Has the Premier League become the hardest league in the world?

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We all know the Premier League as the 'world's most entertaining league', but has it now become the hardest league in the world?

This summer sees the imminent arrival of some of the world's best managers and coaches, with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte arriving at Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.

These top managers will be adding to the world class managerial talent already in the Premier League, with managers such as Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger and Claudio Ranieri, already in charge of their respective clubs.


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And how could we forget the more than certain arrival of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in the coming days? Only the worst kept secret in football.

Current Premier League managers

The Premier League has already attracted some of the world's best managers to English football this season.

Firstly, there's Wenger at Arsenal. A manager who likes his team to play attractive football, always on the front foot trying to score more goals and keep the Arsenal faithful entertained. Even though Christmas again saw their inevitable title challenge collapse, Arsenal are a very entertaining team and one of the best on their day.

Then there's Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur. One of the most sought after managers around after his impressive season with Spurs, and their talented youngsters, finishing second and securing Champions League for the first time since 2011.

Ranieri lead Leicester City to an incredible first English first division title in their 132-year history by winning the Premier League this season with the 5000/1 underdogs. Certainly not a team or manager to forgotten about next season.

After sacking Brendan Rodgers in October, Liverpool recruited Klopp, bringing the most charismatic and lovable manager in world football to the Premier League. And with him, he brought a high tempo, exciting and pulse racing style of play to Liverpool. 

Mourinho at Chelsea and Louis van Gaal at Manchester United have since lost the jobs they held at the start of the season, with both bringing drama and always making press conferences more exciting.

We weren't lacking of talent this season. This year has seen one of the most entertaining Premier League seasons in recent years, if not the most unpredictable and crazy seen ever seen, and it's about to get even better.

Incoming arrivals and returns

This summer sees the arrival of Guardiola, often talked about as the world's best manager, at Manchester City after leaving Bayern Munich at the end of this season.

Guardiola is sure to want to refresh his squad at City; replacing some of City's older guard and players who haven't lived up to their potential, with Yaya Toure likely to leave the club. The departure of players will certainly see players coming into the club too, with a big name manager to attract some of world football's big name players.

Not only will he be refreshing his squad, but also the mentality of the whole club and the way the club plays its football. It is now Guardiola's job to transform the player's mentality into a winning one, getting rid of the negativity sometimes seen in City's style of play. A job he's already done at previous club Bayern Munich.

Conte will also be arriving at Chelsea for next season, with the Italian leaving his post as Italy's national team manager after the European Championships this summer. While maybe not considered at the same level of Guardiola and Mourinho as the world's best, he can certainly bring something to Chelsea.

After an awful season, Chelsea have seen them set a new record as the worst defending champions in Premier League history, after finishing in tenth place. Conte will be looking to turn the team around and at least challenge for a top four spot next season, maybe even setting his sights on reclaiming their title.

Former Chelsea manager Mourinho will be managing at Manchester United next season, and that could rejuvenate the Red Devils, who have been sleeping since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. 

After a season of watching incredibly dull football at Old Trafford under Van Gaal, Mourinho is sure to bring the excitement back with him.

He is sometimes seen as a boring and defensive-minded manager, but only when the occasion calls for it in the big matches, preferring to not get beaten rather than beating the opposition.

The first half of Chelsea's season in 2014/5 saw them play the most exciting football in the league, something United fans will be happy to see again.

The world's toughest league

The Premier League has always attracted football's big names to England, with the managers arriving ready for next season a prime example.

However, La Liga in Spain and the Bundesliga in Germany especially, still offer tough opposition to the power of the Premier League, often attracting the very best players in the world to them. Names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez ring a bell.

Perhaps we are about to see that change, with the huge multi billion pound deals that the Premier League have agreed with TV companies Sky and BT for the next three seasons, but with money attracting some of the world's most brilliant managers (and players for that matter), shouldn't we all sit back and enjoy the ride?

This sparkling array of talent will not only entertain in the season to come, they'll transform the Premier League into the hardest league in the world.

Which manager will perform best next season? Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho or Antonio Conte? Leave us YOUR thoughts in the comment section below!

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