Powered by record sprees, Premier League ready for landmark season
Aug 11 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Tottenham - It looks like a mistake that it hasn't strengthened its squad, though perhaps it still will before the season kicks off. Spurs had a terrific campaign last season and had it been any other season they would have won it.
All this activity and the resulting talent-filled squads have all but guaranteed a roller coaster season up ahead and predicting a victor or a top four has never been tougher.
The bad? His possible absence is due in part to the summer signing of Romelu Lukaku, who scored against them nine times in his Everton career - seven in the Premier League, including in four straight meetings prior to April's goalless draw.
Champions Chelsea might have endured their frustrations in the transfer market, but the addition of Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata will stand them in good stead. Where they slipped up last season was at the back.
Conte and Chelsea set the highest standard of all last season and the Italian did it from a standing start.
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Asked if it was the toughest season to win it in his 22 years at the club he said: "Yes, because look at what Manchester City have done".
And they have also let six of last season's title-winning squad leave, including John Terry and Nemanja Matic, with Diego Costa seemingly soon to join them.
The five new City signings not only are an upgrade on the likes of Claudio Brazo, Pablo Zabaleta and Gaël Clichy but also give Guardiola the possibility of tinkering with several formations as he has shown on the way to beating Real Madrid and Tottenham in pre-season.
The former England worldwide has also predictedAlexandre Lacazette to score for Arsenal against Leicester at the Emirates Stadium. The problem for Arsenal in recent times has been the lack of a leader on the field when things start to go wrong and the atmosphere becomes too static for the team.
Finally there are questions marks over Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez following their late returns to Arsenal after their participation in the 2017 Confederations Cup.