Premier League: 5 of the biggest winners of the 2017/18 season
And that's a wrap!
After a whirlwind 10 months, the Premier League season has finally come to a close. It's been an entertaining season which ended with Pep Guardiola's Manchester City standing triumphant holding the trophy aloft. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United tried their best to catch up to their high-flying neighbors but the title was as good as decided by the turn of the year. While the Manchester teams finished 1st and 2nd, Tottenham grabbed the third spot while Liverpool finished 4th.
On the flip side, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, and Swansea City were relegated. The season ended on an emotional note as we bid farewell to one of the greatest managers to have graced the Premier League - Arsene Wenger.
Now that the Premier League season has ended, let's review the campaign to find out who ran the show:
Quite possibly the 'dark horses' this season, Burnley have been so good that they have secured European participation for the next season and that's saying something.
Since the Premier League's inception in 1992, Burnley have managed to make only 5 appearances in the tournament and needless to say, most of them haven't been that memorable.
The Clarets' first season in the Premier League was the 2009-10 campaign, and they got relegated at the end of the season after finishing 18th, with just eight victories and 24 defeats. Their next appearance in 2014-15 was also not that memorable, as they once again crashed out after finishing 19th with 33 points.
However, it was their previous campaign which changed their fortunes as they managed to avoid the drop, finishing 16th, six points above the relegation zone. With this, they managed to stay in the top flight for consecutive seasons for the first time since 1975-76.
Kicking off their 2017-18 campaign with a 2-3 victory over defending champions Chelsea, Burnley gained crucial points against Tottenham Hotspur (1–1), Liverpool (1–1), Manchester United (2–2), and Manchester City (1–1) to finish this season in the 7th spot. If there's one man who is responsible for this brilliant turn-around, then it is their manager, Sean Dyche. Dyche, who also won the Premier League Manager of the Month award in March, oversaw a Burnley side dealing with major issues like the early injury to their first-choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton and the sale of their star-defender Michael Keane to Everton. In spite of such niggling issues which often prove to be a major headache for a mid-table team, Dyche managed to keep the good form going and ultimately helped Burnley finish 7th.
With this, they have qualified for next season's Europa League.