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Premier League: The 2021-22 title race looks like a four-team race between City and United, Chelsea, and Liverpool

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Each of the four Premier League’s top teams last season, Manchester City, Chelsea, and United, appear to be in a good place heading into the 2021-22 season.

Manchester City broke their transfer record. Chelsea looks to be close to doing the same. Manchester United spent approximately $150 million on two of their most vulnerable positions.

Liverpool? They’re happy to have their best player back after a severe injury.

Each of the four Premier League’s top teams is in a good place heading into the 2021-22 campaign. This will be the first time that capacity crowds have seen the Premier League in 17 months.

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For some time, England’s top division has been dominated by a “Big Six,” consisting of City, United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Tottenham, Tottenham, and Arsenal. Leicester, a surprising champion in 2016 and fifth-place finisher in the previous two seasons, can justly argue that it should be a “Big Seven.”

Although the next season looks like a four-team race to win the title, there is a chance that things could change drastically if late movement occurs in the transfer window, which closes on 31 Aug.

Manchester City

The City made a bold statement by signing Jack Grealish at $139 million. However, it only strengthened a midfield team where Pep Guardiola had already enjoyed a lot of success. After Sergio Aguero’s departure after ten years, the champions need a striker, and they have one in particular.

Harry Kane would be more expensive than Grealish, potentially even more. The City seems willing to spend another British record amount if Tottenham negotiates. Guardiola says that this is not the case now, even though Kane appears eager to move.

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The City would defeat their rivals if it happened — which is a huge “if” considering how difficult Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy negotiates. There would be no weakness. Even City’s second team can compete for a top-four spot.

The situation is as it is. England’s top teams are left with little hope because although Gabriel Jesus works hard, he doesn’t have the finishing ability to be a top-class striker.

Chelsea

The City has already seen Chelsea as a formidable rival, having won their three previous meetings. This culminated in a 1-0 win in the Champions League final in May.

After building Europe’s most robust defense with Jorginho and N’Golo Kaante, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is now focusing on adding an attacking player to his team. This looks like Romelu Lukaku. According to reports, the Belgia striker underwent a medical exam Monday in preparation for a club-record $135 million Inter Milan transfer.

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Lukaku’s return from Chelsea to Stamford Bridge, where he played for the club between 2011-14, makes London a formidable title contender. It could give Tuchel as vital of a team as Guardiola. It comes after Chelsea spent nearly $300 million last offseason.

Last season, Tuchel was without a prolific striker. Lukaku would fix that.

Manchester United

Although Jadon Sancho’s signing was not surprising, United’s purchase of Raphael Varane, which is expected to cost around $50 million, had been anticipated. It was also remarkable how quick and painless the club completed the deals. This is a stark contrast to recent transfer windows at Old Trafford.

This is a sign of a more confident club about what it wants and has built a strong team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He still hasn’t won any trophy since joining in 2018. United is just one defensive center midfielder away from being a title-winning team. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be successful this season.

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Edinson Cavani, the striker, will need to stay fit. The forward with so much hope and expectation, Mason Greenwood may also need to keep his feet on the ground. Paul Pogba seems to be staying for another year, and Solskjaer hopes the midfielder can bring his international form with France to his club.

Last season, United finished second, 12 points behind City. United will be looking to close the gap.

Liverpool

Liverpool’s defense of their 2019-20 title could best be described as underwhelming. The team went from being champions by 19 points to trailing City 17 points home in third place — but there is one primary reason.

Virgil van Dijk was unable to play for Liverpool during the campaign due to a knee injury. This caps a season in which Jurgen Klopp suffered from one after another defensive injury. After a strong finish, it was considered a success that Liverpool managed to creep into the Champions League qualification positions.

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Van Dijk is now back, but he may need to rest for a month before getting back to his full fitness. This will be a relief to Klopp, who signed Ibrahima Konate, a Leipzig native, to strengthen his defense. The biggest problem might be in the midfield.

Liverpool has lost Georginio Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain, and he is still not available for replacement. This will put more pressure on Jordan Henderson (who started to get injured regularly) and Fabinho. Klopp will need Thiago Alcantara for a better season than his first. He struggled to adjust to the league’s pace.

However, you can still rely on the front four of Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota to score plenty of goals. Van Dijk is also likely to be at Anfield, taking on another title.

The top four other contenders

Expect Leicester to have another solid season, especially after Patson Daka has been signed. However, the team doesn’t have as much financial strength as the top four teams and will compete on domestic and European fronts.

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Arsenal did not qualify for the European competition, as they failed for the first time since 1995. This should help Mikel Arteta’s team improve on their eighth-place finish, but getting back into the Champions League seems a daunting task, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will need to be more prolific.

It all depends on Kane staying or going. Man City will be able to attest to this.

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Ricky Ponting claims recent T20I series losses show that Australian cricket is not as deep as it should be.

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Melbourne Ricky Ponting, a legendary Australian batsman, has supported Australian players in the rescheduled Indian Premier League. It will be excellent preparation for the T20 World Cup in October.

The IPL will squeeze the remaining 76 games between September 19 and October 15, while T20 World Cup will take place just after that, from October 17 to November 14. Both tournaments will take place in the UAE.

Ponting said to Australia Test captain Tim Paine, “Those guys who haven’t been playing for three or four-month months now need to get back in the groove of playing high-quality cricket against the top players in the world.” This was according to cricket.com.au.

Ponting, heading to Dubai to coach the IPL side Delhi Capitals, said, “No doubt it’s their best preparation, being in those exact conditions.

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Pat Cummins, a fast bowler, skipped the West Indies and Bangladesh tours to be with his wife. He is unlikely to return to IPL with his first child due to the rescheduled tournament.

Cummins stated in a YouTube vlog that “for the second half of the season, it’s going be tough to get over there.”

“We’ll watch how it turns out, but at this stage, it might prove too difficult, but with the World Cup right after it, I’m hoping that it will be easy for me to get there.”

Aaron Finch, Australia’s captain, had surgery to fix cartilage damage in his right knee from the West Indies. The surgery was successful, but he will need to rest for ten weeks before returning to play in Australia’s Super 12 stage match.

Finch previously stated that he thought it would be difficult to justify a return to IPL for players who skipped winter tours due to fatigue and the toll of bio-secure bubbles and hotel quarantines.

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Riley Meredith and Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, and Adam Zampa were all part of the tour that visited the Caribbean and Bangladesh. All hold IPL deals.

Marsh and Philippe had decided to skip the first stage IPL tournament, which was held in India.

The other Australians with IPL contracts are Nathan Coulter–Nile, Chris Lynn, and Ben Cutting. None of these are in Australia’s plans nor hold state contracts.

Australia’s T20 team, which didn’t have many first-choice cricketers, suffered 1-4 series losses against West Indies, Bangladesh, and Ponting stated that the results highlighted the current lack of depth within Australian cricket.

The Australian team suffered their lowest ever T20I score of 62 against Bangladesh in Dhaka just a few days back.

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“… Whether it was lack of confidence, a lack in skill, or a loss of awareness of the conditions. We were again unable to perform in these conditions because of our lack of skill and knowledge.

“It’s been the Achilles heel of Australian cricket for as long I can recall. This shows that the depth of Australian cricket is not there right now.

Ponting stated that “The T20 World Cup (but) with everyone in the UAE fit and healthy, I still believe the Australian team can push difficult to win that title that’s been elusive,” Ponting added.

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LaLiga: Valencia wins third-minute red card to defeat Getafe in the season-opener

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Denis Cheryshev, a Russian winger, was brought down in the penalty area. Carlos Soler scored the spot-kick. On Friday, Valencia won a third-minute penalty to beat Getafe by 1-0 in a brutal opening match in Spain’s LaLiga.

Hugo Guillamon, the defender, was sent to the stands for his dangerous tackle on Nemanja Maksimovic (Serbian midfielder at Getafe).

It was the fastest sent off in Liga’s history after the referee had consulted a replay.

After just 39 seconds, the foul was committed.

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Valencia was ahead eight minutes after Guillamon was dismissed.

Denis Cheryshev, a Russian winger, was brought down in the penalty area. Carlos Soler scored the spot-kick.

Soler stated, “It wasn’t the game we wanted. Because going a man down at the third minute isn’t the best situation.”

“Hugo is not to blame. It was not red. These are football things you learn from. He left the pitch, and I promised him we would win. We did.

Giorgi Mamardashvili of Valencia, who was on loan from Dinamo Tbilisi, made two excellent saves to deny Getafe a goal equalizer.

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Erick Cabaco was sent to the stands in the 76th minute for a second yellow card.

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LaLiga: Karim Benzema keeps hot, leads Real Madrid in the opener

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Karim Benzema wore his scoring boots from last season and scored a brace against Deportivo Alaves to kick off their LaLiga campaign.

Madrid Real Madrid was able to score a brace of goals from Karim Benzema, a French veteran striker. His double laid the foundation for a 4-1 win at Alaves that left Carlo Ancelotti celebrating his second spell as manager with a victory.

Real may have lost Lionel Messi to eternal rivals Barcelona, but Real is now transitioning, having seen Zinedine Zidane step down from his role as coach. Central defensive linchpins Sergio Ramos (Sergio Ramos) and Raphael Varane depart for Messi’s PSG or Manchester United.

Even with their big names still onboard, both of Spain’s biggest clubs could not prevent Atletico Madrid from walking off with the title last season.

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Real failed to find their rhythm in the first half. The returning Gareth Bale found Eden Hazard, who flicked with his heel for Benzema (skipper in Marcelo’s absence) to volley home the goal on 48 minutes.

Bale had to cancel his copybook and book a high boot, but Real – which featured David Alaba as their only new face – didn’t allow this to affect the grip they were maintained on the game.

Nacho scored from close range after a Luka Modric corner penalty on 56 minutes. Benzema made it 3-0 just after the hour. After Federico Valverde’s fine run and assist, Benzema made the game almost over.

Joselu penalties for hosts were minor issues after Thibaut Courtois made his 100th Liga appearance between Real’s posts and brought down John Guidetti.

A Vinicius header saved real’s fourth injury time.

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“To call Karim a striker is not to do him justice. He is a complete player. Ancelotti stated that this was more than five years ago.

“In the first half, we lacked intensity, but Karim’s goal opened up the game. “I want to play with intensity, with or without the ball.”

Another action Saturday saw Cadiz and Levante part ways 1-1, Mallorca and Real Betis split while Osasuna-Espanyol played out a goalless match.

Atletico will defend their title Sunday at Celta Vigo, Galicia. Barcelona will begin the post-Messi era in the Camp Nou against Real Sociedad, while Sevilla hosts Rayo Vallecano.

On Monday, Villarreal will face Granada, and Elche will face Athletic Bilbao.

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Valencia got the ball rolling Friday and pocketed three points after an early Carlos Soler penalty was enough to see them overcome Getafe 1-0.

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