Despite Leicester City’s remarkable success last season, the Premier League campaign drifted by with little excitement, drama, controversy, and more than anything, quality.
Arsenal under-performed dramatically after Christmas, with Manchester City failing to reach their high standards, Manchester United struggled to come to terms with Louis Van Gaal’s philosophy, and champions Chelsea finished in a miserable mid-table position.
However, the arrival of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte into English football are just one of a number of reasons as to why the upcoming season is already showing more promise for supporters.
A much bigger task certainly awaits. for Guardiola in City after a successful period in Germany with Bayern. After finishing fourth under Manuel Pellegrini last time around, City will be hoping to once again battle it out for the biggest prize of all. After under-performing last season, City look set to invest heavily in their playing squad this summer, with Ilkay Gundogan and Spanish winger Nolito already having secured moves to the Etihad. For those of you who fancy Guardiola to bring immediate success to City, the latest odds are up at bookmakers Betway, with Aguero and Co the 9/4 favourites for the title.
On the other side of Manchester, Jose Mourinho will be eager to erase the memories of Chelsea’s struggles from last season, as he embarks on life at Old Trafford with the goal of returning the club to the pinnacle of English football. The introduction of Zlatan Ibrahimović among others should certainly bring the excitement back to Old Trafford if nothing else.
As for Mourinho’s former club Chelsea, the shrewd appointment of former Italy boss Conte has given the Stamford Bridge faithful renewed confidence. With a home draw to London rivals Tottenham the high point of their season last time around, a lack of European football means that Chelsea will be expected to throw everything at a charge for the title. The arrival of N’Golo Kante from champions Leicester could well turn out to be the signing of the summer. Conte is 6/1 with Betway to win the Premier League at the first time of asking.