Premier League Updates

Premier League Updates

The 2017-18 Premier League season ended with Manchester City breaking the record for most points in a season, taking the title with 5 games left, winning a staggering 100 points and scoring over 100 goals. City’s was the best ever performance in a Premier League season and time will tell if they can go down as a truly great team and match or even eclipse this record in years to come. In stark contrast Chelsea’s defence of the 16-17 title was over very early with constant rumours surrounding the manager, Antonio Conte, and the happiness – or lack of – of a number of players and most importantly owner Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea’s fifth placed finish means they will not be in the Champions League next season and these are uncertain times for Chelsea fans. For Arsenal there is no such uncertainty anymore and, although they finished 6th and also only qualified for the Europa League, Arsene Wenger has stepped down and been replaced by Unai Emery from PSG, potentially giving the club a new lease of life. Surprisingly those two giants will be joined by 7th placed Burnley who continued to impress under Sean Dyche, who in any normal year would probably have been named Manager of the Season. The remaining European places were taken by Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool who will all participate in the Champions League.

The fight to avoid relegation was of greater interest towards the end of the season with a number of the teams in the lower half of the table finishing with different managers than they started with. Roy Hodgson in particular must be praised for making Crystal Palace safe given that when he took over they had no points and no goals. David Moyes took over at West Ham and also succeeded in keeping them up as did Mark Hughes at Southampon, having remarkably been sacked by Stoke who ended up joining West Brom and Swansea in the Championship next year.


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