Okay, so last season was good.
We had the fairytale ‘rags to riches’ Leicester City story, the epic falls from grace that befell Chelsea and Manchester United, and the ‘better than expected but falling at the ultimate hurdle’ narrative courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur.
It was zany. It was unpredictable. It was the stuff of football writers’ dreams.
But – and you can call me boring on this one – I think this season’s going to be even better.
Manchester United and Chelsea have both secured their third wins of the campaign over the weekend – nine points out of nine – and Manchester City pumped West Ham to join them at the top of the table.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2016
It’s early days, but to me it looks very much like we’re going to have a proper, old school, traditional title race on our hands.
The Leicester win was great, but it was so abnormal that the only thing people were writing was, “surely the Foxes are going to screw up at some point”.
This season’s going to be different.
Three different football clubs, all with money, all with glamorous, talented players vying for one title.
Three of the world’s best managers, all at new clubs, two of whom have some pretty gnarly history, battling it out to see who’s the best.
Big names, big egos.
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 28, 2016
Call me traditional, but this is what it’s all about.
Of course, we all love the underdog story, but there’s nothing like a three-horse title race between three well-run, well-funded football clubs.
It might sound early for me to be making these sorts of claims about the type of season we’re going to have, but I genuinely think it’s reality.
I cannot see anyone other than Chelsea, City or United winning the league, and I’ll be astonished if they aren’t in the top three positions when we roll into May.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) August 28, 2016
Which order they’ll be in will, in my view, largely depend on how they fare against each other, and that’s another thing that makes this season such an intriguing proposition.
Those big ‘Super Sunday’ fixtures, City against United, United against Chelsea, managers on the touchline, jibing at each other in the press. The insane pressure of those ‘cup final’ type games.
This is pinnacle of football – playing the best and beating the best. And that’s what we seem to have in store this season.
I can’t wait.