The Homestretch English Premier League
Definitely, the end of EPL will be interesting. This is because it is not a season for the Cinderella story. No team has Leicester City’s last seasons fairytale. Leicester City followed up on EPL’s achievement by doing well in the Champions League. Even regulars including Arsenal and Manchester City failed to get into the quarterfinals. For almost have the season, and Chelsea has led the table. No one doubts that they will emerge champions.
The top four positions are now the focus of both analysts and participating teams. The prize to finish in the top four is playing in the elite championship in Europe next season. Of the four positions, two are secured with Tottenham and Chelsea. On the other hand, four teams are vying for the other two slots. The arrival of Antonio Conte changed Chelsea in many ways. Discipline, tactics and formations are new things brought by Conte to Stamford Bridge. Discipline at Chelsea deteriorated faster under the leadership of Mourinho. The performance has been consistent since they received a beating from Arsenal in October.
The rate of scoring goals, the pace at which they play their football and the number of points accumulated describes the performance of Tottenham this season. They have accumulated enough points to keep the second and Champions league football next season. The bigs football boys in England battling for the two slots are Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. No one has more advantages to get any other slots. No one will beat Everton for the sixth slot.
Comparatively, the route for Liverpool to navigate is easy. They have three matches to go and are favorable games. The only threat is that competitors have games in hand. Guardiola’s Manchester City is in the form of the season and with two more games in hand, they can leapfrog Liverpool to third. Wins in their remaining matches will assure them of the third spot.
The biggest question is on Manchester United. They find themselves between a hard place and a rock. They are in the Europa League final. A win in Stockholm guarantees Champions League Football. This is what Manchester United desires and wants. The shortest route to the competition is winning the Europa League. With Tottenham one of the opponents to face, Jose Mourinho is likely to prioritize the Europa League trophy.
Assessing the case for Arsenal is rib cracking. Wenger has been there and understands the tricks of EPL. It is difficult to understand why newcomers such as Conte come and dominate him. For the first time, Mourinho lost to Wenger. Failure to finish in the top four will tent the good record enjoyed by Wenger for qualifying for Champions League Football since arriving at Highbury in 1996. The challenge is great for finishing in EPL top four.