Reasons why the Premier League will be different in 2013/14
Anarchy in the U.K:
Expect nothing but a mad scramble for the Barclays Premier League title in the upcoming season. With the return of Jose “the Special One” Mourinho to Chelsea and with Manchester City, under Manuel Pellegrini, signing a host of exciting new players as they look to reclaim the title they lost so tamely last season, supporters are in for a real treat.
And while David Moyes begins his a new era at Old Trafford, Arsenal are finally showing enough spine to compete for targets in the transfer market as they attempt to finally land a trophy after years of frustration. And with a new slick looking Tottenham Hotspur on the horizon, one should expect nothing but a mad, unrelenting fight for the league title and the European places.
With the last season’s result being nothing more than an anti-climax, expect the contest to be unrelenting and never ending battle of technique and wits.
No more hoof and chase:
The next season promises to be more “Total Football” and less long ball tactics. English football has decided to cash in on the recent trend worldwide of teams from various leagues preferring the one-two over the kick-and-hope.
With Tony Pulis no longer at Stoke City and teams such as Liverpool, City, Everton, and Swansea promising to play a more ‘continental’ style of football, the league promises to endear itself to purists.
Another valuable indicator is the influx of players from the more “refined” leagues in point. City added more stars likes Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic to their squad as they build on their ‘tiki-taka-isation’.
If this change is endearing to supporters or not remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, the Premier League promises to be more technical than ever before.
It would not be a faulty premise to deduct from the previous few seasons that the Premier League’s candidates in Europe have not been up to the mark in Europe.
With first Spain and now Germany setting the standard in Europe for the past few years, the dreams English football nursed when the league was sending two or even three teams in the semi-finals of the Champions League a few years back have largely been discredited and forgotten.
Even Chelsea’s win in 2012 was the result of attrition, of a negative and thoroughly boring brand of football as they “parked the bus”.
The contingent of this year though, promises to be vastly different and better placed at competing for the “Holy Grail” of European football.
With Mourinho set to chase his dreams of a third European title with a dangerous looking Chelsea side and City set to be the “Blue Barcelona” along with Arsene Wenger’s hungry horde in addition to the ever consistent Manchester United, it promises to be a time of glad tidings and renewed glory for the birthplace of football come Lisbon 2014.
Emergence of young blood:
The likes of Adnan Januzaj, Wilfred Zaha, Kevin de Bruyne and Jack Butland look set to come and take over the spotlight as youth threatens to take over the Premier League. They would join an already fast expanding and promising new generation as they join the likes of Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw of Southampton.
There is already a huge galaxy of young stars that has established themselves in the league. Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Rafael, Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin have all made their mark.
Come the 2013/14 season, the Premier League is going to be faster and more industrious than ever before.