They Say it’s Never Over, But is it Really?

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A look at the 2017/18 Premier League title race so far.

Submitted: January 13, 2018

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We’re only at the half way point of the Premier League season, but experts and fans consider the current title race to be over already! With Manchester City holding a 15 point lead at the top of table, it seems the only place left fighting for the chasing pack is second place! With a summer of huge spending from the top clubs in the Premier League, why have Manchester City found it so easy to create and maintain this gap at the top of the table?

Their city rivals Manchester United, spent heavily in a bid to regain the Premier League title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. The arrival of 90 million pounds Romelu Lukaku was supposed to charge Manchester United towards the Premier League title, considering his goal scoring record at his previous club Everton. That move started off very well, with Lukaku managing 11 goals in 9 games, however Lukaku hit a dry spell in October, and seems to have not recovered since.

Signings such as Henrik Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof have yet to live up to their full potential they built at their previous clubs. That has resulted in fans critising Jose Mourinho for “boring” and “negative” football and tactics. With Jose Mourinho’s managerial record, can he really be to blame for their misfortunes so far? Despite becoming the first Manchester United manager to win a trophy in his first season (League cup & Europa League), the special one still seems to be questioned.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola seems to be drawing praise and admiration for the way his team have steamrolled opposition this season. Pep certainly has a philosophy he has worked with at his previous clubs, his spell at FC Barcelona remains one of the most memorable, where he won two UEFA Champions League titles in three years. Last season’s champions Chelsea have endured an up and down season so far, with their manager Antonio Conte being very vocal over the clubs summer transfer activity. With the pressure increasing, will he be Chelsea’s manager next season?

Their London rivals Arsenal haven’t had the rub of the green either. With the increasing pressure on Arsene Wenger, it seems as if fans have now lost their belief he can take them forward and their just waiting for when he decides to call it a day and move on. The last time Arsenal challenged for the Premier League title was in the 2007/08 season where they eventually finished 3rd. They have struggled to mount a serious title challenge since. Liverpool have been creeping up towards the top 3, however they too have found it difficult to finish as champions.

With Manchester City seemingly coming closer to the Premier League title, rival clubs will be not only be hoping it goes wrong for Pep’s boys, but how they got so far in the first place.

 


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