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Powered by record sprees, Premier League ready for landmark season

Powered by record sprees, Premier League ready for landmark season”

His passing is an underrated skill-he registered seven assists in the league last season-but more importantly, his capacity to sit in front of the back four offers the defense additional protection while, in theory, liberating Paul Pogba to be the marauding presence he was at his best for Juventus.

The Portuguese manager won the league title in his second full season in charge of FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea again, and feels the sequence can continue.

Both north London sides will be tested from the off, with Arsenal kicking off the new season with the visit of Leicester City on Friday evening, and Spurs travelling to Rafa Benitez's Newcastle on Sunday.

The 35-year-old, who scored 28 goals for United last season, has been at the club during his rehabilitation and Mourinho said the Swede could feature in the second half of the season.

City's response to the problems of last season-which, as Guardiola repeatedly pointed out, were in the two boxes; in that his side struggled to convert chances and let in a number of extremely soft goals-has been to spend. It was the familiar championship-winning connection that did it, with Vardy heading home Mahrez's corner kick to beat Arsenal's zonal defensive approach and make it 3-2 to the Foxes in the 56th minute. The two sides have both figured in the transfer market as well, with Arsenal signing Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac while holding onto Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez (thus far, anyhow), while Leicester has brought in Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City and is widely expected to be dealing Riyad Mahrez prior to the Aug. 31 deadline.

The arrivals of defender Victor Lindelof, midfielder Nemanja Matic and striker Romelu Lukaku have also improved the squad.

Arsene Wenger had previously been vocal of his desire to see playmaker Mesut Ozil add more goals to his game, and the German obliged somewhat in 2016/2017.

"We always had more goals with wingers and midfielders getting 10 goals, central defenders getting five goals, and last season that did not happen much". West Ham's recruitment has been a mixed bag, from signing a proven goalscoring gem in Javier Hernandez to acquiring the infuriating Marko Arnautovic at great expense. But he insists, despite that, the title is a more realistic target.

Bet 365 are giving odds of 1/3 for Man City to see past the Seagulls. If the remaining 25 per cent doesn't arrive, I will not moan.

Perhaps it is all just an overreaction and Chelsea will cruise to victory, but failure to win will continue to keep tongues wagging.

This season, however, each of the Premier League's top seven will play in Europe, which Mourinho believes is a leveller.

"I think everybody is in Europe".

The manager confirmed that the Manchester club is in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is recovering from a knee ligament injury.

"But I am not a difficult person to work with, in spite of sometimes it looks different or you want to make it look different".

Liverpool, trying to fend off Barcelona's interest in £100 million-rated forward Philippe Coutinho, are at Watford.



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