With the English Premier League back for another 10-month slog, will this be Man City’s year again or can Liverpool beat them to the title? Here’s a look at the six teams that will likely once again lead the charge in England…
Manager: Frank Lampard Last season: Third Transfers in: NA Transfers out: Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill, David Luiz Pre-season: P7 W4 D2 L1
With a new manager in Frank Lampard, Chelsea will be playing an attractive brand of football. They were unable to make major moves in the market because of a transfer ban but Christian Pulisic, who signed in January, will still strengthen them. Mateo Kovacic, who was on loan last year, has joined permanently as well. But whether this will make up for the departure of Eden Hazard remains to be seen. The centre of defence has question marks over it after David Luiz’s departure.
Scoring goals — no team scored as few goals as the Blues (63) in the top six last year and it is an issue that Lampard will have to solve if they are to break back into the top four. Their forward line, led by Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and a young Tammy Abraham, looks lightweight on paper.