Chelsea interim coach Frank Lampard described the Manchester City team as amazing, adding that it had reached the mark of excellence in the English Premier League under Pep Guardiola.
City won the Premier League title for the fifth time in 6 seasons, and despite this dominance, Guardiola insists that the competition is getting more difficult every year.
But the most difficult thing is to remove City from the top, and here is a look at the five teams that may compete with Guardiola’s team next season.
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Young coach Mikel Arteta’s side faltered against a ruthless City in the final stretch of the season, but they should be celebrated for having held out so long at the top and were so close to winning their first league title since 2004.
Spaniard Arteta – who worked as an assistant to Guardiola at City and benefited from his compatriot’s methods – restored Arsenal’s identity this season with a lively style of play and a squad of promising talents that will learn valuable lessons from this season.
The question now lies in Arsenal’s ability to strengthen its ranks and increase the depth in its squad to meet the requirements of the Premier League along with the Champions League, and West Ham’s Declan Rice will be a major target in the transfer window if he wants to confirm the seriousness of his endeavors.
Coach Jurgen Klopp’s team has fought fierce battles with Manchester City in recent years, and was crowned the title in 2020 while taking the runner-up twice after collecting more than 90 points.
But he faltered this season after failing to replace striker Sadio Mane and the decline in the level of many prominent players in the Golden Club generation.
Names such as James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain will leave the club, so the club will focus on renewing its squad, and some high-profile deals may revive strong competition with City.
3. Manchester United
United’s first season under the leadership of Eric ten Hag appears encouraging as it approaches the end of the league inside the Golden Square, as it has already crowned the League Cup.
The gap between the quality of City and United is still large, and the fans are looking forward to new owners for the club after the Glazer family and the conclusion of huge deals.
Tottenham Hotspur’s top scorer, Harry Kane, will be at the head of the candidates to join United, aspiring to enter the competition for the title.
Chelsea’s season has been horrendous despite spending nearly 600 million pounds ($757 million) to sign players since owners Todd Boley and Baghdad Iqbali took over at the London club.
It is very difficult to expect Chelsea to move from the bottom half of the table to competing for the top next season.
But he has many talented players like Reece James, Noni Maduki and Mykhailo Modric, and with the imminent arrival of Mauricio Pochettino he will have an ideal coach for the new project.
5. Newcastle United
A year ago, Newcastle fans were happy to stay in the Premier League.
But after a stellar season under Eddie Howe, the team are poised to return to the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, and are likely to spend heavily in the summer transfers.
It may be difficult for Newcastle to improve his level to a large extent, but it is also difficult for him to be a marvel for only one season.
In light of the stability with the Saudi management of the club and the expected investments in the transfer market, it is not difficult for Newcastle to remain in the Golden Square and may aspire to go further than that.