The 2019/20 season will never be forgotten, that’s for sure.
Not since the Second World War has football ground to such a halt.
Nobody knows when it will be safe for games to take place again and in some leagues, they’ve given up on the campaign altogether.
In France, the Ligue 1 authorities have crowned PSG champions based on a complex ‘points-per-game’ system that’s proving very controversial.
Surely you can’t just *guess* how the season would have finished? Well, why the hell not, we say.
With a crystal ball at the ready, GIVEMESPORT have decided to throw our hats in the ring with a few predictions of how the season *just might* have unfolded.
1. Liverpool are champions
Let’s start easy. Two more wins were all that were needed. Jurgen Klopp’s hands were weeks away from grasping the trophy which has eluded his predecessors for 30 years. There’s no question that the Reds would be basking in that glory by now – they’d have won it at Anfield against Crystal Palace.
2. Real Madrid overhaul Barcelona
OK, so it’s a bold call in light of league defeats to Real Betis and Levante not so long ago. However, Real Madrid were still just two points behind Barcelona, who have spent most of the season lurching from one crisis to the next. Los Blancos have played some good football this term, even if they’ve lacked consistency, and many backed Zinedine Zidane to lead them to their first title in three years.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring spree helps Juventus to the title…just
Ronaldo was on an incredible run at the start of 2020 and we back him to have continued in that form. It might not have been enough to overhaul Ciro Immobile at the top of the Serie A goalscoring list. But it might have proved the difference in a tight Serie A title race which has brought huge pressure onto the shoulders of Maurizio Sarri. Try as Lazio might, there’s no stopping the Old Lady just yet.
4. Jose Mourinho on the brink of being sacked
Tottenham were winless in six games at the point the season stopped. The Lilywhites had been knocked out of the FA Cup on penalties by Norwich, then thrashed by RB Leipzig in the last-16 of the Champions League days later. In truth, they looked absolutely awful and it was hard to see where a win was coming from. Mourinho would have been relying on the returns of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko to revive his side’s form, else he could have been in trouble.
5. Manchester City reach the Champions League semi-finals
Awkward… For UEFA, anyway. The pressure was on Manchester City to go all the way in the Champions League, knowing their imminent ban means they won’t get the chance to compete for the next two seasons (unless their appeal was successful). They had the upper hand in their last-16 tie after being Real Madrid 2-1 in the Bernabeu. If the season hadn’t been interrupted, we’d currently be at the semi-final stage, but UEFA must have been petrified of the thought of Pep Guardiola’s men reaching the final and winning the whole thing.
6. West Ham dragged into the relegation zone
The fixture list really wasn’t kind to West Ham in the weeks preceding the hiatus. It’s no wonder their vice-chairman Karren Brady was leading calls for the season to be declared null and void. Amid ongoing protests against the club’s owners, the Hammers were only staying out of the relegation zone by goal difference.
7. Manchester United are now top-four favourites
Two words: Bruno Fernandes. Manchester United’s new signing was on fire after joining in January, scoring two goals and provided three assists in his first five league games. If only United had signed him in the summer… Either way, the Red Devils’ upturn in form could have seen them overtake erratic Chelsea in the top four.
8. Wolves make it to the Europa League semi-finals
At the start of the season, there were doubts about whether Wolves could keep up their top-six ambitions alongside a Europa League run. They’ve shown they can and with reasonable opposition up next – Arsenal’s conquerors Olympiacos – Nuno’s side were looking increasingly like a dark horse in the competition, drawing the first leg away 1-1.
9. Virgil van Dijk wins Player of the Year
Sorry, Kevin De Bruyne. The rare sight of a defender winning Player of the Year – only Paul McGrath, John Terry and Van Dijk himself have done it in the Premier League era – would be thoroughly deserved this season. The Dutchman has barely put a foot wrong and his role in Liverpool’s record-breaking campaign would likely sway it – even if De Bruyne has a remarkable tally of nine goals and 18 assists this season.
10. Robert Lewandowski wins European Golden Shoe
Immobile is currently leading the way in Europe as well as Serie A. If there’s one man we think can beat him, it’s Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich hitman is two goals and four points off the Golden Shoe top spot at present. Before his injury, he’d scored four goals in three games and would have returned by now.
Football is unpredictable at the best of times, so who can say where the season would be at by now?
With so many leagues being scrapped, the truth is we’ll probably never find out.
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