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The dramatic Premier League top four race

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The race for the Premier League third and fourth places this season will surely go to the wire as multiple sides fight for a place in the coveted Champion’s League (football’s biggest club tournament). With us now being at the end of April, the Premier League 2021/2022 season is drawing to a close and the race for the Champions League spots is heating up.

With Manchester City and Liverpool clear at the top of the table having secured their places and battling to be the champion of the Premier League, there are five more teams in contention for the final two Champion’s League places and this will be decided by some very important and influential ties waiting ahead. Most of the teams involved in this race have either four or five games left, and these will all be very significant.

 

To begin, Chelsea have been in the top four the whole season, and are eight points clear of fifth. However, their place in the top four isn’t quite secure yet and they are going to need a few statement matches in order to keep their position following losses against Brentford and Arsenal, as well as a draw to Manchester United. Although Chelsea are very likely to secure a place for the Champion’s League, Chelsea fans will be very disappointed with their downfall from being title favourites in the first half of the season.

Moving on to Arsenal, despite having a disastrous start to the season and being at the bottom of the table, the Gunners have made a miraculous turn are right in the race for the top four. Although, Arsenal haven’t played in the Champions League since the 2016/17 season and have the youngest average starting player age, the team has played very well and despite having a poor run of form recently with them losing three games in a row recently against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton and fans losing faith, Arsenal managed to beat Chelsea and then Man United to move two points clear of Spurs to be fourth place, putting them in good position to clinch a spot in the Champion’s League however the upcoming North London Derby against Tottenham will be very important in deciding the final standings.

 

Tottenham have had a very eventful season but they are definitely still in the fight for the Champions League.

Spurs started the season with Nuno Espirito Santo as their manager however after a short win streak, things quickly went downhill he was fired before the second half of the campaign. Antonio Conte came in to replace him and with Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur being brought in from Juventus the situation has changed. Tottenham then scored 25 goals in seven league matches, winning six of those. However, they then lost to Brighton and drew against Brentford, which has slowed their great form. Spurs still have to play Liverpool and Arsenal, in the significant North London Derby so their finish to the season will be very dramatic.

 

Manchester United have had quite a poor season with them being knocked out of all cups looking like the most unlikely to get a place in the top four. The season started with so much optimism for United after the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. However similar to Spurs, things did not go as planned and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dismissed early into the season. Ralf Rangnick was then brought in as his replacement until the end of the year as interim manager, however his lack of experience meant that not much was brought out of the squad. Although he has only lost five  out of twenty league games in charge, seven draws has meant a lot of points were dropped and it appears as if Manchester United will not be making an appearance in the next Champion’s League

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