Who will win the EPL in 2014?
First thing is first, Rooney is still at Manchester United and well, the transfer window begins July 1st, so we’ve still got some time to speculate (although, apparently, some deals are already happening).
That said, recently I interviewed Josiah Barbour on the Music Manumit Lawcast (who should be at the very first This is not TINAP show) and he said he thought the fight was going to be between United, Spurs and Chelsea. The removal of City from the equation seems premature to me and I’m not exactly sure where the fight from Spurs is coming.
Chelsea always perform well for a new manager. Since Chelsea gets new managers every week or so, Chelsea tends to perform well. I figure between a maturing Oscar, Hazard, McEachran, the return of The Special One, and a transition year for United, this will be Chelsea’s year. Maybe, if I listened to my head more than my heart I could pick City, but I just can’t do it.
City is already bringing in reinforcements, though one wonders why they need them. Talent is not City’s problem. Cohesion is their problem. Of course, to even talk this way of a team that won the title just last year is kinda silly. However, that is how the City management are looking at it. Expect City to win in 2015, then not in 2016 and once again fire their manager.
Every one that knows much anything about sports knows that Manchester United lost their long-tenured manager. Those that know a little bit more know that that man was Sir Alex Ferguson. Even fewer know his replacement was fellow Scot and former Everton manager David Moyes. Well, it is. Josiah, in the aforementioned interview, suggested that United would struggle for a few years under Moyes. To the extent 3rd is struggling, I guess I don’t disagree.
Until Arsenal misses Champions League, I’m not going to scream their demise. This of course means I’ll be wrong some year. However, I think that’s better than being wrong every year, like the people that keep predicting Arsenal’s demise.
Spurs finished 5th this past season. This, of course, means they won’t have Champions League as a “distraction” but they will still have the Europa League. Until they prove they can finished above Arsenal, I’m not going to put them above Arsenal. The last time they finished above Arsenal was 1995. That was, of course, before the Arsène Wenger era. Don’t expect it to happen again until Wenger gets tired of the Arsenal BS and moves to PSG.
Expect a longer analysis once some serious changes at any of the clubs happens. Since Falcao headed off to AS Monaco, I’m not sure what sort of moves might really shake things up other than Rooney away from United and perhaps Ronaldo back to United. Stay tuned to find out whatever it turns out to be!