There have been managerial changes left, right and centre with Sir Alex Ferguson finally stepping down and Jose Mourinho making a dramatic return to Chelsea. Millions of pounds have been spent as teams try to improve their squads before the September 2 deadline and the Race for the Premier League is as open as ever. The 2013/14 season sure is looking like it's going to be a good one and here are a number of reasons why...
1) Close Title Race
This year the Premier League could go many ways; Manchester United have been significantly weakened by the departure of Ferguson but cannot be written off, even though they made very few signings. United haven't started the best under Moyes and fans will start getting anxious with him if he doesn't win the big games.
Both Chelsea and Manchester City have strengthened their squads massively with a number of good signings. Both of them also have new managers who are both highly regarded; Manuel Pellegrini had a good season last year getting Malaga to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history, and well, we all know about Jose Mourinho who will strengthen Chelsea dramatically.
Arsenal are possible outsiders for the title but their squad may be too weak to compete right at the top, however, with the deadline day signing of Mesut Özil, anything can happen. It would also be a brave move to completely rule out Tottenham, who may have lost the incredible Gareth Bale but have used the £85million they got for him very wisely and brought in some very good players.
2. New Signings
Premier League clubs spent a record £630million this summer, which is a 29 per cent increase on last year's £490million spent. Gareth Bale may have left the Premier League but plenty of new talent has come in such as Christian Eriksen, Mesut Özil, Stevan Jovetic, Paulinho, etc. The new players will want to get off to the best start possible and, hopefully, they can light up the league.
3. The Fight For Europe
There are a number of clubs who are dreaming of playing European football next year; Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Everton will all be fighting for the top four and a place in the Champions League and with probably only one being available (assuming City, United and Chelsea get the top three) it looks like it will be a very tasty contest indeed.
4. The Special One is Back
Jose Mourinho is back. We've missed him, his mind games and touchline antics. He is sure to bring back some belief to Chelsea that they can win the league and is sure to ruffle a few feathers along the way. He will entertain and infuriate with his cocky, arrogant personality and we can't wait.
5. World Cup Year
After the season finishes there will be the long awaited 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Players will have this in the back of their minds and will want to impress their respective international managers, which could see the general level of performance improve. It also means when the season ends we don't have to wait a whole summer for more football, which is the best news of all.
So as fans, lets sit back on our sofas and watch the magic unfold for the next ten months.
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