June 5, 2023

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Who can stop Manchester City’s dominance next season? 5 teams can threaten his throne game


Chelsea interim manager Frank Lampard has described Manchester City as “fantastic”, saying they have achieved a remarkable record in the English Premier League under Pep Guardiola.

City won the Premier League title for the fifth time in 6 seasons and despite this dominance, Guardiola insists the competition is getting tougher every year.

But dislodging City from the top is a tough task, and here’s a look at five teams who could compete with Guardiola’s side next season.

1. Arsenal

Young coach Mikel Arteta’s side stumbled against ruthless City in the final stretch of the season, but they should be celebrated for coming so close to winning the league title since 2004.

Spaniard Arteta – who served as Guardiola’s assistant at City and benefited from his compatriot’s methods – has restored Arsenal’s identity this season with a lively style of play and a squad of promising talents who will learn valuable lessons from this season.

The question now is of strengthening Arsenal’s squad and adding depth to its squad to meet the demands of the Premier League alongside the Champions League, and West Ham’s Declan Rice will be a key target in the transfer window if he wants to. Confirming the seriousness of his efforts.

2. Liverpool

Coach Jurgen Klopp’s side have had tough battles with Manchester City in recent years, and won the title in 2020, while twice finishing as runners-up after collecting more than 90 points.

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But he has faltered this season as striker Sadio Mane has failed to replace him and several key players in the Golden Club’s generation have slumped.

Names such as James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain will leave the club, so the club will focus on revamping its squad, and some high-profile signings could renew a strong rivalry with City.

3. Manchester United

United’s first season under Erik ten Haag looks to be encouraging as the league ends inside the Golden Square as they have already won the League Cup.

The gap between the quality of City and United is still wide, and fans are looking forward to new owners for the club after the end of the Glazer family and big deals.

Tottenham Hotspur’s top scorer, Harry Kane, will be leading the candidates to join United as they look to enter the title race.

4. Chelsea

Chelsea’s season has been terrible since owners Todd Boley and Baghdad Iqbali took over at the London club, despite spending nearly 600 million pounds ($757 million) on signing players.

It is very difficult to expect Chelsea to move from the bottom half of the table to the top next season.

But he has a number of talented players in the likes of Reece James, Noni Maduki and Michalo Modric, and with the imminent arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, the new scheme will have a great coach.

5. Newcastle United

A year ago, Newcastle fans were delighted to stay in the Premier League.

But after a stellar season from Eddie Howe, the team are poised to return to the Champions League for the first time in 20 years and are likely to spend heavily on summer transfers.

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It may be difficult for Newcastle to improve his position to a great extent, but it is also difficult for him to be a prodigy in just one season.

In light of the stability with the club’s Saudi management and the expected investments in the transfer market, it will not be difficult for Newcastle to remain in the Golden Square and may want to go further than that.