With the announcement of the fixture list for the 2013/2014 season it is fair to say for the first time in a long time, the winner of the Premier League is going to be hard to call.
With three of last season’s top four bringing in new managers the Premier League giants will have an all-new look.
Manchester City decided that Roberto Mancini was no longer the man for the job at the Etihad. Mancini failed to improve on the dismal Champions League performance of the previous season as well as losing their title to Manchester United by a huge margin. Add to that a shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan and it was no wonder patience ran thin.
With former Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini taking the helm, City have really recruited someone who knows how to compete in the Champions League. With new faces coming in as well it seems City are resorting to mass change in the hope of winning back the title.
A concern of this is that big spending requires a strong leadership and instant morale to deliver results and this could be a step too far with a new manger coming in.
Chelsea have also recruited a former Real Madrid manager to take charge for the coming season. The difference here is that man is former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho. Having managed the club before he will not struggle to win over fans who have called for his return since the day he left.
His challenge early on will be meeting the high expectations of a club that has failed to deliver domestically since he left, but has also won the Champions League and Europa League without him.
If Chelsea spend wisely and keep players like Juan Mata, who is linked with a move to Spain, they have a real chance to top the league next season.
Manchester United for the first time since 1986 are faced with a new manager. Sir Alex Ferguson stunned the football world by retiring at the end of the season.
United moved swiftly to replace him bringing in David Moyes. Many believe this was the best replacement possible as they are similar characters.
The key for United is to work out whom they want to bring into the squad and who they will let go.
There have been intense links both to a Cristiano Ronaldo return and the capture of Gareth Bale. If Moyes could get either of them they could find themselves as a true European powerhouse.
Manchester United is surely the best place for a new manager by having an established team in place suggesting top contenders for the title.
The big question is whether or not the chasing pack can capitalise on the changes at the top.
Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and even Liverpool must view this as a chance to claw back some of the advantage the top three have had in recent years.
For me I predict the outcome of the league to be determined by the team who spends wisest and adapts quickest.
I feel that United will win the league and reach the latter stages of the Champions League and FA Cup. If they manage a big name signing like Ronaldo or Bale then expect them to win more than one trophy.
Chelsea will push United all the way but I feel they are more likely to pick up the FA Cup than the league. Again this depends on movements by both teams in the transfer market.
Arsenal will land third place but I still feel they will be some way behind the top two.
Spurs will land fourth place securing Champions League football.
City will just miss out this season on a top four finish purely due to the large number of changes; however I anticipate them reaching the knock out stages of the Champions League.
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