What We Learn from Just Concluded Premier League Campaign
Manchester City might have enjoyed a successful season under Pep Guardiola after claiming the Premier League title but their are lots of positives for other teams to take home from the just concluded season, even thou two of the high reputable teams missed out on Champions League. We will review in terms of team contribution and individual brilliance.
Guardiola was the happiest man after Gabriel Jesus snatched a late winner against Southampton on the last day, wrapping up the league with a record breaking 100pts in a Premier League campaign. For Man City, it is not a case of individual brilliance but a case of team work. From the defence to attack, the team was absolutely brilliant. Obviously, Man City were the most achieving team of the campaign. Last term, they were condemned to third, with Chelsea and Tottenham coming first and second respectively, winning the Premier League this term in such feat is encouraging.
Manchester United, despite the criticisms are by far the second most achieving team this season. Forget the fact that they are second on the log, let’s also remember that they were sixth in the last campaign. Manchester United secured the second place before the last match of the season. Aside that, Mourinho earned an impressive 19pts from a possible 30 points from the top six fixtures.
Another team that wins big during just concluded season is Burnley. After finishing 7th, they are eligible to participate in Europe’s second tier competition, the Europa league for the first time in history. Burnley are one of the under dogs in the competition and one would have thought they would be in the bottom side or fight to escape relegation
Apart from the relegated teams, Chelsea are the top losing team in the just concluded Premier league season. Having won the league last term, they slipped to an unbelievable fifth position, making them miss out on next season’s Champions League. Arsenal’s position were no major surprise as they also missed out on Champions League last season.
Mo Salah was by far the best player in 2017/18 season, having cleared all the major individual accolades, but there were other players who have made major contributions to the success of their team’s campaign.
At the PFA Award, Sane was the best young player of the year, beating off competition from the likes of Sterling, Kane and Rashford
At Liverpool, aside Salah, the contribution of Mane and Firminho could not go unnoticed. The trio contributed a whooping 57 goals to Liverpool’s campaign,
At Man City, De Bruyne and Sane were the key figures, let’s not forget Aguero’s contribution in terms of goals, the Argentine scored a whooping 21 league goals despite having missed most part of the campaign through injury.
At Man United, David De Gea is the only major campaign, and maybe Mourinho’s geniuses for making his team the runner up despite playing boring football (LOL). For the first time, De Gea wins the golden glove, having gone 18 games without conceding a goals. His outstanding performance against Arsenal at the Emirates is a major highlight. De Gea has been instrumental for Mourinho’s side, keeping their games alive with string of fantastic saves.
All in all, the 2017/18 season has been a major step up in Premier League, particularly with lots of goal scoring, goal keeper saves and team records broken.
Salah’s 32 goals in a season campaign is the first being achieved since Premier League reverts to 38 game/season since 1992. Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Shearer were the joint record holder for most goals in a season with 31.