The 2020/21 season is over. It was a real rollercoaster for the fans. They got back to the stadiums in the winter, then got kicked out again. For the last two rounds, the fans were back in the stadiums again and we all hope this time they’ll stay. The feeling of the games is totally different even though not at full capacity. There were big winners and losers throughout the season and there were many surprises, as always, in the Premier League. We saw new stars shine and saw legends say ‘goodbye’ to their teams. We also saw some really shocking results; no need to repeat them, you can read about them here, as I wrote that earlier in the season.
Manchester City were crowned Champions of England for 7th time. The citizens started the campaign really slow and tough, but once they put things in gear, there was no stopping them. A proper sending off for their top goal-scorer in club’s history – Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian striker will be remembered as the man who brought City the title in the unforgettable 2012 Premier league campaign. The “Agueroooo” moment will go down in the history of this league as the most competitive end of a season ever. Now City’s eyes are on the biggest prize. They’ll have the chance to finish this season in the best way possible, by winning the Champions League for the 1st time in their history – and what a better way for Aguero to say ‘goodbye’ to Manchester City, than winning the O’l Big Ears.
The battle for the 3 Champions League spots was the most interesting battle in the Premier League this season. Just over a month ago, 7 teams were in the fight for 3 Champions League spots. Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, West Ham, Everton, and Tottenham were in a fierce competition for a top four spot. Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool were the big winners in the battle, that continued to the last day of the season. Leicester are the big loser here missing out on Champions League football on the final day of the season for a second year in a row. The Foxes spent 242 days in the top 4, the most of any team in the league, but lost to Tottenham at home on the last day and as such, qualified for the Europa League again.
Along with Leicester, West Ham will also play in the Europa League. Tottenham will play in the newly formed Europa Conference League. For the first time in 25 years, Arsenal won’t be playing in any other European football competition. Could they possibly use this in their favor and reach for a higher league finish next season?
This season wasn’t really one for a relegation battle. Sheffield United, West Bromwich, and Fulham were behind all the other clubs in the Premier League. The three teams spent most of the time this season at the bottom of the table. And I highly doubt the teams above them felt insecure at any point during the season. Fulham were the only team out of the bottom three who really tried to play football. Scot Parker did a very good job. Cottagers had an idea on how they wanted to play, how they wanted to move the ball and how they wanted to attack – however, their players weren’t as good technically as their managers had hoped for them to be. We’ll keep an eye on this team, and personally, I can’t wait to see them in the Premier League as soon as possible.
Team of the Season
For me, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this one, the team that performed better than anyone expected was Leeds. The Peacocks returned to the Premier League after 14 long years, and they delivered. Leeds outran every other Premier League team. They didn’t lose a single home game against the dubbed “big 6” and they finished 9th winning 18 games. Astonishing accomplishment for a newly promoted club. We’ll keep an eye on them next season and won’t be surprised if they climb the ranks next season. It’s one thing to reach a certain level, but it’s much harder to maintain it or advance.
Disappointment of the Season
This dubious “award” should be split between two teams: Leicester and Tottenham.
Leicester – as I said spent more time in top 4 than any other team, yet they failed to secure a Champions League berth on the last day of the season for a second year in a row. Everything went in their favor. Chelsea lost and all they needed to do was defeat Tottenham on the last day. Leicester even went ahead at one point in the game but lost the game at the end and that’s all that mattered.
Tottenham – Spurs were top of the league just before Christmas. They had Mourinho in charge and their fans were dreaming about the title. Just a week before their Carabao Cup final with Manchester City, Spurs fired coach Mourinho and appointed Ryan Mason head-coach until the end of the season. Spurs ended up losing the final, lost their top 4 spot, and even missed out on a Europa League berth. Their only ‘win’ was qualification for the new Europa Conference League. So now, Harry Kane wants to leave, they are looking for a new coach, the future is not looking very bright for Spurs now. Will they bounce back and will we see them battling for top spots in the league soon? Daniel Levi has a lot of important choices to make.
So another Premier League season is over and done with. It brought us joy, excitement, disappointment, and a mix of so many different emotions. We lived with it, waited for every game impatiently, suffered and celebrated with our teams. With Euro2020 upon us, we are guaranteed even more emotions. And unless cancelled, Tokyo2020 will follow soon after. We’ll live through all the emotions with our nations again. Until the next season starts back up and we’ll go through it all yet again!