Ahead of the much-anticipated 2019-20 season of the English Premier League, let’s take a look at the three top London clubs and how they’re shaping up on the eve of yet another top-flight season
Interesting times for the 2012 European champion.
They come fresh off winning the Europa League against fellow Londoner Arsenal, but big changes have been made at Stamford Bridge.
Their Italian manager Maurizio Sarri has left at his request to Juventus, and Chelsea have brought back club legend and one of football’s all-time great players in Frank Lampard as their manager.
They’ve also lost their most influential player and a generational talent in Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, whose name is already edged in Chelsea and Premier League history as one of the greats of the league.
A loss of this magnitude will be difficult to bounce back from.
However, their trust worthy loan system has brought in exciting young players like Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham.
And it looks like they’ve got wonder kid Callum Hudson Odoi to stay at Chelsea.
Adding to this, the American wonder kid Christian Pulisic as well, with young wingers who are regarded highly in Europe, there’s still excitement for Chelsea fans and their hierarchy to look forward to.
The best they can hope for this season with a transfer ban is to finish in a Champions League position but given the amount of young talent at their disposal, they might surprise a few and play some exciting, progressive football.
Line up prediction
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho; Pulisic, Ruben, Willian; Giroud
Notable subs: Hudon Odoi, Pedro, Abraham, Kovacic, Luiz, Batshuayi, Zouma, Mount, Drinkwater, James, Barkley, Emerson
Prediction – 4th
After enduring a difficult end to last season, Arsenal are in a precarious position as the new season comes to a beginning.
With financial difficulties causing great divide amongst hierarchy and fans, they will look to manager Unai Emery to calm the tension and show some of his managerial magic to get the best out of an above average squad.
Adding to this, their club captain and longtime servant of the club Laurent Koscielny is trying to force his way out of the club after having refused to fly with the team to their preseason camp in the United States.
It’s not all negatives on the transfer front as they have added loan signing midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real and have bought a CB in William Saliba only to bizarrely loan him back to his current club on a season long loan deal.
Arsenal still have Pierre Emerick Aubemeyang and Alexandre Lacazette, two of the best finishers in the league and in Europe and they will hope with the addition of Ceballos in midfield, that fans finally get to see the Mesut Ozil of the 2010 World Cup and his following Real days.
However, Arsenal have a meager outlook when compared to the rest of the top six, they are probably most in danger of falling out of the top six.
Line up prediction
Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Sokratis, Kolasinac; Torreira, Cebellos; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubemeyang, Lacazette
Notable subs: Welbeck, Iwobi, Xhaka, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Guendouzi, Martinelli, Martinez, Koscielny, Mustafi
Prediction – 6th
After enduring a crushing defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League final, Tottenham Hotspur have a right to feel down, but as the summer has progressed, the club hierarchy have acted well, and acted fast in the market to improve a squad that is already quite decent.
They have added Tanguy Ndombele, a midfield dynamo that was scouted by most of Europe but Spurs fended off interest from fellow London team Arsenal to land his signature.
A sign of the times for Spurs as years ago this would have been unimaginable.
They have also been able to keep Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and most of their fantastic talents.
Overall, with their new stadium and a very excited fan base, things are looking good for Spurs.
They might not be yet good enough to challenge Manchester City for the title but they have every right to feel like they can do something special this season.
Line up prediction
Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Ndombele; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane
Notable subs: Moura, Foyth, Winks, Sissoko, Davies, Sanchez, Gazzaniga, Dier, Lamela
Prediction – 3rd