The Premier League, the most followed championship in the history of football, is preparing to resume its rights from this weekend, for a new season which promises to be just as thrilling as the previous one, the behemoths of the championship having been particularly active in the transfer market.
The two clubs, which had fought a fierce battle until the very last day of last season, Manchester City and Liverpool, should once again compete for the lead in the championship, amidst the mythical fervor of English stadiums. To do this, the defending champions have reinforced their ranks with the arrival of Norwegian giant Erling Haaland. With his impressive Dortmund stats of 85 goals in 88 appearances, the nearly two-metre colossus should bring his finishing skills to Man City manager Pep Guardiola’s already well-staffed squad.
The Reds did not fail to respond to the Citizens with a record transfer of nearly 100 million euros sealing the arrival of the Uruguayan Darwin Nunez. Able both to evolve on the wing and in the axis of the attack, the former member of Benefica should solve a double puzzle for Jürgen Klopp, by compensating both for the departure of Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino’s drop in diet.
The striker has already shown himself to his advantage during the Community Shield, won by the Reds (3-1), last Saturday, by obtaining a penalty which allowed Mohamed Salah to open the scoring and by registering a decisive goal in stoppage time.
Third in the previous year, Chelsea, which had a turbulent season marked in particular by the end of the prolific era of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, will try to play spoilsport.
As soon as the takeover of the club was completed, the new president Todd Boehly took out the checkbook to win the ex-Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly in order to fill the abyss left by the departure of Antonio Rudiger at Real Madrid.
The American businessman also negotiated the arrival of England international striker Raheem Sterling, offering Thomas Tuchel a choice replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who left on loan at Inter Milan after struggling to shine in the Blues jersey.
Arsenal will try to maximize the contribution of their new recruit Gabriel Jesus to revitalize their attacking line and ensure, at least, a qualification in the Champions League.
The Brazilian, who like many attackers has struggled to establish himself in Guardiola’s scheme, will be keen to prove his worth by succeeding in his experience in north London.
In search of renewal, Manchester United will rely on its new coach Erik Ten Hag to bring the club, which will be content to play in the Europa League this season, to the top of the rankings.
The Reds, who seem to have never recovered from the departure of legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, have signed Argentinian defender Lisandro Martinez, who was already playing under Ten Hag at Ajax Amsterdam, in the hope of solidifying the defense in Swiss cheese of the club.
According to the specialized press, the Dutch manager is trying to repeat the same maneuver by bringing another of his former protégés, the Moroccan Hakim Ziyech, who is currently losing ground at Chelsea, to Old Trafford.
In addition to the clubs accustomed to the top of the table, the Premier League will see this season the return of a double European champion, namely Nottingham Forest. The club owners have big ambitions and have already made a declaration of intent with the recruitment of Jesse Lingard during the off-season.
The transfer window has been precise in giving coach Steve Cooper the resources he needs to make his team competitive in a division that will be new to the majority of its players.
Fulham, winner of the Championship (D2) and its dolphin Bournemouth, two teams that made the lift, will be the two other new protagonists of the championship.
In 1992, England’s Premier League clubs withdrew from the Football League to create the Premier League, enabling England’s footballing elite to steadily secure a prominent place in European competitions and financial revenue ever since. far exceeding any other championship.
This weekend, a new page of this success story will be written with the first woman at the head of the body, in the person of the president Alison Brittain, of the rights of TV broadcasting record, and the restoration of the rule of five substitutions during the games.