The Premier League returns after a break of around 3 months, we look at the teams currently from the top 10 who have benefited the most from the break. The likes of Liverpool did not have injuries to key players and were coasting to the Premier League title. In this article, we cast a glance at some of the top 10 teams who will benefit from the break.
Manchester City: Manchester City are set to lose their title to Liverpool but they will have benefited from the break as they will welcome the return of two key men in rapid winger Leroy Sane and key center-back Laporte. Sane has recovered from a serious Cruciate Ligament injury and will add pace and trickery from the wide areas. Guardiola suffered from lack of options at the back and the return of Laporte means, the City manager will have a fully fit backline to choose from and launch an assault on the Champions League and the FA Cup.
Chelsea: Chelsea were suffering from inconsistent form and injuries to key players N’Golo Kante, Tammy Abraham, and Christian Pulisic which threatened to derail Frank Lampard’s quest for a top 4 finish. However, the break allows Lampard to regroup his troops for the run-in and the return of the aforementioned players will surely boost Lampard’s quest to deliver a top 4 finish in his debut season.
Leicester City: Leicester City’s form in 2020 was disappointing just 1 win out of the last 5 Premier League wins, but the break. The likes of Tielemens, Maddison were struggling to recapture their early season form while Vardy’s goals had also dried up compared to his early-season form. Rodgers will hope the break reinvigorates the Foxes and the end the season with a flourish by nailing down a top-four spot, while they are still challenging for the FA Cup.
Manchester United: United would have been disappointed the season ground to a halt as they were in fine form, on an unbeaten run in all competitions going back to January and looking like they were going to make a Champions League spot their own ahead of stuttering Chelsea. Ole Gunner’s side will have to try to rediscover that momentum but will also be boosted by the return of injured duo Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba. United fans will be salivating at the prospect of seeing new signing Bruno and Fernandes and record transfer Paul Pogba together in action. The return of Marcus Rashford will also give them more firepower for the final sprint of the season, additionally, Ighalo would also be fully accustomed to his new surroundings. Manchester United, at the moment, looks like the side best equipped to benefit from the break.
Arsenal: Arsenal showed some signs of recovering under Arteta being the only team unbeaten in the League in 2020. The break means Arteta will get more time to work with the players to instill his ideas. The Spaniard will also benefit from the return of right-back Hector Bellerin, left-backs Tierney and Kolasinac enabling Arteta to field regular full-backs, while diminutive midfielder Torreira is also expected to return further boosting the Gunners.
Tottenham Hotspurs: Spurs only looked to be going in one direction for the remainder of the campaign until it was called to a halt, with Jose Mourinho enduring the worst spell of his managerial career and repeatedly drawing attention to his side’s crippling injury list. In addition to getting them out of the rut which their form had left them in, the break-in play will also allow Tottenham’s key absentees to edge ever closer to fitness again, with Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn all long-term injury concerns expected to return and solve Mourinho’s injury crisis at the top.