Definitely, the end of EPL will be interesting. The 2016/2017 EPL season is not just any other season. The case is different this year and no surprises like last year’s Leicester City’s fairytale continued in the EUFA Champions League this season as it reached the quarterfinals. It was great performance since giants such as Manchester City and Arsenal failed to make any mark. Consistently, Chelsea- representing the blue side of London- has been at the top of the table for sometime now. No one doubts that they will emerge champions.
With the winner almost certain, focus on the remaining matches shifts to those who will make it in the top four. The first four positions guarantee participation in the EUFA Champions League next season. Already Chelsea and Tottenham are sure of clinching two positions. On the other hand, four teams are vying for the other two slots. The arrival of Antonio Conte changed Chelsea in many ways. Discipline, tactics and formations are new things brought by Conte to Stamford Bridge. Discipline was missing during Jose Mourinho’s fateful last season at Stamford Bridge. The defeat to Arsenal changed the fortunes at Stamford Bridge.
The rate of scoring goals, the pace at which they play their football and the number of points accumulated describes the performance of Tottenham this season. So far, they are sure of Champions League football. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have t sharpen their tools to secure the two slots. The teams have equal chances of taking the two positions. Everton will finish seventh irrespective of what happens at the end.
Considerably, Liverpool has an easy path. They have three matches to go and are favorable games. The problem is others have one or two games in hand. Wins in the remaining games will assure Manchester City a third place. Manchester City only need to win all their games and they finish third.
The biggest question is on Manchester United. The team finds itself in a dilemma. They are in the Europa League final. The prize comes with Champions League Football. The priority and main focus for Manchester United is Champions League football. The shortest route to the competition is winning the Europa League. Chances are they use this option.
Assessing the case for Arsenal is rib cracking. The boss is the most experienced coach in EPL. The question stills lingers over his failure to command performances. For the first time, Mourinho lost to Wenger. Wenger has never failed to qualify for Champions since joining Arsenal. The challenge is great for finishing in EPL top four.