With the premier league soon coming to a close I look at what teams have done much differently than most people expected, whether it’s teams over performing or under performing.
After the poor season from Chelsea in the 2015/16 campaign, most would have been expecting this to be a recovery year for the blues, with a lower Champions League place likely. However there is no doubt that Conte has done a magnificent job so far, and with Chelsea 10 points clear at the top of the premier league they look sure to coast home. The new signings have all had a much bigger than expected with Kante being one of the best players in the League again this season and Luiz being a crucial part of a 3 at the back formation that has worked so well. Chelsea a team that have certainly performed much better than expected.
Having gone in to the season as one of the title favorites after great business in the summer. Appointing Mourinho as manager before making signings of world class players such as Pogba and Ibrahimovic. However a poor start has let them down massively and while they are slowly catching the top 4. United fans would have been expecting a title push which has not come at all successful. The Red Devils have drawn in far to many games they would need to be winning. Sides such as Bournemouth, Hull, Stoke and Burnley they have all slipped up at home against and it has proved costly.
After the miracle of last season it was always going to be a worse season. However a relegation battle is not what most were expecting. The loss of Kante has proven massive and the controversy of players not trying under Ranieri and trying to get him sacked has angered not just Leicester fans but fans across the country. After a fantastic start from Shakespeare as new boss the Foxes look to be heading towards survival, but it is still certainly worse than most were predicting.
Having been promoted last season many would have predicted Burnley to be one of the favourites for relegation. But Sean Dyche’s men have kept well away from relegation and have experienced a comfortable mid-table finish thanks to a fantastic home record. They have won 9 of their 14 home games this season which has proved crucial as they target a top half finish.