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European finals to domestic frailty in 13 months| How London clubs faltered in the 2019/20 season

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In June final yr, the metropolis of London had its affect stretching from Madrid in Spain to Baku in Azerbaijan. The capital metropolis of the United Kingdom had three European finalists: Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League, and Chelsea and Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League.

More than 13 months, a worldwide pandemic, and a truckload of managerial adjustments later, these clubs now have wholesale adjustments in their footballing id to present — and with it, a drop in fortunes.

Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski’s acclaimed guide Soccernomics claims {that a} group’s remaining desk standing is correlated with how a lot it pays in salaries. Yet, regardless of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur’s deep coffers devoted to their international stars, their joint factors complete in the league has fallen from 213 factors final season to simply 181 factors.

Chelsea managed to save their lacklustre season with a fourth-placed end with a remaining matchday win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have to make peace with a UEFA Europa League spot, which remains to be higher than Arsenal’s empty-handed end.

Ever since Chelsea’s ever-revolving door introduced in their membership legend Frank Lampard as the membership supervisor on July Four final yr, the journey has been relatively topsy-turvy. The obstacles in the path of the 42-year-old have been a number of — dealing with the departure of Eden Hazard and maneuvering the membership by means of a switch embargo.

With no new faces, aside from Christian Pulisic, coming into Stamford Bridge, academy graduates like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, and Reece James broke into the London membership’s first group. But a new-look Chelsea discovered itself in uncharted territories as they managed to win simply two of their opening six league matches after kicking off their season with a 4-Zero hammering at the fingers of Manchester United.

From there, their type picked up in Cup matches and even in the UEFA Champions League, however the occasional losses to mid-table clubs like West Ham United, Bournemouth, Southampton, and Sheffield United meant the group couldn’t discover any consistency. Kepa Arrizabalaga’s confounding performances in between the sticks usually overshadowed the brilliance of Mateo Kovacic and even Olivier Giroud.

Despite Chelsea’s erratic type with holes in their defence, the Blues maintained their spot in the top-four as sides like Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham had struggles of their very own all through the season. With hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League all however over after their 3-Zero defeat towards Bayern Munich in the first leg, Chelsea’s focus is now on the August 1 FA Cup remaining towards Arsenal.

Prediction for 2020/21: Having already secured the providers of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, Frank Lampard will look to bolster his squad with a centre-back, a left-back, and a goalkeeper.

Out of the three clubs, Tottenham Hotspur’s slump in the 2019/20 season has been the most eye-catching — from being UEFA Champions League runners-up to struggling to qualify for the Europa League on the final matchday of the season

Even with a club-record signing in Tanguy Ndombele and shrewd signings in Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso, Tottenham’s first season in their multi-billion stadium suffered from an underwhelming start with just three wins in their opening 12 matches and an embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Then, Jose Mourinho came in at the helm after the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United on November 9, ending Mauricio Pochettino’s 290-game tenure at Spurs. The controversial Portuguese brought about a change in the system, the players, and their fortunes improved somewhat at the start of his tenure, but the team collapsed by the time football reached a pause in March.

Without the services of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, and Moussa Sissoko, Mourinho’s men were winless in their last six matches before the league’s suspension in a sequence where Spurs were eliminated from UEFA Champions League by RB Leipzig and from the FA Cup by Norwich City.

But after the post-pandemic restart, Spurs went in firing on all cylinders, losing just once in 11 matches and securing a consolation prize in the UEFA Europa League. What remains to be seen is whether Mourinho can retain Kane at the club and just how the “serial winner” plans to launch an unexpected title challenge next season.

Prediction for 2020/21: Having already secured the services of Steven Bergwijn in January and making Giovani Lo Celso’s loan move permanent earlier, Jose Mourinho will look to add a centre-back, a right-back, and preferably a striker.

With a manager being sacked, a record signing coming in, a captain being stripped of his armband mid-season, and a humiliating European exit, it’s certainly been a roller-coaster season for the Gunners.

Unai Emery led the club to a fifth-placed finish and the Europa League final last season, but his poor showing got him sacked in November last year. Even though Arsenal had a fairly satisfactory start to the season, their winless run which stretched from October to December got the management to reel in their former midfielder Mikel Arteta as manager on December 20.

The ex-Manchester City assistant manager added steel to the side and started well in his tenure, defeating Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates in January. Under him, Arsenal managed to stay unbeaten in the league in 2020 until the restart, but the overwhelming number of draws didn’t help the side climb up the table.

Although their Europa League campaign ended at the hands of Olympiacos, the glimmering light at the end of the tunnel for the north-London side was how effectively the Spaniard has incorporated youth — Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, and Eddie Nketiah — into a Mesut Ozil-less team. Now, the FA Cup final awaits.

Prediction for 2020/21: Despite the return of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne and the talks of making Dani Ceballos’ loan move permanent, Mikel Arteta will look to add a centre-back, a midfielder, and a centre-forward if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang decides to leave the club this summer.