Chelsea’s remarkable title victory last season is one that is well documented. Antonio Conte took a side that was on the verge of complete breakdown and turned them into champions. Things didn’t start out that well though. After a home defeat to Liverpool, Chelsea were battered 3-0 in a calamitous display against rivals, Arsenal. Conte finally gave into the pressure and switched the formation to the one that earned him fame in Italy – 3-4-3 (or 3-5-2). Much has been said about the influence of David Luiz, N’golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa that allowed this formation to be a success. These players played a huge part, but in my opinion, the most important position in a 3 man defense formation, for it to work effectively, is the wingback role.
The new Premier League is upon us to take us away from life’s many miseries and give us something to cheer about. As always, the new season begins with high optimism as clubs bring in new faces while casting out some old ones in an attempt to do better than the previous year. Arsene Wenger, for the first time in my memory, decided to be take a stubborn stance in the transfer window, spent a club record amount for Lacazette and even managed to keep hold of Sanchez and Ozil. The same can’t be said for Conte though as many players were offloaded, and the squad is stretched thin with injuries to key players. All the top 6 sides (except Spurs) have spent a lot of money to bring in marquee players as the title race promises to much tighter than last year. Everton and West Ham have made some smart buys while relegation candidates, Swansea and Burnley have not made any significant additions yet. It’s a custom for every football fan to start the year with a bunch of predictions and to argue with friends about the same. I’m no different and here are my predictions for this season.