Premier League is said to be one of the toughest leagues in the world, and perhaps rightly so! With around six teams competing for the coveted Premier League Title and even the so-called “small” teams having enough financial prowess to upset the “big” teams, all the premier league fixtures turn out to be intense battles of sheer human strength, will and determination with loads of flying tackles, brandishing cards and off course; bags of goals. As the premier league is off this week due to the ongoing International Break, we take out time to catch our breaths and look at the early trendsetters as teams head into the crucial months of December and January.
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Team Position: 3rd
Everyone expected big things out of them this season, and they started out with a bang winning five in five but ran out of gas in the next fixtures and went winless in six (including the 4-0 drubbing at Camp Nou). They again began to show signs of revival by thrashing West Brom at the Hawthorns and Barcelona( Which was a tactical masterclass orchestrated by who else other than Pep Guardiola) but were again held by Middlesborough at home. Afterall Pep, this is the premier league, and there are no easy fixtures.
Team Position: 4th
Arsenal managed to pull off some shrewd transfer business and enter into the month of November with only one loss since the opening day in all competitions. But this is the month which Arsenal fans dread the most; they have collected fewer points per game than in any other month. Though they started brightly by overcoming a two-goal deficit and winning away to Ludogorets, the draw at the hands of North London Rivals Spurs and a game away at the Old Trafford gives Arsenal fans a reason to flinch.
Team Position: 2nd
After the drubbing at the hands of London Rivals Arsenal at the Emirates, Chelsea have come back a lot stronger with scoring 16 goals and conceding none (including 4-0 and 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United and Everton respectively). With no European Commitments to look forward to and Diego Costa and Eden Hazard scoring goals for fun, Chelsea look in a good position to open the celebratory bottle of champagne at the end of the season.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Team Position: 1st
This is not a position Liverpool find themselves in, but under their charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp, Anfield faithful seem to be buzzing again and finally look to end their wait for an all elusive premier league crown. With Philipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and others on a song,Liverpool are aiming to do the impossible and only a dramatic loss in form could stop this rolling juggernaut.
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Team Position: 5th
Tottenham Hotspurs are the only team that is unbeaten in the premier league this season and boast of one of the shrewdest defences; they have conceded a measly six goals in eleven outings. As the age old adage goes, “Attack win you matches, defences will you titles” and this seems to be coming true. Spurs though have one problem- They have not scored a goal from open play in around 9 hours of competitive football.This could change though as they welcome back Harry Kane after a two-month injury lay-off.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Team Position: 6th
Huge things were expected out of them, and though they managed to pull off some successful transfer dealings, none of their transfers(with the exception of Eric Bailly) have actually clicked. They have been bruised and battered and thrown around and Jose Mourinho has again taken to openly criticising his players. Paul Pogba, their star midfielder is all at sea, Zlatan Ibramovich has just began to learn what it is to play against real defenders, Wayne Rooney is warming the bench, and there are absolutely no signs of Mhikitaryan and Schweinsteiger. Next up is Arsenal, and things could take a turn for good, or for worse.