EPL Winners 2015/16
The new EPL season is upon us and I for one can’t wait any longer. With just one more sleep to go it’s about this time that I start pacing around the house and watching old matches on You Tube while donning my classic 1996 Liverpool shirt pretending to be Steve McManaman. It doesn’t matter how old I get or how stupid my wife says I am I just can’t help feeling like a kid at Christmas that knows he is about to score himself a new bike and spend two days gorging on any food his little heart desires. The feeling is even up there with finding your favourite pair of jeans stuffed in darkened corner of your wardrobe after months and months of mourning.
For punters it opens up a brave new world and it takers a brave man to take an early shot at who will finish on top of the ladder next May. Of course there will be the usual four or five clubs battling it out for EPL glory, so here are my opinions on who you should pick to be crowned the Champions of English football this season. Maybe it will help, but I doubt it.
For so many years Manchester Utd were the dominant team in England. But with the retirement of Alex Ferguson two years ago their reign as the club supreme came to a sudden stand still. Dutchman Louis Van Gaal has steadied the ship and spent lots of cash after the David Moyes debacle but I still feel this team needs another year to gel.
Manchester City were very poor at times last season and never really looked like defending their title. They have tried to improve this summer with the 49 million GBP signing of Raheem Sterling, but lets be honest, Sterling isn’t the answer. Having watched him since his time in the Liverpool Academy I know he has bags of talent. I also know that he is inconsistent temperamental, prone to off field mishaps and has done nothing in the previous year to suggest any of this will change.
Arrghh Liverpool, the team that has been in transition ever since Graeme Souness took over as manager in the early 90s. They did come agonisingly close to pinching the title back in 2014 but the sale of Luis Suarez seems to have set them back about five years. 170 million GBP has been spent over the last two summers and there have been some astute signings this pre-season in particular. All in all this suggests that they could once again challenge for a top four spot, but as for the tile, it’s simply not going to happen.
Chelsea are defending champions and my pick for the title again. They hardly seemed to get out of third gear last season and despite not spending as much as some of their rivals I still think they will have too much for the chasing pack. In Jose Mourinho they have the ultimate tactician. If the special one can get the best out of new boy Ramadal Falcao and keep Diego Costa out of the treatment room there is no doubt in my eyes that the blues will keep the hands on the trophy.