Chelsea and Man City will be involved in a crunching curtain raiser of the season as they battle for supremacy in the Community Shield this weekend.
The CS serves as the season’s curtain raiser where the winners of the Premier league and FA Cup last season face each other a week before the league starts. While preparing for the league, no team have had a perfect pre-season preparation, but the transfer activities might have shown the intent each club.
Liverpool look likely to seriously challenge for title after placing fourth despite a fantastic display and loads of goals scored last season. Their signing of Leipzig midfielder, Keita and Fabinho from Sevilla and a keeper from Roma shows Klopp understood where he lacked last season.
League winning Man City manager, Guardiola knows he has a very good team ready to compete again, yet added another attacking option in Mahrez from Leicester. After spending club record transfer budget last summer, Guardiola already knows he needn’t do another overhaul of the team, rather do a few signing that will further strengthen the team.
Arsenal is another team that have had to round up quickly in the transfer market this summer, having adding up to six players, none of which is a marquee, perhaps the signing of Uruguayan World Cup star, Torreira. Arsenal will be aiming to return tontop four with a new manager and an entirely new philosophy. Arsenal fans have not had the best of time over the past few seasons and there’s high hope on Unai Emery to deliver some magic this season.
Chelsea and Man United look rather unstable at the moment with a couple of transfer speculations uncovering from both camp. Chelsea are yet unsure whether they have been able to convince Hazard to stay while the immediate future of Willian and Courtouis remain unclear. Chelsea are banking on new manager, Sarri to deliver after bringing in much sought after Napoli midfielder, Jorginho
Man United at the other hand, seem the club in crisis. From fans splitting over the managerial style of Mourinho to the issue of player transfer. Man United have done few businesses in the transfer window this summer (Fred, Dalot and Grant) but the manager seem not satisfied with his present team. United have over the past weeks be linked with a number of central defenders including Tottenham’s Toby and Barcelona’s Mina and they also try to get rid of some defenders in the team.
Some United fans remain worried ahead of the new season following a string of dismal display at the ICC tour in America. It may be too early to judge though as most of the senior players who played at the World Cup in Russia are yet to be back.
Tottenham have been quiet in this transfer window with Pochettino having much trust in his existing set of players. Although, they may be forced to delve into the market if the lose Toby to Man United
However, there may be a huge surprise for everyone this season with Arsenal likely to challenge for title this season. New manager, Emery have had most of his senior players available to him in time for Pre-season ahead of the league campaign. Although, It will be interesting to see how the new manager adapt his style to the Premier League but many may be caught unaware having written off the Gumners early this season.
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