed to qualify for the Champions League. The team has scored the second most goals in the league, falling short only to Manchester City.
Their coach Mauricio Pochettino has assembled a great and young squad with an average age of 23.6 years, which is the youngest in the Premier League.
We can expect great things if they manage to hold their team together. Players like Harry Kane, who has become the league’s top scorer, and Dele Alli have already awakened interests from top European clubs.
The main focus in the off-season should be to eliminate their weak spots in the lineup. They will need to buy new players to be able to rest some of their stars during the season, in order to prevent injuries and exhaustion.
The young, talented British players are a sign of a bright future for the club and Pochettino has shown that he is able to work with them and more importantly, make them better.
Our prediction: If Tottenham keeps their rhythm and their most important players, they will be able to reach the Champions League for the second time in a row.
It was a pretty ambivalent season for Liverpool. Even though they have been investing large amounts of money during the last summer, the team did not live up to the expectations and will be playing international only if they manage to win the Europa League final against FC Sevilla.
Their new coach, Jürgen Klopp, didn’t have the effect the club was hoping for. So he will have to do a lot in the off-season to work on his fast-paced, pressuring counter football and improve the team’s defense, which has been lacking stability.
The team already has a fantastic offense with fast, technically capable player like Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Christian Benteke, who can decide a game on their own.
Liverpool’s biggest weaknesses are its defense and the inconsistency during the season. When they lost a game, more defeats were likely to follow.
The management around Jürgen Klopp has to find a way to enlarge the depth of the player pool available, so he can switch his team’s lineup depending on the next opponent.
If this goal can be achieve in the off-season, we can expect Liverpool to improve further and at least finish better than last year.
Our prediction: Liverpool is going to finish in the top 6 next season, qualifying for the Europa League.
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