Football: Who can strike down Manchester in 2010?
Manchester United will attempt in 2010 to become the first team to win four consecutive titles of champion of England, an achievement for which the main obstacles to remain are Chelsea and Liverpool, even if Manchester City wants to invite to the party.
- Liverpool: more consistency. The Reds are again this season, a serious candidate to the throne since 1991. The Reds are even higher in the big matches, especially against Manchester (victories 2-1 and 4-1). But the team of Rafael Benitez has failed to display the same realism that his rivals against teams of second ranked.
It does not have the same wealth of effective. When Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are missing, it shows lack of alternatives. Benitez has to spend but the American owners of Liverpool want to sell the club who must renegotiate its debt by July with the banks. Answers to these questions depend on financial ambitions of Liverpool.
Chelsea: bring youth and stability. The Blues have paid for the failure of the graft of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Chelsea end of season under the leadership of Guus Hiddink has shown that history could have been different. But the Dutch must return to the Russian and selection could be replaced by the Italian Carlo Ancelotti who inherit an aging team, where many managers have exceeded the thirty (Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard, Ricardo Carvalho ). Transition periods rarely accompanied with titles. Especially because the owner Roman Abramovich, affected by the crisis, could be less generous.
Arsenal: Not slipping. Not able to join the race, Arsène Wenger’s team is driven in a matter of concern. The French will have to finally recruit players if he does not want to continue to slip. If nothing is done, it is difficult to imagine Arsenal join the race to the title. Especially if the power struggle to take control of the club had to fester between the American Stan Kroenke and Russian-Uzbek Alisher Usmanov.
Manchester City: use petrodollars. Leaning against the fortunes of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi, the other team from Manchester wants to enter the big league. Its star, Robinho, announced the title in "two years". It will take Mark Hughes (or his successor) making good use of the almost unlimited funds which will benefit and make a brilliant assemblage of individuals a team. The mission is possible but difficult. As the glorious rival of United, Rome was not built in a day.
Aston Villa and Everton. Both teams pick the fruits of basic work carried out over several seasons by their coach, Martin O'Neill and David Moyes. But their means seem too small to hope better than a qualification in the Champions League in case of bankruptcy of one of the ‘big’. Villa has a time threatened Arsenal this season. Its final collapse shows that the task is tough.
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