After winning the Premier League title for the fourth time in five years and the eighth in its history, Spanish coach Pep Guardiola strengthened his squad by including the deadly Norwegian striker Erling Haaland.
The major European clubs chased after the Norwegian, who scored 85 goals in 88 matches with German Borussia Dortmund. He followed the same path as his father, Alf Inge, who took the captain’s armband in Manchester City at the beginning of the third millennium.
It is true that Halland missed a golden opportunity in the match against rivals Liverpool (1-3) in the opening community shield of the season last Saturday, but Guardiola warned his opponents that “the goals will come.”
“There is no reason for doubts,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach added. What these guys have achieved, not only in the Premier League, but in the cups, the steps in Europe and many things.”
The club witnessed changes with the arrival of Argentine striker Julian Alvares and international midfielder Calvin Phillips. But Guardiola lost his Brazilian international striker Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal and his international winger Raheem Sterling to Chelsea. Liverpool are waiting for the blue side of Manchester, after they finished runners-up last season, by an orphan point!
German coach Jurgen Klopp’s team was seeking a historic quartet in England, but was satisfied with the local cup and League Cup titles, after losing the league title against City to the last gasp and the Champions League final against Real Madrid, 0-1.
The Reds strengthened their attack by including the Uruguayan Darwin Nunez, compensating for the departure of Senegalese Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich. The player, coming from Benfica, adapted to a deal that could be close to 100 million dollars, quickly, and he won a penalty kick and scored a goal that contributed to the superiority of his team. City and Liverpool have dominated English football for the last five seasons, with Tottenham leading the pack.
Before the start of Antonio Conte’s first full season, the usually frugal management of the northern team supported the Italian coach, contracting with Brazilian striker Richarlison, financial midfielders Yves Bissuma and Croatian Ivan Perisic, young right-back Djid Spence, French defender Clement Langley and veteran goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Tottenham, seeking a first league title in 62 years, retained the striking attacking duo Harry Kane and the South Korean Son Heung-min, who shared the top scorer award last season with the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool star (23).
Arsenal emerged in the preparations for the season, when Jesus presented his credentials with two great friendly wins over Chelsea 4-0 and Sevilla 6-0.
Chelsea coach, German Thomas Tuchel, described his team as “uncompetitive” after the four-way loss to the Gunners in Orlando, USA, while the “Blues” are in a transitional phase with the acquisition of American Todd Boehle instead of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
The new coach of Manchester United, Dutchman Eric Ten Hag, must do a great job, after the team that won the most league titles (20) failed to secure a place in the Champions League after finishing sixth last season. There are also doubts about the continuation of the veteran Portuguese attacking star, Cristiano Ronaldo, with the “Red Devils”.
- Aspiring Newcastle
Amid the storm of luxury deals, Newcastle were relatively calm in the first summer of transfers under Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Magpies spent less than 60 million pounds on Dutch defender Sven Putman, goalkeeper Nick Pope, and permanently signed left-back Matt Targett.
The return of Nottingham Forest spent more than 70 million pounds to include 12 players, in the first season in the league in 23 years for the two-time European champion.
This amount does not include the one-year deal with Jesse Lingard, estimated at 200,000 pounds per week, after joining on a free contract from Manchester United.
The summer of Aston Villa confirms the additional value of the English clubs compared to the rest of the clubs of the old continent.
Villa included French international midfielder Boubacar Camara and Brazilian defender Diego Carlos, who abandoned the Champions League with Marseille and Seville, to join the squad of coach Steven Gerrard, who finished 14th in the league last season.
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