As the new season gets up and running, which of the top three London clubs will have the most successful campaign? Let’s take a look.
As Jose Mourinho takes the reins at Stamford Bridge for the second time, the optimism in the most affluent part of London is very much there for all to see.
After a scintillating display against Hull City in the season opener, and a gritty performance against a determined Aston Villa side, fans can look forward to both attractive football and a willingness to win at all costs which embodied Mourinho’s first stint at Chelsea.
The squad no longer has a thin look to it, and looks to be bolstered further by Brazilian play-maker Willian, who may choose Chelsea over Tottenham Hotspur.
Players such as Kevin de Bruyne, Oscar and Romelu Lukaku have tremendous ability, and may form the base for Chelsea teams in years to come. Under Mourinho, they look to be a fearsome outfit.
Predicted Finish: 1st
Spurs fans at the start of the transfer window may have been apprehensive of their side’s chances of catching the top four this season; however, with a considerable outlay of cash and some good business done, they can look forward to a very successful season.
The effect of Gareth Bale’s imminent departure has been diminished thanks to the purchases of Roberto Soldado and Paulinho.
Soldado looks to be in the mould of a 20-goals-a-season striker, whilst Paulinho will add even more power to a midfield already boasting the considerable presence of Sandro and Dembele.
However, one area which may need strengthening is the centre-back position. Having sold Steven Caulker to Swansea, Spurs look fairly thin on the ground in that department. However, should Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul stay fit for the majority of the season, Tottenham should be looking at a top 4 finish.
Predicted Finish: 4th
Arsenal fans are almost in the opposite position to Spurs fans in every single way.
At the start of the transfer window, things looked decidedly rosy, with Arsene Wenger being told that there was a £70m “war-chest” to spend on new players.
Since then, players have slipped through the Gunners’ sights, much to the disappointment and in some cases anger of Arsenal supporters. With no players to strengthen a squad which only just came up with the goods last season, and a disappointing opening game against Aston Villa, it’s hard to see how Wenger will combat the superior squad depth of his London rivals.
It is imperative that reported deals for Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria materialise, to not only give the team a better chance to compete, but also to appease the disgruntled fans.
Predicted Finish: 5th
Who do you think will succeed out of the top three clubs in London? Have your say in the comments below.
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