Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Training: City step up ahead of league opener

Training: City step up ahead of league opener

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has made Targett one of his top priorities this summer as he looks to strengthen his squad for the challenge of the Premier League. Arsenal have been doing really well in pre-season, Manchester United are always going to be strong.

They stormed to the title last season, finishing 19 points ahead of second-placed United and breaking numerous records in the process.

Of the 24 BBC TV and radio football pundits all but three have predicted that Manchester City will win the Premier League this season.

The difference this season is that the Merseysiders have greater strength in depth with the addition of Fabinho and Naby Keita adding increased options in midfield.

As well as transfers, Mourinho has lamented his lack of key players with the likes of Paul Pobga and Romelu Lukaku on extended post-World Cup breaks.

However, they can still sell players to clubs overseas because English clubs have brought their transfer deadline forward, but it remains at the end of August across Europe.

Most of the big European leagues see their transfer windows close on 31 August. After that, Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery must answer questions before Chelsea and Arsenal can be confident of overhauling a discordant United and a Spurs side investing only in a new home. While neither side have made major splashes in the market, the new managers will be expected to improve on disappointing campaigns and at the very least be pushing for the top four.

"Clearly, given the way they played last season, they look like the team to beat".

All the ingredients are there for a thrilling season but it is hard to see any of the mid-table sides pushing into the top six and the main battle for many clubs will, once again, be simply to survive.

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