We’re halfway through February of 2021 and Manchester City seem all set to lift their third Premier League title under Pep Guardiola. In a season which is considered as the tightest ever, the Citizens now seem like the runaway leaders and are the team to beat. But who all can realistically stop the dominance of Manchester City for the rest of the season and can take them all the way to May for the title race? Let us find out.
Manchester City are on a 16-match unbeaten run across competitions currently and are on the Premier League summit. A season which started slowly for the Citizens has gathered pace at the best possible time. The team looked flat in the previous season and were well behind the champions, Liverpool. But now that Pep Guardiola has signed a new contract and the team has found its mojo back, City are all set for their fifth Premier League title. Many pundits are calling for a quadruple for them this season (winning the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and the League Cup) but that seems far away currently, and most believe Guardiola will be asking his team to take one game at a time.
In a season where Manchester United’s away form has been the best in the league, they seem to be back to their days of actually being a title contender. Even though the table would tell you that United are second, but the belief from the team is lacking. In an unprecedented season, where most teams have struggled with injuries to key players, United has been able to keep most of their important players fit on most occasions. The objective at the start of the season was to bridge the gap between them and the league leaders and they seem to have achieved that to some extent but to take that extra step and go all the way seems out of sight currently for Manchester United.
Pundits and experts would talk about the injury problems that Liverpool have had this season but if you look at Leicester’s season carefully then you’d realise that even the Foxes have struggled with their fair share of injuries throughout the season. The way the team has coped with the injury setbacks is quite remarkable and credit needs to go to Brendan Rodgers and his staff. With their 3-1 win over the defending champions, Liverpool the Foxes have made a strong statement about their title credentials and are currently placed third in the league table.
It seems like nothing can go right for Liverpool in this season. With three centre-backs ruled out for the season and the team lacking confidence in all departments on the field, Liverpool seems out of this title race currently. In the post-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp even admitted to having conceded the title as his team is languishing behind.
OTHERS An outside shot needs to go to Chelsea who have the new manager bounce going at the club with the incoming of Thomas Tuchel and Everton, who are slipping under the radar but have two games in hand compared to the fourth-placed team, Liverpool.
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