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Can Anyone Stop Manchester City Retaining The Premier League Crown?

The English Premier League season is underway and already the defending champions Manchester City are looking like the team to beat for the title.

It was the Citizens who managed to beat rivals, Liverpool, to the title on the final day of last season and now the chasing pack will have to figure out a way to deny Pep Guardiola’s side the trophy this term.

Changes At City

While Manchester City, who are understandably being well-backed in the football betting tips to retain their title, have brought in top players, they have allowed some big names to leave. Raheem Sterling’s switch from the Etihad Stadium to Chelsea was one of the biggest transfers of the summer, while City also bid farewell to another forward in Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal. The Gunners also landed City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko who will bring plenty of title-winning experience to Arsenal this season.

A manager of Guardiola’s experience will be more than familiar with the ins and outs at a football club and the Spanish tactician has been able to bring in top talent over the summer. City have secured replacements in attack, while England midfielder Kalvin Phillips secured a move from Leeds United to bolster City’s options deep in midfield and possibly at times in the backline. On the face of it, it does look like City are in an even stronger position than they were when they won the title last season, which means the pressure is on for their rivals. 

Liverpool Must Keep On City’s Heels

To avoid England’s top-tier soccer league becoming like their neighbors across the Channel in France, where Paris Saint-Germain are the sole dominant force, Liverpool will need to keep pushing City. In Jurgen Klopp the Reds have one of the best managers in the business and one who almost guided the club to an unprecedented quadruple last season. Just being denied the Premier League title on the final day of the domestic campaign and losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid saw Liverpool fall short in their bid for four trophies.

With one of their star forwards in Sadio Mane making the move to Bayern Munich over the summer, it will be interesting to see how the Reds cope without the Senegalese star. Mane was long part of a formidable front three for the Merseyside outfit and enjoyed another strong campaign last season. Liverpool have brought in cover and still boast one of the best attacking players in the world in their ranks, in the form of Mohamed Salah. Time will tell if Mane’s departure costs them and if they can manage to leapfrog City at the top.

The Chasing Pack

There are a few teams that harbor realistic ambitions of trying to be in the Premier League title race at the business end of the season. Chelsea have enjoyed European success recently by winning the Champions League in the 2020-21 season but have not won the Premier League since 2017. The Blues have had a turbulent summer in the transfer window, with Romelu Lukaku returning to Inter Milan on loan, Antonio Rudiger leaving to Real Madrid on a free transfer, and Timo Werner being sold to RB Leipzig. The arrival of Sterling will give the Blues something different in their attack, but there are questions being asked about what this Chelsea side can achieve this season.

Across the capital at Tottenham, there appears to be more optimism about this season. Manager Antonio Conte has enjoyed a full pre-season with his squad and weeded out those who are not in his plans. With the likes of Ivan Perisic, Richarlison, and Yves Bissouma coming to the north London outfit, the determined Conte will have hopes they can compete with the likes of City and Liverpool this season.

The likes of Arsenal and Manchester United will also be hoping to be in the title conversation too, but City look like they will take some stopping to be denied a seventh Premier League title in their history.