The Premier League 2020-21 season came to a dramatic end on Sunday, May 23 with the fans glued to their televisions across the world to know which clubs would book the final European spots. After 38 matchweeks and 1022 total goals, with fans returning to the stadium in the last home matches, it turned out to be a remarkable season in the topflight of English football.
Here’s a roundup of the Premier League 2020-21 season.
MANCHESTER CITY WERE CLASS-APART
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were eighth on the Premier League table on Christmas day and it felt like they were way off when it came to the title race. But from Matchweek 17, at the turn of the year, Manchester City went on an unbeaten run and were by far the best team in the league. Just when people wrote them off, the team showed their class and went on this amazing run. With 86 points, they have finished 12 points ahead of the second-placed Manchester United and have sealed the fifth Premier League title for the club.
A SPECTACULAR END TO PROCEEDINGS
The Premier League 2020-21 season would forever be remembered for how the final matchday was set up with all the uncertainties around next year’s European spots. For two spots in next year’s UEFA Champions League still up for grabs, we had Chelsea, Leicester City and Liverpool fighting with all they had on the final matchday.
Chelsea lost their game against Aston Villa and could have been knocked out of the Champions League qualification if not for Leicester City, who choked yet again to end up in the Europa League spot after having at least four games to secure their top-four position. Liverpool, on the other hand, put up an unexpected run in the last 10 games and finished an unlikely third in the league just five points behind runners-up, Manchester United.
For the Europa League qualifications, a brace for Pablo Fornals and a strike from Declan Rice saw West Ham attain a Europa League spot for the next season followed by Tottenham Hotspur, courtesy of their win over Leicester at the King Power Stadium, while Arsenal secured a place in the European Conference with an eighth-place finish.
HUGE LIST OF INJURIES
The 2020-21 season was cramped into a compressed season due to scheduling issues caused by the pandemic in 2020. Teams barely had a pre-season to prepare for a gruelling season and moreover, the fixture list was relentless for teams competing in Europe. That was one of the biggest reasons why the season saw so many injuries in its initial part, with many big names missing multiple games and making it tough for their respective teams.
HARRY KANE IS WORLD-CLASS
Harry Kane became only the third player in Premier League history to finish a season with the most goals (23) and most assists (14). He was a complete striker in a forgetful season for Spurs. He has been one of the most consistent players in the league for some time now and it has come to a position where he has become too good for this Tottenham squad and may move away from the club this summer.
BIG SAM FINALLY SEES RELEGATION
Ahead of the season, Sam Allardyce was known as a miracle man who has never tasted what relegation feels like with any club he has managed. He was always brought in by clubs in dire situations where the thought of relegation is looming around the club. He comes in, works his magic and stabilises the ship more often than not but this time with West Bromwich Albion, it just wasn’t enough. This was the first time Big Sam’s team got relegated from the top flight of English football and he was for sure shell-shocked. Along with West Brom, Sheffield United who suffered the joint-most defeats in a Premier League season (29) and Fulham were relegated to the Championship.
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