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Why Manchester City are favorites to win the Premier League

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Pammachio Corsino | 13 Agosto, 2017, 03:38

An 8-year-old Manchester United fan who was handed a runners-up medal by manager Jose Mourinho after the UEFA Super Cup says he wants to win the Ballon d'Or before he turns 20.

And while that should change with him playing with much better players at Manchester United, if Lukaku beats his best career scoring output by two goals, he would simply be replacing the 28 goals in all competitions Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the team a year ago.

Mourinho's optimism is based on three beliefs; he feels he has a more settled squad than when he arrived, that they have had a better pre-season than 12 months ago and that their rivals at the top of the division will have greater distractions in European competition this time.

"There's so much money in the game and I don't know where it's going".

The club spent £75 million (about $97 million) on bring 24-year-old Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford to be his successor at the top of Mourinho's team.

"We were focused on the goals our striker was scoring and when he was not scoring the team was a little bit in trouble to win matches".

"Now we have to put ourselves in a position in the Premier League that allows us to fight for the title".

Manchester City started brilliantly last season with many thinking by how far they would win the league.

Last season was by far the most hard of Wenger's 21-year reign, with Arsenal's on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from angry fans.

"You wanted to break the duck really early", the 49-year-old explained.


Lukaku hit 25 league goals for Everton last season and, with supply coming from the likes of Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Belgian should record a similar tally.

Rather than being a platform to build on to challenge for a first title since 1961, Tottenham's ownership appears more focused on building its new stadium. "Playing against these kinds of teams is always good to improve in pre-season, too".

"He can score goals, he can get assists and can play in numerous positions, so I think he will be the stand out player this season".

I thought Leicester City would have a letdown last season and the two that could be left behind this season are Arsenal and Liverpool.

Valencia has slowly turned into one of the top full-backs in the country, and his stellar performances last term only enhanced his reputation. "The reality is totally different", Mourinho said.

There'll be a victor from the top six (Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool) but if there's a surprise, maybe a team like Everton could string a season together that takes a progressive step.

Mourinho has often been able to rely on one or two star players in attack who could very quickly help the team make the transition from defence to attack.

"This time we are all in the same basket and it will be the same for everybody".

The bulk of the opening weekend's fixtures will be played on Saturday and Sunday, with Chelsea starting at home to Burnley.

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