The 2013/14 campaign is as highly anticipated as ever, even more so with the return of Jose Mourinho, David Moyes taking over the Manchester United reins and the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.

It promises to be an exciting season ahead and each year competition for success becomes fiercer. 

Last season, United walked away with the Premier League title but with changes occurring up and down the table nothing can be taken for granted in football.

So what does the upcoming season hold for England’s 'top six'?

Arsenal:

Another season passed for Gunners fans without a piece of silverware; that is the bottom line. 

Despite a reasonably successful Champions League run, Arsenal failed to impress in terms of winning and getting results when it mattered. Although their consistent Champions League qualification record went unharmed it is difficult to view last season as a success. 

Arsene Wenger has another difficult season ahead; with trophies the priority amongst fans, a title push seems more realistic than in previous years. 

If the right players are brought in to strengthen the starting XI, Wenger will see no reason why he cannot silence his critics and end the wait for silverware. 

Chelsea:

Aside from Mourinho’s return, Chelsea were arguably favourites for the title last season and once again find themselves in a strong position on paper to mount a serious title challenge. 

Mourinho has said that it will take a few seasons before this happens but given the form of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and even Fernando Torres last season, it could all swing Chelsea’s way. 

After the club won the Europa League at the end of the season, Mourinho will be hoping he can put his personal European disappointment to one side and build upon Chelsea’s expanding success with a strong Champions League campaign. Any takers for the double? 

Liverpool:

Liverpool fans have been pleased with what they have seen from Brendan Rodgers so far and although their lack of European involvement comes as a big disappointment it may prove very beneficial throughout their domestic run.

Top four qualification is without doubt a must for Liverpool this season, if they are to continue forward in the rebuilding project at the club. A couple of marquee signings will bolster the starting XI, compared to the thin squad employing the lowest average age in the Premier League last season. 

A good cup run never goes unappreciated on the Kop either so Rodgers will hope that bringing home a piece of silverware will be another step up the ladder. 

Manchester United:

There is a lot of pressure on Moyes, undoubtedly he has big boots to fill but so far so good from the former Everton manager. 

Moyes recently said that he wants to win everything, and a club like United should expect nothing less. But fans must be patient with their new manager if they want to continue their dominant success. 

For the first time in a long time they are not the favourites, but that could serve to their advantage in the title run. 

A lack of European experience may hinder Moyes in his first season at Old Trafford but a trophy of some sort will not go unrecognised as the club begin a new era. 

Manchester City:

The squad is full of top class talent but when competing against other top class talent in Europe, that is not enough, as Roberto Mancini discovered last year. 

Pellegrini has been brought in to get that extra ten-per-cent out of his players and will look to establish his team as genuine Champions League contenders. 

His experience in the competition will only benefit the squad, which has been added to fruitfully already. City will unquestionably aim to seize the opportunity in front of them now that their Manchester counterparts are entering a new managerial phase. 

Last season was about maintaining and pushing on, this season Man City must step up to the plate if they want to be recognised as one of Europe’s elite. 

Tottenham Hotspur: 

After coming so close to securing Champions League qualification again last season, Tottenham must find a way to finally take that leap. 

Keeping Gareth Bale is a must, as speculation endlessly surrounds their star man and Bale himself wants Champions League football. Spurs struggled towards the end of last season with balancing the Europa League and their domestic performances and Andre Villas-Boas may have to prioritise the league this season if they want to mount a top four challenge. 

Strength in depth could be a way around that dilemma but the upcoming season could be make or break for Tottenham if they fail to make improvements.

 

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