Missing football! Don’t fret! The football season has kick-started across Europe yesterday! We saw Man U take on Leicester City City at Old Trafford in the first Premier League match.
The transfer window saw a lot of activity! Football teams spent a lot of money to buy new players & here is how the teams are stacked up going into the 2018-19 season.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 16, 2018
Ronaldo moving to Juventus was, without a doubt, the move of the summer. The 88 million pounds transfer has ensured that the Italian side’s shares jumped by 40%. According to Manager Massimiliano Allegri, the jigsaw is finally complete with the addition of the Portuguese superstar. Winning Serie A isn’t considered the biggest achievement in Turin, Juventus have won all Serie A titles since 2012. Ronaldo’s presence in the ranks can inspire the Italian side to perform better in the Champions League, a tournament where the side has lost 2 finals in 4 seasons.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 10, 2018
Manchester City, the Premier League defending champions have signed Leicester City’s Riyad Maharez for a club record fee of 60 million pounds. Other than that splurging, the Citizens led by Pep Guardiola kept their purse strings tight. Man City are the favourites again to win the title in England as they’ve managed to keep their last season’s winning combination intact. City amassed an amazing 100 points in a season in EPL last season, emulating that or going one step better will be very tough but one can never rule out the technical masterclass of Pep combined with the creativity on the field by Silva, Jesus & Aguero.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 26, 2018
Problems can never leave England’s most successful club Manchester United. Despite finishing 2nd last season in England, no one is naming them the favorites for this campaign. Not much has changed in United’s squad since last season as the Old Trafford based side managed to hold on to Paul Pogba. Pogba’s agent had sounded a war cry and was determined to take his client to Barcelona but he failed as the transfer window closed as France’s World Cup winner remains in Manchester. United was also looking for a defender but failed at the transfer window.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 8, 2018
Maurizio Sarri replaced compatriot Antonio Conte as the new manager for Chelsea. A flurry of summer spending later, Chelsea looks ready to challenge the defending champions Manchester City. The biggest win for the Blues was to retain Eden Hazard who was being eyed by Real Madrid & Barcelona after a great outing at the World Cup with Belgium. Chelsea spent a world record 91 million pounds on Spanish keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga & offloaded their current stopper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic also comes in to strengthen Chelsea’s midfield and the Blues look all set to challenge City for the crown.
The Champions League runners-up from last season Liverpool will once again be a force to reckon win in the Premier League. The Jurgen Klopp led side have kept their core intact but failed to strengthen their defence. Mohd Salah will be looking to continue with the good work from last season and he will be joined by Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino. The side looks a very good attacking unit and will be looking forward to having the new signing Fabinho in the midfield.
Winning the La Liga will be slightly easier for Barcelona as their arch-rivals Real Madrid won’t have Cristiano Ronaldo. The transfer window might have closed in England, but it isn’t going to be shut in Spain till the end of August. Barcelona will be expecting to bulk up its defence and as always one will expect Messi to run riot in La Liga for the 25-time Champions.
Real Madrid is in trouble. They haven’t found a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo & also their former manager Zinedine Zidane. World Cup finalist Luka Modric could also leave for Inter Milan and the troubles for President Florentino Perez are increasing. Madrid still has Gareth Bale to rely on but the injury-prone Welsh striker will need massive assistance from Karim Benzema for the team to put up a fight against Barcelona in La Liga and also defend their Champions League Crown.
Yash Chawla is former Sports Anchor of NDTV. With over 9 years of experience as a Sports Journalist, Yash now sails with Crowdynews.com