Intrigues as EPL Comes to the End
It is interesting to follow up events in EPL as the season heads into the penultimate. The 2016/2017 EPL season is not just any other season. The case is different this year and no surprises like last year’s Leicester City’s fairytale continued in the EUFA Champions League this season as it reached the quarterfinals. Even regulars including Arsenal and Manchester City failed to get into the quarterfinals. Consistently, Chelsea- representing the blue side of London- has been at the top of the table for sometime now. The strength of the runners up to dislodge them is low.
Other big boys in the league will now battle it four the top four positions. Finishing in the top four positions comes with a ticket to take part in champions league football 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 revitalized the rugged Chelsea. He came with new systems and formations besides instilling necessary unity in the dressing. Discipline at Chelsea deteriorated faster under the leadership of Mourinho. After losing to Arsenal in the first leg, things changed at Chelsea.
Tottenham season has many features such as fast-paced football, ability to score many goals and use of counter attacks. 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. They retain equal weights to get the two slots. Sixth and Europa football is gone with Everton.
Comparatively, the route for Liverpool to navigate is easy. The remaining three games are easier for Liverpool. The only threat is that competitors have games in hand. Wins in the remaining games will assure Manchester City a third place. Manchester City only need to win all their games and they finish third.
The steeple for Manchester United is longer. It is at crossroads. They have secured their spot 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. Chances are they use this option.
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are their own enemies. Wenger has been there and understands the tricks of EPL. Newbies in the league still keep him away from the title. Arsene Wenger beat Mourinho in a competitive match for the first time. 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.