After winning the two European finals of last season, the Premier League starts as a reference championship in world football. Six big teams willing to fight but really with the two who fought until the last day of last season for the title as main candidates. Manchester City aims to maintain its hegemony. Liverpool, finally conquering the title 30 years later.
Little movement on the last day
Advancing the closing of the transfer market to the rest of the great championships, yesterday a lot of transfer dancing was expected. But Dybala, Coutinho, Bale, Eriksen or Pogba followed where they were. Lo Celso al Tottenham, David Luiz al Arsenal and Iwobi al Everton were the most prominent "Deadline Day" movements.
It has been a session of signings of a fairly discreet level for what had been the Premier League. Only five additions above 50 million euros: Maguire (United, 87), Pepé (Arsenal, 80), Rodrigo (City, 70), Ndombelé (Tottenham, 60) and Wan Bissaka (United, 55). In the chapter on exits, the Belgians Hazard and Lukaku to Spain and Italy stand out respectively.
Liverpool, free of charge
The European champion had already made his great outlay in the previous two years. This time only the Spanish goalkeeper Adrián and a couple of young promises have arrived. After the European conquest, his great challenge is to return the English title to Anfield just when 30 years after the last victory. It will do so with the base of the last season. With Van Dijk leading the rear and the trident Salah-Firmino-Mané up.
The City, for the third
Winner of the last two championships, the Guardiola will seek to repeat themselves (and improve in Europe) with the incorporation of the Spaniards Rodri in the midfield and Angeliño on the left side, as well as Joao Cancelo on the right wing. The offensive tricks remain Agüero, Sterling, De Bruyne, Bernardo and David Silva, perhaps in their last season in England.
Pochettino keeps the block
The most positive thing for the brand-new Champions League finalist is that - once again - he has managed to keep his stars: Harry Kane, Son, Alli or Eriksen. In addition, with Ndombele, Lo Celso and Sessegnon has improved an already very reliable group. But, oddly enough, the goal should be to get back into the top four.
Without being able to sign for the UEFA sanction, it has only been possible to reinforce with the American Pulisic (hired since January). He will play the Champions League but, without Hazard, he will have a difficult time competing with the best. A club legend arrives on the bench as Frank Lampard, the club's first English coach in 23 years.
Arsenal and the return to the Champions League
Emery's first season in London was acceptable but he failed to put the team in the top four. To return to the Champions League, David Luiz, Ceballos and, above all, Nicolas Pepé, who, along with Aubameyang and Lacazette, are threatening to form a devastating trident.
Solksjaer shields back
After years drifting, Manchester United has turned Harry Maguire (Leicester) into the most expensive center in history, trying to find his particular Van Dijk. The Wan Bissaka side is the other reinforcement of a team that has lost Ander Herrera and Lukaku and has not been reinforced in the offensive plot ... although Fernando Llorente could still arrive.
Modest equipment expenditure
As usual in the Premier, the disbursement that the teams have been able to make outside the 'Big Six' is striking. The newly promoted Aston Villa has spent 148 million euros on signings !! Joeliton arrives in Newcastle for 44 million, Haller for West Ham for 40 or Spanish Ayoze Pérez for Leicester for 33.
32 Spanish protagonists
There will be three coaches (Guardiola, Emery and Javi Gracia) and 29 players this season in the Premier. Apart, obviously, from the British, only France (33) will have more players of the same nationality than ours. There are six new ones, Ceballos, Vallejo, Rodri, Fornals, Roberto and Angeliño and four others (Adrián, Camarasa, Ayoze and Jota Peleteiro) change teams.
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