How Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Can Finish in the Top 4

The title race for the Premier League between Liverpool and Manchester City is alive and well. However, when you look at the clubs behind them, things are equally compelling in the fight for the top-four places. With just 3 points between Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham, it’s finally possible to make a case as to where each team might end up.

Tottenham Hotspur

The wait is finally over for Tottenham to make their return to White Hart Lane. The stadium has offered a crucial morale boost for the club that is currently struggling after they only made 1 point in the last five games. The 2-0 win against Crystal Palace doesn’t solve the question entirely of how well each player adjusted, but fans are much happier in the great new arena, following two years of travelling from London to Wembley. A place that never honestly felt like home. Tottenham Hotspur also has a relatively easy run going forward. Apart from Manchester City, they can enjoy a few simple home games against Everton, West Ham, Brighton, and Huddersfield along with an away trip to face Bournemouth.

Arsenal

The 2-0 win against Manchester United in March represented the last fixture against a Big 6 club, which means their remaining run is much easier on paper. Arsenal has also managed to collect 16 points in their previous 6 matches. Unai Emery has also managed to get the perfect balance with his team after spending the first half of the season changing and chopping. If things continue down this glorious path, Arsenal will be in the top 4 of the Premier League.

Chelsea

The 3-0 win against Brighton might prove crucial, especially when you consider that Maurizio Sarri’s brand-new changes made a significant impact on the field. Fans of Chelsea remain anti-Sarri. However, the use of Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Oddi proved very popular on the pitch, giving Chelsea a breath of fresh air going forward. If the club can create a winning streak going forward with new players on the field successfully doing what they need to do, Chelsea can make a significant impact on the top 4 teams in the Premier League.

Manchester United

Manchester United has four matches at home out of 6, with the away games being played against Huddersfield and Everton. There’s also a feel-good atmosphere at Old Trafford, and while the likes of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba haven’t been in the same form, they showcased during the first few months under Solskjaer, the overall improvement on the tenure of Jose Mourinho is very clear. Manchester United are the least favourite team to make it to the Champions League semi-final this year because they are playing against La Liga giants, Barcelona. However, this gives them the perfect opportunity to place all their focus on the remaining Premier League games to ensure they reach the top four.

Mauricio Pochettino Proves His Worth at Tottenham Hotspur

By now, everyone should know better than to doubt the skills and abilities of Mauricio Pochettino. The dismantling done by Tottenham Hotspur against Borussia Dortmund was a clear reminder that Pochettino will be able to pick where he wants to go when the time comes. The hierarchy of Manchester United are obviously aware of the talents that Pochettino brings to the table. However, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have also started showing interest in the Tottenham Manager. Moreover, after witnessing the limitations of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against PSG, you can understand why there no rush to give him the permanent job at Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Strategy Against Dortmund

When the announcement was made that Tottenham Hotspur would play against Dortmund, there were loads of questions and head-scratching with regards to the line-up. Four centre-backs? Did Pochettino lose his mind? He placed Serge Aurier on the pitch to mark Christian Pulisic. When you considered that the last six goals by Dortmund were conceded from a cross, why didn’t Fernando Llorente start? What this the match where Pochettino got every wrong? We were quite foolish to think so…

No one can question the wisdom of Pochettino. This season alone he managed to conjure a match-winning player in Moussa Sissoko, created a persistent midfielder from Harry Winks, managed to lose more than half of his goals due to injuries to Dele Alli and Harry Kane and still managed to find a way to win matches. There’s even been a moment when it seemed like he would resurrect the Georges-Kevin Nkoudou wreck.

This is certainly one man you can trust. If Mauricio Pochettino said he will fix your car with a sledgehammer and string, you can give him your keys because he knows what he is doing. This time around, the secret to his success was made by Jan Vertonghen in a left wing-back position as opposed to full-back which he occasionally plays. The centre-back from Belgium let loose as he provided one of the most impressive crosses to Son Heung-Min to score their first goal. Later during the match, he managed to arrive at the perfect time to provide the second goal for Tottenham.

Mauricio Pochettino Is The Real Deal

Pochettino is definitely the real deal. A proper football coach that can occasionally feel dissatisfied with the players available to him, he is thankfully proactively of the best way to utilise them as opposed to complaining about it excessively.

“Football is a beautiful sport where everyone, unfortunately, has their own opinion,” Pochettino stated. “It’s my responsibility to create the perfect strategy. Everyone is welcome to their own opinion. However, in the end, it’s only we that truly know,  it’s only us that can successfully measure the level of a specific player and what we ultimately want from each match. Our knowledge, our intuition, our feelings. We have all the necessary information to make the correct decisions.”